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Mercury Grand Marquis

From 1983 until Mercury’s demise in 2010, the Mercury Grand Marquis was a full-size sedan that served as the company’s flagship car. The Grand Marquis got its start in the mid-1970s as the highest trim level for the Mercury Marquis. In 1983, the car was split from the Marquis line and became its own distinct model. The Mercury Grand Marquis was manufactured by Ford and became the Ford Crown Victoria with a Mercury nameplate. The last Mercury Grand Marquis was produced in January 2011.

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About the Mercury Grand Marquis

In total, there have been four different generations of the Mercury Grand Marquis in production since 1983. For most of those years, little changed. While its competitors reverted to lighter methods of building cars, the Grand Marquis was still manufactured using the body-on-frame method. Though the ride and handling of this large, heavy car may not have been as good as its competitors, it was known for its roomy and plush interior, quiet ride, and sturdy exterior.

Mercury Grand Marquis Features

The Grand Marquis’s fourth and final generation was unveiled in 2003. This model offered two different trim levels. Drivers could choose between the base GS level and the premium LS level, which provided more features and a richer interior appearance package. The full-size sedan could seat six passengers comfortably and was equipped with a 4.6-liter, V-8 engine that had a power rating of 224 horsepower and 272 lb-ft. A four-speed automatic transmission was the only option available for both trim levels. A handling package could be added, which increased the power output to 235 horsepower. It was later discontinued in 2007.

In 2003, the Grand Marquis got a new chassis, which was derived from the Ford Panther’s platform. Both the front and rear suspension, and the brakes were redesigned to improve handling. Anti-lock brakes were standard and front side airbags became optional. The Mercury Grand Marquis underwent several refreshes during its final years, including the introduction of different trims with various performance and handling.

Mercury Grand Marquis Evolution

When the Mercury Grand Marquis first launched, there were three different body styles to choose from, including a two-door sedan, a four-door sedan, and a five-door station wagon. The station wagon was in production for only one year and was discontinued in 1984. Production of the two-door sedan was terminated in 1986. Until 1986, the Mercury Grand Marquis was equipped with a 4.9-liter, V-8 engine and a four-speed transmission. In 1986, a second engine option was added—a 5.8-liter V-8. In 1988, the model underwent a redesign to both the interior and exterior, although changes were minimal.

The second generation Mercury Grand Marquis was launched in 1992 and saw the most changes since being introduced. It became more rounded and aerodynamic, and the shape improvements distinguished it more from its Ford and Lincoln counterparts. It was equipped with a 4.6-liter, modular, V-8 engine and a four-speed automatic transmission. This generation underwent a refresh in 1995 with modifications made to both the interior and the exterior. A new four-speed automatic transmission was also made available the same year.

In 1998, the third generation Mercury Grand Marquis was unveiled. It was quite similar to the previous generation, but had many modifications to the exterior, including the hood, bumpers, headlights and taillights, mirrors, and grille. The interior was modified slightly, and more optional features were added. It was still equipped with a 4.6-liter, modular, V-8 engine and a four-speed automatic transmission. The engine had a power rating of 190 horsepower or 210 horsepower if the car was equipped with a dual exhaust system.

Select a Mercury Grand Marquis Year

2011 Mercury Grand Marquis

Midsize, Sedan


The 2011 Mercury Grand Marquis marks the last year of production for this vehicle, and it still measures up to the competition in some areas.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $11,569

MPG
16-24
Seats
6

2010 Mercury Grand Marquis

Midsize, Sedan


The Grand Marquis enters its final year without any changes.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $10,912

MPG
12-17
Seats
6

2009 Mercury Grand Marquis
ESTIMATED RESALE: $9,876

MPG
12-17
Seats
6

2008 Mercury Grand Marquis

Midsize, Sedan


With a design that hasn’t changed much since the 1970s, the 2008 Mercury Grand Marquis may be the most basic full-size sedan on the market.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $4,891

MPG
11-16
Seats
6

2007 Mercury Grand Marquis

Midsize, Sedan


If you seek a vehicle that goes easy on fuel, gives you quality and outstanding performance, and comfortably fits the whole family, take a look at the 2007 Mercury Grand Marquis.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $4,856

MPG
N/A
Seats
6

2006 Mercury Grand Marquis
ESTIMATED RESALE: $4,526

MPG
N/A
Seats
6

2005 Mercury Grand Marquis

Midsize, Sedan


The 2005 Mercury Grand Marquis is available in five trim levels: GS, GS Convenience, LS Premium, LSE, and LS Ultimate.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $4,256

MPG
N/A
Seats
6

2004 Mercury Grand Marquis

Midsize, Sedan


The 2004 Mercury Grand Marquis is an affordable luxury sedan that appeals to a certain crowd.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $3,661

MPG
17-25
Seats
6

2003 Mercury Grand Marquis

Midsize, Sedan


The 2003 Mercury Grand Marquis is an elegant, affordable luxury sedan with plenty of character and options.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $3,247

MPG
17-25
Seats
5-6

2002 Mercury Grand Marquis

Midsize, Sedan


The 2002 Mercury Grand Marquis lineup consists of GS, GS Convenience, LS Premium, LS Ultimate, and LSE editions.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $2,876

MPG
17-25
Seats
6

2001 Mercury Grand Marquis

Midsize, Sedan


The 2001 Mercury Grand Marquis has a reputation as a grandpa's car.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $2,912

MPG
18-25
Seats
6

2000 Mercury Grand Marquis

Midsize, Sedan


The 2000 Mercury Grand Marquis is a vehicle that seems to buck market trends.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $2,712

MPG
18-25
Seats
6

1999 Mercury Grand Marquis

Midsize, Sedan


The American sedan market used to be dominated by large, spacious vehicles with large, powerful engines.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $2,362

MPG
17-24
Seats
6

1998 Mercury Grand Marquis

Midsize, Sedan


The 1998 Mercury Grand Marquis is a full-size rear-drive sedan manufactured by Ford Motor Company and sold under its Lincoln-Mercury division.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $2,161

MPG
17-24
Seats
6

1997 Mercury Grand Marquis

Midsize, Sedan


The American sedan market used to be dominated by large, spacious vehicles with large, powerful engines.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $2,021

MPG
17-25
Seats
6

1996 Mercury Grand Marquis

Midsize, Sedan


The 1996 Mercury Grand Marquis has long been the flagship and slow to change over time.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $1,966

MPG
17-25
Seats
6

1995 Mercury Grand Marquis

Midsize, Sedan


The 1995 Grand Marquis was Mercury’s flagship vehicle from its introduction as a distinct model in 1983 until its discontinuation in 2011.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $1,856

MPG
18-25
Seats
6

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