I recently bought my first Crown Vic, a 2008 PI in charcoal, no spotlight, and it has exceeded my expectations. I've had sensible cars my whole life, and I finally wanted something just fun without breaking the bank. I'd considered getting an 80's GM f-body. While cool, they would need a lot to get them running well and looking good again. The CV is no sports or muscle car, but I was surprised at the pickup and the cornering ability.
It's my DD, and it puts a grin on my face when I punch it a little. I put Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3's on there, and they stick to the road like glue. Road noise isn't bad at all. I'm not planning to do too much to this car. Some new carpet and maybe recovering the seats (and add some foam support - they are sagging). Down the road I might opt for an upgraded exhaust. First things first. It appears to be in good shape and taken care of, but I think it needs some new belts. I'll probably have the shop go over everything and change the oil, trans, diff fluids, flush the radiator, check the ball joints and bearings. The brakes are good.
I will take advantage of the expertise on this sight. You all have done a great job sharing your knowledge and experience!