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Pros: Improved handling and steering
Cons: 2003 Feel to much of the bumps in road
Advice: Don't buy a 2003 model, wait until 2004Not a test drive. Actually purchsed 2003 Grand Marquis. Stopped in middle of busy highway with only 400 miles on car. Had to be towed to dealership. All warning lights came on. Was told two days later that it was a new for 2003 'EGR value'failure. After 6 trips to dealership, motor still not right, quivers when idling. Poor upholstery. Ken Graham Sr. (502) 267-4424
Cons: placement of the seat controls
Advice: check for engine noiseAfter driving the car for a week a noise developed in the engine. Took it back to the dealer who ran tests on it and found everything to be normal...except they hear the noise but have no idea what is wrong. They called Ford and apparently they are aware there is a problem with the engine. Ford is sending a new engine to be installed. There is a problem with one piston, 3 out of 4 2003 Grand Marquis on the lot are making the same noise.
Pros: V8 quiet power and snappy performance
Cons: small cup holders and short warrenty
Advice: Consider what price you want to pay and make that you're FINAL offer.After a short test drive and price comparison, I knew this was the car for me. I also drove the Toyota Camery, Avalon, and Nisson Maxima. However, the Mercury's V8, and rear wheel drive which gave a much quieter drive and less howl when pressed, sold me the car. I bought the LSE model with the center shift console. I got the car for a mid twenties price which I thought was a very good buy. Overall, there are many superior cars to the Mercury Grand Marquis out there, but in my opinion, they come at a much higher price (at least 10K). I think this automobile gives great value for the buck.
Pros: Self diming rear-view mirror is real nice for those long trips at night
Cons: NO rear headrest
Advice: if you are looking for a new luxury car on a small budget get oneGo test drive the car , you'll like it. My first car was a 91' Marquis (I drove it till the wheels fell off and the block cracked both my fault, ) while the styling is slightly different ,the performance is a lot better. If you are looking for a luxury car under $25,000, look no further because this car is the best per dollar. It runs, drives, and rides like a dream (a real sleeper). The only problem i have with the car is there aren't any headrest in the back seat but besides that i took 6 people and a small dog in the car( with relative comfort ) on a 450 mile trip (gas mileage is pretty good + it has a large gas tank) and i couldn't wake one of them up the whole way there. If you afford the new 2003 mercury marauder get it but if you can’t get it’s cheaper sibling the grand marquis. If you get one , get one with the self-tinting rearview mirror really helps when people follow you with their brights on and it turns everything green . (if only they made a self tinting front windshield)