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Vehicle LS 4dr Sedan
Review They asked me to update again. Now at 174K daily driven it is still doing fine. I got original Ford brake pads on Ebay for $10 (new old stock from 98!) and the dust issue is solved. Stops great too! Aside from tire rotations and oil changes, no issues! Update: She now has 165K miles. One slight issue was the starter didn't work one morning. After inspection I realized the starter key terminal was corroded, and I replaced with a Motorcraft starter for $100 and 2 hours of work on a tight bolt. Even if a shop did it its not an expensive repair. Still gets 22Mpg and daily driven. Original Tan paint is still in very good condition if it is detailed. Leather drivers seat is starting to show some wear. Neighbor now owns a 2002 GMQ and is very satisfied too! Soon I'll change the coolant and 4 quarts of trans fluid. My only complaint is the wheels seem to attract brake dust, but I was told by the Ford dealer to use only the FORD OEM (not motorcraft) pads to stop dusting. That is what they install on those vehicles for a service. I used Thermoquiet which are great except for the dust. I got this car for $800 with about 135K miles. I put on about 12K issue free miles already, my neighbor has a brand new car in that timeframe, and it spent considerable time in the dealer, including fuel pump issues leaving him stranded. He said when its time to sell a used Panther is in his future. I am handy with cars and replaced some things, maybe more than I had to. I changed all belts and hoses, but honestly the originals were still very good. The intake manifold MUST be inspected and replaced if original. If there is a plastic tube behind the alternator just swap it. It causes everything from misfires to engine failure. It could be a DIY job, plenty of good tutorials. Pull the coil plug closest to the thermostat to check for leaks. Ball Joints wear at high mileage too. Electronics on this car are very reliable. I did a fluid and filter change on the trans, it shifts like new. This car easily has another 100+K miles left, millions of cabs have proven that. Just a matter of holding on to an older car. Handling is a bit boaty(but controlled) but improved somewhat with KYB gas adjust shocks. Mine does not have the sport/handling package, those have dual exhaust, stiffer suspension parts, bushings, etc, air suspension(which isn't expensive to service on these cars) and distinctive wheels. 2.71 gears give it 22mpg combined. I do have lots of nice features like a digital dash, cruise, auto dim mirror and power everything. I installed heated seats. These cars (pre 03) can't have a double din radio unless you replace the duct with an 03+ one. I wanted a newer panther but the price was too good to pass up. I'm very satisfied, and was close to leasing something that would have set me back thousands in this timeframe. Check the frame for major rust too, it likes to rust out under the air conditioner dryer on the passenger side. I put some fluid film there so there won't be an issue.
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What options are available on the 1998 Mercury Grand Marquis?
Available Mercury Grand Marquis 1998 Submodel Types: Sedan
Available Trims: LS, GS, LS Premium, LSE, LS Ultimate, LS Fleet
Exterior Colors: Silver Birch Clearcoat Metallic, Vibrant White Clearcoat, Light Ice Blue Clearcoat Metallic, Black Clearcoat, Arizona Beige Clearcoat Metallic, Dark Toreador Red Clearcoat Metallic, Silver Frost Clearcoat Metallic, Spruce Green Clearcoat Metallic, Harvest Gold Clearcoat Metallic, Norsea Blue Clearcoat Metallic, Smokestone Clearcoat Metallic, Chestnut Clearcoat Metallic, Toreador Red Clearcoat Metallic, Deep Wedgewood Blue Clearcoat Metallic, Gold Ash Clearcoat Metallic, Light Blue Clearcoat Metallic, Light Tundra Clearcoat Metallic, Performance White
Interior Colors: Medium Parchment, Medium Light Stone leather, Light Camel leather, Light Camel premium cloth, Light Flint, Medium Parchment cloth, Charcoal Black premium cloth
Popular Features: Power Driver Seat, Rear Bench Seats, Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel, Auto Climate Control, Trip Computer, Leather Seats, Tire Pressure Warning, Alarm, Post-collision safety system