5k: 9C1 Police Special: 2002 Chevrolet Impala Sedan
If you are in the market for a moderately used ex-police car, but find the Crown Vic too boaty, and the Dodge Charger too pricy, there is a middle road you can travel for the cop experience. It comes in the form of the eight generation Chevrolet Impala, a hapless front-driver that you wouldn’t want to touch in the consumer version, but a tasty treat in police 9C1/9C3 spec. Find this 2002 Chevrolet Impala Sedan Police 9C1 special here on eBay currently bidding for $2,555 reserve-not-met with 2 days to go, located in Middletown, NY.
De-chromed and riding on steel wheels, the 2nd gen w-body version of the Impala actually looks pretty cool in 9C1 spec. Gone are any luxury accoutrements of the civilian version and in place is pure form-follows-function that includes upgraded “cop” suspension and a “SURV MODE” switch that turns off all lights (including DRLs).
The interior features basement spec cloth seats, some wood trim, shifter on the column, and carpet (the squad car versions come with washable rubber liner, much easier to cleaning out perp fluids left over from the nightly roundup). Sgt Joe Friday and Det Bill Gannon didn’t have a nav system, fancy stereo, or heated seats in their squad car, why would you want it?
Power comes from a 3.8 liter series II L36 V6, a descendant of the ancient Buick V6. Expect 200 horsepower and 225 ft-lbs of torque to be plenty of power for being stuck behind people who won’t drive over the speed limit because they think you are a cop.
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Personally, I like the GP GXP better. But here's basically the same thing, a 2006 Chevrolet Impala SS.
Another movie I didn't get a chance to mention in our recent Twister spotlighting movie and television cars, "Drive". Great movie, BTW.
You's two BOTH sit in the back; they never suspect us.
C'mon K2, you can't leave us hanging like that, just after the driver floors it! What happens next? Wait, let me grab some popcorn before you tell us……
I'm not going to tell you, my friend. Seek the answer on your own, you shall.
Annie Leibovitz took this portrait of me. Got a two 'fer with Caitlyn Jenner; it was a Groupon.
Doesn't anybody see movies these days?!? What's the world coming to; we're all going to heck in a hand basket.
Who's Caitlyn Jenner?
An excellent question, Woodie Man. The answer is we're all Caitlyn Jenner…
Admit it, Carlo; you miss Stan.
I drove a new rental Impala a couple years ago and it was a crappy car, but I was astonished at how powerful and fast it was. If you can live with the godawful GM cheapness, the police version must be a hoot.
You should try the 5.3 liter LS4 V8, it whips the ear cheese out of the 7th Gen that everybody loves so dearly (and rightly so).
Ah, the woeful history of FWD cop-cars.
Ford tried with the Taurus way-back-when, but the whole front-subframe-to-body attachment on the Taurus was utterly wrong for cop-car use, even in cop form one trip over a curb at speed and the car's going down the road sideways, if not completely detached from its powertrain. Every cop agency around here seems to have bypassed the current Taurus and gone straight to the Explorer, I think all these current Fords have the same bits under them anyway so presumably Ford's done some work on making the things a little tougher in the past 20 years.
As for this Impala…I don't think I'd buy one, but you get a bit more interior volume for a bit less money than you would with an E39 BMW.
Cop seats are always a bit flat, they're designed that way, it's not a donut-consumption-compression issue. They have this thing about being able to get in and out quickly while fully geared-up. So lateral support comes from the fabric, not from the side bolsters.
Id totally rock this. I have a buick blower in the trunk of my ke70 that would bolt right on….
Remember, looking at muni and GSA vehicles to seek the engine idle-hour figure. IE: Ford states 33/gas & 25 diesel miles/hr. This adds another 100K+ to this fine 105K 2013 specimen.