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I remeber hearing a news story on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" or maybe it was "Morning Edition" but in any case it was sometime after Ford bought Volvo cars. The story was about how the california state highway patrol had decided to test out the S70 as a patrol car because now they could buy it because it was American owned. They said that it was something that the troopers who got to participate in the test were all very excited about. I can't imagine why <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/wink.gif"><P>The reason why I just posted this is because my mother just purchased a 2000 S70! I was hoping that they carried through with the test and wondered if any of the patrons of this site located in the Bear Flag State had seen them. Better yet if you have any pictures of the high class patrol cars post them in a message or provide a link. Look forward to hearing from someone soon.<P>-Poritz
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Poritz:<BR><B>I remeber hearing a news story on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" or maybe it was "Morning Edition" but in any case it was sometime after Ford bought Volvo cars. The story was about how the california state highway patrol had decided to test out the S70 as a patrol car because now they could buy it because it was American owned. They said that it was something that the troopers who got to participate in the test were all very excited about. I can't imagine why <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/wink.gif"><P>The reason why I just posted this is because my mother just purchased a 2000 S70! I was hoping that they carried through with the test and wondered if any of the patrons of this site located in the Bear Flag State had seen them. Better yet if you have any pictures of the high class patrol cars post them in a message or provide a link. Look forward to hearing from someone soon.<P>-Poritz</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Yep, know about it. I've seen one up north in the SF area. The car did a fly-by on my way up to San Jose, mind you I was already going 85-90 (my heart was going ballistic). I think that's where they are testing them. There was a pic posted somewhere, I didn't save it. I'm not sure what the situation is with that, I don't know if CHP got the go ahead. Maybe they are trying to phase out their camaros.<P>
 

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As far as I know, the CHP didn't get the go ahead, because the police package T5's were very expensive for them to use as police cars. I think that there are a few remaining T5's in Cali still being used at the CHP.<P>I know a couple of people who have been seen them in their rear-view mirrors. Actually, there was one selling on Ebay a few months ago. <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/smile.gif"><P>Click link below for two good pictures:<BR> <A HREF="http://chpcars.tripod.com/chp.html" TARGET=_blank>http://chpcars.tripod.com/chp.html</A> <P>-Drew
 

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Thanks a lot! I am sad that they would choose to have their officers riding in inferior autos.<P>If anyone else has pics please share.<P>-Poritz
 

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Don't a lot of places in Europe already use the T-5 as police cars? <BR>I wounder if they have upgraded cooling system parts like the crown vics and caprices have here?<P>
 

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You can find specs on the S70 police package here, from a car that was for sale over a year ago:<P><A HREF="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/Forum6/HTML/000036.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/Forum6/HTML/000036.html</A><P>
 

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S70 and 850 police cars were used by several police departments, including a few towns in NJ. A city in Georgia had one that was immediately involved in a high speed pursuit in excess of 135 MPH. The officers were very impressed as some of the crown vics overheated (as they usually do, a big problem that was fixed by Ford). Overall, the cars were too expensive and too small on the inside. Volvo's sales pitch was the higher resale value and a 100K warranty, but they never took off and will probably never get support from Ford, who would rather use Volvos in commercial fleet deals to corporations. I think Canada still uses them.
 

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It was an experiment that yielded some positive and negative impressions by CHP of the car. I've seen a couple of these things in Southern California (closer to San Diego). I got a good close up look (think base model S70 interior and exterior with T5 engine) and a conversation with a CHP officer last year at an Open House at Camp Pendleton. The CHP officer told me that they really like the high speed stability of the S70s however, the car was still a bit too small for all of the electronics packages they cram up front (too bad Volvo couldn't do something with an integrated RTI screen to save some space eh?) and the maintenance cost was too high. Specifically the issue with maintenance is that CHPs in-house mechanics could easily handle maintenance on Crown Vics but the Volvos had to be sent to the dealership. Too bad for Volvo I guess....of course if they were really serious then they would have put some money into training one or two CHP mechanics on basic maintenance for these cars. <P>Who knows, with the investigations into exploding police Crown Victorias perhaps Volvo will get another shot? Of course the S60 would be simply too small the S80 too expensive (although the size would be right).<P>Oh well...<P><BR>-rollie<BR>[email protected]<P><BR> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Poritz:<BR><B>I remeber hearing a news story on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" or maybe it was "Morning Edition" but in any case it was sometime after Ford bought Volvo cars. The story was about how the california state highway patrol had decided to test out the S70 as a patrol car because now they could buy it because it was American owned. They said that it was something that the troopers who got to participate in the test were all very excited about. I can't imagine why <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/wink.gif"><P>The reason why I just posted this is because my mother just purchased a 2000 S70! I was hoping that they carried through with the test and wondered if any of the patrons of this site located in the Bear Flag State had seen them. Better yet if you have any pictures of the high class patrol cars post them in a message or provide a link. Look forward to hearing from someone soon.<P>-Poritz</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by [email protected]:<BR><B>I wonder if they couldn't decontent the S80. Or, the V70 may not be a bad choice.</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>You stole my thought there, George. I would agree with you 100%. I think that a V70 T5 or even a tricked out 2.4T would be a terrific police car. Plus, they could use them for K-9 units. If my big Dobe can easily fit in the back of my car, their German Shepherds could do, too.<P>Yannis<P><P>
 

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The 3rd place entry for the 2001 IPD photo contest was a V70 police car from Maryland.<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Charles County Maryland Sheriff Ronald Leukhardt sent in this photo of his 2001 V70 Cross Country that is used as a K-9 unit. -<I>iPd</I><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P> <IMG SRC="http://www.ipdusa.com/images/PhotoContest/Fwd/v70cop.jpg"> <P>
 

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They bought that at Annapolis Volvo Subaru. They told me about that when it was delivered and I've been wanting to go shoot the car for an article.
 
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