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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 5:48 am    Post subject:  While I'm at it... Reply with quote

...can someone please explain the "cop car" look/desire to me. Obviously,I just don't get it. The cops know you're not a cop,the criminals know you're not a cop,and you know you're not a cop. If you wanna be a cop,become a cop and drive a real cop car.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 7:36 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Dont care for the look myself so i dont know. That being said more times than not theyre actually ex police cars that can be had on the cheap so theyre not doing much to make it look like that. Others just like the steel wheels with center caps. Most arent pretending to be cops.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 7:46 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

"so theyre not doing much to make it look like that"

But,it seems more is done to keep/enhance that look,than to shy away from it...?

To each his own...still don't get it.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 8:26 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Like SS said, it's more often than not just people who've bought ex police cruisers, because they're cheap cars.

When people actually put an effort into doing it, why not? Why put big chrome wheels on your car, or modify a sedan with dropped suspension or performance parts?

Everyone likes different things. I'm not crazy about the cop car look, but 9C1s and 9C3s are cheap, which is the only reason I would pick one up.

200 yards back from someone on the highway, they won't know if you're an unmarked or not. Safer driving around you is always a bonus.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 1:07 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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"so theyre not doing much to make it look like that"

But,it seems more is done to keep/enhance that look,than to shy away from it...?

To each his own...still don't get it.


So you'd be pulling parts and replacing parts on an ex cop car you picked up cheap? I can see exactly why people keep the spot lights, steel wheels, etc on the vehicle. It costs money to 're-civilize' a 9C1 and most of them are picked up cheap at auction so people aren't looking to plug a bunch of money into them.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 2:27 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

i have a 9c1 and can attest to the 'picked up cheap' aspect. Also, the car was a one driver on carfax (a police lieutenant) and they had solid service records.

The car also makes for great conversation piece with friends and other people i run into, so i kept the spotlight on.

there are a bunch of differences from the regular version in that, the front seats are cloth, back seats are leather, the alternator is larger, it has skid plates, a different gear ratio, stab-proof front seats, SURV mode, stiffer suspension, and obviously the spotlight and those annoying trunk holes. That stuff can be fun to talk about with buddies while riding in the car.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 6:38 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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i have a 9c1 and can attest to the 'picked up cheap' aspect. Also, the car was a one driver on carfax (a police lieutenant) and they had solid service records.

The car also makes for great conversation piece with friends and other people i run into, so i kept the spotlight on.

there are a bunch of differences from the regular version in that, the front seats are cloth, back seats are leather, the alternator is larger, it has skid plates, a different gear ratio, stab-proof front seats, SURV mode, stiffer suspension, and obviously the spotlight and those annoying trunk holes. That stuff can be fun to talk about with buddies while riding in the car.


Alot of the bases are covered here.

I've had two 9C1's in my past already, both were for the most part cheap, reliable and easy to maintain cars. Most of the time I spent with mine I was doing delivery driving, which made the spotlight useful for those idiots who order food and felt no need to light up anything in their house. I also did and still do security, when I was going all over the place the car worked well for that purpose. I never used stupid markings or LED's or anything that wasn't already on the car. IMO its not worth the trouble you can get with having such things.

Now I will say to the OP that I disagree with whole "Cops, Criminals, etc know your not a cop", This is a quite untrue statement, for one, driving a old cop car, so long as it was clean, tinted windows, spot light and a pushbar, driving down a highway was like parting the red sea. There were plenty of times I had been pulled over while driving my 9C1's and 3 out of 4 times the first thing a cop would ask me is 'who do you work for?'

I think lastly, when it comes down to it, there is always a niche of people who seek out to keep / restore and the like Police cars, because as many as you see now, how often do you find a restored pre-1990 cop car? Hardly ever because they get burned up either by fleet use or civilians who drove the piss out of their cheaply acquired car. I am sure 10-20 years from now, finding a clean 9C1 will be almost impossible.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2012 8:24 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

reliability,performance,cheap,easy to maintain,ect...plus their is the cool factor Cool

Im 35 YO and have been into police cars since i was 16 soooo......

Here is a picture of me standing next to a 1994 Chevy 9C1 Caprice (New york state police) back in 1994.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2012 8:30 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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reliability,performance,cheap,easy to maintain,ect...plus their is the cool factor Cool


You're 1 for 5... at least they are cheap

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2012 9:08 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

True,,,reliability can be a factor depending on the over all condition and how well or not so well the car was taken care of.

As far as performance,if these cars did not perform well i would not bother with em and neither would the police.................

Not to mention the overall durability,these cars can take a massive amount of punishment and keep right on a going.Most cop cars start life as a police car and end it as a taxi with over 300K miles on the clock,not to mention the idel time...

My old 2004 9C1 Impala...





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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2012 9:24 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I like mine because people don't drive like a**holes around me, especially better when I have my toddler in the car.. just wheels and a pushbar is enough to get them to think twice, even w/ my quad tails, halo heads, old school emblems and ss spoiler; people generally slow down and don't cut me off.

Also I live out in the boons, so far I've had 2 run ins w/ deer and my pushbar has saved my hood and bumper from dents and scratches.. let alone the damage to my radiator, condenser and the ect parts up front.

mine is a base so no previouslly beatup engine or transmission, no fugly interior (well, the stock fugly interior) and no holes in the body.
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True,,,reliability can be a factor depending on the over all condition and how well or not so well the car was taken care of.

As far as performance,if these cars did not perform well i would not bother with em and neither would the police.....


What's your definition of performance?

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True,,,reliability can be a factor depending on the over all condition and how well or not so well the car was taken care of.

As far as performance,if these cars did not perform well i would not bother with em and neither would the police.....


What's your definition of performance?


I'm wondering this too. Because for 500 bucks or less, you can make a stock 3.8 (non 9c1) faster than the 9c1 or 9c3s...the 9c3s arent much better, they just have the better gearing.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2012 12:39 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I like how every thread turns into a crapping on the Impala thread in one way or another. 'Performance' doesn't have to mean high-performance. It means it performs suitably for the task which it's given.

It's not a sports car. I'm sure Danny is not implying that, he probably just means it has adequate performance to satisfy the demands the departments had at the time. And clearly it did meet said demands, or the departments would have never bought any in the first place. Now that there are other options, the departments are purchasing them as well.

Danny, if you are implying these are sports cars, you're on your own. Laughing

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In this case i dont really consider it crapping on the Impala. He originally cited performance as a reason civilians buy ex police cars. What duty in that case is it performing well? A cheap car for A to B transportation? That could be said about any car. Laughing

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