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Ray Fisher on the Magnum Police Car

http://www.detnews.com/2004/autosins...b01-194755.htm

"We are going to offer a package that will be the most powerful police vehicle available,” said Ray Fisher, Chrysler’s vice president of fleet sales."

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The Hemi engine will be attractive, but no one knows what that will cost,” he said. “But (the Magnum) is slightly smaller and I don’t think police will like the open rear.”

Blackmer said safety improvements on the Crown Victoria have quelled concerns about fiery crashes that killed officers when the vehicle was struck from behind.

Ford also has an extra advantage — police departments won’t be eager to retrain technicians and order new parts when they already have large Crown Victoria fleets, Blackmer said.


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“We can’t get the Hemi-powered Magnums in fast enough,” said Russ Maisano, general manager of Sterling Heights Dodge. “People love them. It’s a great engine.”
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Is it just me or is Ford really going balistic over this whole Hemi thing? They seem to be trying to jam it into the ground at every chance they get.

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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.
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Station wagons have never been popular as patrol vehicles, and the 300 sedan's trunk is 5 cubic feet less than the Crown Vic.

Crown Vic also has a proven track record, and the Magnum does not. There will be a few depts who buy them, but the jury is out.

On city near me bought Intrepids for cruisers - their next purchase they went back to the Crown Vic.
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True that the Magnum doesn't have the established name and use with police departments around the country, but that doesn't mean that they won't catch on and become popular for police use. It has been noted that police departments will be reluctant to change their fleet, especially with how common the Crown Vic is and the parts availability that goes with it. The hope I see in the Magnum is twofold: no one said that the Enforcer would only be a wagon, so we can expect to see a sedan (much more practical), as well as the benefits to a city fuel budget provided by MDS on the HEMI. I suppose the selling point there is that they aren't on high-speed chases all the time and so under simple patrol and transportation use, the fuel savings may be very attractive.

Looks like we'll just have to wait and see
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What untill next year the 4 door Charger will be out. Now that with a 6.1-425 hp Hemi would be the best high speed pursuit car.
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