Ponch Approved? California chooses Ford Explorer Police Interceptor as next patrol car. This fails on so many levels we can’t believe it. First, when is the last time you saw 4 CHP’s in a patrol car? Second, don’t you think the hypocrites in Sacramento who demand citizens put up with the draconian CARB and job killing cap & trade laws would want something besides an SUV gas guzzler? Third, we don’t think the CHP is going to be sneaking up on very many drivers with this huge silhouette in the rear view mirror. California continues to hold its lead in hypocrisy.

Ford Explorer Police Interceptor Utility

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Kip Hooker May 29, 2012 at 5:00 pm

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Should have gone the NYC route . . . Volts are ideal for low speed car chases.

Bonfire of the Absurdities May 29, 2012 at 7:21 pm

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Actually, I’m surprised they didn’t buy a bunch of “those new ‘S’s’ that Solyndra’s going to make down there, the electric car” that Pete Stark thought were so cool.

poppajoe49 May 30, 2012 at 4:38 am

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Volts are ideal for low speed car chases.

As long as nobody decides to hit the interstate!
You would see hundreds of police cars abandoned on the side of the road when the battery dies!

Joe Redfield May 29, 2012 at 5:13 pm

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How short sighted. Why buy police cars at all when everyone will be using high speed rail instead of autos within a few…centuries.

Kip Hooker May 29, 2012 at 5:25 pm

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ROFLMAO

Alien May 29, 2012 at 5:37 pm

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i’d give law enforcement a pass on stringent fuel economy standards

Imagine if they’d been Volts?

Jim Stewart May 29, 2012 at 5:52 pm

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> i’d give law enforcement a pass on stringent fuel economy standards <

Not me. It's all government in my mind. Pretty soon only the government elites will have vehicles that can carry more than two people. The rest of us will be on pregnant skateboards.

Alien May 29, 2012 at 6:23 pm

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Pretty soon only the government elites will have vehicles that can carry more than two people.

I don’t think government would succeed in this effort. We know soccer moms vote, after all

Deeus May 29, 2012 at 10:51 pm

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You forgot…
4) they chose the only American auto manufacturer that DIDN’T take any damn bailout funds.

flashingscotsman May 29, 2012 at 10:57 pm

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I’ll bet that didn’t figure into the decision, though.

Jim Stewart May 30, 2012 at 1:11 am

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In Kalifornia not taking government money counts against your company.

flashingscotsman May 30, 2012 at 6:42 am

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Well, it does make a company stronger, and helps them to do things the government way.

Big Al May 30, 2012 at 3:25 am

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They must be getting ready for the end. It does have kind of a “Mad Max” look to it.

flashingscotsman May 30, 2012 at 6:45 am

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When will they start handing out Zombie Ammo as standard issue?

toocoldinwa May 30, 2012 at 8:51 am

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They’ll be rebuilding all of their transmissions within the first 30,000 miles.

flashingscotsman May 30, 2012 at 2:29 pm

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They need the transmission that I have in my Ford F-350. Nearly 200,000 miles of pulling heavy trailers all over the country, and it doesn’t even feel like it’s broken in all the way. Of course, they’d have to train the officers to drive a 6-speed stickshift.

poppajoe49 May 30, 2012 at 3:53 pm

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My F-150 has a 3 speed auto with OD, and has over 200,000 miles on it too. Still runs great.

FormerlyDeanH May 30, 2012 at 4:30 pm

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Ford AOD 4 speed transmissions = junk. My old friend Karl opened a transmission shop that pretty much existed on the rebuilding of that gearbox. They were notoriously crap for a long time. After a few years of consistent repair, a handful of wrench heads found the trick. They had a small group of parts that, when used to replace the OEM junk components, made the trans a rock crusher. Karl was rebuilding the things with the good parts for 500 bucks in the 80s. It was 1,000 bucks in about 2000 when he got out of the business. Ford redesigned the thing after almost 20 years of selling em. I had one rebuilt under warranty after it was replaced twice in two years.

Odd that their 3 speed AOD was a hefty monster that was hard to blow up. Trouble with it was it had poor highway legs. I had a couple of those over the years, one in a E250 conversion with a 351 400M H code fire breathing mill. Heavy vehicle, 0-60 in ridiculously quick time. It burned a one dollar gallon of gas in under a quarter mile doing it, but it sure surprised everybody when I did it!

poppajoe49 May 30, 2012 at 4:51 pm

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The problem with my truck is that it has the 300CI straight 6. It’s a bulletproof engine, but the gas mileage isn’t any better than the 5.0 V8, and it doesn’t have quite the same balls.

FormerlyDeanH May 30, 2012 at 5:30 pm

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Those engines are tough to kill. They stopped putting those in their own vehicles in 96 or so, except for UPS who order a boatload for their big brown trucks.

I’ve had a few of those. Main bearing about foot diameter. Same gearbox, bell housing is the difference between all the 8s and that big 6.

That 6 hooked up to a nice stick and a decent rear did okay. Put some pipes on it and a blower and there goes the neighborhood!

poppajoe49 May 30, 2012 at 5:47 pm

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LOL@ a blower on the 6.

Mine is a 96, must have been the last year they put them in.

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