Pros: "great motor, enjoyable whether short or long trips"
Cons: "No rear cup holders"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"New plugs, coils, headlamps, swing arms & ball joints on both driver and passenger sides All New within past 4 months to make sure best possible gas mileage can get. I have gotten 28 mph based on what car information states.
Roomy, comfy and very Reliable."
"I have kept up with All work performed on this car from minor work, oil changes, tires, belts to any possible need of plugs, Coils, Brakes, Shocks, you name it! This car has been Babied since the day I bought it."
"I am so sad to be selling this car. My husband surprised me with a brand new car for our anniversary, so I must sell my long time friend. I'm sure I will shed some tears as she is driven away by a new owner. This has been my most favorite car ever!"
Pros: "Comfort, Trunk Space, power, good mpg for the size"
Cons: "Unreliable, will not go 100k w/o major work"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4
"I bought my 1999 Marquis in 2010 with 98k miles on it, paid $3850 for it. Since then I have paid out another $4000 in repairs and maintenance. The entire cooling system needed replacing at 145k. The Ford plastic intake manifold warps and leaks coolant also the plastic radiator warps and cracks and can't be repaired only replaced. The 4.6L "Modular" V8 engine has problems with the coil packs and engine computer failing with a lot of miles. The coil packs are about $35 and easy to replace but they fail without warning and leave you stranded, I have had to replace as many as 3 at a time. The engine computer also is prone to electrical surge damage. The battery cables are part of the main wiring harness and cannot be replaced individually. The steering and suspension in these cars was designed to last about 100k miles, the tie rods/idler arm/shocks/spring mounts had to be replaced. The window lifts get weak with age and the steel cables inside snap causing the window to fall and shatter. Not to mention the a/c compressor design is weak and requires frequent repairs. These are well-known Crown Victoria/Mercury Marquis/Lincoln Town Car issues. My experience with these cars and my mechanic agrees the engine/transmissions are good for about 225k only. Friends in the emergency services (police/fire/EMS) that drive Crown Vics report these same issues and the 225k lifespan on their fleet cars. For the positives, the trunk is huge, you can get 5-6 people in this car comfortably, it is unmatched for smooth long distance driving (I drove from KY to ID non-stop, the Mercury was great for that). Also the a/c when it works is much better than other Fords I've owned. The interior is just now worn out after all these years and miles, very durable fabric/carpet. Also the paint and trim held up great. The parts prices are reasonable and there are a lot of these cars in junkyards too. The car gets a consistent 24 MPG with mixed city/hwy, it has gotten as high as 28 MPG all-highway driving but with ethanol-blended fuel this older engine (not designed for flex fuel like newer ones) gets horrible mileage down to as little as 18 city. So...bottom line is unless you need a comfy cruiser with lots of trunk room and are willing to rebuild the cooling, a/c and suspension every 100k miles and replace the engine and/or transmission every 225k, I'd look elsewhere. I am looking at a VW Passat, Dodge Charger, or Chevy Impala to replace the Marquis, as much as I like the Marquis I need something more reliable over the long haul."
Pros: "solid, secure, safe, comforte, V-8, great mileage"
Cons: "winter, a few electrical glitches.Carpet pulls out"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Rear wheel, drive. Owned a 1984 and 2009. Quiet, safe, secure, solid, handles well. Great mileage on cruise 27 range with four adults. Lots of room, trunk space, leather, comfortable. Totaled 1984 on I-90 in upstate NY, spun out into steel bridge from Black ice, we all walked away.
Dated, but then it would be. will buy a 2012 next year probably. Snow and ice can be a challenge, getting trooper grade Michelin snows next winter. Incredible value for the money."