I've been on the hunt for a new car lately, and I've been keeping my eyes on the Grand Marquis. I'm finding bargain prices so far (ex. 10k for a 2007 LS with 24,000 miles). I need something cheap, big, reliable, and with decent power. Is there anything I should look for when going to buy a used one? Things I should look for/avoid? Any input is helpful.
I've also really have always liked these cars. Nice and comfortable, simple instrument clusters, good power when you need it, decent gas mileage.
I just traded my 2002 Crown Victoria LX Sport a few months ago. Same car as a Grand Marquis, except for some trim items. Loved it. One of the best cars I've ever owned.
There's always the obvious stuff to look for like repairs, CarFax reports, signs of rust starting, signs of neglect, etc. But a 2007 with lower miles should be fine. Since they're body-on-frame, minor accident damage isn't as big of a deal as unibody cars.
Mechanically, they're fairly bullet proof, as long as they get proper care and feeding. See if there are service records, which would be a big plus. The Grand Marquis LS will be nicely equipped and is the equivalent of a Crown Victoria LX.
A nice option to have is the "high output" engine, aka performance package. It's basically dual exhaust and possibly a higher (numeric) rear end. The dual exhaust is easy to spot, just look at the back of the car and tail pipes on either side. If it only has a passenger side tail pipe, then it's not high performance. The difference is only about 15-20 HP, but I've driven both and the cars with dual exhaust are "crisper".
Another great option is the air springs in the back. They auto level the car. I once had 12 cases of water in my trunk and 4 people in the car. It didn't sag one bit. More importantly, it didn't handle like there was an extra 700 pounds in the car. I'm not sure if they can be retrofitted, but most likely. Even if you never load people or cargo into it, I prefer the air spring ride.
There really isn't a weak point on them. Transmissions are good for 120,000 miles or more. The rear ends are solid. The engine can handle a few revs now and then, but usually just lopes along, ready to deliver power when you need it.
In the 7 years I owned mine, I had to replace the A/C compressor. I lived in Vegas at the time, so it ran a LOT, and this wasn't a surprise. It wasn't horribly expensive, either. I had a few minor front end issues which were mostly wear items, bushings, etc. I was religious about maintenance. Mine had Goodyear Eagle RS-A tires when I got it. I stayed with them when those were worn out, and that set still at around 40% with over 40,000 miles when I traded it. Aside from wear items and the aforementioned repairs, that was it. And I drive my cars hard.
Personally, if I were to buy another Crown Vic or Grand Marquis, I'd want one with fewer than 50,000 miles. That seems to be the sweet spot.
Oh and mine got 23 MPG on the open road when my wife drove it.
As Taxi's they have a 1 million mile service life...
ullet proff is an understatement....at 27 k it isn't even broke in yet....You can extend the tranny life with a fluid cooler and other the brakes tires and oil and gas 200k isnt even getting started. -- Protect your right to keep and arm bears!
We have had one for 7 years(got it at 30k) and it has 150k miles on it. Very reliable car, as long as you follow the schedule. The known problems for the crown vic/grand marquis are the AC Control Module(problem: ac blows out of vents) and Light Control Module(no low beams). Don't know if Ford fixed it for 2007, but it wasn't too much money to replace. Suspension is nice and smooth. Brakes stop the car fast. Engine is powerful, transmission is smooth. Paint quality is also very good. Gas mileage(my data, not EPA) is about 16/25. I hope you never have to experience this, but the car is also safe. Been in a front end accident, and the car had less damage than I thought. Rear ended/backed into 4 times, and the rear bumper is still strong. Great car. -- No Victim=No Crime
They are great cars. I need a car for my daughter in the next year or so and am hoping to score a good deal on one. There are a bunch out there, low miles, driven by a little old lady, etc. -- So put me on a highway, and show me a sign. And take it to the limit one more time...
If you can swing a Marauder in good shape, that's DEFINITELY the Panther platform's best iteration. Barring that, a Crown Victoria LX Sport (Marauder minus the Cobra engine and a few suspension mods) or its sister car, the Grand Marquis LSE.