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Quake0
05-22-2011, 4:53 PM
Question to all LA county sheriffs deputies. How many miles does the squad car you drive have on it? I ask because I spoke with a deputy who said most of county still use 1994 Crown Victory's with over 350,000 miles. It sounded like a exaggeration to me.

Roddd
05-22-2011, 5:27 PM
Wow...that's a lotta miles. I don't work for LA but many of our cars have 130,000 and those are all rough miles.

Quake0
05-22-2011, 5:49 PM
Wow...that's a lotta miles. I don't work for LA but many of our cars have 130,000 and those are all rough miles.

That sound much more believable.

Roddd
05-22-2011, 5:51 PM
Yeah I think the 350,000 might be an exaggeration. I don't doubt they have high miles though, there's no money for new cars.

Samuelx
05-22-2011, 9:36 PM
I've driven cars out on Patrol that had as little as 500+ miles and as much as 140K+ and not all the high mileage cars were the scary ones... :eek:

HarrisonS004
05-22-2011, 9:53 PM
Wow. I definitely am thankful for being involved in a smaller department with lots of tourist revenue. Ive ridden in units with under 100 miles and I would say we dont have one unit with over 85,000 miles. Im not even a sworn officer and our vehicles dont have 100,000 miles on them. I always thought departments sold theirs before getting up that high. In response to the OP, a 1994 police vehicle would have like 1,000,000 miles on it. They put on miles like nobodies business. Some 2007+ vehicles i have seen are already getting retired.

psango
05-22-2011, 10:21 PM
I've driven vehicles with over 175K, I called them Mr.Toads wild ride especially in a pursuit. Lots of fun.

Notorious
05-22-2011, 11:16 PM
I don't think any police agency tries to keep a car over 150k miles. CHP gets rid of theirs at 60k to 80k miles. Smaller agencies with lower funding may buy those and get those up to maybe 150k but that's at the end of their useful police service life. Then various taxi or livery companies may buy them and keep them in service until 300k+ and drive them until they die at 400k miles. That's about as extreme as I have heard it, but those cars are truly beat to death at that point.

SoCalDep
05-23-2011, 7:21 AM
The one I had yesterday had around 95k, and as above, I've driven cars ranging from a few hundred miles to around 120k.

I have a real soft spot for our old SD1230. It was the old mid-90's style, had WELL over 100k, shook like a can-o-rocks, and was our only car with all old-style radio/light bar controls...but when I ran into a phantom curb (don't ask) at around 15-20mph it simply laughed at me and said "rookie". Any other car would have been a casualty of trainee stupidity.

Triad
05-23-2011, 7:59 AM
I have had two new cars in my short career, one in 2007 and on in 2010.

My 07 was "taken" from me at 90k and replaced.

Trigger Finger
05-23-2011, 11:44 AM
On LAPD they had there own mechanics and would try to rebuild the engine after 90,000 miles. Typically they would not get around to it till 110,000 or so.

The odometer would read much higher of course but the engine would only have about 110,000 miles between rebuilds. It would have been nice if they could afford to just replace them after about 80,000 miles!!!

jaysen
05-23-2011, 12:00 PM
Yeah typical range is 70-115K depending on agency.

If you have a guy like me in your dept, your agency knows to give him/her the higher mileage cars they wanna retire. No lie, I went through 4 cars in my first year off training. My first car with 46K was killed in a pursuit 1 week after I was off FTO. 2nd, same thing although it had 90K to begin with - pursuit and killed the tranny along with some other expensive stuff. 3rd, was a not at fault TC and my 4th was sheer bad luck. I am actually on my 6th car (5th was my brand new K9 unit with only 116miles when I received her... had to give it up when I get out) and she's treated me nice *knock on wood*

Spanky8601
05-23-2011, 12:32 PM
I don't think any police agency tries to keep a car over 150k miles. CHP gets rid of theirs at 60k to 80k miles. Smaller agencies with lower funding may buy those and get those up to maybe 150k but that's at the end of their useful police service life. Then various taxi or livery companies may buy them and keep them in service until 300k+ and drive them until they die at 400k miles. That's about as extreme as I have heard it, but those cars are truly beat to death at that point.

75,000 back in the 1974. Now well over 100,000 miles.

Tacit Blue
05-23-2011, 12:36 PM
The only reason why the police intercepor's last so long, is due to the timing chain in the engine. No belts to break or snap!Other than a Serpentine belt. Then it has a beefed up tranny, and oil coolers, and suspension. Eventually they'll all turn into POS's. They retire alot of them at 90-120K thats when the timing chain service is required, along with all those services.

Ron-Solo
05-23-2011, 9:19 PM
When I retired from LASD in March my county Crown Vic had 210,000 miles on it and it was a 2002 model. It was a POS.

And I was a senior lieutenant. I'd hate to see some of the junk on the road.

Bobby Ricigliano
05-23-2011, 10:39 PM
Most of our units are in pretty good shape and range between 20 - 80 thousand or so.

emvampyre
05-23-2011, 11:37 PM
At 80,000-100,000 miles they get pulled off the line and "checked". If they are deemed roadable, they can go for another 50,000 before they are to be pulled and tossed away. (Jst because they are supposed to be pulled from the line, doesn't mean they will be.)

Now, ask about the Ford Expeditions used for off road enforcement. The last one I went 10-8 in had 190,000+ and those were very hard miles. It bobbed and weaved like the friggin Titanic in an iceflow...Rolling death trap...

retired
05-25-2011, 9:32 AM
I recall when Ron-Solo and I were in patrol together, it used to be at 75k or so they would replace them. It then jumped to 80K, 90K, 100k and then until it died. The dept. mechanics would cannibalise parts from dead cars to keep the other ones running.

Obviously, they are doing what they can to keep them running as I would have never thought they'd have cars with 200K or over still on the streets.:eek: