1994 Mercury Grand Marquis from North America
A big gas guzzler, but a comfy gas guzzler
This thing is a big boat. We had planned to give this car to my 16 year old son, to drive to school and work, but the engine has been vibrating, and I noticed that I could not get the transmission past 2nd gear. Being as my mother in law only drove this car to her mailbox, it only sat in the hot Florida sun and has bad paint deterioration.
Also, I cannot leave this car in idle for longer than 5 minutes, and then the water gauge will shoot up and I will have to pull over and turn the car off. I had recently had the same problem with my wife's 96 Chrysler town and country, if we left it in idle at like a drive through window with our a/c on, you would eventually hear the hood bubble, and this car started doing the same thing.
I do not feel comfortable driving this car, and would NOT let my teenage son, drive this car on the highway and to school with all the problems it has.
This is a great luxury vehicle, and Mercury's do have the reputation for some reliability, but after years of wear and tear, it's not as safe as it's standards in 1994.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 14th July, 2006
2nd Jan 2008, 22:06
Try removing the thermostat. That should end all overheating issues. Had the same problem with a Cheerokee.
4th Dec 2008, 03:57
If your taking a thermostat out, it's just as easy to replace with a new $4 one. Never omit the thermostat in any vehicle, you'll waste $$$ of gas, create oil sludge build up, increase emissions, excessive carbon build up, damage O2 sensor/catalytic converter, abnormal cylinder wear/compression loss etc. etc.