1985 Mercury Grand Marquis LS 302 C.I. V8 from North America
The car is well made, and I walked away from a head on collision unharmed
When I bought the car the driver side wiper arm was broken. This was a five minute repair with a new OEM part. I also changed all of the fluids when I bought the car for maintenance. No other problems occurred with the car. I made one 500 mile road trip and had no problems. The automatic climate control worked well, as did the cruise control.
I felt that this car would be reliable as I had all service records from the previous owner showing it was well maintained. The paint and interior were in remarkable condition considering the mileage. It was garaged.
Unfortunately I was involved in a head on collision only a week after buying the car and it was totalled.
I walked away unharmed from a 35 MPH head on collision with a 1972 LTD. I was wearing my seat belt. I strongly feel that this vehicle is well designed for comfort, and I have first hand experience that it will protect you in an accident. If you want a safe and comfortable car, buy a Grand Marquis.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 9th February, 2002
10th Oct 2004, 19:50
I just bought a 1985 mercury marquis LS from my neighbor...101,000 miles. great condition everything works... just a bad dent in passenger side rear door...400.00...did I get a deal!
25th Mar 2005, 19:59
Another great thing about being in an 85 marquis is that the car is a big piece of metal! If a dinky little Honda hit it, then that's too bad for the Honda... :-)
7th Apr 2006, 15:10
My best friend and I are also living proof of how safe these cars are in a major collision. In 1986 when we were teenagers, we avoided a head on collision only to drive right through a brick building. We were still doing approx 55 MPH on impact as estimated by the investigator. Fortunately the building was empty and we both walked away with little more than a split lip and minor bruising from the seat belts. Both of us were in the front seat. This was long before airbags or crumple zones became the norm on cars.
By the way, the building ended up being condemned and demolished. I have now owned 4 Grand Marquis since then and all have been fantastic cars and fortunately accident free. I currently own a 2004 model.