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Retired Leo driving instructor bought a Dodge!

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Ive been retired out for about 3 years almost. Have a big pile of titanium and a cane to remind me of it every day.

anyways, the wife came home with a new SRT 392 Charger this weekend, and all I could do was laugh. I remember when the crown vics were being phased out and we were testing all the new options.
One was the dodge charger. Boy was it fast...boy could it not turn or stop.
Dodge had the stupid idea to have a special police tune on it that delayed the throttle or trans shifting if you pushed the throttle over a certain percentage... casing you to press harder and harder on the throttle...and then after a pause, BOOM, car would shift and give you max power. usually spinning the car mid corner or on exit.

We took some out on the street and it wasn't too long until the doors had a hard time opening and closing due to the chassis being bent... IA complaints from heads hitting the roof going into the back seat...

But they were fast in a straight line...

And we didn't go with them. nor the impala which I believe wants to kill anyone who drives it.

We bought some tahoes. which I loved, unless you had to turn... and then settled on the ford expeditions which came in as I was leaving.

I loved that old crown vic...

Anyways, I drove my wifes charger for about 10 miles and what a different car it is... Faster...,uch much...and boy can it turn and stop. I mean it feels huge...but it will still turn.

Probably the only car I would never want any of the PPV pieces on it LOL.

Now I need to debate putting my Sergeant stripes on the back of it and risk some socialist vandalizing it...
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Not retired but also a leo and driving instructor. You are correct in your assessment of today's police cars. Still love the crown vics. Most hated cop car for me was the 4.3 v8 caprices from 96, horrible. Dodges have almost always good in a straight line and can't turn or stop....remember the diplomat ahh. We drive the Ford Explorer ppvs. Good for my department. Have fun with the new car, hate you have to use a cane though.
Not a leo, worked for the city fleet maintenance garage for years though and I hated those damn things, I'll never understand the love for the Crown Vic beyond their ridiculous durability. Any way congrats on retiring and the new car!
Thank all. Yeah we had a few Caprices left over, and oh my what a boat. Tikibeast, the thing about the crown vics, was they handled pretty well, were great at long car chases, you could jump them, hit curbs... the motors when new are good, but most city maintenance shops due service like its a street car..not a constantly raced and beat up battle wagon.

Forget getting bushings replaced, let alone them pulling motors that have compression at 70...oh well... I worked for a big city. Every one has problems! I was lucky, one of my best friends from high school worked at the corps yard and helped me out a few times...but he would just tell me, or rather confirm horror stories.

Nothing better than a crown vic with 150K on the clock LOL!!! SMH
I was always amazed as the abuse they would survive, but whenever I'd get a call to go pick a unit up I dreaded driving it back to the yard. Then again it was a small city with a small budget so the sloppy handling and the complete lack of acceleration might have been more to do with the rejected parts budgets I was submitting...but at the end of the day they just felt like dogs compared to my Grand Prix at the time. I still wish we could've gotten more money directed to our vehicle maintenance budget rather than...some of the other uses they found for the budget.
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