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Because Ford is discounting the Crown Victoria, Santa Barbara County recently bought 38 new Crown Vics and will be storing them at the county garage until they are needed to replace outgoing patrol cars. Because all their equipment is designed and wired to fit a Crown Victoria, it would be a significant investment to switch to a different manufacturer's patrol car and then outfit it with all-new equipment. Moreover, the technicians told me they wanted to wait to see how reliable the new police cars from Dodge, Chevrolet, and Ford prove to be before deciding which model to buy. In the meantime, they all said the Crown Victorias have proved so reliable, they now keep each car for 150,000 miles before retiring it. The patrol cars receive maintenance inspections and oil changes every 4,000 miles.