Bought my '99 Marquis with 65K on it. Now has 275K and never left me stranded. It did require a tranny rebuild at 130K ($1800) but it and the engine run perfectly with just regular maintenance and small expected repairs that are dead cheap compared to other cars.
Still my daily driver at the 14 year old mark with 23 mpg in half city, half highway miles. I've gotten 29 mpg with cruise set to 65.
Don't let the laughably adolescent
"official" review deter you from buying.
If you want a comfortable, reliable, and economical car with plenty of room for people, groceries, or other stuff, don't miss your chance to get one. (BTW, with Nokian snow tires, these are the boss in winter).
Lots of room, smooth ride! My 1999 has only 57000 miles on it but is still a nice drive! Too bad ford got rid of the Mercury brand and the crown vic/marquis. I really like this car! Never had any major problems and hope too keep driving for at least another 57000 miles and why not! Still get compliments on this car and offers to purchase it from me.
bought this car with 70,000 miles it now has 109,000 this is the best car i have ever owned have not had one problem with this car 18mpg city and 24 hwy it is like setting in a lazy boy driving this car.use no oil between changes i will buy another one when this stops running.
I am not sure if others who are complaining of poor gas mileage have a different engine or what in their GM but, in my case, this car gets excellent gas mileage for its size.
On road trips, my GM will get 28MPG and a bit more.
This is with around 120k.
We have not have the car tuned or anything else to enhance gas mileage.
This is no hype or exaggeration.
Now, I know that it is listed to give 22MPG Hwy as the official number.
That might be true when it is new but, once it is broken in, the MPG shoots up.
This is a very comfortable and reliable car for the most part.
This why they and Crown Vic are popular as taxis and cop cars.
Good gas mileage with regular gas.
Inexpensive to buy and maintain
Good Work Ford!
Better Heater Core
Intake Manifold made of metal
Make handling a little better.
Nothing else because then the price would go up.
For the money, you can't beat it.
Brought it brand new in 1999. Currently have 150,587 miles. Had the intake manifold replaced and recently a tire rod and now on its 4 set of tires. Otherwise the car has been reliable, comfortable safe ride. A/C works well still cold. My only concern is the stability of the under carriage on rough rods. the vehicle sometimes feels as if it loses contact with the road surface at highway speed. Mileage is appx 250 miles to a tankful highway/city driving.Also the fender above the front tires is rusting. Seems to be a common problem with this car.