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Old 12-21-2011, 09:22   #1
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That's how many miles my ride for the day has. So far I had to adjust the mirrors by hand. Get in car. Look. Get out of car. Adjust. Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

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Old 12-21-2011, 09:33   #2
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My ride squeals and moans so bad that the hoodies call me Deebo when I ride through.
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Old 12-21-2011, 09:43   #3
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Going on 4 years in my ride. I am gonna turn the 100k mark today actually. I expect it turn over some time after lunch. And yes she is a pos. Air doesn't blow from the vents and have to hook up a battery charger to her at night.

Atleast she's mine, some of the guys are driving a different car every day.
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Old 12-21-2011, 09:54   #4
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When I worked for the county that I started with, my first ride had 140k when I got it. It had 189k when I got assigned my "new" car. That car went to the fleet and got used as a back up car.

It didnt get retired until it had over 230k on it.

My "new" car that I mentioned? It had 125k on it.
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Old 12-21-2011, 10:17   #5
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I don't feel so bad when ours get yanked out of service at 70K to never be seen again.
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Old 12-21-2011, 10:54   #6
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When I worked for the county that I started with, my first ride had 140k when I got it. It had 189k when I got assigned my "new" car. That car went to the fleet and got used as a back up car.

It didnt get retired until it had over 230k on it.

My "new" car that I mentioned? It had 125k on it.
city driving rough on em.
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Old 12-21-2011, 11:01   #7
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city driving rough on em.
It is a rare car that makes it to 80K without at least two trannys.
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Old 12-21-2011, 11:02   #8
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Just found the wood screws holding on part of the door panel.
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Old 12-21-2011, 11:04   #9
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My last high-mileage squad car was an 06 Charger Hemi. Finally the town sold it at sealed bid with 169,000 miles. Wish they kept it. That car just wouldn't quit.

My "take home" ride I drove until leaving another department was a POS Wimpala 9C1 with 96k on it. Right headlight wouldn't work, coolant light always on, leaked oil, had a horrible vibration above 50 mph, and the wiring was a rat's nest.
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It is a rare car that makes it to 80K without at least two trannys.
They just aren't made for city driving, period. The troopers in my state can get 280k out of one, where we get 100k.

Two things that really help is not slamming it into drive when you're still rolling backwards, and not spinning the tires in the grass and then hitting the asphalt stopping the tires quickly.

I have been in mine since brand new and am on the original transmission, but I drive like a grandpa unless absolutely necessary otherwise.

Its my fault, I was offered a new car and held out till next year to hopefully get one of the new Caprices.

Damn Crown Vic's, I hate em.
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Old 12-21-2011, 13:38   #12
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New discovery. It shakes like a jonesin junkie at 60 mph.
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New discovery. It shakes like a jonesin junkie at 60 mph.
Tape a methadone tab to each of the shocks.
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That's how many miles my ride for the day has. So far I had to adjust the mirrors by hand. Get in car. Look. Get out of car. Adjust. Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

Hooooooooooooopty!
WTF! My CVPI has 128,500, and in the last year am only about 500 shy of 25k miles this year, and mowed down a yearling doe (brush guards are awesome).

I have had two cruisers with more than 160k before being taken out of service. Your's is a baby... course pretty soon your ABS sensor will go out, and maybe time for a new alternator if your lightbar isn't LED...

I have noticed that when running priority, if you are in the city, taking it out of overdrive saves a lot of wear and tear on the tranny. Of the five cruisers I have been issued, only one had something go wrong with the tranny, and that car had been issued to two other Deputies before me.
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That's how many miles my ride for the day has. So far I had to adjust the mirrors by hand. Get in car. Look. Get out of car. Adjust. Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

Hooooooooooooopty!
Mine has 154K. And, actually runs pretty good. It's a Chevy Impala.
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Mine has 154K. And, actually runs pretty good. It's a Chevy Impala.
We just deadlined one of our Impalas. The other got converted to an unmarked unit for our volunteers. Apparently our grease monkeys got tired of fixing them.
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Old 12-21-2011, 16:28   #17
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I have noticed that when running priority, if you are in the city, taking it out of overdrive saves a lot of wear and tear on the tranny. Of the five cruisers I have been issued, only one had something go wrong with the tranny, and that car had been issued to two other Deputies before me.
Is that why some of the officers that have a few years on drive around with "O/D OFF" light on. Never understood why some people turn it off and some don't. I don't touch things unless im certain I know what they do.
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Old 12-21-2011, 18:30   #18
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Our cars are assigned by patrol sectors, i have had the same cvpi ince it was new...It's 4 years old, 60k, and currently down for tranny number 3....
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Is that why some of the officers that have a few years on drive around with "O/D OFF" light on. Never understood why some people turn it off and some don't. I don't touch things unless im certain I know what they do.
The "Overdrive" is just to get the best MPG at freeway speeds. When running priority, turning it off just locks out that gear when it isn't necessary.

One of my Sgt's who teaches pursuit termination techniques at OPOTA told me that keeping the OD turned off won't do any damage until you hit a 100, but I don't test it. I treat my cruiser as if it is my personally owned car, and equipment. I even power wash the engine compartment once in a while.

Try it for a shift. You will probably notice how much smoother the motor and shifting between gears sounds, and certainly more responsive. If you work exclusively in town, your ride may never even use the gear until you add a lot of engine RPM's.
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OD off when cruising around the city will help keep the transmission from getting so hot. Thus adding a little bit of life.

So here's a funny story: One day, I am driving code 3 when as I am driving I feel a bump. Nothing serious but a bump and look in the rear view mirror to see some water spraying up behind me. I thought how odd because it hasn't rained in some time. Seems I ejected the block warmer from whatever freeze plug it replaces. I didn't even know we had block warmers but apparently some genius at Ford decided plastic was the best material for the job.

That car was one of the fastest I have ever driven. She was named the rocket.
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I'm not a mechanic, so someone can correct me if I'm wrong:

The O/D or Overdrive is intended for highway uses. It takes a little long to come up to speed but the shifting is smoother, and if you let off the gas, it decelerates/downshifts slower, letting you coast further at a higher rate of speed. In stop/go city situations, it means your going to be stomping the gas and (probably) screaming "Where's all the power???" and it's going to need more brake to stop in short distances.

I shift into overdrive on the on-ramp to the interstate, and I bring it back down to drive when I reach the stop at the end of the off-ramp.


That's what I was taught, anyway.
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Turning the OD off for city and winding country roads was a trick I picked up from my FTO. According to him and the shop guys the tranny will last longer if OD is only used when cruising along on highways.
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Recently changed agencies and went from a small city dept to my local SO. The 08 CVPI I turned in had 88k on it and the 06 CVPI I got from the SO has 140+k on it.
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Try it for a shift. You will probably notice how much smoother the motor and shifting between gears sounds, and certainly more responsive. If you work exclusively in town, your ride may never even use the gear until you add a lot of engine RPM's.
Maybe tomorrow. The rig I took tonight has 53K on it and you can put it in drive and hit the gas the car makes a thud sound and jolts forward. Same if you hit the gas, it will down shift then slam into gear. We work 95% in city and treat out cars like cop cars.
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It is a rare car that makes it to 80K without at least two trannys.
I probably shouldn't admit to this, but I had a 1991 Ford Mustang 5.0 and one of the other guys had a Mercury Cougar with a supercharger on it (that was a shop queen). We were coming back from a deal really late one night from out in the sticks on a deserted section of interstate and decided to race from 100 MPH on.

I was just about to catch the Couger when all of a sudden the transmission lurched down into second gear and stuck there. I had to drive all the way back at 55. When I turned it in to have it fixed, I gave my supervisor the old, "I don't know what happened, I was just driving along and all of a sudden it broke."
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