I own a 1985 Grand Marquis. It runs great. Starts up every single time. Before it didn't. It needed a new Battery Alternator. My grandmother owned it before me and she took good care of it. Probably the problem with your marquis is most likely the car wasn't taken care of very well. Plus, if your relying on a 20 year old care to start in any kind of weather, you might as well look into getting another car.
I have a 1985 Mercury Grand Marquis LS. It has been well cared for and serviced, therefore it is in excellent shape and runs great. There are, however, a few problems that must be taken care of the electronic ignition can be a problem in hot climates such as the Southwest and the air conditioning need constant attention. But if it is taken care of it will runs as new.
I currently own a 1985 Grand Marquis LS and I must say with only 85000 kms it is a great car. Having been stored for 12 years it required a new carburator / exhaust system. I plan on keeping it for many years to come and I must say it is a great highway machine. With a 5.8 liter V8 you ride in comfort indeed. I tip my hat to Ford as it is a great car!
I have a 1985 Mercury Grand Marquis that my father gave me, and I will soon be giving my 19 year old son. My Toyota Tercel has lived its life, and I have begun to drive the Mercury, as I let it sit for quite a while. I have to admit, the car starts with no problems, it runs like nobody's business, and is possibly the most comfortable car I own. I have a 1998 Dodge Intrepid that I wouldn't count on for anything, but I can rely on the Mercury to get me where I'm going, with no problems. I have decided to put some restoration money into it, as I feel that it was made the way cars should be to this day. It has over 200,000 miles on it, and sounds like new... I think I love this car!
Cool comment. You're not alone! I think a lot of people are starting to cast fond eyes upon 1970's and 1980's cars after being let down time and time again by high priced new cars. Take care of the Mercury. Of course everybody will give you a hard time for driving such an "old" car and tell you how you "need to get a safe, new car." But, a car still going dependably after 200,000 miles gives you all the justification you need to mute those ill-advised comments.
Sorry about your luck (lack of maintainance). This is the best built and most reliable car I have ever owned and still own. I bought mine in 1995 with only 110,000km on the clock. Here it is in 2006 and I'm still driving it ( almost daily) with 450,000km. All options still work, (even the A.T.C. climate control) Unscheduled repairs have been minimal and relatively inexpensive when necessary. Only time I was ever left stranded is when I had two flat tires.
This year I'll be doing a body off restoration and engine rebuild to get me through the next ten years with this Canadian built classic beauty. Not one of the brand new cars I have owned even approached this one in style, luxury, comfort and reliablity.
I am 16 and I bought a 85 Marquis as my first car. I paid 1000 bucks and have not regretted it at all, the car is dependable and has the extra power for getting around the grids and fields on our farm.
I like how I feel so safe in it. A few months back me and my friend were in the fields at night after a party, and we went off a ditch going 40. It was the worst landing, but the car never even stalled, it just crawled out and has been doing fine for the last 4 months.
It is 20 years old, so proper maintenance is important, and the first person who said the car was poorly made, has not treated this fine machine fairly, and given a 20 year old car the respect it deserves.
Due to life circumstances in July 2005 I had to sell my 1985 Conquistador (that was the name it received when assembled in Venezuela) To this date I still regret it.
I worked for about 7 years for a Yellow Cab franchise. We operated many Mercury Grand Marquis and Ford Crown Victorias. These cars we indestructible. Even the roughest cabbies in 90% town driving could not kill them. Most were retired only because of accidents. Not many cars will stand up to what these will. They also have a full chassis under them which makes them super strong.
My uncle just gave me his 1985 Lincoln Mercury Grand Marquis. He bought it new on Dec. 1994. The car is AWESOME! This beaut of a car was always parked under cover. The original interior and original exterior paint are in perfect condition. With just over 36000 miles, she has many miles to go. She will continue to be taken care of. Proper maintenance is the key to a long life for any vehicle, domestic or foreign. Good job Ford! Proud owner!!