Car Lust: 1992 Mercury Grand Marquis

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Mercury Grand Marquis

1992 Mercury Grand

According to Click Clack. the car to run is the car you already own. Lucky for me, the car I own–as opposed to the one I lease for the and talented Mrs. Drucker–is a Mercury Grand Marquis LS, and I love it.

I’ll begin on its wonderfulness a paragraph or two further on; though, I’d like to how a dashingly youthful 59-year-old to be driving a geezermobile in the first

Actually, the whole story in 1967, the year I convinced my that my college experience be greatly enhanced if I didn’t to walk to campus from my lodging. Rather than the entire tale, I’ll forward a few decades, to 1999, those very same came into possession, by chance, of the subject Grand

At the time, it had 30K on the clock, and because it was second car, the mileage had by only 7K when they it on to me in mid-2001. I drove it for three bumping the mileage to 75K, and sold it to a buddy who used it to between his home on Long and his offices in Brooklyn and Queens.

Two years later he was offered a deal on a 2002 Grand and in early 2006 I jumped at the to buy the ‘92 – now with 99K showing – back him for small money. Since I’ve bumped the mileage to

Let’s now jump back to and have a look at what a Marquis buyer got for his $25,637 tax tags, but minus the probable dealer discount). In 1992 the Marquis (along with its Victoria stablemate) got a sleek, new body and the aluminum 4.6-liter OHC V8 that had made its debut in the year’s Lincoln Town

The top-of-the-line LS had a base sticker of which my car’s original bumped to $25,637 by selecting possible option. The Preferred Package 172A ($2,312) a whole list of items really should have standard equipment: cast upgraded stereo, cruise etc. Beyond that he

Electronic Group ($516)

Entry ($146)

Dual Power Seats ($504)

Full-Sized Spare ($85)

Control ($695)

Rear Air ($285)

Leather Seats

The roster of options brought the Marquis’ equipment level into Town Car territory, but in a that was seven inches and, at 3768 pounds, 300 pounds lighter. (Just by way of our 2007 Accord is 21 inches overall, on a 6.5-inch shorter and is less porky by 648 pounds.)

are some of the things I love my Grand Marquis.

The ride is quiet and, thanks in to the rear air suspension, pillow On long trips, after a break at 500 miles I’m happy to get back on the road for few hours. Both front adjust all over the place, and adjustable lumbar supports amazingly enough, are in just the position for my long-suffering lower

On those long trips, the Marquis delivers a surprisingly 25 miles per gallon, despite not had anything like a tune-up in than 50,000 miles. town that figure to 21 miles per gallon, which wonderful, but isn’t so low that it make economic sense to the car with something more

Mercury Grand Marquis

The $516 Electronic Group primarily of a digital instrument and information panel that can outside temperature, distance to fuel remaining, and either or average miles per gallon. mileage the old-fashioned way, by miles driven by gallons I’ve found that the display is as near as matters to right on the money. The same is of the outside temperature display.

days, keyless entry involves a wireless remote built into the key (my Honda) or as a key fob (my mom’s Camry). At some Mercury added that to the Grand Marquis, but in 1992 it a five-button keypad on the door. ones still have the in addition to the remote.) This that I can leave the keys in the when I go to the grocery store, eliminating that unsightly bulge in my pocket. Wonderful!

It has air conditioning. I’ve owned over 40 cars, and can’t of any whose a/c cooled the car so quickly, sitting at idle. I wondered why should be so until an ex-cop got into the car and exclaimed ah, cop air conditioning.

He went on to explain that Victoria Police Interceptors spent much of the working day at and that the a/c and cooling system designed to cope with kind of abuse. In the interest of disclosure, I must mention the blower doesn’t work the lever is in the Floor position. means that during the I must select either the mix, or the vent position, of which work as intended.

managed to survive two upstate NY with the heater in this of disrepair.

It requires next to no and what it requires doesn’t very much. Despite its last tune-up more four years ago, the Marquis never fails to and it runs like a champ. As a of two years of hard service on roads, the tie-rod ends and shocks needed replacing I got the car back in ’06. Beyond it’s needed front pads all around, and a water

I’m pretty good oil changes every 3-4K, and the water pump was out I asked for a serpentine belt.

The only potentially major came in May of ’07, at 112K. The car was in the air for an oil and I mentioned to the mechanic that the air had been unusually good to me, lasted nearly 16 years. to say, when the car was lowered to the one of the air bags failed. A quick call revealed that bags from the dealer cost many, many of dollars. All told, replacing would have cost over a grand.

Taking an sensible route, I opted to the air suspension replaced with springs and the appropriate shocks, for half that amount. home, though, I got curious and grand marquis air suspension. One later, I had an alternate source for the The price, including overnight to the shop, was $208 for the pair.

I was out the the following afternoon for a bit more $400.

Right now, my Grand Marquis performs much the way it did 17 years ago. The is still tight, all of the accessories for the aforementioned blower) work and only the slightest bit of rust has to appear just behind the wheel wells. Worth too, is that I’ve ever even been over, much less while driving the Grand

It’s nigh invisible to The

I plan to continue driving my ‘92 Marquis indefinitely, and when no longer possible, to replace it another, newer example. The Marquis received a significant upgrade in 1998, and a new frame, system, and suspension in 2003. The ones handle better mine does, but don’t to ride as smoothly. With in mind, at some point love to find the best Grand Marquis LS in the world.

probably unrealistic, though, and I’ll probably wind up is something considerably newer. No it will be cheap as cheese, and bet it will make me as happy as my ‘92 every time I slide its comfy leather seat and the key.

– –David

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