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  Hey there!
Posted by: dogememe - 11-30-2016 03:23 PM
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I've had about a dozen trucks and SUVs but never had a car before. So, I shall present to you, my first car, a 1999 Crown Victoria! I also have a 1999 GMC Suburban (as pictured). It's not perfect, so I have some questions, but I'll get to that later.


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  New from Ontario
Posted by: Mercruiser - 11-16-2016 09:01 PM
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Hello all,
I've recently discovered the joy of owning a panther platform '03 Grand Marquis. I've been driving the car for a couple weeks now, and I love it. What a great driving experience this big car offers.
The Grand Marquis I bought had(s) 179,000KM on it and it drives smooth and solid. Body and interior are in great condition! I plan on driving her for a while so I may need you advice on this forum from time to time.


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  Protect this panther?
Posted by: jcarling - 11-06-2016 12:10 PM
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I have viewed car forums for a long time because I've always found them to be a great resource for DYI repairs not to mention great pictures of cars that have had a lot of love put into them by their owners. That said I've never created a user profile let alone posted, but after my story below and getting a feel for the following that the panther platform has, I decided it was time to join the community!

My story starts with my old daily driver - I had always driven compact cars similar to this.

Then recently my wife and daughter were in a bad car accident, the type that makes you realize how thankful you are for what you have and can lead to changes in your life.

It got me thinking about the fortune I've had of never being in an accident which made me curious about how my family would have fared if my wife and daughter took my car out that day. I found an article about an accident that happened in the nearby city of St. Pete, FL of which the description uncannily resembled the accident my family was in. The circumstances of the accident and sequence of impacts in St. Pete put a Cavalier in place of my wife's Mazda and this was the result...

The 'change in your life' that followed for me, though maybe based in random chance, was that I wanted a safer daily driver. By chance, not long before my family's accident, I was gifted with a 2000 Grand Marquis that had been sitting in a friend's back yard for nearly a year and not felt the love of a passionate owner for a long time. I sold the cavalier, and did the minimal repairs to get the GM running properly and now, after reading up on the panther platform as I did, I have a storm of ideas in my head about how great it would be to really put the time and care into fixing this car up right. However, I need the expert advice of the community to see if it make sense to even invest the time and money into doing that. As said, it's a 2000 Grand Marquis "PrecisionTrac" which I suppose translates into 'LS'. It has a whopping 208k miles on it and for most of its life was used to drive high-school softball girls around the state of Florida by it's previous owner. The paint horribly sun-damaged on one side with no clear coat left, the interior was so bad that the seats were all covered with towels to hide the shredded remains of once plush leather upholstery, and the suspension looks it can't remember the last time it saw a rubber bushing or grease gun. That being said, after I did the minimal work to make it move, the engine feels and sounds okay, and the transmission fluid doesn't look bad though it jerks from 1st to 2nd. Again this vehicle was gifted to me, and I need to know if it was to bring love back to this car's life. What do you all think?



PS if the pics didn't upload I'll try it again (as I said this is my first ever post)

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Posted by: Colossus - 11-06-2016 02:43 AM
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Hi Folks-

First time here, but not new to the Vics. I purchased a Silver 2005 Vic this week. It's the LX model, seems to be almost fully loaded, I suppose.. but will figure that out once I take delivery on Monday. Has 125,000 miles. Mechanically in good shape, a bit rough on the body, hail damage and a few scrapes and dings here and there. Inside is in decent shape, just very dirty as the previous owner lived on a dirt road. Going to take me some time to clean up. This will be a daily driver for me most of the time. I also have a 2012 Chevy Silverado 2500 Duramax 4X4 which up to this point has been my daily driver, but with my new job requiring frequent travel, the Vic will serve much better in the 30 mile drive out to the Airport and around town when I don't need the truck. Much easier to navigate and park too, vs a long bed truck! But then again my truck may end up getting repossessed if I don't get a good job soon, been out of work since June. I paid for the Vic via credit card. Credit card payment is MUCH MUCH less than a $700.00 a month truck payment. Bang

I have previously owned the following Vicki's:
1992 Crown Vic Touring Sedan
1995 Crown Vic P71 ex-Montana Highway Patrol (best car I owned)
1996 Crown Vic P71 ex-fire chief's car for a volunteer FD in Ohio
1998 Crown Vic P71 ex-police car for some agency in Ohio

I haven't had a Vic since 2010 or 2011 so it's great to be back in a RWD sedan. The last 2 Vics I had, the 1996 & 1998 were not very well maintained by their respective departments, but that was the risk I took when getting them off of EBAY. The 2005 I just got was at a local used car dealer so I got to give it a good going over before purchasing. I am confident it will serve me for many miles to come. If the body doesn't fall apart. The climate control unit wasn't working properly and the dealer agreed to get it repaired, which they completed today, so I go out to pick it up on Monday.



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  Found the unicorn
Posted by: Nick7979 - 11-06-2016 12:05 AM
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Hi all, just picked up a P71 today. I belive it to be a detective or supervisors car etc. It's a 2006 with civilian cloth seats with arm rests, cruise, trac control, adj pedals. No holes in the roof or deck lid. The deck lid has a painted finish panel that says crown victoria. Has the full hub caps, and a chrome grill. It does have a ticket light and 140mph speedo.

The bad
hood has bad paint peel
No spare
Ac doesn't work
cruise dosen't work

The good
It has 97k miles and get this only 223 idle hours.
Paid $3350
Interior is near perfect. Even wife was impressed
Good tires oil a trans fluid seem used but not burnt like the patrol cars we looked at
horn works lol

Car drives like new no squeaks or rattles, no check engine lights (but they do come on with the key turned)

I special ordered my other 2 vehicles. The jeep is my wifes, and the truck is mine. The truck has 20k on it now, never towed/haulled, smoked in it, ate/drank in it, this P71 will be the commuter car so my truck/baby can relax a bit lol. Looking forward to driving it more.

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  New here
Posted by: zod - 10-26-2016 12:18 AM
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Hey, so I'm new here. Bought a '05 GM a few days ago. Don't know if I'll be posting much. Here's a pic of the car.


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