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92CelicaHalfTrac
92CelicaHalfTrac MegaDork
4/25/12 5:01 p.m.

Fun fact: The grills on those cars are highly desirable for some reason.

Javelin
Javelin UltimaDork
4/25/12 5:30 p.m.
92CelicaHalfTrac wrote: Fun fact: The grills on those cars are highly desirable for some reason.

When I had my SHO the 1st Gen SHO guys would buy them to get air to their IC's for turbo'd and S/C'd motors. They were being reproduced at one time, IIRC.

hokie2009
hokie2009 New Reader
4/25/12 7:15 p.m.

DC still has a few of these running around...parked exactly like this one. My dad was a police detective and his last cruiser was an unmarked Tauras, same model as the one in this picture. Never wouldve guessed it was a cop car.

Stealthtercel
Stealthtercel HalfDork
4/25/12 8:41 p.m.

While we're all doing Grill Trivia, the 2nd gen Taurus police package had an extra slot (maybe a centimetre wide) just above the middle of the front bumper. Very low-profile. I don't know if they were ever considered collectible, though.

Appleseed
Appleseed PowerDork
4/25/12 10:53 p.m.

SS? What will they call the hopped up version? The SS SS? Call the damn thing a Chevelle and get it over with.

Javelin
Javelin UltimaDork
4/25/12 11:32 p.m.
Appleseed wrote: SS? What will they call the hopped up version? The SS SS? Call the damn thing a Chevelle and get it over with.

Agreed, but it's a 4-door. If they were really smart they would have called it the Impala and renamed the current/new FWD Impala something else, like Bel Air, Del Ray, or Biscayne.

Appleseed
Appleseed PowerDork
4/26/12 1:40 a.m.

There is a lot of cool old name plates they could have used.

novaderrik
novaderrik SuperDork
4/26/12 3:26 a.m.
Javelin wrote:
Appleseed wrote: SS? What will they call the hopped up version? The SS SS? Call the damn thing a Chevelle and get it over with.

Agreed, but it's a 4-door. If they were really smart they would have called it the Impala and renamed the current/new FWD Impala something else, like Bel Air, Del Ray, or Biscayne.

a 4 door called "Chevelle" wouldn't be too weird or offend too many people..

11110000
11110000 Reader
4/26/12 4:58 a.m.
16vCorey wrote: This one is a 1990, the first year:

We had a couple running around in SE PA back in the day. Some were marked, but one was an unmarked maroon sedan. That one was the ultimate radar trap; no one questions a dumpy maroon Taurus sitting on the shoulder.

iceracer
iceracer UltraDork
4/26/12 9:44 a.m.

My local police department has been using the Caprice for years. Recently they were considering the Charger which the sheriffs dept has. The officers said that they prefer the FWD car for in city duty and considering the weather in upstate NY.

N Sperlo
N Sperlo UberDork
4/26/12 10:51 a.m.
16vCorey wrote:
N Sperlo wrote:
jimbob_racing wrote: Yeah, RWD is preferred for fleet use. Ford has offered police versions of the Taurus since '86 and, with the exception of the Robocop movies, nobody has bought them.

I don't ever remember seeing any Taurus before the current that was manufactured any differently than the stock citizens model.

Actually, I'm pretty sure the police Tauruses (Taurii?) were made from '90-'95. There used to be a bunch of them running around here back in the day. Maybe they got the idea from Robocop?

This one is a 1990, the first year:

How was it any different than the civilian Taurus?

Bobzilla
Bobzilla SuperDork
4/26/12 11:42 a.m.
iceracer wrote: My local police department has been using the Caprice for years. Recently they were considering the Charger which the sheriffs dept has. The officers said that they prefer the FWD car for in city duty and considering the weather in upstate NY.

I think you mean the Impala. Caprice was discontinued in 1996. The new Caprice PPV just came out this year.

Bobzilla
Bobzilla SuperDork
4/26/12 11:43 a.m.
N Sperlo wrote:
16vCorey wrote:
N Sperlo wrote:
jimbob_racing wrote: Yeah, RWD is preferred for fleet use. Ford has offered police versions of the Taurus since '86 and, with the exception of the Robocop movies, nobody has bought them.

I don't ever remember seeing any Taurus before the current that was manufactured any differently than the stock citizens model.

Actually, I'm pretty sure the police Tauruses (Taurii?) were made from '90-'95. There used to be a bunch of them running around here back in the day. Maybe they got the idea from Robocop?

This one is a 1990, the first year:

How was it any different than the civilian Taurus?

Cop shocks, cop brakes, cop tires.......

In reality it likely had a larger radiator, larger alt, full throttle lock up on the trans, engine oil cooler, ext trand and p/s coolers and the 3.8L V6.

N Sperlo
N Sperlo UberDork
4/26/12 11:53 a.m.

In reply to Bobzilla:

Sooooo you don't really know? You say, "likely." before 91-97 Interceptors were barely worthy of being called "Interceptors." I have a hard time believing the police Taurus had anything more than a larger transmission cooler.

Javelin
Javelin UltimaDork
4/26/12 11:53 a.m.
novaderrik wrote:
Javelin wrote:
Appleseed wrote: SS? What will they call the hopped up version? The SS SS? Call the damn thing a Chevelle and get it over with.

Agreed, but it's a 4-door. If they were really smart they would have called it the Impala and renamed the current/new FWD Impala something else, like Bel Air, Del Ray, or Biscayne.

a 4 door called "Chevelle" wouldn't be too weird or offend too many people..

That's a Malibu son

N Sperlo
N Sperlo UberDork
4/26/12 12:01 p.m.

In reply to Javelin:

I'm pretty sure it was being suggested that a four door Chevelle "would look like this."

N Sperlo
N Sperlo UberDork
4/26/12 12:15 p.m.

The Taurus had SHO suspension and brakes along with an extra 5 horsepower they pulled out if their ass. A very poorly built service vehicle imo.

Javelin
Javelin UltimaDork
4/26/12 12:24 p.m.

In reply to N Sperlo:

That's how we ended up with new "Charger" that old Charger fans hate.

Bobzilla
Bobzilla SuperDork
4/26/12 12:28 p.m.
N Sperlo wrote: In reply to Bobzilla: Sooooo you don't really know? You say, "likely." before 91-97 Interceptors were barely worthy of being called "Interceptors." I have a hard time believing the police Taurus had anything more than a larger transmission cooler.

I know what GM does for PPV's, but never realyl cared about what Ford did. Never liked the CV's personally. I was all about the 9C1 abd B4C's.

Brett_Murphy
Brett_Murphy Dork
4/26/12 4:07 p.m.

In reply to Javelin:

Incorrect! I am a fan of the old Charger AND I think the new Charger is a better vehicle in every way.

Of course, now I have kids, so four doors is something that ticks a box I never cared about until 8 years ago.

Call it nit picking, but I seriously hope if they bring a new RWD sedan they don't screw up the beltline like they have on the Camaro.

ShadowSix
ShadowSix Reader
4/26/12 4:11 p.m.
Brett_Murphy wrote: Call it nit picking, but I seriously hope if they bring a new RWD sedan they don't screw up the beltline like they have on the Camaro.

No kidding, I am 5' 8", with a short torso and I can't see a damn thing out of that tank.

N Sperlo
N Sperlo UberDork
4/27/12 8:24 a.m.
Bobzilla wrote:
N Sperlo wrote: In reply to Bobzilla: Sooooo you don't really know? You say, "likely." before 91-97 Interceptors were barely worthy of being called "Interceptors." I have a hard time believing the police Taurus had anything more than a larger transmission cooler.

I know what GM does for PPV's, but never realyl cared about what Ford did. Never liked the CV's personally. I was all about the 9C1 abd B4C's.

What does GM do besides put those fragile ass transmission in? /troll

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