A refined tank
October 30, 2018
A simply amazing, reliable, durable, and well-designed vehicle.
My 1997 Grand Marquis was gifted to me from a lovely friend who is no longer able to drive because of her advancing years and some various health issues.
Her and her husband bought it new, and they used it as their daily driver as well as for their annual trips from Vancouver, British Columbia to Arizona.
Her husband used to be a chief aircraft mechanic in the USAF, responsible for maintaining the huge B-36 bombers that were in service at the time, and was a very careful and meticulous man.
Every single service and maintenance record, every fuel receipt, every minor part that was purchased or repair that was performed was documented and kept in a special file.
The car came with not only those important papers, but also with maps showing their trips and destinations, as well as several notepads filled with EVERY single gas stop, gas mileage numbers, weather and road conditions, and personal remarks of their voyages written down.
After the husband passed away, the car was really only used once per year for the annual Arizona road trip.
Being a serious car lover and backyard mechanic, I was thrilled to be offered this sweet ride, and she was so happy to see it go to someone who would appreciate the car and it's history.
At just over 212,000 kilometres (approx 132,000 miles), this car handles like a dream.
Not a rattle, not a squeak to be heard, amazingly quiet on the freeway even at 110 kms/hour (70 mph), it floats along like a massive 2 ton cloud.
Straight and true without a wobble or a vibration, it handles, steers, brakes and accelerates like it just came off the production line.
While I may already be a little biased towards the big Merc (I also own a 1976 Monarch), I can honestly say that this is one of, if not THE most reliable cars I have ever owned.
Ice cold A/C, great stereo, a beautiful and spacious interior (I'm 6 foot 3), massive 3 body trunk, and great body styling that still holds up after 21 years, coupled with a smooth and powerful V8 that will easily last many more years, this car is one that I never plan on getting rid of.
Go ahead, make fun of how I look like an old age pensioner while I'm driving it. Snicker at the simple, clean lines and (still) bright white paint scheme. Shake your head and wonder why anybody would want to drive a large, boring, full-size, rear-wheel drive, North American sedan
that never changed much during it's entire production run.
I love my new (to me) Grand Marquis for all the right reasons - dependable, reliable, a quality build, power, and handling.
And knowing that it will keep going for years and years without costing a fortune to maintain makes me give FoMoCo a big "thumbs up", cuz you guys definitely got it right with this one.