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You are in the Ford Crown Victoria/Mercury Grand Marquis
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Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis, Exterior, Sedan
Feb 27, 2003 (4:14 pm)
You can usually find those keyless entry kits at Target or K-mart for something like $30. Installation will be DIY, and I'm not sure what that entails, although I almost did this to my '95 Thunderchicken once.
As far as a redesign?
Don't expect one anytime soon. The same basic platform goes back to '79, although with significant improvements over the years, especially the 2003's. Personal speculation, but I think the Mercury Montego and Ford 500 will end up replacing the Grand Marquis and Crown Victoria. I think the Grand Marquis and Crown Victoria nameplates have become too associated with "old people" cars to be viable in the marketplace, and the Taurus will probably never recover from the radioactive catfish design of '96, so Ford is hoping that one car, splitting the difference between the Taurus and the Crown Vic, will correct two of their marketing mistakes, make them more competitive in the family sedan market, and reduce the number of car models they have to make. Much as they hoped to replace both the Contour and Escort with the Focus on the small car end of the market. If Ford has ceased production on the Contour and Escort, I missed that notice, but replacing them with the Focus was the original plan. I wouldn't be surprised if Ford is doing the same thing with the 500.
As an aside, such a tactic worked for Jaguar in the '60's, when they replaced a small, medium, and large sized sedan with a single midsize car, the XJ6. Now, ironically, they're going the opposite way, having come out with a midsize S-Type, a small X-Type, and moving the XJ up to the big end of the spectrum with the 2004's.
#1812 of 3300 Shopping: Grand Marquis LS & Crown Victoria LX
Mar 03, 2003 (8:17 am)
Am presently shopping for a 2003 GM-LS and a 2003 CV-LX . Will buy one of the two and would like to hear from owners of either one of these cars. The wife and I have checked out the GM-LS but not the CV-LX as yet. ...we'll do that next weekend. We like the GM-LS "Ultimate Edition" model a lot , especially pocket-book wise as compared to the 2003 Lincoln Town Car Executive we've also driven....which is very nice. We haven't driven the GM-LSE as yet but I believe this is a longer
version of the LS and may not fit our standard-sized garage. Have to check that and other differences to the LS model.
Will appreciate any input on these two cars from you.
#1813 of 3300 Brand new'03 Executive $29,995, Beaverton, OR
Mar 03, 2003 (9:56 am)
How much for the LS Ultimate?
#1814 of 3300 93 GM motor ticking only after it warms up
Mar 04, 2003 (7:48 pm)
I have a '93 Grand Marquie that runs great, the only problem I have with it is that after it warms up the motor will start ticking if the car is under a heavy load. When the car is still cold you can put it under the same load and it runs fine. Has anyone had this problem, or can give me any advice. Thanks
#1815 of 3300 Re: 93 GM motor ticking only after it warms up
Mar 04, 2003 (8:13 pm)
Is this "ticking" accompanied by any sort of bucking sensation. My 94 GM started some mild bucking on hard acceleration when warm at around 60,000 miles. If I remember right, there was a ticking sound, too. Problem was found to be ignition wires. Replacing them solved the problem. At 110,000 miles, I had a similar problem, although it was more prevalent when cold. It was found to be the ignition wires again. Hope this helps.
#1816 of 3300 dinu- 2003 GM Ultimate Edition
Mar 04, 2003 (9:05 pm)
I bought a GM-LS Ultimate 2 months ago after taking a similar route to yours. I was interested in the GM-LSE, but never found one. Also checked out the Lincoln Town Car Executive, but I was looking at used 2001 models with low miles for the same $$ as a New GM-Ultimate.
For what ever reason, I never shopped the CV-LX, so I can't offer comparisons of the 2.
I believe all 3 are reliable, safe, and a great value now as they are all being discounted because they're not cool and not AWD.
But since I'm looking at the interior of the car 95% of the time, I was sold on the Ultimate as I like the interior a lot ! Especially the instramentation panel, steering wheel, and roomy leather seats.
Let me know what you thought of the CV after you drive it. Also, what are the rebates on the 2 ?
#1817 of 3300 Load Pinging "Ticking"
Mar 09, 2003 (9:18 am)
Your ticking under load is just pinging from pre-ignition of the fuel in the cylinders. I had the exact same problem in my 95 CV with the engine check lamp ultimately coming on after many months of pinging. Well, it turned out that a Mass Air Sensor located on the air filter housing needed changing. After changing it, the car runs quiet and smooth with all fuel types. I hope this helps.
Mar 10, 2003 (5:35 am)
Creativecomput - As noted above the likely candidate is the Mass Airflow Sensor. I have read on other forums that there is a simple method to fix this without replacing the sensor. This sensor can be sprayed with electric contact cleaner and will work like new.
#1819 of 3300 2003 GM head rests
Mar 11, 2003 (5:21 am)
Head rests on 2003 GM too tall block view when backing up. Anyone hear of this?
#1820 of 3300 Ask the driver of an 18 wheeler how he backs up.
Mar 11, 2003 (8:40 am)