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#2010 of 2635 CONDIDERING A SECOND CAR
Jan 08, 2006 (7:51 pm)
I enjoy my 2004 Deville very much but would rather not take it out in windy rainy weather. I picked up a small but nasty rock chip recently in these circumstances. The local Ford dealer around here has two 2005 Mercury Grand Marques with under 20,000 miles on them. They are asking around $18,000 for them. Having been accustomed to Deville
for several years I wondered if I would be satisfied with the 2005 Grand Marque as a second car. Specifically what I would like to know is for those of you that have driven both cars in recent models how general quality, comfort and performance compare. The price on the Grand Marque seems incredibly low and I wondered what the reason is.
The models I am referring to are the LS. Based on the feedback I receive from other Cadillac owners with experience driving the Grand Marque I will decide whether to schedule a test drive. I strongly prefer that responses are from individuals that have driven the car several times or for long periods.
#2011 of 2635 Re: CONDIDERING A SECOND CAR [bremertong]
Jan 09, 2006 (8:20 am)
The new price on the Grand Marques is not very high, the top of the line is around $30,000. Used prices depend on supply and demand.
#2012 of 2635 Re: CONDIDERING A SECOND CAR [sls002]
Jan 10, 2006 (7:44 pm)
Thanks very much for your reply. Have you had any experience driving this car(either Grand Marque or Crown Victoria)? I would be interested in opinions of performance, comfort and quality issues as much as anything else, comparing them to the current vintage of Devilles.
#2013 of 2635 Re: CONDIDERING A SECOND CAR [bremertong]
Jan 11, 2006 (7:38 am)
My mother has a 1984 model that she still drives. While the current model is probably significantly upgraded, the basic body on frame design has not changed. Mom's car is quite comfortable with a soft ride. It has a 5 liter engine I think. There have not been many problems, but the A/C needed some work recently.
#2014 of 2635 Re: CONDIDERING A SECOND CAR [sls002]
Jan 11, 2006 (8:39 pm)
Thanks again. Sounds like a very durable car if its over twenty years old and still running. With fuel costs likely to remain high I might opt for something more fuel efficient for short trips to do local errands. I am quite satisfied with my 2004 Deville fuel economy of around 30mpg in highway driving.
#2015 of 2635 Re: CONDIDERING A SECOND CAR [bremertong]
Jan 12, 2006 (8:26 am)
Well you have to decide what is best for you. The Mercury is rated 17 city, 25 highway, nearly the same as the Deville. However, buying a second car so that you can leave something else parked does not make much sense to me. There are risks involved in driving any vehicle. Unless you think that your deVille will become a valuable collectors item in the future, why not drive it? If you want a fuel efficient car to drive locally, then an older economy car might make some sense. Perhaps a VW diesel for example or a hybrid.
#2016 of 2635 Re: CONDIDERING A SECOND CAR [sls002]
Jan 12, 2006 (8:27 pm)
As you said "drive it" may be the best course. I have always spent alot of time keeping my vehicles in top shape
washing and polishing after each journey in a rain storm. As a result they sell almost as soon as they hit the dealers lot. Chief beneficiary, the dealers! I do like the idea of having a different driving experience in a different vehicle but the cons may outweigh the pros in the final analysis.
#2017 of 2635 Re: CONDIDERING A SECOND CAR [bremertong]
Jan 13, 2006 (7:53 am)
As I see it, the insurance costs on another vehicle will offset any "savings" that you may expect to have.
Jan 13, 2006 (6:21 pm)
If your a "car freak".........Cost be Da**ed !
I keep my DeVille, Chevy truck, GTO, Escort,
Triumph, and my recent 1984 Z-28 purchase all
on the road and ready to roll as the mood strikes
BTW: Where I live in NY and at my age...........
Plates and insurance is cheap !
Gas is a different story................
Its been 50 and sunny here in Syracuse NY the last
few days so I have been hammering the Z.........
Too much snow in front of the barn and crap on the
road to bust out the Triumph or Goat !!!!!!!!!
Plus I would have to jockey the jet-skis and lawn
tractor out of the way.
Its a "sickness" I saay !!!!!!!!!!!
Jan 13, 2006 (7:47 pm)
Enjoyed your post very much. Sometimes we have to do things just for the fun of doing them, your post suggests
that you understand that. Have not decided about a second vehicle yet. Have a large two car garage that could accomodate two large cars. Of course with all the ins and outs of maintenance and insurance I will look carefully before I leap.