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#2853927 - 08/09/14 09:19 AM '04 MGM in Florida
noodlenoggin Offline

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Registered: 03/27/05
Posts: 232
Loc: Ionia, MI
I know... "A big Mercury in Florida? That never happens!" So, I live in the Tampa suburbs, and I've been driving a slowly decomposing '95 T-Bird for the past couple of years. This month my wife drove it to work, and she said "It's broken, replace it."

Basically what I've been saying for the past year...but now it's HER idea! grin

I had an '84 CV a few years ago, and loved the thing. It's on here, actually: Nick's '84 Crown Vic. So, my shortlist of cars to replace the Thunderchicken came down to an F-150 or a Panther. I hit Autotrader, and the number of low-mileage Grand Marquis' within 100 miles of Tampa is amazing. I found this in Lakeland, 30 miles from my house:


39768828229.377700610.IM1.MAIN.565x421_A.562x421 by sunliner500, on Flickr

It's my new 2004 Grand Marquis GS. One owner, with 26,954 miles on it. Bought new in Lakeland,FL; stayed within 30 miles of Lakeland, FL its entire life, traded-in in Lakeland, FL. I drove the Thunderchicken to the dealership after work on Tuesday, and drove the GM home. grin


DSC03465 by sunliner500, on Flickr

It's pretty basic for an MGM, I'd guess. Power driver's seat with lumbar, CD player, cloth seats, autolamps, cruise/tilt/air -- but utterly spic'n span clean, and with HALF the miles of our 2010 minivan. It's like a brand-new 10-year-old car. It drives like brand new. My wife keeps trying to force the name "Gramps" on it, but based on how I drive, I think the "Silver Missile" is closer to the truth. cool

I put these pics on my "welcome" thread, but here they are again. I'll be adding more, 'cause I'm like that. I don't imagine I'll be modding this car at all...it's just too nice. I kind of want window-tint, and I wouldn't mind a trailer hitch so I can add a bicycle rack that won't ding the trunk paint, but probably won't ever spend the money for 'em.


DSC03466 by sunliner500, on Flickr


DSC03469 by sunliner500, on Flickr


DSC03468 by sunliner500, on Flickr


Edited by noodlenoggin (08/09/14 09:21 AM)
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#2853942 - 08/09/14 10:58 AM Re: '04 MGM in Florida [Re: noodlenoggin]
MIAMI-DADE Offline
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Registered: 06/19/05
Posts: 5435
Loc: Miami Beach&Brooklyn N.Y.
I love the pics!!

A lot of nice people in your neck of the woods..Went to a diner out there called Grandma Sally's not long ago..It was AWESOME!! I would be there everyday if I lived here.

The only thing I hate when I drive out there is the Love Bugs on I-75 and I-275..It take me 2 days to get all that off.
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#2853947 - 08/09/14 11:34 AM Re: '04 MGM in Florida [Re: MIAMI-DADE]
noodlenoggin Offline

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Registered: 03/27/05
Posts: 232
Loc: Ionia, MI
Originally Posted By: MIAMI-DADE
I love the pics!!

The only thing I hate when I drive out there is the Love Bugs on I-75 and I-275..It take me 2 days to get all that off.


Oh yeah, the love bugs. Twice a year, spring and fall they're everywhere for a couple of weeks. And their guts are acidic and etch auto paint if you don't wash 'em off.
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#2854046 - 08/09/14 11:01 PM Re: '04 MGM in Florida [Re: noodlenoggin]
coqui5 Offline
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Registered: 03/11/10
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Loc: Connecticut
Nice ride!!!
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#2854140 - 08/10/14 01:36 PM Re: '04 MGM in Florida [Re: noodlenoggin]
CNGInterceptor Offline

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Registered: 03/18/07
Posts: 12308
Loc: Rhode Island
Congratulations!

It looks super clean, and you can't beat 27,000 original miles.
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#2854316 - 08/11/14 12:15 PM Re: '04 MGM in Florida [Re: noodlenoggin]
noodlenoggin Offline

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Registered: 03/27/05
Posts: 232
Loc: Ionia, MI
More pics, because I'm still obsessed with my new car. grin


IMG_0031 by sunliner500, on Flickr


IMG_0033 by sunliner500, on Flickr

The front -- not even a stone chip on this thing. And I really like the way the '03-'04 headlights join into the grill. I think the update for later years doesn't help anything.


IMG_0030 by sunliner500, on Flickr

And the butt and side. Laser straight. I am so over the moon about this car.
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#2856974 - 08/24/14 09:43 PM Re: '04 MGM in Florida [Re: noodlenoggin]
noodlenoggin Offline

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Registered: 03/27/05
Posts: 232
Loc: Ionia, MI
tl;dr -- I closed my hood.

So I've been driving the MGM for what...about two weeks now. It was tight as a drum when I bought it, but I've started noticing a squeak when I go over bumps, and Friday on the way home from work it was enough to really get my attention. It seemed to come from under the passenger seat, so I was thinking the exhaust was coming loose -- didn't sound like a suspension squeak, really.

I got out of the car Friday and shut the door, and it made the squeak. So I got a small crowbar to poke at things under the car and shut the door. The squeak seemed to come from the passenger side. I opened and shut the passenger door and the squeak seemed to come from the driver's side, near the front. I poked at the exhaust, and it's solid, and shiny, too.

So I opened the hood to listen for it in front, and shut the driver's door.....no squeak. Shut the hood tight. No squeak.

My hood was a little unlatched. That was all. laugh

Geez I love my car.
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#2857009 - 08/25/14 03:52 AM Re: '04 MGM in Florida [Re: noodlenoggin]
AACoPD05 Offline
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Registered: 10/02/08
Posts: 1496
Loc: Maryland
Its common for the hood latch striker to squeak in these cars. Pop the hood, run a single layer or electrical tape around the striker on the hood, close the hood gently. Thats the quick and dirty way to fix it. The real way is to replace it. They get a grove worn in them after a while, they all do it. You'll swear its something with the doors or the suspension but its the hood latch striker every time. You can extend the life of it by not slamming the hood closed.

See here for photos:
http://www.p71.ca/P71interceptor.com/p71interceptor.com/hoodstriker/
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#2857013 - 08/25/14 06:41 AM Re: '04 MGM in Florida [Re: AACoPD05]
noodlenoggin Offline

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Registered: 03/27/05
Posts: 232
Loc: Ionia, MI
Originally Posted By: AACoPD05
Its common for the hood latch striker to squeak in these cars... <snippety>


Wow, really? I thought it was a paranoid-guy-stupid-thing worth a minor chuckle. I'll check it for wear and replace if necessary. Thanks!
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#2857034 - 08/25/14 10:00 AM Re: '04 MGM in Florida [Re: noodlenoggin]
AACoPD05 Offline
Over the Hill

Registered: 10/02/08
Posts: 1496
Loc: Maryland
No problem, I understand your obsession, most of us here do...thats why we are here.
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#2859317 - 09/06/14 08:43 AM Re: '04 MGM in Florida [Re: noodlenoggin]
noodlenoggin Offline

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Registered: 03/27/05
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Loc: Ionia, MI
* Just turned 28,000 miles on my way into work yesterday.
* Getting about 18mpg on my commute into downtown Tampa from the suburbs.
* Wrapped some duct tape around the hood striker and it hasn't squeaked again. grin
* Realized you can't spell "Grand Marquis" without "Grandma." LOL
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#2859322 - 09/06/14 09:03 AM Re: '04 MGM in Florida [Re: noodlenoggin]
Chicago2VP71 Offline
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Registered: 03/04/11
Posts: 3131
Loc: Northwest Suburbs, IL
Gotta do some appearance mods to take away the "Grandma" look lol! Otherwise beautiful car!
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#2859652 - 09/08/14 10:48 AM Re: '04 MGM in Florida [Re: noodlenoggin]
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Originally Posted By: noodlenoggin
* Just turned 28,000 miles on my way into work yesterday.
* Getting about 18mpg on my commute into downtown Tampa from the suburbs.
* Wrapped some duct tape around the hood striker and it hasn't squeaked again. grin
* Realized you can't spell "Grand Marquis" without "Grandma." LOL
Heh. I once had an insurance card where the cut of the end of Marquis, so it read 1996 Mercury Grand Ma.
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2006 Audi A6 ~132k miles, stock.
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1997 Town Car Cartier ~145k miles, Ported Plenum, Gutted Airbox, Contour E-fan Retrofit, Dual exhaust with Magnaflows, cats deleted, MSD Ignition, KYB Gas-A-Justs, P71 front bar, air ride reinstated, Projector retrofit, Caddy 4-note horn retrofit, Wood rim steering wheel retrofit, holistic weight reduction as the parts fall off..
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#2859893 - 09/09/14 04:58 PM Re: '04 MGM in Florida [Re: BigMerc96]
noodlenoggin Offline

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Registered: 03/27/05
Posts: 232
Loc: Ionia, MI
Originally Posted By: BigMerc96
[ Heh. I once had an insurance card where the cut of the end of Marquis, so it read 1996 Mercury Grand Ma.


Lol
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#2860247 - 09/11/14 05:48 PM Re: '04 MGM in Florida [Re: noodlenoggin]
fullcipher Offline
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Registered: 05/02/11
Posts: 64
Loc: West Canada
Nice car! enjoy it and how about some interior pics too!
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