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New SUVs ahead for city police

March 28, 2013

Now that Ford Motor Company no longer manufactures the Crown Victoria (for years the standard for police cruisers) the Marietta Police Department is looking at Ford's new Interceptor line of vehicle......

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Mar-28-13 7:19 PM

And once again you have Vukovic spouting off about something he obviously knows little about. At least the Chief haschecked into the Dodge Chargers from depts. that do use them and knows they would be nothing but trouble. Loosen up Vukovic, the price of everything has gone up these days.

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Mar-28-13 3:03 PM

Rocker, the SUVs you name are all likely better than the Ford but none of them make a police version. Special suspensions, electrical systems, special bulletproof door panels. Look up the fleet pages for Ford, Chevy and Dodge to learn more. Cop cars not civilian cars, as many people including Mr. Vukovic assume.

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Mar-28-13 2:58 PM

Chrysler and Dodge cars are junk. Ford seems to be getting a bit better though.

But if It were up to me I would have them buy a Toyota, Nissan, Lexus or Honda SUV.

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Mar-28-13 2:38 PM

The Dodge is a cheaply built midsize car with rear wheel drive, bad in snow. The Ford SUV is all wheel drive, gets 4-5 MPG better mileage than the Crown Vic sleds they would replace and the state contract price is much less than standard price. It's a 'no brainer'.

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Mar-28-13 2:15 PM

If the city is worried about cost they should have the SUVS running on natural gas . The kits run around $3k-$5k but being these SUVS run all the time the cost would be made up in no time at all. You can't beat .70 - 1.05 for a gallon of fuel !

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Mar-28-13 1:09 PM

I do believe that the Marietta Police Department should have the best equipment possible.Ford Crown Victoria's do have the 8 cylinder engine which is not fuel efficient.I personally like the sport utility vehicles because of their appearance and if they have 6 cylinder engines,they are more efficient.I can understand Councilman Vukovic's opinion on being a proper steward of the city's money,but he usually is more than cautious in his reaction which slows the process down.$105,000 if they are fully equipped vehicles doesn't seem exorbitant to me.

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Mar-28-13 11:37 AM

Since I am a Lincoln owner and former Ford owner, only vehicle I would buy. I have never had an major issues. I just hope they take care of the vehicles. Some cops and really any employee that drives a vehicle that is not theirs, sometimes seem like they do not take care of them. I agree it really doesn't seem like much for 3 cars.

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Mar-28-13 10:05 AM

I don't know if it plays into their decision or not, but I have read that the new Dodge Charger patrol cars are notoriously unreliable. What I have heard they spend as much time in the repair shop as they do on the beat right off of the bat. Perhaps Ford is the most reliable police cruiser?? Thats a scary thought....

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Mar-28-13 8:58 AM

The state patrol didn't replace their fleet with Explorers... they have some Dodge vehicles in the mix now. Are those being considered? Why is Ford the only game in town here?

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