Road Trip – Storm Chase 2015

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I took the P71 on a road trip storm chasing across Nebraska, Colorado and Kansas, adding around 3000 miles to the car. It did pretty well, though I have a few observations:

1. Sometimes, the car will not start unless you giggle the shifter. I think that the sensor that determines if the car is in park or neutral may not work completely.

2. After an all-day drive, the shift between first gear and second seems a bit jerky. It only occurs when we’ve been on the road for 10+ hours, so I’ll keep an eye on it. I’ll probably have the fluid replaced soon.

3. Not having an odometer is kind of a nuisance for finding out gas mileage, though I think the display is just dim, rather than intermittent, as it came on every single night.

Otherwise, the car ran perfectly, and performed really well in near storms. I liked being able to pull out into storm chaser convergences (where there are lots of storm chasers trying to see the storm) and have enough low-end torque to accelerate quickly. The air conditioner was quite nice compared to the Malibu’s, and the extra room made packing up each day really simple.

I added three photos to the “Places” section as well.

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On 5/26/15, I purchased my 2006 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor (P71). It had 124,109 miles on it, and is in really good shape.

The only problem I’ve noticed so far is that the odometer fades in and out, sometimes not working at all for extended periods of time. It’s just the display, the mileage continues counting upwards, and this appears to be a common problem with this model.

Here are a few photos:

Yesterday, we tried to find a push bar for it, but our local junkyard had none.

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