The composite (plastic) intake manifold may crack near the thermostat housing and cause a coolant leak. Ford released an updated manifold that was reinforced to prevent a recurrence. No recall was issued for this problem but Ford did extend the warranty to seven years on some models from the date of purchase.
Problems for specific Ford Crown Victoria years:
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Most reported 2002 Ford Crown Victoria problems
Exhaust manifold gaskets need to be replaced around 100,000 give or take. They just go on these cars, more on passenger side-
Wear on the rear axle shafts near the bearings can create excessive play and lead to gear oil leaking past the seals. Gear oil will leak onto the brake backing plate, brakes, and wheels.