1999 Mercury Grand Marquis GS V8 from North America
Decent value in a large sedan
Directional signal broke at 50,000 miles.
Brake lights failed at 50,00 miles.
Rear defroster worked off & on from the beginning... failed altogether at about 40,000 miles.
A fairly good value overall.
Not as much performance as you would expect in a V8 but I understand the LS model is a little peppier.
The rear wheel drive was TERRIBLE in the New England snow with all-season radials, but much better after installing steel-studded rear tires and putting some weight in the trunk.
Roomy front seat. Relatively comfortable ride. (though the rear seat doesn't offer as much leg-room as you would expect.
Annoying rattles on any bumps.
Problem with directional signal and brakelights at the same time. Mechanic told me he has seen this a few times with the Grand Marquis as a result of "electrical shorts." The labor to find these electrical shorts can be expensive. Cost me three visits to the mechanic (3rd time free) and $650 to get my directional & brake lights fixed.
Overall, despite the electrical wiring issue... a very good deal for the money.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 12th November, 2003