2001 Mercury Grand Marquis LX 4.6 from North America
So far I'm happy (2 months)
Inherited problems from the original owner:
Master door Lock/Unlock switch non-op.
Radio static, as if the antenna wire is a bit loose.
"Chrome" on front of hood is starting to crack and possibly peel.
Exhaust system vibrating against the body in the rear.
Dirt and mud sprays up along the rear fenders, because there are no mud flaps or fender moldings to prevent this.
Previous owner had a blower resister go bad, and some switches replaced.
Overall, nothing serious.
I am pleased with it. Just purchased with 25,000 geezer miles for $6000, and it is just like a new car.
The handling takes some getting used to. This is no Toyota Cressida. The steering is vague on the freeway requiring constant attention, and even then it wanders off line. I'm hoping that I can get used to this, otherwise I will have to sell.
When you take a corner in this car, you always have to "clean it up" afterwards; you don't just go around a corner like in a small precise car.
Passing power is very weak in 2nd, and it won't kick down to 1st unless you are maybe 35MPH. That is the only point where you will be happy; in 1st 35MPH until shift.
I still enjoy it, since I didn't buy it expecting neck-snapping acceleration.
Pretty nice interior with the exception of the chintziest glove box imaginable (what were they thinking!?)
It's a challenge finding a comfortable seat setting.
Sound system is acceptable, except for the loose antenna connection somewhere, causing static. Tapes sound good.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 23rd December, 2010
27th Dec 2010, 03:37
That's not normal for a big car, the problem you're having with the steering. I've owned many full-size American sedans (including 3 Grand Marquis from various years), and anytime the car "wanders", there is an issue that needs to be fixed. I hope you fix it instead of selling; the Grand Marquis is one of the VERY LAST true big V8 Rear-Wheel drive American sedans. The end of a beautiful era when cars were safer (yes safer, I've wrecked a couple and all that Detroit steel surrounding the cabin saved my butt), had more power, and were more comfortable. Not to mention simpler and easier to work on. Get your steering checked, and see what you can or can't do with it before selling..