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Ford Crown Victoria and Mercury Grand Marquis



  • bruneau1bruneau1 Posts: 468
    Can anyone give me some good recommendations for 225/60/16 tires for a 2001 Marquis? I want smoooooth and quiet. The car came with Goodyear LS which are getting noisy and harsh. Thanks.
  • Goodyear ComforTreds or TripleTreds, depending on the need for snow traction.

    ComforTreds are designs for comfort, TripleTreds for better traction.
  • I really like the Michelin Energy LX4s on my CV. They strike me as a nice balance between handling and ride comfort. I have Cooper Lifeliner IIs on my '85, but I have not been impressed with their wear.
  • euphoniumeuphonium Great Northwest, West of the Cascades.Posts: 3,321
    Michelin X1 has been on our 94 Town Car for over 60k miles with lots of tread left.
    We take it skiing and in the snow it will go. Rides well and is quiet, but not cheap.
  • Michelin!! I have the XH4 (I think that's what they are without being close enough to look right now) on my 94 GM. This baby has almost 203k miles and has never had anything but Michelins. I love them -- they are smooth and quiet (which is highly important to me, too) and wear extremely well. Not cheap, but well worth the price. I also requested Michelins on my brand new Camry that I got in June.
  • I have a 94 GM with 203k miles. Just had the third power window fixed. One left to go. I'm just waiting for it to fail, too. Not a cheap fix. This last one -- motor and regulator -- cost me $429. The other two were just regulator failures, they were a lot cheaper. I sure hope all the windows keep working until I decide to get rid of the car.
  • euphoniumeuphonium Great Northwest, West of the Cascades.Posts: 3,321
    I've learned the life of the little power window motors can be extended by closing the doors gently.

    The insecure "macho men" non verbally assert their "masculinity" by slaming car doors, talking loud, & insist on riding in the right front. However, when I have to put up with these types they are reminded to close the door gently and the Right front seat is reserved for my wife! :D
  • euphoniumeuphonium Great Northwest, West of the Cascades.Posts: 3,321
    1995, 91,000 miles, 4.6 V8, original plugs, wires, 02 sensor, & fuel filter.

    Suddenly engine running rough, lCheck Engine light and low fuel light on, so filled the tank.

    Check Engine light stayed on.

    Monday morning it was in the Ford shop. 4.4 hours later it was repaired by replacing the original plugs, wires, 02 sensor and fuel filter and running a can of injector cleaner through. $742 bill of which $396 = labor. Check Engine light is out.

    How could all of the above captioned parts need replacement at the same time?

    I'm thinking just sediment in the bottom of the tank could have plugged the injectors, but the plugs, wires, & oxygen sensor were replaced too as though it were SOP. These parts were fine until almost out of gas. 16.7 gallons filled it.

    Your opinion on the above process is appreciated. :)
  • my 96 MGM has electronic climate control. No matter at what setting I set the temperature I get only heat. It will switch from heat to defrost , heat/defrost, vent but I can put the setting to 15 degrees c and I only get heat. The mechanic says that one of the Doors that mixes the heat and cold could be stuck. He says that sometimes that the door hinges get stuck. Also behind the glove compartment there are some electronic controllers and he thinks that they may be defective.Is there an error code that I should get for this type of problem. Also where is this mixing door located that he is talking about?
  • all those parts were overdue for replacement.he has to warranty his would be downright irresponsible to leave regular "maintenance" items in there that should have been replaced anyways.i do think you were charged quite a bit for the parts used and labor performed.
  • A class action suit against Ford has been settled that will reimburse owners of 1996 -2001 Grand Marq's who have had trouble- see link below - tou must act within the dates specified:
  • All of those repairs sound about right - it's the amount of the bill that seems mighty high. The car is 10 years old, which is well within the range of when those parts need replacing. The only repair that would be difficult for someone with average mechanical ability would be the o-2 sensors. I realize it is easy to say after someone does the diagnosis.

    One advantage of the Panther platform is it is well known, little changed design in the last 15 years that has little on it that would stump most mechanics. Nearly any independent garage can fix them relatively easily. I'd avoid the dealer and build a relationship with a well respected independent.
  • euphoniumeuphonium Great Northwest, West of the Cascades.Posts: 3,321
    Attn: Crankshaft and jsylvester.

    Thank you for your input. Part of the bill I did not mention was the Sales Tax of $50 plus a $7 charge for rags & such. In the process of paying, I asked if the bill included the "Sr. Citizen" discount. It didn't so they refigured and deducted 10% of the parts bill.

    I agree the plugs, wires, filter, & maybe the o2 sensor needed or would have soon needed to be replaced. By doing so, the dealer prevented an early "Comeback" who would proclaim, "I just had it in here. Why didn't you repair it right the first time."

    Finding the well respected independent mechanic is on my list.

    Again, Thank you for your replies and opinions. :)
  • I have a 1992 Ford Crown Vic and the airbag light is flashing. It flashes 5 times pauses then once and pauses,then starts over and over and over all the time. What does this code mean ? Is my airbag good ? Do I have a sensor out? Caqn I buy something to fix it myself????? Thank You :confuse:
  • I have a 1992 Ford Crown Vic and the airbag light is flashing. It flashes 5 times pauses then once and pauses,then starts over and over and over all the time. What does this code mean ? Is my airbag good ? Do I have a sensor out? Can I buy something to fix it myself????? Thank You :confuse:
  • gkarggkarg Posts: 230
    The funny thing about this forum - is that there are a lot of questions being asked - and noone to answer them...

    I just picked up a 97 Grand Marquis thru Ebay and am very pleased with the vehicle. This was one gamble that paid off!

    Issues that hopefully someone can address with a suggestion:

    1.) The front amber parking lights on the corners (between the low beam and cornering lamp) - My doesn't flash with the turn signal and I'm thinking it probably should. (If it should - any ideas as to why it isn't?)

    2.) My hazards do not work - whether the car is running or not.

    3.) The auto dimming rear view mirror doesn't work - as if it isn't getting power (much like hazards.) That was a pain this morning - especially since it was dark/rainy this morning on my a.m. commute.

    Any help is appreciated.

    Flashing airbag: My brother has a 93 Taurus that did the same thing. They never fixed it - just got used to it flashing. I'm sure that is not the answer you seek. My guess is corrosion on one of the sensors or something sensor related.
  • euphoniumeuphonium Great Northwest, West of the Cascades.Posts: 3,321
    and noone to answer them...

    There are more questions than answers because most of us do not have SAE designations behind our name, but when we do have a solution based on personal experience, it is usually forthcoming and shared.

    Euphonium, BA :)
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,613
    open up the hood. do the wires look new? pull one the wires from a spark plug (carefully!). does the plug look new(no dark ring around where the boot for the wire ended?) if yes, it looks like they did what they said they did.
  • harmar2harmar2 Posts: 36
    1) My '00 corner/marker lights do NOT flash. Only the inside ones, next to the grille, are turn signals. Not sure about your year, though.
    2) Have you checked your fuses?
    3) There is very little noticeable difference between day and night RVM on mine. The only noticeable difference in mine is night view "darkens" lights from the rear. They still bother me if I let them.

    Good luck.
  • joe3716joe3716 Posts: 15
    My 99 GM stalling problem is back again after Aug/04,Feb & July/05 visits to the dealerships. This time, it cranked, starts & able to maintain a very fast rough idle but stalls when the foot comes off the gas. Check Engine light stays on during fast rough idle and don't go out.

    Had the car towed to the dealership and they determined a faulty "idle air control valve" which they replaced. Seemed they have fixed the problem this time - even the brake pedal comes up a little too - perhaps without the vacuum leak?

    Love the GM, its shape and size. Too many vehicles slows down on the freeway whenever I approach - when they see the driver is not in uniform and the plate is not CA exempt etc, they sped away so fast....
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