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Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis, Exterior, Sedan
#2865 of 3300 2005 Grand Marquis
Mar 05, 2006 (4:06 pm)
I'm new to Mercury and new to this forum.
Just bought a Grand Marquis LS. Always have owned GM autos (e.g., Buick) in the past. But GM has all but abandoned RWD so I abandoned them.
Did not want to buy a foreign car. Made the exception for Canada.
The car is used. It is a gold ash 2005 with under 12.5K miles. Paid $14.7K.
Car has Michelins, leather, standard instruments (no electronic readouts for speed and miles), traction but not stability and no air suspension, homelink, etc., pretty much routine stuff I guess for an LS; no dual exhaust. I got all the manuals, large and small, with the car. There are five or six, I guess. Got the floor mats, three keys and two remotes. I liked the valet key . . . nice touch .
Did not pull the service history until AFTER I bought the car. Then learned the front rotors had been turned. Odd, but still would have bought it.
Before purchase insisted on "six side look". Dealer complied; put car up on lift for me. Spent fifteen minutes or more examining underside. No problems found. Did not even see anything which would qualify as marginal. Allowing for the miles, underside was like new.
Rest of the car also near new. A few scratches here and there, but nothing even remotely serious. It is a nice looking car.
No problems so far but have driven less than 100 miles. Fingers are crossed.
Are there any "standard" problems on the 2005's I should be on lookout for? Have the brakes been a problem for others?
Did I pay too much? . . . . get a good deal?
One last thing which was important to me: got a pretty good in-service date, I think, of 5/31/05. DID check the in-service date before buying the car. As you know, the three year factory warranty starts to run on the in-service date.
And the build date, also in May of 2005, told me the car has only gone through one winter . . . if you can call this a winter .
If this Mercury lasts like my 1978 LeSabre (also a four door) did I will be fine. The '78 has gone 150,000 miles with no unusual problems except a bad timing gear many years ago (fixed it myself). It has now largely rusted out which is MY fault. But it still runs and I hope to use it as a "winter car" to save the new GM from the salt.
Thanks for any feedback, and please wish me luck!
Mar 07, 2006 (8:39 pm)
I have an 04 Crown Vic LX Sport...does the CV Police Interceptor have the same V8 at 239 HP, or does it have more HP as a police engine???...thanks...
#2873 of 3300 Re: boating [marsha7]
Mar 10, 2006 (10:27 am)