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Old 01-13-2013, 6:13 AM
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Default New Ford Interceptor

Just wanted to see if any other departments had ordered any of the new Ford Interceptors. My department ordered 100 and we received the first 20. I had a chance to play with one and it is a really nice vehicle. It is really roomy in front and the back, although the one I played with did not have Cage yet. It has pretty good acceleration as well. I just wonder how that turbo is going to hold up. Comes standard with armor in the doors and has plenty of room in the center console area. I was wondering what your first impressions are about this new vehicle. Stay safe out there.
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Old 01-13-2013, 7:10 AM
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I have only seen 1 turbo failure under normal use, don't expect to see too many even under L.E. use. All of the interior was designed for L.E. Including the center console area so exsisting equipment in the CVPI will switch over.
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Old 01-13-2013, 7:21 AM
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I asked our fleet department why we weren't staying with the Ford...I was told we won't be going with the new Interceptor because its AWD and ALL of our sworn staff would have to go through EVOC again.

So....hello Caprice.
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Old 01-13-2013, 8:31 AM
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I asked our fleet department why we weren't staying with the Ford...I was told we won't be going with the new Interceptor because its AWD and ALL of our sworn staff would have to go through EVOC again.

So....hello Caprice.
Looks like it will be the same for my old dept.
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LtMike70 how's the cornering on the car ?
Did you drive it thru tactics course ?
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Old 01-13-2013, 1:50 PM
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Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to drive it on a course. An Lt. showed up at my office with it, so I asked him if I could try it out. Its a public street so I just tried acceleration and that's about it. Hopefully later I get a chance to put one through a course. I liked it so far, I'm a big guy and I felt real comfortable behind the wheel.
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Old 01-14-2013, 6:07 AM
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It's up for debate right now... but the proposal was already made for some of the turbo AWD's which created some heated discussion.
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Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to drive it on a course. An Lt. showed up at my office with it, so I asked him if I could try it out. Its a public street so I just tried acceleration and that's about it. Hopefully later I get a chance to put one through a course. I liked it so far, I'm a big guy and I felt real comfortable behind the wheel.
LtMike70 thanks for the reply, I'm sure it will drive as though it was on rails !!
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Old 01-14-2013, 8:07 AM
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We've had one of the Explorers for a while with more on order. The decision was made to go with the Explorer frame over the Tarus because there were complaints that the front was too cramped in the Tarus after the equipment was installed.
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Sac Sheriff is putting some Ford Interceptor SUVs out (SWAT), and still deciding wether patrol will be SUV or sedan. I don't think the first one has cleared upfit yet though.

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I can't see a turbocharger standing up to the abuse of patrol. My experience with turbos on cars and airplanes has taught me they are very maintenance intensive and not that reliable.
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Looks like it will be the same for my old dept.
Ernie, did you ever think you would ever be able to make that statement.

How does it feel.
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Old 01-15-2013, 12:52 PM
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CHP ordered 400 Ford Explorers for patrol a few months ago.
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*Not a LEO* but...
We ordered two at my work. The non turbo version in AWD. We should have them next month to replace our dying SUV's.
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I can't see a turbocharger standing up to the abuse of patrol. My experience with turbos on cars and airplanes has taught me they are very maintenance intensive and not that reliable.
Done well there should be no reliability issues. Look at diesels for evidence.
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Which general police patrol service vehicle has been a turbo diesel?
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I have a retired 1996 chevrolet caprice from Santa Clara fire department
Love it but i dont think it can be beat in comfort and performace by anything out there today for LE.
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Old 01-20-2013, 9:58 PM
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What ever happened to the CHP cammaro's?
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Old 01-20-2013, 10:43 PM
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We will be getting the Taurus, but I have no clue on the SUV as of yet. We still have a good pool of Crown vics to go, so I don't think we will see the Taurus for at least a year.
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Old 01-21-2013, 8:18 PM
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I'm on the patrol vehicle committee for my dept. We just selected the Intercepter SUV. We drove them on a closed course and both vehicles are pretty amazing. We could NOT get them sideways with the AWD. My hope is that they introduce EcoBoost in the SUV in the next year or two...since they already offer it in the civilian version! Oh well...
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Old 01-21-2013, 11:30 PM
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I want to see one. Havent yet. As far as turbo reliability, just keep fresh oil and filter in it or they will fry. They will cost more money one way or another.
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We a have a few of the new Caprices, they are super roomy for the dirt bags, and tight for us and if your tall its no fun. The plus thing for them they are super fast.
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From an Auto Tech's perspective, turbos can be finiky. Make sure the oil changes are done, use quality oil, and replace the air filters often. Most of the engine failures that I have seen on turbo cars and trucks, including turbo diesels, are caused by lack of air filter replacements. All it takes is one grain of sand to take out a turbo, which will take out the engine. It looks like Ford did their homework, but you never know until the vehicles are out in the real world.

As for as the Ecoboost Engines go, make sure that you do induction services often. With the Ecoboost engines, the fuel is injected directly into the combustion chamber, instead of the intake manifold. The detergents in the fuel keep the carbon deposits from forming on the valves. With the Ecoboost engine, the fuel never comes into contact with the intake valves, so there is nothing to prevent the carbon build up. Carbon build up will eventually cause the valves to hang open, which will cause a loss in compression. That causes misfires, or in a worst case scenario, an engine that doesn't run. It can also cause a stalling condition. Induction services clean the carbon out of the intake system, including the intake valves. Keep up on the maintenance and you should be ok.

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