The 2013 Chevy Caprice Is a Quirky Police Car You Can’t Buy

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This is the Chevy Caprice PPV. It was built in Australia and imported to the U.S. where it was not sold to the public. We are thrilled to be providing this one for sale on CARS & BIDS !! Today I'm reviewing this Chevy Caprice, and I'll show you all the numerous quirks and features. I'll likewise support the wheel and examine the driving experience.

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CHAPTERS:
00:00 THIS …
00:35 It Can Be Yours On CARS & BIDS!!!
01:11 Caprice Overview
02:32 Police Pursuit Vehicle
04:16 V8 Powertrain
05:15 Quirks & Characteristics
07:18 Interior Police Quirks
09:51 Cheap Products
10:38 Gauge Cluster Screen
12:28 Infotainment
13:58 No Frills Experience
15:02 Rear seats
16:57 Trunk
18:21 Vroom Vroom
19:15 Driving Experience
23:21 Last Ideas
23:43 DougScore

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The 2013 Chevy Caprice Is a Quirky Police Car You Can’t Buy

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    1. ​@@Blast6926What police department is buying these “brand new” lmao they’re all decommissioned at this point bruh

    2. They’re still pretty rare though, at least where I live. I’ve only seen a handful driving around.

    3. ​@@vicvega9936I have never even heard of this. The oldest police vehicles in service near where I live are Crown Vic Interceptors.

    1. A slightly more accurate title would be “you could not buy” but that would not get the algorithm clicks “you can not buy” will get.

      The C&B listing also says “modified for civilian use” probably meaning there has to be several modifications to these cars for them to be legal for the laymen to own.

    1. @@drunkenhobo8020 nope – production of ’90-’92 (~34-32 years ago), well within 25 yr import law

  1. This is technically not a detective model as it has a vinyl floor and offset shifter it’s considered a 9c1, this was probably a detective car since it’s all blacked out doesn’t look super beat up, and only has just over 70k miles on it,but you can tell the car at least had a spotlight by the hole in the driver side a pillar, you can also see the wear on the back of the front seats and the indent on the floor from rubbing against a partition,the 9c3 is the detective model it has carpet and and a normal center console, the 9c3 was discontinued starting the 2014 model year and all caprices came with the vinyl floor.

    1. I’m confused. A car only sold to police departments doesn’t seem very stealthy, whatever colour you paint it?

    2. This model is only sold to police departments but you can throw a rock and hit a civilian Caprice. It doesn’t stand out.@@philallen7626

    3. “This is technically not a detective model ” followed by ” this was probably a detective car “

    4. @ohhhspanky  definitely not a detective model just came from a police department that uses black cars with white letters 🤣

    1. They still can majority of the time, nowadays as human error can be involved, because your technically pacing, usually have to have it on dash or body cam, and be able to see the laser or radar readout of that person speeding.

    2. The police man is slowly losing the ability to divine speed just because he is a cop.

      With cop cars now having cameras the cop’s lying eyes are not all any judge has to weigh in court.

  2. The speedometer is specific to the police model. In order to issue a citation based on the officer’s speed, their speedometer needs to be certified.

    1. Stop copying other comments it makes you look like more of an idiot especially since it isnt true you cant get a ticket based on the squads speedometer.

    2. The check Doug is going on about has nothing to do with “certification” of the speedometer though. It’s literally just the computer checking all the vehicle systems.

  3. The speedometer check is absolutely related to it being a police vehicle, as pacing is one way to record someones speed for writing a ticket. As such, the speedometer needs to be certified and calibrated to ensure accuracy, as if it wasn’t, the ticket would be able to be thrown out of court.

    1. And being cops they can say yes the speedo is calibrated cuz the cash said so.
      Can’t see how it really calibrate siting still.

    2. It can still be thrown out in court, most courts require that you have it on dash or body cam, on radar, because pacing can involve human error.

    3. Some police departments actually ban pacing nowadays too and instead rely only on the radar or laser. Unfortunately some asshats still use pacing as a method and give people speeding tickets through it but once the courts notice the word pacing written on the ticket by the officer, the speeding ticket is thrown out/dismissed

    4. @@honda443That is probably because most modern cops don’t know how to pace. I saw a cop try to say somebody was “doing 90” because the cop had to “do 90” to catch up to the guy.

  4. The certified speedometer message doesn’t mean it’s being checked every time the car is started. It is specific to police vehicles and is required because often times, an officer will match the speed of a vehicle and follow it for a while before pulling it over for speeding. When the patrol car’s speedometer is certified, it’s just as valid as a laser or a radar in court.

    1. Yea the way most manufactures always define it as, it means the speedometer has been certified to be dead accurate as long as you keep stock wheels and tires are on.

    2. But aren’t all speedometers not really accurate? I mean can they really make this car’s speedometer dead accurate?

      I had a 500 CC motorcycle and when my speedo read 60, my true road speed was 56.

      So I always assumed that any car I drove after that would have a little error. Don’t they tend to read slower than actual?

    3. yes one of the measuring devices whichever used respectively needs to be calibrated and certified as such.

    4. @@josebrown5961 Speedos would read higher than actual, usually 2 to 4 units higher. Had they read lesser than actual, then you would have people speeding all the time. And it is not an error, it is intentionally kept so.

    1. @@Kushari Hey we don’t all have 20/20 vision. Joking aside that is a dumb comparison, a better comparison would be A8 and A8L. The reason I say that is for the 11-13 cars the drivetrain, suspension and interior is all the same. Also naming can be tough on these cars, the Caprice was also sold as a Buick park avenue and a Bitter Vero.

    2. @@connorm1600 Sorta. Statesmen/Caprices were always considered separate to Commodores, as up until the WM they were quite different, but the WM’s still considered to be a different car due to the longer chassis and having different panels. It’s more like a Golf and Scirocco instead of an A8 and an A8L.

  5. I have a cammed one making 500hp. They were built 15k of them from 2011-2017. A lot of them do have a Caprice badge on the rear, as mine does also. Great cars. Fun as hell. One of the best cars I’ve had.

    1. It’s an L77. Still an LS. Nothing frankenstein about it really. Everything is same as every other LS.
      @@drunkpolack7612

    2. Yes it’s a L77 engine. Basically an LS2 block with LS3 heads. I have a 2014 that I’m building for drag and drive car. Just ordered the LSA a week ago for it.

  6. Fun fact, on these cars you could get either engine for the same price. There wasnt a price jump for the V8.

    1. This reminds me of an interview with a BMW manager from the ’90s who said that six cylinder engines cost them exactly as much to make as four cylinder engines, but that they still needed to offer both due to customer preferences and had to sell the six cylinder variant for more in order to maintain a premium image. With government contracts (and no premium image in case of GM), this obviously doesn’t apply.

  7. You always say the cruise control on the stalk is weird but that’s where all the cars had it until steering wheel button became mainstream.

    1. My 99 silverado has it on the turn signal stock. When I got in my dad’s 07 silverado it felt weird how they moved it to the steering wheel

  8. Fun fact, here in Canada we machined the engine blocks for these cars, then shipped them to Australia. Agile block machining was our departments name and we specifically called the 6.0 a “W” block, the machining line was built in 1994 and it was run until the early winter of 2017. Very nolstelgic to see this engine!

  9. There are a lot of things wrong in this video that are made up.
    1. That is a 9c1 (patrol model) not 9c3 (detective model). Look at the decal (SPID). This car has the rubber floor instead of carpet, police rims instead of the full hubcaps, somebody removed the spotlight as you can see with the hole inside the A pillar trim and patched outside A pillar, and this car had a cage installed as the wear marks give it away.
    2. They come from the factory with a Caprice badge on the rear. Someone removed it on yours.
    3. That console did not come from the factory. From the factory they come with a bare plate for agencies to mount their equipment to. So the previous agency installed that console and the reseller probably installed that armrest/cupholder. Where they put the swinging cover probably held the radios and lighting/siren controls. Also most laptop mounts are a plate on the passenger seat front mounting bolts with a post that runs up next to the console. They are hardwired in.
    4. The certified speedometer is just for the police market. Most law enforcement vehicle manufacturers include this feature for speed patrol use.
    5. The rear seat isn’t real leather. Its fake. That is factory.
    6. That vehicle was used for patrol use. It had a cage in it, spotlight, was marked, etc. Typical police setup.

    1. Thank you! I was getting frustrated watching this as you can tell he doesn’t really know anything about police cars. The bit about using the bare console faceplate space as a desk had me rolling lol.

    2. Yeah, lots of mistakes in this video. The rest end is a classic debadge by a previous owner or department. A 30 second google search would have uncovered that, Doug!

    3. @@Davez621 That’s a ‘ticket’ light, and they’re usually added at the upfitter along with the console, lights, cage, etc. Although if memory serves, it was a ‘factory’ Ford part on the CVPI.

  10. Doug’s the type of guy to sit in the back of a police car and tell the officer about its quirks and features.

  11. There’s a near 100% chance I worked on assembly for that exact car. I was in paint across various processes at that time.
    Fun trivia, we also used to export these as Daewoo Veritas and they were classed as limousines. The rear seats were massaging, which is contrasting irony for some of the seats in the Caprice PPV which were plastic with handcuff recesses.
    And a correction for Doug: The Left hand drive wasn’t a conversion done in the US, these cars were build that way from body assembly, swapping out panels like the firewall for mirrored variants. Interior LHD variants were also all fitted here. They were fully drivable LHD off the line.

  12. Doug you should absolutely come down to Australia and review all our cars

    It’ll absolutely change how you feel about the Caprice (Statesman) as you’ll be able to actually drive a nice example and not some beat up cop car

  13. When these first came out, there was a dealer that managed to convert a few of these into civilian vehicles, and sold them to the general public. GM caught word and put a stop to that. Regular Car Reviews also did a good review of it years ago too.

    1. Yep! I found the Jalopnik story on it. Criswell Chevy in Gaithersburg, MD. I think they ended up selling 13 before GM could shut it down.

  14. Thanks Doug. I’ll just add that the Pontiac G8 and Chevy SS was the Australian Holden Commodore, with the standard wheelbase. The Chevy Caprice was based off the Australian Holden Statesman/Caprice, which was a long wheelbase luxury version of the Commodore. The Caprice name was used by Holden in Australia for it’s top spec luxury model.

  15. Australian here – I have a 2015 Commodore ute that was originally a police vehicle. The lights and sirens were not drilled into the roof, but secured on a rack to the roof, and probably had a shell over the tray. It has two batteries behind the seats, one which ran the L & S. Inside, it’s fairly basic but not as basic as the Caprice in this video. It came with steelies, but I swapped them for matt black alloys and a hard lid on the tray. It was a year old with 60000 kilometres on it and has so far been a great car that I cannot replace as they aren’t made anymore. The “utes” they sell now don’t have a 7ft tray like mine and as I use the length to carry things, I don’t know what I will replace it with in the future.

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