2000 Mercury Grand Marquis LS 4.6L from North America
I would not get one again
* Intake manifold. My car was found on the road dead after it cracked. This is a common problem and a defect where they were made of plastic and eventually cracked. I replaced it with a brand new aftermarket (aluminum/plastic hybrid) one for $200 myself.
* Gas pump. These all eventually fail, and this was an old car, so I'm not really faulting Ford for this.
* Tons of rust under the the doors from the lack of good weather stripping and large panel gaps.
I'm young (23) and I like this styling. It's a good looking car.
Comfortable over bumps, very soft steering, comfortable seats with adjustable arch support. A tall or wide person would have no trouble with this car. The seats go very far back.
It is surprisingly quick and gets good mileage for its size. The engine is quiet and refined, and the acceleration is effortless.
Handling is pretty much nonexistent. There is massive body roll, and most trucks have better cornering abilities than this sedan. Best riding at 50mph in a straight line.
The suspension is very squishy, which results in not feeling some bumps, and other bumps cause the car's rear end to literally hit the floor.
It is very nose heavy and it is RWD. This results in bad handling i.e... very easy due to a lack of rear traction to do a 360 turn in even dry conditions. Also this car is horrible in the snow for this same reason. I always keep sandbags in my trunk, even in the dry summer, to make it handle better. Very little road holding abilities. 60mph is fine, but 70mph is downright scary.
Build quality - the doors close like a vault. Other than that, the panel gaps are huge, the weather stripping is very archaic and leads to rust forming more easily. The arm rest and doors have cheap plastics that creak. Fake wood trim. The turn signal indicator feels a little cheap, though not as much as a 90s Chevrolet (but less than a Buick). Sound deadening is good, but the car doesn't feel taut and I don't feel safe going at 70mph.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 13th February, 2014