Howdy! I'm a full-time chauffeur for a coat-and-tie transport company. After seeing our last full-size Caddy retire this summer -- and spending too many cramped hours at the wheel of its replacement -- I decided to buy a full-size, rear-drive, V8 sedan for personal use.
Yesterday, I drove out to a small Utah town and left a deposit with a private owner. She's selling her parents' 2005 Grand Marquis, 73,000 miles.
Apparently, Grandpa misjudged a corner recently, and creased the right-rear wheel well lip. Barely noticeable, but enough for his daughter to pull his driver's license and put the big sedan up for sale.
It's light brown with a beige interior. Clean from every aspect, and when I took it out on the road for a test it ran like a rabbit.
All it needs for daily driving is wiper blades and floor mats. I'll be waxing it up first thing and searching for replacement center caps all around -- she says neighborhood kids made off with them for some reason.
I've loved cars like this since I grew up riding in them. I'm 51 and remember $.20 gasoline and engine compartments so big you could sit down to change the water pump. Never liked the way front-drive cars torque-steer, or handle with all the weight up front. (Once, driving a Sentra with a manual transmission, I sensed hydroplaning and backed off the gas. The back end promptly passed the front end, and only the grace of God kept me from a serious wreck.)
So, I'm excited about this nearly new acquisition, and learning from you guys how to make it my own.
First thing will be the seats. These benches ... wow.
EDIT: Just looking around here today, I came across a warning about transmission service. What do I need to know?
Also, this car has no service records. I will inspect brakes, change oil, and replace filters asap. Any other advice?