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Ford Crown Victoria and Mercury Grand Marquis

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  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    Your point here is excellent, and it's the same paradigm ( a $10 word I like to dig up once in a while ) that Cadillac and Lincoln use to say they must reinvent themselves because their average customer is 62 years of age! Oh dear! They;re all dying off!

    Well, yes, they will die. Someday. Meanwhile, they have money to spend, they like big Cadillacs and Lincolns, and they are YOUR customers, ya might wanna keep making a nice car for them, and update it for the ENDLESS supply of 62 year olds! There is a new crop of them EVERY YEAR. HELLO!!!!! It's like they're dying, and there will never be anymore of them!
  • iusecadiusecad Posts: 287
    what I said about driving in the snow with my Vic. My last snow experience was with the Goodyear RS-A's (?) that the Sheriff's Dept had on it. They still had a 1/4" of tread but they might as well have been bald. Today with my 2 month old Firestone Affinity LH30's I went through the 2"-3" slush/snow like nothin'. Even as well as my Focus did, which I was very impressed by. (Although it has Goodyear RS-A's [?].)
  • My retired Ford buddy tells me there are big battles in the design departments, with younger designers agitating for changes (they call it an 'update') in the CV/GM line. He says, also, that new/younger managerial level employees don't know what has been tried in the past (and didn't work), so FoMOCo is (in)famous for trying to reinvent wheels. (As he describes it, these new people are very knowledgeable, but their knowledge is a "mile wide and an inch deep.")

    The Detroit News recently ran a piece saying to watch the upcoming auto shows for a new Lincoln design that is heavily influenced by a "European flavor." FoMoCo seems enamored by its Volvo designers' ideas. These 'news' pieces often are wrong, so we'll see.

    Whatever happens to Lincoln will eventually rub off on the CV/GM line.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    Whatever happens to Lincoln......indeed......
    I'm certainly wondering what that may be!!
  • heart2heart2 Posts: 38
    Anyone have ideas what is causing problems with driver's window which goes up and down slowly(much more slowly than ever before). This is a '98 GM. I know the door will need to be disassembled...??difficult?
  • iusecadiusecad Posts: 287
    my '98 Vic just started doing that. I think mine is caused by the cold and would probably benefit from some sort of lube in the tracks...
  • iusecad,You are right on with the lube idea, I use a good quality Silicone Spray Lubricant twice per year in each window channel.It streaks the glass for a little while but it's no big deal. Never have a problem with my Chevy's power windows.Stuff is also good to use on all the rubber bits as it keeps them from sticking in cold temperatures.

     

     Hope this helps, BD EYES
  • Crown Vics and Grand Marquis have had slower than normal power windows since the 92 redesign - my 94 is the same way. The simple answer is the motor just runs slower than what most other vehicles do.

     

    If it is slower than before, than I would suggest lubing the tracks, but don't expect a miracle.
  • Does any one out there know any thing about the 2000 Grand Marquis LS? This one has 111,000 miles on it. The price is $6,559,looks new and is emmaculant inside and out. The dealer said it did not have traction control on it, but over the glove box it reads PrecisionTrac. Does any one know what this means? I am use to luxery cars and this one rode quite well. I was pleased with my test drive. I drove it in town and on the highway. Thanks for any input.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    If its just been casually maintainned, Panda, it should be good for another 40,000 miles easy. If it's been as well cared for as it looks, she may go for 500,000. Some of the limos do. These are an old design, but tough as neutronium which is why police love to mount curbs with them-they are almost indestructable. They get good mileage, ride great and are roomy. Should be good price too.
  • Thank you nvbanker. I MADE A MISTAKE, THIS IS A GS, NOT A LS. I assuned the difference was the GS did not have as many bells and whistles as the LS. Exterior and interior look the same, but no leather and not as many buttons. And this car does not have a door remote which is important to me, so I would have to have one installed. No matter if it is a used car lot, or a dealership, the salesmen always give me the creeps, which makes me feel uncertain about them and the vehical. HAS ANY ONE OUT THERE OWNED A GS?
  • Check the suspension. My GS Sable had no rear sway bar and lacked a few other options not obvious to the naked eye. It may lack interior creature comforts, too, such as power seats, etc. If you have a bad back or hip, for example, those power adjustments are a godsend on trips. Some online site should be available to give you a list of options found only on an LS.

     

    As for mileage, a buddy routinely got 150,000 on GMs, then sold them to friends with no fear of anything going sour. None did.

     

    Good luck.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    The GS is pretty much the rental line, and it's pretty plain. It wouldn't work for me. The main feature I ñotice the difference in is the seats. Check out the seats carefully for lumbar support & lateral comfort. Mechanically, it should be about the same.
  • johnclineiijohnclineii Posts: 2,287
    Not really. The LS has what amounts to the performance and handling package for the CV on most models. There are a LOT more GS models out there used than there are LS's. It's hard to find an LS or a Crown Vic Sport or even a Crown Vic LX in the used market. The buyers of those models are far more likely to keep them for a long time, as opposed to the fleet buyers, who often trade frequently but rack up high miles.
  • road46road46 Posts: 18
    John, read many of your posts under Impala and I am a 04 owner. I hope you are enjoying your 500. I have been thinking of recommending the 500 to my mom, but I am continuing to research this car. Appreciated all of your Impala postings. I know have 8500 trouble free miles on this car. Except for a loose rear defroster connector at -10 degrees, I have not had any mechanical problems w this car
  • johnclineiijohnclineii Posts: 2,287
    Yep. I've got 8300 miles on my Five Hundred so far. Got the AWD. You can read all about it over on the Five Hundred forum here at Edmunds...
  • ron35ron35 Posts: 134
    panda 1 - The Kelly Blue Book value for that vehicle with 111K is $5930 so I think you can do a lot better on the price. I have a 2K GM LS generally the LS has a few more bells and whistles; most in my area have leather seats but I managed to find cloth the side panel on the LS is also a little larger. Mine has power passenger seat, upgraded stereo and a digital dash. Mechanically they are the same (I do not have HPP). The precision trak refers to front end suspension components and is not traction lock or LSD.

     

    Ron
  • dhski04dhski04 Posts: 10
    I am looking to buy a used (2000-2002?) sedan that will be used primarily for highway trips. I have narrowed it down to a CV or an Impala and would go with the CV for sure if it weren't for the RWD. I live in Illinois and we can get some nasty snow storms. Also, I have a very steep driveway. I haven't had much fun driving my RWD F-150 (even with lots of sand in the back) in the winter and therefore I'm apprehensive about getting another RWD...thoughts?
  • fsvfsv Posts: 196
    Does anybody know what will be done to CV/GM in 2006?
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    I'd try to get the CV or GM or even Town Car with traction control, and you should be ok-even on your driveway. May take some looking.
  • fsv-

     

    There seem to be two main rumors about the future of the CV/GM.

     

    Rumor #1: Restyle for MY2006, total redesign on the AUS Falcon (EA169) platform for MY2010.

     

    Rumor #2: No major changes for MY2006, total redesign on the Five Hundred (D3) platform for MY2008.

     

    It's not clear which of these is accurate at this point. I've heard both from credible sources.

     

    -Andrew L
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    I thought the Falcon platform was old and not suitable for NADOT standards any longer. I would put more stock in the D3 rumor.
  • johnclineiijohnclineii Posts: 2,287
    My guess? The Panther will soldier on with modest changes. FoMoCo makes too much money off this body on frame, RWD, V-8 vehicle to pass up. The tooling was paid for long ago, the customers are happy, sales continue. What's not to like?

     

    Those who want a Five Hundred (like me) will buy one. Those who don't MIGHT buy a CV/GM, but would never buy a Five Hundred. Why give up those sales?
  • johncline-

     

    I'd like to think you're right -- I would certainly be more interested in a RWD CV/GM than a D3 vehicle -- but the Panther sales are slipping. I think the Chrysler 300 might have something to do with that. For the record, I like the 300, but I'm not sure I would want one. Incredible durability is very important to me, and the CV/GM has that while the 300 is unproven.

     

    The D3 rumor seems to be gaining traction lately. I've seen that one around in several places including Blue Oval News. The Falcon rumor is older, but it was bolstered by a supplier document dated 10/04 that leaked recently...actually, I found it inadvertantly while running a Google search, and posted it on BON (it has since been removed) :-P So who knows what we're going to see. Ford seems to be obsessed with optimizing platform sharing right now -- not a bad strategy, in general -- so the D3 possibility would not surprise me. It leaves me wondering, though, how a D3 CV/GM would be differentiated from the Five Hundred and Montego. I mean, which direction would they stretch it? The two platforms already have about the same trunk and interior space. It almost seems like the best option, if Ford wants to go the D3 route, would be to put a vinyl interior and black steel wheels on a Five Hundred and just sell that to the commercial/govt fleets. Not that D3 would necessarily be a good idea. I'm just sayin'.

     

    -Andrew L
  • ...right now, D3 is running the old 3.0 Taurus engine, which is not exactly a powerhouse. The 3.0 has a 21-horse deficit against the CV/GM V8 (203 vs. 224) and is down in torque by 65 lb-ft (207 vs. 272). I believe the Duratec 3.5 V6 is expected to be ready for MY2008, which would coincide with the rumored debut of a CV/GM replacement, if you believe the D3 rumor. So the upshot is, it's highly unlikely that the Panther will be replaced before MY2008, because if Ford tried to offer a police vehicle with a 3.0 V6 and an unproven CVT, they would never hear the end of it.

     

    And then there's the issue of the St. Thomas assembly plant, which currently builds the CV/GM. I don't think Ford has any substantial spare capacity at the current D3 plant (that's Chicago, I think). So most likely STAP would have to be completely gutted and retooled for D3. If that's going to happen in time for MY2008, I would think we'd have to hear about it by the start of CY2007.

     

    By the way, I'm not any kind of insider, I'm just putting pieces together. So who knows if any of this is actually correct.

     

    -Andrew L
  • johnclineiijohnclineii Posts: 2,287
    Atlanta will not be building the Taurus after next year. And...the 3.5 is supposed to be available for the Five Hundred/Montego sometime in 2007. Probably before the 2008 MY, but who knows?
  • jrc346jrc346 Posts: 337
    If you really want one, then get one. Only suggestion I would make is snow tires and some weight in the trunk. I have a friend with a 94 CV which runs wonderfully at 126,000mi I might add, and he puts on snows and loads about 300-400lbs of sand in the trunk, although he has the rear air suspension so there is no rear end sag. I think I remember him telling me that gas mileage teeters anywhere between 20 and 22MPG with the extra weight. About a 2MPG loss on average. Anyway, the car lives in Michigan and gets just about anywhere my Expedition can. My son also has snow tires on his RWD T-bird and I can't stress how nice they are to drive on in bad weather. They track straight through snow and stick like glue when you take off from a stop light or sign.

     

    My point is, don't let worries of snow stop you from buying the car of your choice. If you equip your car for the winter, in most cases you will be doing much better in the snow than most FWD vehicles.
  • ehaaseehaase Posts: 328
    The rumors I have read is that the D3 replacements for the Town Car, LS, and possibly CV/GM will be built in Atlanta. I get most of my information from Automotive News and from people at other message boards who have consistently proven to be accurate insiders.

     

    Sales of the Crown Vic were down 37 percent 12/04 from 12/03 and sales were down 9.8 percent for 2004 from 2003. Sales of the Grand Marquis were down 32.1 percent in 12/40 from 12/03, and sales were down 8.8 percent for the year. Ford has ridden the Panther gravy train about as far as it can. The cars need either a restyling or the 5.4L or probably both.
  • All Grand Marquis come with traction control; it is an option on the base Crown Vic. Ditto with the cd player, I believe.

     

    The problem with the Panther is it interior has been unchanged since the 1995 model year, and the exterior since 1998. Actually, on the Grand Marquis, other than a mildly restyled nose and tail, the exterior has been the exact same since the 1992 model year.

     

    I have a 94 Grand Marquis, which I love, but there is really not enough differences between it and a 2005 to make it worth it to me to spend the money. That being said, it is also nowhere near to being worn out, with only 114,000 miles. It runs perfectly, uses no oil, shifts great, and has been very cheap to own. the leather is starting to wear, and the frame has some surface rust, but at least it has a real frame.

     

    Ford has let the car lapse; I'd be happy with the same interior if they could restyle the exterior, put the Mustang 3 valve engine in it, and a 5 speed auto.

     

    Either way, I'm getting another one before the go away, regardless of when that may be. Ford sells no other automobile that is near the durability and longevity of the Panther. I'm saving my pennies for a 2007 (worst case scenario), though I'm sure my 94 will still be alive and kicking then as well.
  • ehaase-

     

    I thought Atlanta would be getting the CD3 crossovers...Lincoln Aviator replacement and something else for Ford. I could've sworn I read that somewhere. Taurus production is scheduled to end 3/31/06 (see http://www.donlen.com/buildstart_ford.asp). Will the D3 Lincolns be ready for production that soon?

     

    -Andrew L
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