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Should I buy a former LEO Charger Hemi?

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by windplex, Jun 22, 2012.

  1. windplex

    windplex

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    I have found some Hemi chargers for sale post state patrol or other LEO use for $12k.

    How has been the reliability in hands of LEO agencies compated to the crown vic?

    Anuy tips in buying former LEO vehicles?

    If agency has an in-house body shop will accidents show up on car fax???

    Below is an example for sale.

    http://www.squadcarsusa.com/2009_Dodge_Charger_152950106.veh
     
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  2. windplex

    windplex

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    $12,000
    2009 dodge charger police

    5.7l hemi

    119k miles

    factory black beauty

    this car just came out of service from a highway patrol department

    it was a one-driver take home car

    these are some of the nicest cars available nationwide!!!

    Loaded with:

    Cruise control

    power windows

    power locks

    power mirrors

    power driver seat

    am/fm/cd stereo

    5 spd tranny with auto-stick

    drivers side spot light

    black hd steel wheels with small center caps

    and more...

    Cars like this are a great buy because it was on a fleet maintenance program and professionally driven. Even though it was used for police work, these cars were built for tough work. They have heavy duty suspensions, bigger brakes, oil coolers and heavy duty electrical systems. This prolongs the life of the car and even higher mile police cars still drive & handle great!

    Call for a quote and be sure to look us up on our website, youtube or on facebook.

    Search: Squad cars usa

    we also sell government vehicles and all sorts of other vehicles like trucks, vans, suvs & cars!!!

    Enjoy & thank you in advance for checking us out!
     

  3. Wil Ufgood

    Wil Ufgood GTDS #88 CLM

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    Don't like the Charger. Can't speak for all agencies but our cars get beat to **** before they are taken out of service. YMMV
     
  4. DScottHewitt

    DScottHewitt EMT-B

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    Jake: What's this?
    Elwood: What?
    Jake: This car. This stupid car! Where's the Cadillac?
    [Elwood doesn't answer]
    Jake: The Caddy! Where's the Caddy?
    Elwood: The what?
    Jake: The Cadillac we used to have. The Bluesmobile!
    Elwood: I traded it.
    Jake: You traded the Bluesmobile for this?
    Elwood: No, for a microphone.
    Jake: A microphone?
    [pause]
    Jake: Okay I can see that. What the hell is this?
    Elwood: This was a bargain. I picked it up at the Mount Prospect city police auction last spring. It's an old Mount Prospect police car. They were practically giving 'em away.
    Jake: Well thank you, pal. The day I get outta prison, my own brother picks me up in a *police* car!
     
  5. golls17

    golls17 Lifetime Newbie

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    Is there any way to know if it was a take-home car vs. used in rotation? Detective vs. Patrol?
     
  6. RustyShackelford

    RustyShackelford > OD Glock 32

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    Eh, can't see a problem really. I have not compared what a similar "civilian" ride would be worth, but whether the car ends up being fantastic for you would depend on the officer that may/may not have drove it like it was a rented mule.

    My local PD had at least one of the (not brand new) Chargers and it had suspension issues that never could get worked out, so they went back to the Crown Victoria model.

    /ymmv
    //literally, and figuratively
     
  7. Atlas

    Atlas transmogrifier

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    Don't the Chargers have a chronic front suspension problem of some sort?
     
  8. Kyle M.

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    Don't know much about the chargers but I know alot of people who have or had interceptor crown vics and loved them. The interceptor vics have the 4.6 SOHC v8, and I believe its rated right around 230hp and slightly less in a civilian model. I had a 95 civilian model and it was ratef at 210hp, and I believe the HEMI chargers are around 325hp maybe more in the police package. Definately a step up powerwise, other than that about the same options though the crown vics look better IMHO.
     
  9. Sgt127

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    I drive a Police car every day. I would never buy a used one. 100 MPH hour for 5 minutes, followed by idling on the highway for 2 hours in 105 degree heat. Through medians, across fields, over curbs. Constructions sites. Foot trails. Cooked brakes. Puking prisoners. Dumped cokes and coffees.

    When I am done with a squad car, its done in my opinion. I squeezed every drop of life out of that car.
     
  10. windplex

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    they claim take home highway patrol. what is the implication of your questions? whats besst? worst? thank you!
     
  11. NMG26

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    That is what I was thinking.
     
  12. series1811

    series1811 Enforcerator. CLM

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    Ditto. I pity the people that used to buy our surplus vehicles. There was a gem in there every once in a while, but most had been abused past anything Henry Ford had ever envisioned. :supergrin:
     
  13. ray9898

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    It would have to be a deal over a similar non-LE model. LE cars live a pretty hard life, those assigned to something other than a patrol unit can be better but it would be hard to tell.
     
  14. ray9898

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    An individually assigned car (take home) is normally better maintained than one that stays in use on a constant rotation.

    Detective/supervisor cars are normally not used as hard as one assigned to patrol. They spend the majority of their life driving 'normal'.
     
  15. Kyle M.

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    We don't have many if any high speed chases around here and the ex highway patrol/sheriff/and police cars I see sold to civilians have normally been very well maintained. Part of it is going to depend on where the car is from. A detroit pd car is probably going to have seen more abuse than a middle of nowhere deputy's car.
     
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    Spiffums I.C.P.

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    Might be a good deal if it's not one of those NCIS cars.............. Have you seen how they drive those!
     
  17. series1811

    series1811 Enforcerator. CLM

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    I always wonder if the idling for seven hours out of the day isn't worse for the motors than the occassional hard acceleration.
     
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    If you can, find a Fed gov vehicle rather than an LE one due to uses issues. Keep in mind that due to budgets, vehicles are being kept longer.
     
  19. Sharky7

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    What he said.

    I'm not a trooper, so can't so, but I would assume there is a lot of pedal to the floor time with those cars. Even as a city cop, I ride these cars REALLY hard.

    Troopers around me run a lot of radar/lidar. When someone is going past them at 90mph, they need to jam on that gas from a dead stop to catch up to them.

    If it was an admin car or detective car and it was a really good deal, maybe consider it. If it's a patrol car - I would personally pass. These cars really get the crap kicked out of them.
     
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    Per the owners manual of my Explorer, oil change intervals are significantly reduced if the car has prolonged idling.