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Dog owners know.

It’s hard to say goodbye to a reliable old friend who has been there for you through all sorts of trouble. It’s even worse when you know the old girl’s still got a lot of life left in her.

They’re not gone yet. But after this year, Ford will stop manufacturing Crown Victoria Police Interceptors, the full-size, rear-wheel-drive sedans that have helped the company supply 70 percent of the nation’s police vehicle fleet.

Ford is discontinuing the model after 2011 (it ended the nonfleet version in 2008). For 2012 it’s offering a Police Interceptor based on the Ford Taurus SHO. That car will come in either front-wheel or all-wheel drive.

Major challengers to Ford’s throne include the Chevrolet Caprice PPV and the Dodge Charger Pursuit, both rear-wheel-drive cars.

Police officers and fleet managers love Crown Vics.

“There isn’t a better police car out there,” said Marc McCoy, the City of Omaha’s equipment services manager. “We put these Crown Vics through an awful lot but they just keep going and going.”

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