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Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis, Tires, Wheels, Sedan
#30 of 45 2006 Mercury Grand Marquis Spare Tire
Nov 12, 2006 (5:03 am)
I bought a 2006 Mercury Grand Marquis LS Ultimate in April 2006. It has the Chrome Wheel option, and Full Size Spare Wheel option which added $695 and $80 respectively to the MSRP. Not only was it a surprise, but also, in my opinion, deceptive marketing, to not include the information that the full size spare would not be on a matching chrome wheel, but also that the spare tire would not match in name and would be a blackwall and not a matching whitewall tire. Also the fact that the factory puts the wheel balancing weights on the outboard side of the wheel instead on the inboard side, especially on a chrome wheel shows a obvious lack of judgement or outright lack of concern for customer satisfaction. One other comment on a lack of reasoning in the marketing area. On the Mercury Grand Marquis, whitewall tires come as standard equipment, but if you order the handling package, they are replaced with blackwall tires instead of the same size and if you had bought the Ford Crown Victoria which does not come with whitewall tires as standard, you would pay $80 for the whitewall tire option. Not only is the customer that wants the handling package paying $695 MSRP for it, but in reality giving back to Mercury the $80 they would charge on their cars to upgrade from blackwall to whitewall tires.
#31 of 45 1994 Ford Crown Victoria Lx/2006 Mercury Grand Marquis Ls owner observation
Nov 12, 2006 (5:25 am)
I bought a 1994 Crown Vic Lx new in July 1994 and in April 2006 bought new a Grand Marquis Ls. The safisfying experience with the 94 Vic, brought me back to consider and buying the 06 Grand Marquis. I kept my 94 because it still rides and looks great. My 06 Marquis, I hope will be as good a choice as the Vic has been. Wish they had kept the inside gas door release, bigger gas tank, under hood light, cassette player(not available with 6 CD in dash option) and the old instant fuel economy displays that came with electronic dash option on the Vic. I do like the passenger side air bag that auto dis ables in certain seating situations on the Marquis. I like the added option of front seat side air bags not available on the Vic in 94. I do like the laminated side glass option on the 06 that was not available on the 94, this laminated side glass is marketed as a safety feature, but an additional improvement in my opinion is the better insulating of the interior from outside noise and temperature extremes. Other than normal scheduled maintenance, oil, filters, brakes, tires, and replacing of original factory battery(that lasted 8 years, the only weak feature on the 94 has been the need to replace all four windown track assemblys,,but only one window motor, have replaced the serpentine belt at about 80,000 miles. Appearance wise, on the Marquis, I am so glad they eliminated the awful, cheap looking exterior radio antenna and have it embedded in the back glass. I still prefer the front door interior lights of the Vic over the un-lit reflectors on the Marquis.
#32 of 45 Re: 2006 Mercury Grand Marquis Spare Tire [frank06]
Nov 12, 2006 (6:23 pm)
For 80 bucks you got a much better spare than the usual donut supplied in most new cars. The real full size tire is very much worth the cost and is not chrome like the other four because it is a spare and not intended to be rotated with the other four. It is just a very good spare.
As for mounting the wheel weights - I agree with your observation 100%. Few of us care enough about such things as the majority of drivers just don't care.
#33 of 45 Re: 1994 Ford Crown Victoria Lx/2006 Mercury Grand Marquis Ls owner observation [frank06]
Nov 12, 2006 (9:56 pm)
I too moved from a 1994 to a newer one - a 94 Grand Marquis LS for a 2002 Grand Marquis LSE. The newer one handles better, but the older one had better road isolation.
The window regulators were a weak point on the older Grand Marquis - the only weak points on the newer ones is the cost cutting in certain areas by Ford - the bugs have been worked out for the most part, so you should get good service for years from the newer one.
#34 of 45 Larger Rims & Tires
Nov 20, 2006 (11:22 am)
What about installing 16" rims on a 91 Mercury Grand Marquis Colony Park Wagon? Factory rims are 15". I want to run a larger tire than the std. Ford spec tire.
Standard tires for Ford Crown Vic and Mercury Colony Park Wagons are 215x75x15. Have run 225x75x15 on Crown Vic Wagon.
Cannot buy Michelin HyroEdge tires 225x75,70,or 60 x15. If 16" rims will work I could buy Michelin HydroEdge 225x60x16".
I installed heavy duty Moog springs and Heavy Duty Bilstein shocks on a Mercury Grand Marquis Colony Park Wagon. Wagon now sits up higher and 215's look way too small.
I think the rims will fit. Height clearance should be okay. Turning clearance?
Anyone have any comments or suggestions?
#35 of 45 Re: Larger Rims & Tires [jwlundy]
Nov 20, 2006 (5:05 pm)
Considering the subject vehicle is over 15 years in age, my economic approach would be to install 225 Michelins on the factory wheels because I don't know if 16" rims are compatible with the brake system and are you considering making the adjustments in your speedometer and odometer?
Is there a 235 75 X15 Michelin out there you could use?
#36 of 45 My stock tires were garbage.
Mar 20, 2007 (8:23 pm)
I replaced them because they wouldn't hold pressure worth a darn, but I found out it improved other things to. Such as the way it handled at high speeds, steering wheel was easier to turn and no jerky freeway curves, you know those jerky corrections. Also the took bumps better and quieter. I thought michelins were good tires, and these tires weren't even wore out. With 43000 miles and 3 years old. You think it was an isolated pair of michelins that were bad or do you think it is in general. I always thought the car was that bad of quality, but these new tires turned my entire belief around. It's like 200% better in all those categories. And I also keep 32 psi in my tires, because that is what I recommend not because Ford recommends it.
#37 of 45 Adapting 2003 wheels to 2000 Ford Crown victoria
Oct 02, 2007 (9:50 pm)
Can anybody please help me out on how to go about adapting 2003 wheels on my 2000 Crown Vic. Thanks
#38 of 45 Re: Adapting 2003 wheels to 2000 Ford Crown victoria [pewe]
Oct 03, 2007 (9:43 am)
Are they not interchangable, considering the bolt patterns?
Remember to update the spare if you go to the larger wheels.
#39 of 45 Larger wheels and tires
Aug 10, 2008 (5:14 pm)
I currrently have a 1994 Mercury Grand Marquis in am wondering if 22" wheels will fit on the car without a lift kit