Mercury Grand Marquis Reviews

Mercury Grand Marquis Reviews and Owner Comments

The "Panther platform" is a tough one. I purchased this vehicle as my "retirement car". Not so sure if it was a good choice now. It had 38K miles on it when purchased as a used rental. I like to do as many of my maintenance chores as I can. Shortly after I took delivery the trunk light warning wouldn't go off unless I shut the trunk lid numerous times. After that happened several times: the latch came apart and the lid would no longer stay shut. I purchased a new latch assembly from the dealership for $140.00. Replacement was an easy chore. St 40K miles the AC went out. The dash controller was the culprit. By the time I got thru getting jammed by Enterprise $350.00 for 2 days rental and $400.00 for the repair, plus lost time at work: I was out almost $1,000.00 because of inferior factory parts. Then I had problems with the interior lights. After trouble shooting it became obvious the LCM was defective because Ford used the cheapest relays they could get their hands on for the LCM. Now fuse #18 (interior lights) keeps blowing because of a possible short I can't track down. Getting automotive electrical problems fixed can be VERY expensive. I, honestly, don't know if this vehicle is worth it any more. With 59K miles on it: the leather on the driver side, seat cushion is already worn thru in one spot! The Ford version, Crown Vic, was popular for law enforcement. I figured it was a sound decision, at the time. They had loads of them in the service department every time I went there. What I learned, too late, was they were not there for routine maintenance, but for electrical problems. The sheriffs department jumped ship from Ford and has gone with General Motors when the Crown Vic was discontinued. The Police department went with the Taurus and the officers HATE it because it's hard to get out of the vehicle because the door opening is much smaller than the Crown Vic. I should have gone with Toyota or Subaru.
Bought my Grand Marquis used 8 years ago. It's otherwise a good reliable car. This was my first car brought never had a vehicle used family members or walked wherever needed to go. I do trust my Grand Marquis know this car is very old but will require in giving lots of maintenance replace manifold intake gasket and ball joints for $40 at NAPA AUTO,) Changed plugs, air filters a new alternator along AutoZone battery had replace at the auto store. First got my car originally had 120,000 miles.,) now I've driven it at least another 30,000 miles running on orig. engine and transmission. Being that it's 18 years old the Grand Marquis really holding up extremely well. Interior and exterior almost like new absolutely love my Mercury comfortable in lots of spacious with huge trunk space. Idles up very well its gone on few trips no worries believed as long keep getting it fully serviced won't have any major issues out of it. I Love these cars so reliable and comfortable cars ever driving my super fantastic I plan on keeping this car for as long as can because it's a good large dependable vehicle ever owned. Didn't pay a note on was a free auto ride so happy that could just hope in my car turn the key and start the motor as taking off. Grand Marquis never ever suffered problems as overheating or felt I was left stranded on side of road it treated me while served me driving around where I needed to go it's a beast. If ever buy one of these would definitely recommend getting the '97 think they are best ever overall with only fewer problems will be holding tight to this car loving my smooth cruiser.
Got car used 4 years ago. Only problem I'm seeing are the intake manifold gasket as mines was just replaced after my car stalled at stop sign.

Good Luck to other previous owners with this problem.
Good car I love mines. Purchased at Auto Carrier Auto Repair in Haywood right into West Los Angeles love this car it was a Avis rental from Las Vegas with 35,000 miles. I found that the Grand Marquis be extremely comfortable rides like a couch on wheels and very impressive car ever. Put 125,778 miles never put nothing on car gets oil changes at 3,000 miles and plugs change at 15,000 car is very good condition. Lots of spacious, luxury and its a nice looking car to drive though was a used car still had new car smell. She does well in city driving being retired military academy trainer this car feels like a ship driving so smooth has lots of great features on GS model believe like it better than having another Cadillac as much love those cars even used to drive one that was a limousine still this Ford car is the best ever bought keeping until leave this earth.
This is my wife's car. She purchased it new in 2,000. Rides excellent, minimal road noise. Large interior. Normal maintenance performed. Have 140,000 miles on it currently (2015). Has run with little problems until now. The heater core needs to be replaced along with a/c compressor. Can drive it however if I use the ac or htg. we smell antifreeze. I recently received an estimate to fix these two issues, $2,300. Looking for another repair estimate currently. Hate to replace it but may have to.
I got this car 4/2005 @ 25000 mi. driven mostly on highway, performance was excellent. 17-19/city;25+hwy. love my land boat. I've replaced cat conver.& hdlight module. other than that normal maint. I'm having problems with rear brakes sticking, having that looked at now. 126000 and climbing!!!
We bought this car in late 2010 now have 73,000 miles lots of spacious and rides like sitting on a couch. Only problems had out the car be brakes went at 23,000 miles and passenger window regulator wouldn't roll down but at time still had extended warranty. Gets 25 MPG and 452 Miles to Empty wish the car had navigation but it's a great large full size yacht always take trips down to VA and D.C very quiet driving the car. I wouldn't trade the car anytime sooner like the controls and digital dashboard is best. Grand Marquis has excellent handling the engine is definitely more powerful than ever absolutely loving this car. Overall though these cars are discontinued forever will keep this car until hits 400,000 miles love extra room fits six passengers even driven other people on long rides to Manhattan everyone rode in this car truly loved the Grand Marquis this car has got low maintenance and scheduled oil changes does well in snow I replaced ALL SEASON TIRES after first bought the vehicle. Believe rather keep my Grand Marquis than driving a Toyota or Honda plus any vehicle out there we are middle aged people in our mid 40s but my parents drove large yachts so now I grew up learning to drive in Dad's Buick even drove a 1985 Grand Marquis to college in Chicago back in the 90s loved that car all my friends made fun saying that was a grandpa's car but whenever they needed a ride they all loved it because it beat their little duke cars having more power to a V8 engine. Our 2011 is very reliable have another friend who lives in Boston bought a 2011 used in 2013 he loves as well even both of us always chat on Facebook saying how we rather drive these cars than small vehicles because they are the safest he added a dual flow master exhaust pipes and tinted the windows but his wife doesn't like the vehicle which she owns a BMW but she doesn't complain when needed more room for their children driving to school or etc. I love this car will always drive it until it dies on me we also bought a 2015 GMC Yukon Denali wife SUV but use when taking longer trips across the U.S but drive Grand Marquis around town or short trips it's a great car.
Bought 97 Marquis for son 7.5 years ago for $2700. It had 73,000 miles on it. We just sold it for $800 and it has over 248,000 miles on it. Original Engine and Original Transmission. The problems that we have had seemed to be common to everything I read on the web. We had the following.
At 143,000 miles I had to replace the manifold which is common. I bought one from rock auto and repaired myself. It cost less then $200 which included coolant change, a couple hoses and new thermostat. Haven't had a problem since.
Have had driver side power window assembly fail twice, but cheap repair, replace myself and have lifetime warranty on the part.
Biggest problem with the cars has been with ball joints, have had to replace upper and lower and tie rods. If you have a car like this and can do the work yourself it would be wise to replace the upper and lower ball joints & tie rods. For the lower purchase a control arm with the ball joint installed and it just becomes a matter of bolting everything on. You can get the control arm assembly for about $68 at Rock auto (Dorman)The upper Dorman you can get for about $43. If you hear one going bad replace all 4, front shocks, tie rod(inner and outer $56) and take it in for an alignment.
Front seatbelt buckle assembly broke. Got one at junk yard for $20.
Had a rear wheel bearing go.
Another thing about this car is that you have to change the plugs and wires every two years. At the time of sale the car with over 248,000 miles with the original transmission and engine doesn't have any codes. I have had to replace O2 sensors. One time I had the code for catalytic converter and read on the internet could be an oxygen sensor and that is what it was. Car has original exhaust is still quiet. I did replaced a couple of the rubber hangars that I was able to get from Advanced Auto. Car does not handle well in winter but rides smooth in summer. Original Air conditioner equipment is still working. Overall this car has been very cheap, Have had for 90 months and it cost $2700 - $800(sale)=$1900 That is about $21/month plus only had it insured for State minimum which was about $40 month for son. For parts and maintenance(including tires) have probably spent less then $3000. I figure our cost of ownership for everything was about $90-$100 a month not counting gas.
BAD car donot buy one
I brought my used 2011 when it had 24000 miles on it...the second day the transmission when crazy...the dealer rebuilded the transmission from scratch...adn it runs perfect...no problems out of it but power locks stop working caued previous owner put fold on fuse which cause it to stop working. i used to get 16 mph until i kept the oil changed now i get 24-28 mph with new oil change of which i used Dura-Lube additive. I plan on keeping it awhile great car for the dollar....
San Antonio Tx. August 8th.2014
My 2005 Grand Marqui has almost 40,000 miles and has been a great comfortable car. The light switch and the light modual have been replaced costing me a total of a little over $800.00. I have only had to replace the tires ONCE! I keep it serviced quite regularly.
The appearance of my car looks absolutely great! It is a black color which looks so very luxurious. When I bought it NEW, I asked for some very handsome chrome wheels and I use the best of tires.
Too bad the Grand Marquis is no longer available. I shall treasure this one to the very end. By the way, have not ever been in an accident with it............
just purchased with 33k miles and runs like a champ. much safer than other cars previously owned.
trunk light/indicator malfunction, it shows trunk open even wen trunk is shut.it is frustrating.and sometimes the trunk doesn't close in one try, again very frustrating and sometimes embarrassing.
I bought a 2004 with only 23,400 miles on. I have put on 10,000 miles and have had to replace the air ride pump at over $ 600.00. Now the power steering is no working. I have owned a number of Grand Marquis and had put many into fleet service for salesmen. I cannot believe that the Mercury Division has not stood up and recalled these vehicles to make them safe. In addition the bottom of the doors on the driver's side of the car rusts out. I see it on a lot of cars.
Bought mine in 2009 out of an estate sale. Had 60 k EXACTLY on it. Paid $1900 (KBB trade in $3800). I do my own regular maintinence and pro mechanic for bigger stuff. Runs great, MPG 23.7 At 110k, air shocks went out. Air shock 900 with life expectancy 100k. Steel springs $1200 and life time repair. Went with steel. Front shocks made it to 140k. At 150k, lost tie rod and replaced both. At 150 K, also had simutaneous thermostat housing leak and alternator relay failure. At 150k, not garaged and no rust
I previously owned a BMW 325is before this car and like it better than the BMW. Believe it or not, the BMW was more "high maintainence". The only down side to this car is that is is not one for ice or snow. Rear wheel drive and very front heavy.
oldies but goodies run forever just change oil every three months long life
I have had this car for only 6 months and already i've had to replace my alternator, my intake manifold, and my bearing. It only has 75k miles and mechanics keep telling me "it's in great condition" but considering I've dropped more money in 6 months on fixing it than I paid I would consider it to not be in great condition. Awful gas mileage, heat takes forever to start, etc. Would not recommend to a friend.
My 1999GM-LS runs well now 140,000 miles since new. Had AC control unit, fuel pump, Idle air control valve, rotors, cracked intake manifold replaced. Recently a slight vibration developed at idle when engine is hot. Most noticeable at steering wheel. Dealer can't find fault - deemed normal? Cracked intake manifold - is bound to happen when plastic bonded to aluminum. Grade school physics tells us that metal and plastic expands and contracts differently when temperature changes. can't believe any Ford engineer could overlook this?? when the GM was designed. Perhaps the plastic manifold are designed to fail!
Two ton a fun! Almost economy car freeway MPG (idling @ 60mph), quiet, relaxed, upscale, bullet proof engine/ drive train, cheaper parts and insurance!

2003+ GS (base car) is the car to get (03+-latest upgrades), change out lighting control module (weak relay-see ebay/forums) run synth 5-30 only and enjoy your V8/281 powered lux cruiser! Bought an 03 for my daughter with 62k on it, one old lady owner for $4000 and daughter loves it-ease of use and comfort. 25+ mpg on freeway, about 20 mpg overall. Truck frame, engine, drive train. Sleeper used car best buy folks that's safe, reliable, cheap to buy used now with low mileage and typically easy use (thanks, old folks) ! No brainer vs high mileage, beat Japanese rig in high demand! Picky Engineer
a great car, have owned 4 previous year same car.
one problem...trunk open light comes on when trunk is shut.
have to reshut lid 2 or 3 times to stop it.
Very Comfortable car, especially on long trips. This vehicle was made to Excel on the highway where the gas mileage using cruise control is compatible with smaller vehicles that feel and look like tin boxes. Poor gas mileage in the City due to stop and go traffic. Best mileage on the highway was 28.6 mile average from NYC to Hershey Pennsylvania using cruise control most of the way. Had two Crown Victorias prior to this Grand Marquee and can notice a big difference in the ride. I will enjoy this car to the end. Approaching 90k on the odometer.
Bought used with 80,000. Now has 158,000. 28-29 MPG hiway,20 everyday.Has never failed to start or broken down on road. Some electrical issues,hazard switch,power window switch,door ajar sensor. Love this car.
I BOUGHT A USED 2003 GRAND MARQUEE LS IN JULY 2012. I WAS TOLD THAT THEY (DEALER SHIP) HAD SENT IT TO THE SHOP AND EVERYTHING WORKED FINE .I BOUGHT IT AT ABOUT 7 PM CAUSE I WAS RUNNING LATE AND THEY WERE BOUT TO CLOSE AND MY OTHER CAR WAS NOT RUNNING . I DID NOT TAKE TIME TO DO A ROAD TEST ON IT AND TOOK THEIR WORD FOR IT .WHICH WAS A MISTAKE .NOW TO THE PROBLEM. AS I WAS DRIVING HOME I HEARD A FAINT NOISE AND THOUGHT IT WAS THE TIRES MAKING A NOISE BUT FOUND OUT ABOUT A MONTH IT WAS A BEARING AND AXLE ON THE REAR .I HAD THAT FIXED. WE TRIED TO SET THE MIRROWS AND THEY WOULD NOT WORK. THE FM RADIO WOUL COME ON AND GO OFF IN ABOUT TWO MINUTES AND MIGHT COME BACK ON FOR A FEW MIN. AND SOMETIME IT WOULD NOT COME ON. THE AM WORKED SOME OF THE TIME AND THE CD PLAYER WORKS GOOD .I HAVE A 1998 MARQUEE . WITH 198,000 AND NEVER HAD ANY TROUBLE WITH IT .I THINK THE 2003'S ARE LIMONS SO IF YOU ARE THINKING ABOUT GETTIN ONE I WOULDN'T .THE 2003 I HAVE ONLY HAD 85,000 ON IT GUES I WILL HAVE TO FIX ALL OF THIS STUFF AND I'M NOT HAPPY .
Can an oil leak stop my starter from working?
I have 33,xxx on my car. It has an extremely strong exhaust smell. I have also had problems with the door locks on the driver's door making funny noises, as if the actuator continues to pop 5 or 6 times after the door actually locks. But this problem has seemed to stop on it's own *fingers crossed*. Since there is warranty left, I am going to get her checked out. Also, she is a real gas hog. Going from an SUV I thought I would be getting a LITTLE better mpg. But I am getting 4-6 mpg less than the SUV, consistently. Around 15 mpg to be precise, all city driving. Over all I like my car. 2011 was the last year it was offered, so I will drive it until the wheels fall off. Let's just hope that isn't too soon.
Had problems with the lighting modual at about 45,000. (BIG $$$$) Now experiencing problems with the ac-heater fan speed control. Replaced the a/c fan motor at about 35,000 miles.

Car otherwise OK. Electrical system sucks.
I had gotten this car from a older gentalmen and it was pretty well kept up and drivin only in town. worked great when i got it at 80K. Heres the thing i think the old man was smarter than i thought cause almost a week into owning this car i turned into a gas station and the right joint broke completly. car slamed on tire and puff theres the tires and the joint. not to mention the other damages this probably caused that i dont know about. shortly after that intake cracks. now with 110k the im almost 100% sure that the trany is messing up too. and its a complete gas hog.
i have had this car for years and years...i have barely taken good care of it, yet it keeps on driving good for me...its 2013 now and i need ac work and a couple windows fixed..otherwise ill drive it another 20 years,,,,,yay ford!
A nice, comfortable car, with decent mileage. I have 50,000 miles on it, with the original brakes and tires.... only expense other than maintenance is the climate control unit had to be replaced at around $1,000, soon after it ran out of warranty. Since they don't make them anymore, I think I'll have this one till it quits.
I have a 2011 Black Mercury Grand Marquis and has 46K miles and no maintenance has been put on it except for oil changes and tire rotation. I can achieve up to 25 MPG and 451 Miles to Empty in the Spring and Summer. This fits me perfectly and it's very comfortable. The only problems I have is the washer fluid sensor is bad and the right rear door has a broken door actuator which means it won't lock or unlock the door. But, I have to say that this Grand Marquis is the last real Car I'll ever have when I trade it in for a F-Series Truck 15 years from now.