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Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis, Exterior, Sedan
#1326 of 3292 1999 Crown Vic Speedometer problem
Feb 21, 2002 (12:12 pm)
My brother has a 99 Crown Vic ( I have a 98 Grand Marquis) and his speedometer stopped working. The vehicle is still under warranty. He brought the car to Stoneham Ford, Stoneham MA for repair and they told him they had to "order the part". This was 8 weeks ago and still no part and my brother is driving around with no speedometer.
The excuse that the dealer gave is that this is a common problem and they are having trouble stocking the speedometer parts. I happen to think that the dealer is lying. My Grand Marquis has zero trouble with the speedo (I assume its the same part).
Anyone have a similar problem? Ford better fix this soon. I feel that it is un-safe to drive with a dead speedometer not to mention the fact that the odometer will never record the actual mileage on the car.
Feb 21, 2002 (7:06 pm)
" My Grand Marquis has zero trouble with the speedo (I assume its the same part). "
I'll tell you what's different between the Crown Victoria and Grand Marquis....The grille, the taillights, and that little piece on the dash that says "Grand Marquis" or "Crown Victoria." And if you get one built at 4:45 PM on a Friday when Ford's low on parts, that piece on the dash might not be different.
As far as the speedometer, www.crownvic.net is one of my favorite websites (As much for the off-topic antics as for the car stuff), and no one, to my knowledge, has ever mentioned speedometer problems on there. It is certainly not a common problem. The dealer is selling you some bovine scatology (also known as BS). Light a fire under his rear and get him to get you that speedometer part. Be persistant. If that fails, be annoying and persistant. They'll fix the thing just to get you to shut up.
#1328 of 3292 Time for a new car (#1309)
Feb 24, 2002 (11:28 am)
on the new car buy...if you can get the 0% financing thru Ford, it may be worth it to buy new...you will have to run the numbers.
BUT, if you can buy the 2001 w/ only 300 miles on it, for around 20K, that is a great deal. mechanically the cars are identical...the 2001 was the 1st year where ford used the PI (performance improved) heads, so 2001+ is the car you want anyhow. with dual exhaust, expect 235-240 HP at the flywheel. maybe 210 or better RWHP. take a test drive, you will love the car.
then consider underdrive pulleys, a lightning mass airmeter/airbox & a custom chip to make sure you WASTE all the other camrys on the road. that should add another 10 or more HP. =)
Feb 25, 2002 (10:58 am)
Has the interior been changed at all for 2003? I know the steering and front end has been updated, and the exterior styling is the same. Have not heard anything about the interior, but not a big fan of the slab look dash it has.
Any info on the interior, especially the Sport Edition, for 2003?
Feb 28, 2002 (9:31 pm)
Interior stays the same, from the pictures I've seen, aside from a couple of relocated switches. One good thing you can say about Ford interiors is that, while they may look strange, there are very functional and ergonomic.
Feb 28, 2002 (11:57 pm)
After spending many enjoyable hours reading all of the comments here, I went out and bought myself a 2000 MGM, and love the car. Thanks to all, especially the "regulars".
I have a question concerning the wheel covers. Last week, I tried to rotate the tires, but couldn't get the wheel covers off. I was bending them alot but didn't want to force the covers off in case they're somehow attached/locked.
Are they attached or was I just not trying hard enough? The car has the plain steel wheel with (I think) the base wheel cover.
Thanks for your help.
Mar 02, 2002 (6:09 am)
When can we expect the 2003 CV/GM's to show up in dealer showrooms? I know production of the 2002's has ceased.
I ask because the changes sound quite interesting, and I want to drive one before considering what to do about replacing my current wheels!
Mar 02, 2002 (6:42 am)
The 2003's will arive in May. I plan to buy a new CV/GM also within the next two years to replace a 93 Taurus I inherited.
#1334 of 3292 wheel covers
Mar 02, 2002 (4:29 pm)
I don't know about 2002 model, but my 95 MGM has special screwdriver which matches specially shaped screw or whatever in the middle of the wheel cover, under small plastic merqury logo cover.
#1335 of 3292 Head Rest
Mar 03, 2002 (10:13 am)
Any one know how to r&r the front-head rests from the seats on the 2000 GM, short of nuclear attack of course:)