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You are in the Ford Crown Victoria/Mercury Grand Marquis
What is this discussion about?
Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis, Exterior, Sedan
May 10, 2002 (7:23 pm)
The only differences between the Grand Marquis and the Crown Victoria are the radiator grille and the taillights, and a few minor misc. pieces of exterior trim, and a few hundred dollars MSRP. Really, it comes down to personal taste. I think the Grand Marquis is the better looking of the pair. Some people like the Crown Victoria better. For all practical purposes, consider the Grand Marquis as an appearance package for the Crown Victoria.
As far the Ford having a better Consumer rating than the Mercury, the only reason I can fathom is that the Ford is the one most often used by Taxi fleets, Police Departments, ect ect. Those types of customers attract about half the Crown Victoria's sales, and they're also the customers who rack up bunches & bunches of highway miles in short periods of time. So the average mileage of all 1998 Crown Victorias is much higher than the average mileage of '98 Grand Marquis. Somehow, all this extra, relatively trouble-free use must help the Ford's consumer rating, but not the Mercury's.
#1401 of 3292 rea98d: Please describe the differences between the
May 11, 2002 (1:18 pm)
Grand Marquis and the Towncar. I understand they have the same drive line from fan to axle, but what makes the TC worth all that more money?
May 11, 2002 (7:59 pm)
Which sedan has more overall legroom in front: the Chevy Lumina, Ford Crown Vic, or Ford Taurus?
May 12, 2002 (5:56 am)
You do realise two things, right?
Specs are one way of measuring, but the best way is to sit down and see for yourself. Figures can and do lie...
Besides, what is OVERALL legroom? I have no idea what you mean by that. You really do need to try out the cars you are interested in. This is not a package of gum you are considering trying. If you buy a car, you are spending a LOT of money. You should be sure you are happy before you spend it!
Second, the Lumina is gone. Its sorta successor is the Chevy Impala, the ones they make now.
#1404 of 3292 johnclineii: I'm in agreement, you should try it personally.
May 12, 2002 (10:27 am)
Recently, I investigated how much back seat leg room there would be after the driver's seat was positioned. There remained perhaps adequate leg room in the back, but my right knee was lodged against the dash board while driving. I was interested in the Jag S Sport, but now am back to the Towncar. I'm used to all that room. (When your friends buy Linclon LS' and Cads you look at other options)
May 13, 2002 (10:45 am)
A journalist is looking for someone who bought one "twin" over another where the manufacturer offers two or more vehicles based on the same basic platform. (a Maxima vs. an I35 (or I30) or the TL vs. Accord)
Did you know it was basically the same vehicle as the other?
Why did you choose it over the other?
Please submit your response to jfallonedmunds.com no later than Wednesday, May 15.
May 14, 2002 (12:19 pm)
Is the engine in the Crown Vic/Grand Marquis still totally made out of cast iron, just like in the old days?
May 14, 2002 (4:44 pm)
The engine has an iron block, but aluminum heads. '92-95 Crown Vics also have aluminum intake manifolds, while the '96 7 up have plastic intake manifolds. These will fail eventually. It's just a matter of time. Not much from the "old days" in this new 4.6 liter engine.
I'm not real sure about all the stuff the Town Car has, but it is 6" longer than the Crown Vic/Grand Marquis, (I've heard a stretched version of the Crown Vi is supposed to come out, though), it has completely different sheetmetal, same mechanicals, and probably a lot more gadgets and doodads. The biggest reason the price is so much more is because there is a crosshair logo on the front of the car, and not a blue oval. As for doing the things a car is meant to do, the Crown Vic will do just as good as the Town Car. But if you want all the computerized gadgets, and the snob appeal that comes with the Lincoln name, the Crown Vic will never be as good. It's not meant to be. Ideally, Ford tries to market these cars so that the Crown Vic is aimed for police & fleet buyers, and for the segment of the public whose only real requirement in a car is lots and lots of interior acreage. The Mercury is in the middle, with more creature comforts than the Ford. It's for people who want a big car, but they want more than just a stripped down model. The Town Car is the top of the heap, for people who want a big luxury car loaded to the gills with every possible bell & whistle, and don't care that it costs twice what the lowly Ford does. In reality, however, this seems to be breaking down, as the difference between the Ford and the Mercury shrinks, and at the high end, they even encroach on the Town Car. You have to wonder if the Marauder isn't going to hurt the Town Car's sales. Ford doesn't want people buying a Marauder instead of a Town Car, they want people buying a Marauder instead of a GM or Chrysler.
#1408 of 3292 Experiences with the 2002 LX-Sport / Marauder prices?
May 16, 2002 (8:28 pm)
I'm in the market for a sporty 4-door sedan, don't like anything remotely Japanese (I know they now build them in the US, but still...), need trunk space (need room for a kids wheelchair), and would like to stay in sub-BMW price range.
I have never seen a LX-Sport on the road, hence my question. Anybody out there with (driving) experience? I believe the merc Marauder is not due until late this year. What's the word on the street for the expected price?
#1409 of 3292 Cheap Interior Appointments
May 16, 2002 (9:02 pm)
Since its time to replace our '94 CV, I took my wife to a lot to look at the 2003 GMs. Both of us were shocked at how chintzy the interiors are. In the LS Ultimate we found the carpet to be very ill fitting. As a matter of fact it barely fits. This was true on a 2002 as well. You can push the carpet over the hump in the front down nearly an inch. In the 2003 the little carpet piece on the door pocket was coming loose at the edges. For those who own a 2002 Grand Marquis; how is your carpet holding up?
Also it seems that all the plastic is about a gauge thinner and more brittle than the material in our 94. Since most of these cars are sold in the sun belt, I wonder how long these interiors will last.