After months of scouring craigslist, I finally found something worth buying. It's quite a departure from my NB Miata, but I'm settling into it just fine.
It's a 1985 Crown Victoria. Unsurprisingly, it belonged to an elderly couple who bought it new in 85, and the landau roofs condition implies it was garaged regularly. The five-digit odometer turned over 112,000 miles yesterday.
The interior is clean as a whistle and all of the accessories work. For such an old car, I'm surprised by some of the features -- it's my first car with automatic head lights, yet it's older than I am. The front arm rests flip up to seat six, and this one came with the optional Cosa Nostra trunk large enough to accommodate six deceased, full-sized adults. It also has these neat side windows which I particularly enjoy.
It also has an on board fuel computer that gives live MPG, as well as combined MPG. The current average is 11.3, but I got it up to 74 MPG downhill on the live readout. Prior to replacing the spark plugs, wires, distributor cap/rotor ETC it was putting along at 9.1 MPG! I think it needs a new fuel pump, as the fuel line had no pressure when I replaced the fuel filter. If any panther experts could chime in, I would appreciate some guidance.
Anyway, I am just excited about my new car and thought I would share.