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1998 Mercury Grand Marquis Review
The last year of an all-around vehicle.
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The 1998 Mercury Grand Marquis is a full-size rear-drive sedan manufactured by Ford Motor Company and sold under its Lincoln-Mercury division. In fact, the car is the flagship model for the Mercury lineup. The Grand Marquis was first used in 1975 for an upscale trim level of the Mercury Marquis. The 1998 Mercury Grand Marquis is based on the Panther platform, just like its two twins, the Ford Crown Victoria and the Lincoln Town Car. It has undergone a design overhaul that marks the beginning of the third generation.
Engines: 4.6-liter Modular V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Mercury Grand Marquis GS, Mercury Grand Marquis LS
The 1998 Mercury Grand Marquis has a revised front and rear styling, along with a new suspension and bigger brakes. An anti-theft system has been added as standard for all models. The car also gets a new instrument panel, new steering gear, and improved ride with the new linkage suspension. An all-speed traction control will be made available from this year onwards.
The 1998 Mercury Grand Marquis has a new front and rear fascia, hood, grills, wheels, bumpers, mirrors, and lights. It does bear some resemblance to the 1992-1997 Grand Marquis, but the only parts retained from this generation are the doors and the roof. The 1998 Mercury Grand Marquis has a wheelbase of 114.7 inches and an overall length of 211.9 inches. It has a width of 78.2 inches and a height of 56.8 inches.
Insides, the 1998 Mercury Grand Marquis is one of the most spacious ones among its competitors. Headroom and legroom are not a problem at all for the front or the rear, and even the tallest adults can sit comfortably at the front and back. Entry and exit is also quite easy and comparable to that of a limousine. The 1998 Mercury Grand Marquis offers over 20 cubic feet of cargo space in its deep trunk. However, most of the volume is concentrated in the center well, which means that fitting in bulky items inside the trunk is not going to be easy.
Performance & Handling
The 1998 Mercury Grand Marquis is powered by a dual-overhead cam 4.6-liter V-8 engine that delivers 190 horsepower at 4250 rpm and 265 lb-ft of torque at 3250 rpm. For better performance, the car comes with an optional dual exhaust that elevates the engine’s performance to 210 horsepower at 4250 rpm and 275 lb-ft of torque at 3250 rpm. A four-speed automatic transmission is available with no other choices. The V-8 engine under the hood of the 1998 Mercury Grand Marquis offers more than a decent amount of horsepower and torque. Despite its incredible power output, the engine is surprisingly quiet. While the car does not accelerate so quickly from standstill, it does accelerate very quickly while passing traffic on the highway. The high-output version of the V-8 engine delivers even more power, and driving a 1998 Mercury Grand Marquis with this engine under the hood is reminiscent of driving the Chevrolet Impala SS models from the mid-1990s. The base model has feather-light steering that is almost completely devoid of a road feel, and the base suspension is a little too soft. The best thing to do is to go for a 1998 Mercury Grand Marquis with the Handling package that includes a tuned suspension and a revised axle ratio for better cornering grip and reduced body roll.
The 1998 Mercury Grand Marquis includes safety features such as anti-lock brakes, driver and passenger-side airbags, and traction control. The car received an outstanding five-star rating for driver, as well as passenger safety during frontal impact crash tests conducted by the NHTSA.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Powerful acceleration
- Spacious interior
- Good safety record
- Good value for money
You Won't Like
- Very poor fuel economy
- Lack of steering feel
The last year of an all-around vehicle.
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