2nd Jul 2008, 16:36
My junior year of high school in 06 I had an 89 Grand Marquis. It ran for about 2 days, then the over drive went out. Then every weekend it needed a new alternator. Assuming it ran through the week.
Even with all that, I still loved that car enough to get the emblems tatooed on my arms.
Big cars are good first cars, if you know how to drive them. The 86 I had was much more reliable, even at 410,000, than the 89 with 101.
Good to reminisce about those days with people my age who understand.
When 5 dollars would run you all week haha.
Now 5 dollars is like the entrance fee to get into the gas station.
Still though, keep that car until it dies. That's the most beautiful body style with the exception of the 75-78.
14th Oct 2008, 19:37
This is my car. It seems to be running well, though I am only doing city driving, therefore getting 15 miles per gallon. I got the EGR sensor fixed and everything is running fine at 76,000 miles.
Let's see if I can sell it at 80,000 for 4 grand.
3rd Oct 2009, 02:14
I currently own a 2002 Dodge Intrepid, and am thinking about trading it in for a 98 Grand Marquis, Simply because the Marquis is reliable, and the Trep is not! I don't race, so the Intrepid speed isn't a must, although I do like the ease of passing the cruiser. I'm just trying to downgrade to something with cheaper repair costs, less repairs at that. Only negative which may sway me away from this, is the gas, I drive probably 40-80 miles a day, depending if I go to school, AND work in the same day.
BUT, I remember my first car when I was 17, 3 years ago. 87 Ford Taurus. That thing was the most reliable car I've driven, I only needed 1 major repair with the ball joints & struts. Had it for 3 years too. Seems like the cars they've made this millennium have been pretty bad as far as reliability and repairs, no matter what brand.
3rd Oct 2009, 14:51
Yes! Cars are definitely becoming much less reliable and less durable as 'modern' technology takes hold. Most cars today are excessively complex compared to, say late 80s early 90s cars, and in addition they have dropped a lot of cast iron for aluminium and other less durable materials in order to save weight. All in all, the cars of this millenium are expensive ticking time bombs.