Ford has had other engines available to put in the Crown Vic, but they've had no reason to. They've had no real competition the last 8 or 9 years. Competition in the police car market will eventually lead to better parts trickling down to be avaialble to us for our civilian versions. The article also doesn't mention the fact that those Crown Vic fires happened when the car was rear-ended at pretty high speeds...in any other car in the price class, the officer would have been killed by the collision. Anyhow, some competition will bennefit us all, I think.