really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
93,402 miles

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2008 Ford Crown Victoria Owner Comments

problem #9

Jan 092017

Crown Victoria

  • 200,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Ford Crown Victoria. While driving 20 mph, the brake pedal was depressed, but the vehicle still accelerated on its own. The dealer could not duplicate the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 200,000. The VIN was not available.

- Clayton, NC, USA

problem #8

Jul 292016

Crown Victoria

  • 119,000 miles
I was driving straight on a highway- route 2 in Massachusetts. After tapping on the brakes to begin the process of slowing down, the Crown Victoria- on it's own- began to accelerate at the same time. It was sudden and unintended acceleration. At that point, I slammed as hard as I could onto the brake pedal- to the point where the brakes were smoking. The engine overwhelmed brakes and I could not stop the vehicle- I could only slow it down. I ended up rear ending the vehicle in front of me (which had come to a stop). Even after the impact, the Crown Victoria continued to push against the vehicle in front of me. Then, just as suddenly as it started, the full bore acceleration stopped. I had a perfect driving history prior to this malfunction. No accidents ever. I had ample space and time to safely stop my vehicle. There was no problem with mats. I am not suing Ford. I am not trying to avoid the surcharge. I can't offer you tangible proof that there was a sudden unintended acceleration in my 2008 Ford Crown Victoria- other than my truthful testimony. I recently bought the vehicle and, until that one incident, it was running normally. It was running normally in the days after the accident. I had a "wrench" light come on once, a couple of weeks earlier but it was gone the next time I started up the car. So I dismissed it. The damage was relatively minor and I have full collision. I considered the car so unsafe to drive, however, that I took it off the road and gave it away. I warned the person I gave it to that the vehicle was unsafe and should be used only for parts. What I am saying is the truth and it is consistent with what I told the motorist I struck at the time of the accident.

- Shirley, MA, USA

problem #7

Apr 142016

Crown Victoria

  • 100,500 miles
Twice now while slowing for an intersection soon after vehicle start, the vehicle gas tried to surge forward while brakes have E been applied. The car tried to rev up to 5000rpm. Upon managing to stop car, I put it in neutral, it revved to 5000rpm then suddenly dropped back to idle. Both times have nearly ended up in vehicle going through intersections. Car drove normally after that.

- Ashville, OH, USA

problem #6

Mar 012015

Crown Victoria

  • 200,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Ford Crown Victoria. The contact stated that while driving at 5 mph, the vehicle accelerated independently without any warning. The vehicle was stopped and placed into the park position after the brake pedal was depressed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 200,000.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #5

Sep 012015

Crown Victoria

  • 164,446 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Crown Victoria. While driving 30 mph and approached a stop sign, the accelerator pedal was depressed and became stuck to the floorboard. As a result, the vehicle accelerated uncontrollably and crashed into an electric pole. The front air bags deployed. The contact sustained unknown injuries that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to an impound lot, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 164,446.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #4

Aug 112012

Crown Victoria

  • 40,714 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Crown Victoria. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph the accelerator pedal became stuck on the floorboard when it was depress. The contact mentioned that the failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the throttle body was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and a report was filed. The failure mileage was 40,714.

- Belsano, PA, USA

problem #3

Oct 262009

Crown Victoria 8-cyl

  • miles


2008 Ford Crown Victoria. Consumer states unintended acceleration and no response to brake pedal. The consumer stated when he attempted to apply the brakes to make a turn, the vehicle did not stop and the engine began to rev at a high rate. He had to pump the brakes in order to get the vehicle to stop. The consumer stated the same problem has since happened a second time. The dealer was unable to find a problem. Updated 09/22/10

- Attapulgus, GA, USA

problem #2

Sep 232008

Crown Victoria

  • 4,956 miles
Police car 2008 Crown Victoria was southbound through intersection and struck by an eastbound vehicle. The crown vic accelerated post impact by a stuck throttle linkage and led to two additional collisions. Event data recorder download confirmed the officer complaint of the stuck throttle. Initial impact speed was 22 mph, post impact accelerated to 25 for head on with stopped van in oncoming lane pushing van back and sideways. Cv continued past at a speed of 16 mph to strike Impala headon and accelerated to 20 mph before officer could stop. Throttle at 100% while in neutral and high rpms (4600) until officer shut engine off. Ccso report number S08-14160.

- Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #1

Apr 012008

Crown Victoria 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Crown Victoria. While attempting to depress the brake pedal at speeds less than 50 mph, the vehicle would accelerate instead of attempting to stop. The dealer could not find any failures and the issue recurred several times afterwards. While driving 72 mph with the cruise control activated, the vehicle suddenly accelerated to 90 mph until the cruise control was disengaged. The manufacturer advised him to take the vehicle to the dealer for installation of a monitoring system; however, the dealer still could not determine the cause of the failure. The dealer also stated that he was depressing both the brake and accelerator pedals simultaneously, which may have caused the failure. The contact stated that was impossible because the pedals were inches away from each other. The failure mileage was 11,000 and current mileage was 15,460. Updated 09/25/08 updated 09/26/08.

- Fruitland Park, FL, USA

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