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Old 09-23-2010, 03:25 PM
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I know, be careful asking for opinions around here, but here goes:

I'm looking at getting a new car. Well, not brand new, but something late model (2008-2010) with low miles. I want a full-size 4 door sedan and have kind of narrowed it down to a Mercury Grand Marquis or Cadillac DTS. Possibly a Lincoln Town Car, but in reality, they are just a more expensive Marquis. Sole purpose of the car will be to haul my happy ass back and forth to work every day (about an 80 mile round trip commute). Kids are pretty much all grown and gone, so I don't need the ass-room, I just like the feel and ride of a large land barge, always have. My 1st car was a '63 Fleetwood Brougham when I was 16.

So, despite "Ford vs. Govt.-owned GM" arguments and such, which one would you buy and why?
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Marquis.

I admit, I'm a Ford man, but the other side is that wife has always had Caddy's or Tahoe's.

The DTS will cost more, and so will the insurance.

I do like the power of the DTS, though.

So, in summary, I have been no help at all.


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Originally Posted by Snapper Head View Post
Marquis.

I admit, I'm a Ford man, but the other side is that wife has always had Caddy's or Tahoe's.

The DTS will cost more, and so will the insurance.

I do like the power of the DTS, though.

So, in summary, I have been no help at all.


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I've been leaning in the Marquis direction. It's odd that you say you like the power of the DTS -- they both have 4.6L engines in them. The Northstar in the Caddy is transverse front wheel drive, while the Marquis is old-school V8 config with rear wheel drive. The Northstar may well put out more horses; I haven't compared the two in that regard. Both are known to be pretty reliable bullet-proof motors that have been out there in circulation for many years.
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Originally Posted by Snapper Head View Post

So, in summary, I have been no help at all.


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At least you have maintained your streak intact.

I like the Marquis, Town Car or maybe a Crown Vic.
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Crown Vic or Marquis. Ford doesn't make the Crown Vic anymore so I'd go with a used Vic or a Marquis. Get one in a conservative color and the "left laners" will get out of your way. Trust me.

Oh, plus the 4.6 has plenty of power and they are very comfortable and agile.
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I have no loyalty to any manufacturer, but the wife's car was always some type of Ford/Mercury. We had a brief stint in a Huyndai (sp) and for the last almost 3 years, we've been driving a Volvo. IMO, it is the most comfortable car we've ever owned. And after 90K miles, it drives like the day we left the dealership. Just something to think about.
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I am going to go out on a limb and say get a mini van!
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Originally Posted by Mike Boehler View Post
I have no loyalty to any manufacturer, but the wife's car was always some type of Ford/Mercury. We had a brief stint in a Huyndai (sp) and for the last almost 3 years, we've been driving a Volvo. IMO, it is the most comfortable car we've ever owned. And after 90K miles, it drives like the day we left the dealership. Just something to think about.

I own 2005 Volvo XC90 V8.

It inhales the freeway.

The seats are beyond comfortable.

5 hour highway trip, fresh as a daisy.

Volvo forum: www.swedespeed.com
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Hard to beat the crappy resale value on the Cadillac CTS and STS. You can buy one of these with low miles that originally sold for $50K for less than $20K. I am looking for a CTS-V and have bid on a couple on eBay. Waiting for a "super" deal since we are in no rush to buy one.

My cousin drives the vanilla color CTS and she loves it. Not only is it a great looking car but it's loaded with options, rides fantastic, and is one of the quietest vehicles I have ever ridden in. What's not to love??

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I sell GM cars for a living. Ok that out of the way the Grand Marquis with the right miles can be one heck of a deal. The average age of the owner of Grand Marquis is almost dead so there should be plenty of low mileage one owners out there. If not take a good look at Buicks. The Park Ave/Lucerne is quite the car also.
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Originally Posted by Mr. Paul View Post
I sell GM cars for a living. Ok that out of the way the Grand Marquis with the right miles can be one heck of a deal. The average age of the owner of Grand Marquis is almost dead so there should be plenty of low mileage one owners out there. If not take a good look at Buicks. The Park Ave/Lucerne is quite the car also.
Currently drive an 05 Buick Century. It's been a great car and mileage has always averaged 26/28 mpg commuting. It's got close to 75k on it and I figured it's time to get something with lower miles.

You are correct - the value of the Marquis is very good from what I've seen so far and they are beloved by the whiteheads out here in Sun City. I just haven't seen similar deals on the Buicks -- I'm guessing that they're bought and held on to.
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Hell, if you were in Florida you would have your choice of creampuff Grand Marquis..some even have the de Sade option.....

It's the car de rigueur for the seniors in these parts.

Throw a few Crown Vic police special parts under it and you'll have a great cruiser!

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