1989 Mercury Grand Marquis Reviews - Page 5 of 9

1989 Mercury Grand Marquis LS 5.0L 302 from North America

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 5.0L 302 Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired97456 miles
Most recent distance111587 miles
Previous carPontiac Sunfire

Summary:

Great car

Faults:

Steering pump went, brakes need much work, power locks don't work, lights didn't work when I bought it, needed exhaust work, so I had dualies put on:)

General Comments:

Very comfortable car. Rides great and can lay a strip like no other car. After making some modifications to the engine, I love it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 18th September, 2004

9th Sep 2013, 23:47

This car is great. I've never had any problems out of the Grand Marquis.

Replaced head gaskets, wheel bearings, spark plugs and Monroe air shocks.

The cruise control switch is broken, but I don't care about that now; it can be fixed or I can find a salvaged one.

I love how the car still drives and fits 5 passengers, included an extra front middle seat. They are like sitting in a La-Z-Boy recliner with the soft cushion.

The power windows, locks, and seats all still work and are original, but in 2011 I had to replaced a motor for the left back window, and the A/C switch broke for some reason, but was fixed at a cheap price for $80.00.

Otherwise the car still has the power and effortless acceleration. It's an overall dependable automobile.

The paint, interior, motor and transmission still work great, but I need to have the valve gaskets replaced. They look kind of worn out for the car's age.

Otherwise the car is cheap to do repairs on, and starts up excellent without hesitating at first click.

These cars last a lifetime with oil changes and maintenance. The 5.0 liter Ford motor is powerful, as with the Crown Victoria; same big engine performance; you can't wrong with a Ford product.

This car is better than hassling with another car note. The Grand Marquis is a very reliable car. The odometer clocked over 324,000 miles and she is still running strong at her age, where it's time for her to be retired, but she keeps going on going like the Energizer Bunny, but she is my Energizer Grand Marquis with a high mileage on the engine. I use high mileage oil to keep her road worthy and happy.

1989 Mercury Grand Marquis LS 5.0 V8 from North America

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 5.0 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.0 / 10
Distance when acquired102000 miles
Most recent distance102700 miles

Summary:

It's a Ford, enough said

Faults:

The transmission's going.

The radiator leaks.

The head gaskets cracked.

The power steering pump leaks.

The motor in the windows are fried.

General Comments:

I'd had this car two days when the overdrive went out. Even more funny; the dealer told me it was one of the most reliable cars on the lot. If that's the case, I would hate to see what else he has!

The radiator pours out antifreeze every couple days, the power steering pump leaks, and the motors in the windows decided to die.

I would not recommend getting this car, unless you want a Ford destined for endless problems and 12 miles to the gallon.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 13th September, 2004

11th Sep 2013, 23:09

Sounds like you should've contacted the Better Business Bureau and told them about that dealer...

14th Sep 2013, 07:23

Damn straight.

Imagine, a 16 year old car with over 100K miles not being problem-free.

1989 Mercury Grand Marquis Station Wagon 302 cubic inch V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 302 cubic inch V8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired92000 miles
Most recent distance302000 miles
Previous carNissan Maxima

Summary:

Without a doubt, the best car I have ever owned

Faults:

Rebuilt transmission - 92,000.

Mounted heavy duty air shocks on rear - 96,000.

Replaced alternator - 105,000.

Replaced water pump - 197,000.

Replaced right rear axle - 252,000.

Replaced radiator - 285,000.

General Comments:

This car lived it's first 92,000 miles climbing the hills of San Francisco, which tore the transmission out of it. I purchased it from the original owner for nearly nothing because of the bad transmission. With a re-built transmission I have proceeded to put 210,000 miles on it in the last five years. (I will have had this car 5 years in June 2004) It will have approximately 215,000 miles on it by then.

I drive from Seattle to San Francisco once or twice a month in it. Winter or summer the car just keeps going. Not only going, but it continues to average 22 mpg on the trip. Trip, after trip, after trip, after trip. I couldn't find a new car that can get that mileage and would be as comfortable to drive.

When I make the drive the rear seat is always down and the back is loaded to the roof with the equipment I need for my job. I am carrying between 2000 & 3000 pounds of equipment in the back.

With the air shocks I put on the back, this car carries the gear and still rides smooth as silk.

Since I got my first car in 1970 I have owned 12 cars and trucks. This is without a doubt, the most dependable, indestructible vehicle I have ever owned. I keep thinking I need to get a newer vehicle for this drive, but this wagon never lets me down.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th February, 2004

9th Feb 2004, 21:32

Very well said!!! Always wanted a Grand Marquis, but bought a 1988 Town Car instead (same engine, chassis). This car is Built Ford Tough! Always starts when I need it. Expect to get 300,000+ miles off the engine its so reliable. If its 1979 or 2009 the Crown Victoria, Grand Marquis, and Town Car are all reliable. It is truly the last of the full sized rear wheel drive V-8 American sedans, I have 113K miles on my Town Car and I know without a single doubt it'll hit 300K miles, without a doubt, without a worry, without an excuse BUY THESE CARS!!!

24th Nov 2004, 05:24

Just bought one. Pretty good shape. Problem with door locks not locking, used plenty of WD 40, right door still not locking. Have problem with starting. Sometimes will not start. Turn ignition on and off several times, will then start after several tries. One started will run fine. I think the proximity switch is bad, what do you think?

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 34 reviews