1989 Ford Crown Victoria from North America


The vehicle is well constructed and comfortable with many nice features


AC condenser out at 215,000.

Alternator went out at 246,000 (replaced it myself for about $45)

Transmission locked up at 289,000 (debating if I shoud spend $1200 to get it replaced)

Had to flush out the heater core every fall or the heat would be limited about mid winter (did it myself with a garden hose)

General Comments:

Paid $2,200 dollars for vehicle so it was inexpensive for the mileage I got out of it.

Engine still starts and runs well (5.0 liter V8)

21 miles per gallon on highway.

Interior still clean and not warn/very comfortable (cloth)

Used for hauling boat and utility trailers.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st July, 2008

23rd Jul 2008, 19:54

If you do get the trans replaced, make sure they install a brash tv bushing. The factory tv bushing is made of plastic, which can break and lead to pre-mature trans failure...I'm going to do this up-grade on my '90 CV, which I assume still has the original set-up @ just over 101K.

1989 Ford Crown Victoria ltd 5.0 from North America




Dash light and tail lights goes out together I've replaced all fuses, dimmer switch and headlight switch problem still occures.

General Comments:

Once running the car is a good car, but you shouldn't have to put in more work then what youve actually paid for the vehicle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 13th October, 2006

10th Mar 2007, 22:38

Once you dash lights and brake lights go out together it means your headlight switch is bad. I had to replace my headlight switch. It is kind of a pain to get to, to replace, because you have to reach back and release the button and pull switch out a angle at the same time.

1989 Ford Crown Victoria LX 5.0 V8 from North America


Too gosh darn slow


Oil leaks everywhere.

General Comments:

All I can smell is burning oil when driving this car. I used to own a 2000 Interceptor and can say that was the best car I ever owned. This 89 is one of the worst. It dosn't have any power. I can get it over 75. It has no pickup at all. I wouldn't mind the fact that it gets bad gas millage, but it doesn't have any power to show for that. I bought the car because of its size, but now think it may be safer to have a smaller car that can get out of its own way.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th November, 2005

15th Nov 2005, 23:42

First of all, why would you try to compare an 89 Mercury Grand Marquis to a 2000 Police Interceptor. This review is almost completely bogus because they are not even in the same league as eachother. Yes, they are all based on the same platform (Crown Vic, Mercury Grand Marquis, Lincoln Towncar), but you own two completely different models and packages and there is an 11 year technological difference between the two. The 2000 Police Interceptor has a special suspension package, braking system, and the one HUGE difference... A HIGH PERFORMANCE MOTOR!! For the police interceptor model, it came with a high-performance version of the 4.6 liter V8 that I'm not sure, but should put out at least 250hp and over 300lbs of torque.

Now the cheap 89 MGM that you bought only left the factory with 160hp/260trq at best, at least that's what my 87 MGM LS 2 door left the factory with. Plus after 16 years of driving, drivetrain loss, and abuse, there isn't much left to work with. On top of that yours is beat and burning oil (bad sign, could be many different problems), so I'm not surprised that yours is a lot slower than mine. Mine happens to be decently quick, and does 90 mph with ease. (For those old guys out there, I'm a safe driver and I don't drive that fast normally, just trying to prove a point) It has to be the most reliable and comfortable car I have ever driven, and it was worth every penny I paid for it.

My suggestion, stop trying to compare performance to an old luxury car. Be happy or sell it to somebody who will enjoy your old "box style" Mercury Grand Marquis, because its not a sports car, just old style luxury. I drive my 87 daily while I still have my performance cars (guaranteed they would blow the doors off your 2000 PI, got a 11 second 96 Eagle Talon TSI AWD) to enjoy also.