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1999 Mercury Grand Marquis Sedan

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1999 Mercury Grand Marquis

Source: New Car Test Drive

by Jim McCraw

Maturing nicely and priced right, it's Ford's family limousine.

Base Price $22,825
As Tested $28,125

The Mercury Grand Marquis is among just three full-size passenger cars Ford Motor Company makes that feature four doors and rear-wheel drive. The Lincoln Town Car is designed for affluent buyers, while the Ford Crown Victoria serves America's police forces, fills rental fleets and does duty for cab companies. The Mercury Grand Marquis is the full-size car for the rest of us, a car that offers the comfort of the Town Car with strength and durability.

Sales of the Grand Marquis have been growing over the past few years. Mercury officials credit changing demographics -- more folks have children or parents living with them, nowadays. And the Grand Marquis offers a lot of car for the money. Only four years ago, the Grand Marquis owned less than 15 percent of the large-car market, but now it's closer to 27 percent.

Owner loyalty is the highest in the segment: More than 42 percent of Grand Marquis buyers return for another one. Grand Marquis competes against Oldsmobile Delta 88, Pontiac Bonneville, Buick LeSabre, Chrysler Concorde and Toyota Avalon.

Walkaround

The Grand Marquis was restyled last year with a more vertical grille treatment, a different grille texture, complex reflector headlamps and new taillamps.

The Grand Marquis is a big, roomy car, with curb weight over 3900 pounds, a 114-inch wheelbase and an overall length of 212 inches. Bigger cars tend to be safer in crashes than smaller cars and that's true with the Grand Marquis. Its frame design helped it earn a five-star rating from the government for crash performance front and rear.

The front and rear extensions were strengthened last year. The front and rear suspensions were improved for a smoother, more vibration-free ride. The recirculating-ball steering system was upgraded with premium bearings and materials to improve steering feel and response. A power steering fluid cooler has been made standard.

Two models are available: $22,825 GS and $24,725 LS. (All prices include destination charges.)

LS comes with more standard equipment than GS, including floor mats, cruise control, power door locks, an illuminated keyless entry system, chrome wheel covers, a light group, and a bodyside tape stripe. The LS also comes with the dual-exhaust system, which significantly increases power output.

Option packages have been streamlined for 1999, which simplifies life for the factory, the dealers, and the customer. The $1,000 Premium Package includes alloy wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, electronic climate control, a power passenger seat and an auto-dimming mirror with compass. The $2,400 Ultimate Package adds anti-lock brakes, traction control, electronic instrumentation, and a premium sound system. A $460 Limited Package adds gold-plate aluminum wheels, exterior gold trim package, rear center console with cupholders, dual front storage arm rests and light parchment leather trim.

Don't want all that stuff? This year, the anti-lock brake system is available as a separate, free-standing option for $600. We highly recommend it as it allows the driver to maintain steering control during emergency braking maneuvers. For $775, you can get ABS and traction control; traction control uses the anti-lock brake system to reduce wheel spin -- a big benefit on slippery roads.

The Inside Story

Settle into the Grand Marquis and you'll be treated to huge, thick seats that are as comfortable as an old pair of shoes. All controls and instruments are arrayed in a logical, intuitive, and spacious manner; nothing seems out of place. The interior is spacious with plenty of room for long legs, broad shoulders and gangly arms. There's also enough latitude in seat adjustment to accommodate petite family members.

Rear seat roominess and comfort are at the top of the class. Trunk capacity is rated at almost 21 cubic feet. Fit and finish inside the car are superb, and the materials chosen are excellent.

There are a lot of detail changes to the interior for 1999. New carpeting and new floor mats are standard on both models. All models have new front door trim panel armrests.

Ride & Drive

Refinements were engineered into the Grand Marquis last year that resulted in a car that rides better and handles better. The transmission is substantially improved and the engine is slightly more powerful.

The 4.6-liter single overhead-cam V8 that comes with these cars is one of the best engines Ford Motor Company has ever built in terms of quality and durability. The engine is rated at 200 horsepower with single exhaust and 215 horsepower with the optional dual exhaust system. The engine now has coil-on-plug ignition which is simpler and more reliable.

The transmission changes gears 50 percent quicker than the previous generation. Shifting is smoother and more positive. No transmission maintenance is required for the life of the car. The Grand Marquis is rated to tow 2000 pounds.

The Grand Marquis provides a smooth, quiet ride. It's stable at high speeds and in crosswinds. This is also the best-handling big Mercury we've ever driven. It is a pleasure to drive on a winding road. The rear suspension was altered substantially last year to achieve this balance. The rear trailing arms were redesigned and relocated to provide control of up and down motions. A Watts linkage was also added -- a simple mechanical link between the center of the frame and the axle assembly that locates the axle laterally.

Braking performance is surprisingly good for such a large car. The brakes were enlarged and upgraded last year, with larger, thicker rotors and dual-piston calipers on the front discs. Those changes improve braking performance. They also reduce the chance of brake fade when descending steep mountain grades.

Steel 16-inch wheels are standard, aluminum alloy wheels are optional. Standard tires are P225/60R-16 all-season radials that ride better and provide better grip than before.

An $855 Handling Package includes a completely retuned suspension with rear air shocks, a larger rear stabilizer bar, a quicker 3.27:1 axle ratio, the more powerful dual exhaust engine, special 16-inch alloy wheels and Goodyear high-performance tires. (The package is just $535 when added to packages that include aluminum wheels.) The Handling Package sharpens handling response significantly and improves acceleration performance.

Final Word

The Grand Marquis is a great ride for covering lots of North American territory on the big highways. With its body-on-frame construction, quiet and smooth V8 engine and rear-wheel drive, the Grand Marquis goes out of its way to separate you and your traveling partners from mechanical noise and intrusions caused by the road surface. The steering and suspension really work well to improve ride quality, road feel and handling.

When equipped like ours, the Grand Marquis provides luxury car value in a full-size sedan.

© New Car Test Drive, Inc.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Opt
Traction/Stability Control Opt

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Security

Anti-theft System Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 2 Years/24,000 Miles
Corrosion 5 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance 3 Years/36,000 Miles

Mercury Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

Manufacturer's 7 years / 100,000 miles Powertrain Limited Warranty from original in-service date. 12-month/12,000-mile comprehensive limited warranty. See dealer for details. Rental Car Reimbursement $30/day.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 2009-2011 model years & less than 80,000 miles
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection 172
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $100

Learn more about certified pre-owned vehicles

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