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Old 06-08-2020, 02:18 PM
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Love my Town Car but the most common grey man vehicle around here would be a 4th-generation Toyota Camry.
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ACTUALLY , old PD cars can be a huge deal IF you do your homework.
Det cars are plain and hardly ever get over 40mph for their life. They don't jump ditches or curbs or are driven to destruction.

If you get a car from the "brass" pool, same thing. Marked cars but they have been babied because the people who don't work use them. The last car the chief had that I was aware of was 4 years old and had less than 50,000 miles on it and it looked like it came off the showroom floor.
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to quote Elwood Blues.. they have cop shocks cop transmissions, cop motors cop springs... They are beefier rigs.

I got out of uniform when we were still driving the Caprice cop rides and they were the best cop car I ever drove.
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I personally own an AWD. Taurus and itís roomy and solid,blends right in
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Here a subaru of any kind would be nearly invisible..
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I just got my grayman vehicle. A 99 Astrovan with the 4.3 V6. Reliable motor, and about as grayman as you can get.
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Old 06-15-2020, 03:15 AM
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What is or isn't grayman kinda depends on your area of the world, especially if urban or rural. To me a Panther body Ford is not grayman, but I am kinda showing my age. I can spot those miles away. They just scream highway patorol / police. To a younger person, they probably just say grandpa car.

In the nearest city to me, a Prius is a good bet for blending in (still not much of a BOV, but meh). Here a truck is a good bet. I would go with nothing new, nothing too old and nothing in bright colors. A bright red is right out.
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I never thought I'd get so much joy from a Mercury boat of a car, but this is just a fantastic ride to blend in but still have great performance and safety at an absurdly low pricetag.
I've always loved the way they drive. Smooth, plenty of power and they handle well.

The current belief that newer is better is in error. The Police used CV's for years because they were such good "all around" cars.

I often rent 2 or 3 cars per week. Few inexpensive new cars are a pleasure to drive. Most are cheap feeling and too small. The CV/GM on the other hand are wonderful driving machines.
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Yep, I never even considered one and I even dismissed the idea entirely for many years until I finally started paying attention and looked into them.

They are excellent, and I'm in the market for another/spare since the prices are stupid low. I missed out on one for $800 today... It was in rough condition but still very serviceable with low miles.
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ACTUALLY , old PD cars can be a huge deal IF you do your homework.

Det cars are plain and hardly ever get over 40mph for their life. They don't jump ditches or curbs or are driven to destruction.



If you get a car from the "brass" pool, same thing. Marked cars but they have been babied because the people who don't work use them. The last car the chief had that I was aware of was 4 years old and had less than 50,000 miles on it and it looked like it came off the showroom floor.

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to quote Elwood Blues.. they have cop shocks cop transmissions, cop motors cop springs... They are beefier rigs.



I got out of uniform when we were still driving the Caprice cop rides and they were the best cop car I ever drove.
I almost bought a CVPI from eBay a while back. Nice silver color low miles. The ad claimed it had belonged to a county detective in Georgia who had babied it. It actually did look excellent in and out. Dozens of pictures. Then there was one pesky detail. The color code listed in the ad did not match with the VIN plate.

So I looked up the VIN and found the same car at a CoParts yard in Miami with its NMBPD livery , vandalised, gang tagged with black spray paint, dented, interior filthy with radio and MDC brackets drilled everywhere. It had a hard life. I passed, then was surprised to find a neighbor down the street bought that very car.

If you want to buy one of these, ask the seller how many idle engine hours on the odometer. Multiply by 30 and add to the odometer miles. That's how many "miles" the engine has turned.

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At least half or more vehicles out there are SUV. I think there are benefits to the additional cargo room, some might be better at towing, some 4wd or awd. If your gray man is just blending in with the Jones a well spec'd SUV would do well. A tricked out town car would make a good sleeper, lots of good purpose but ground clearance is always a concern
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Swerved to miss some baby ducks and was run over by a Mac truck
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I sold my 02 outback last month, it's been good for hauling kids a normal driving for 8yrs but after a couple of miles of real off road driving I decided I wanted something bigger for our extra car. My wife's car is a bigger Subaru good enough for family road trips. My daily work car is a promaster city minivan, I bottom out in driveways... Dad's fun car is now 2000 z71 Tahoe...I feel it blends in being a 20yrs old...just an old car on the outside, building it for overland camping and towing, mostly what I would expect for a bug outer. Gas is cheap now, likely it will never go above $3 with shale oil...big motored vehicles are still cheap, snatch them up while you can!
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