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Old 05-16-2017, 07:40 PM
KegerChris KegerChris is offline
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Hello all. Quick introduction. I'm a 100% disabled vet with a broken back. I'm looking for a car that rides nice and smooth and has a comfy seat.

Of course, I'd like a car that's decently reliable as well. I have done some research and found that the Grand Marquis is a good option for me. If possible, I would like recommendations on years, sub models that would provide the best comfort and reliability. Things to look for when shopping for a Grand Marquis would be very much appreciated. Thank you all in advance for helpful responses.

I'm willing to buy something as old as mid to late 90's.
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Old 05-19-2017, 11:10 AM
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Hello and welcome! You have done your homework and settled on an excellent choice for your needs.

I have owned several different Lincoln Town Cars (1987, 1989, 1997, 2004) and currently have a 2008 Mercury Grand Marquis. I find the Grand Marquis a nice middle ground between a Town Car with all the electronic doo-dads and the Ford Crown Victoria.

As far as years, I would suggest getting the newest one you can afford. The 2003-2011 (last version) is plentiful. You also won't go wrong with an earlier version, there just can be a few small mechanical things to look out for (plastic intake on 1996-2001 models might need to be replaced, 1992 and 1993 have odd transmission configurations). You will want to look for an LS model instead of a GS if you want a more luxurious model. As far as entry and exit, the leather seats will allow you to slide in easily. The Grand Marquis seats are less bolstered than the Town Car so are even more "flat" to get in and out of.

I have found the maintenance on the Panther platform cars to be exceptionally cheap, with the engines and transmissions being bulletproof. The things that do go wrong (AC blend door, air suspension (if equipped), ball joints) are 10-15 year repair items, so these cars to not nickel and dime you to death.
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Old 11-16-2017, 09:53 PM
Knotaboyscout Knotaboyscout is offline
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Being designed as Taxis and Police Cars, you can't get a more reliable car. Look for low mileage and good paint and interior. This is a sign the car was taken care of. Look for any major leaks, which is doubtful, abnormal tire wear, or any clucks in the front end while driving. All can be fixed for a nickel and not a dime as the parts for these tanks are very reasonably priced and common. These vehicles are basically bullet-proof and a little regular maintenance goes a very long way. If driven carefully expect around 20 mpg combined and 250,000 miles basically trouble free operation.
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