Make payments with PayPal - it's fast, free and secure! registry | CVN on Facebook | tech | news | email login Make payments with PayPal - it's fast, free and secure!


Welcome to CVN - Your Panther platform headquarters!


Custom Search


Page 2 of 2 < 1 2
Topic Options
#2860379 - 09/12/14 01:30 PM Re: '04 MGM in Florida [Re: fullcipher]
noodlenoggin Offline

Member

Registered: 03/27/05
Posts: 232
Loc: Ionia, MI
Originally Posted By: fullcipher
Nice car! enjoy it and how about some interior pics too!


Thanks! I can do the interior pics...don't really need much of an excuse. As a bonus, my wife will roll her eyes like she usually does.
_________________________
"Have you sailed in a Ford....lately?" | 2004 Grand Marquis -- 65,000 miles | Previously: 1984 Crown Victoria



Top
#2861355 - 09/17/14 06:05 PM Re: '04 MGM in Florida [Re: fullcipher]
noodlenoggin Offline

Member

Registered: 03/27/05
Posts: 232
Loc: Ionia, MI
Originally Posted By: fullcipher
Nice car! enjoy it and how about some interior pics too!


Wish granted! lol

(I didn't realize I had a huge thumbsmudge on the lens until after I came inside)


IMG_20140917_175131887_HDR by sunliner500, on Flickr


IMG_20140917_175048261_HDR by sunliner500, on Flickr


IMG_20140917_175111722_HDR by sunliner500, on Flickr


IMG_20140917_175033847_HDR by sunliner500, on Flickr


IMG_20140917_175207342 by sunliner500, on Flickr


IMG_20140917_175256894_HDR by sunliner500, on Flickr
_________________________
"Have you sailed in a Ford....lately?" | 2004 Grand Marquis -- 65,000 miles | Previously: 1984 Crown Victoria



Top
#2870824 - 11/07/14 02:21 PM Re: '04 MGM in Florida [Re: noodlenoggin]
noodlenoggin Offline

Member

Registered: 03/27/05
Posts: 232
Loc: Ionia, MI
Turned 30,000 miles on the MGM this week. About time for my first oil change. In 3,000 miles it has...done nothing wrong. I get about 18mpg pretty reliably.

And here's a pic, because why not:


Mercury In A Wheel #1 by sunliner500, on Flickr
_________________________
"Have you sailed in a Ford....lately?" | 2004 Grand Marquis -- 65,000 miles | Previously: 1984 Crown Victoria



Top
#2870993 - 11/08/14 05:29 PM Re: '04 MGM in Florida [Re: noodlenoggin]
noodlenoggin Offline

Member

Registered: 03/27/05
Posts: 232
Loc: Ionia, MI
And another picture, parked at work, just because:


Parked Mercury by sunliner500, on Flickr
_________________________
"Have you sailed in a Ford....lately?" | 2004 Grand Marquis -- 65,000 miles | Previously: 1984 Crown Victoria



Top
#2882356 - 01/26/15 08:58 AM Re: '04 MGM in Florida [Re: noodlenoggin]
noodlenoggin Offline

Member

Registered: 03/27/05
Posts: 232
Loc: Ionia, MI
Nothing super-interesting... 33,000 miles, got the oil changed, now the engine's pert'near silent again.

I've driven this car more since November than the original owner drove it per year!
_________________________
"Have you sailed in a Ford....lately?" | 2004 Grand Marquis -- 65,000 miles | Previously: 1984 Crown Victoria



Top
#2899290 - 05/29/15 01:08 PM Re: '04 MGM in Florida [Re: noodlenoggin]
noodlenoggin Offline

Member

Registered: 03/27/05
Posts: 232
Loc: Ionia, MI
Another oil change, and just turned 38,000 miles. One of the rear shocks was leaking, so I had them both replaced. Now the Grandma-car doesn't waggle its butt so much, or bounce as much over speed bumps.
_________________________
"Have you sailed in a Ford....lately?" | 2004 Grand Marquis -- 65,000 miles | Previously: 1984 Crown Victoria



Top
#2899749 - 06/01/15 10:43 AM Re: '04 MGM in Florida [Re: noodlenoggin]
MGDriver Offline

Autobahn Marauder
Over the Hill

Registered: 11/02/08
Posts: 2823
Loc: Paderborn, Germany
I loved reading this thread and seeing the obsession you have with your car, I'm absolutely the same... taking random pictures of it somewhere and all.
_________________________

2003 Mercury Marauder #499 of 7093 in Black built 06/04/02
2003 Mercury Marauder #166 of 417 in Silver Birch built 04/22/03
1999 Lincoln Town Car Signature Series Touring Sedan
2009 Pontiac G8 GT Holden HSV GTS conversion
Previously: | 2003 Audi A6 Avant | 1999 Ford Fairlane AU

Top
#2899768 - 06/01/15 12:42 PM Re: '04 MGM in Florida [Re: noodlenoggin]
noodlenoggin Offline

Member

Registered: 03/27/05
Posts: 232
Loc: Ionia, MI
Thanks, MGDriver!

This is a weird situation for me -- I have a car that 1) I like and 2) Is actually *nice.* I've had cars I liked before, but spent loads of time chasing problems.

With this car, I am actually satisfied -- more than that, happy as a clam. I rented a brand new 2015 Hyundai Sonata this spring when I was on a trip. It's a nice car, it's a car I'm supposed to want...but I like my 11-year-old Mercury more. I went to the Tampa Auto Show to look at all the latest and greatest stuff...and 99% of everything just made me go "meh."

I would rather have my old MGM than 99% of the new cars on the showroom floor. I guess I'm not into having a full home theater set up in my car, or touchscreens, or a Playstation controller's worth of buttons on my steering wheel. I don't *want* my car to panic-stop for me, or use radar to keep me from hitting the car in front of me, or beep at me if I stray out of my lane.

I *like* that I have regular, simple springs and shocks holding up the car, and a reliable, if not super-advanced, motor and transmission. I *love* having a car that can stand up to hundreds of thousands of miles of taxi and police abuse.

Basically, for the first time that I can remember, I'm NOT looking for my next car. Up until now, no matter what I've had I've been kinda cruising the interwebs for what I'd replace it with...but I don't anymore. I idly look at cars because I love cars, but it's more for what I'd get for a toy if I had the $$$. I love my car, and I love driving my car, and that's a neat thing for me.
_________________________
"Have you sailed in a Ford....lately?" | 2004 Grand Marquis -- 65,000 miles | Previously: 1984 Crown Victoria



Top
#2900534 - 06/05/15 02:28 AM Re: '04 MGM in Florida [Re: noodlenoggin]
JoJo Offline
Member

Registered: 10/26/10
Posts: 179
Loc: Muenster,NRW, Germany
Hi,
I can absolutely copy your MGM statement. Here in Germany I am surrounded by all this gimmick-overloaded rigs that also cost a fortune (for things which I do not want or even need).
I could not find better words than you to describe the reason why I love this car.
JoJo
2003 MGM, vibrant white, 85kmls, daily driver

Top
#4022020 - 07/11/19 11:51 AM Re: '04 MGM in Florida [Re: noodlenoggin]
noodlenoggin Offline

Member

Registered: 03/27/05
Posts: 232
Loc: Ionia, MI
I thought I'd pop back in here on a slow day. I don't think I've posted in like four years. I still own the '04 MGM...it's paid off now and has about 65k miles on it.

We left Florida and returned home to Michigan. Here's a pic of the car parked outside our new house...almost exactly a year ago. I realize I don't take pics of my car anymore.

Silver Car

Let's see. Since I was last here, the car has needed...
New thermostat.
New fuel pump.
New tires.
Blend door actuator -- failed, still needs replaced.

Oh, and I killed a deer with it last fall, and had to spend $28 for a new blinker housing.

I started a new job almost three years ago, with almost weekly travel. I rent cars all the time, and with only one or two exceptions in the past three years...I'd rather have my 15-year-old Mercury. I mean, I've tried a LOT of brand new cars now -- Jeeps, Camaros, Mini Coopers, BMW, Mercedes, Land Rover...I've gotten some good cars. And I'm still happy to climb back into my old Mercury when I get back to my home airport.
_________________________
"Have you sailed in a Ford....lately?" | 2004 Grand Marquis -- 65,000 miles | Previously: 1984 Crown Victoria



Top
#4026080 - 08/05/19 10:33 PM Re: '04 MGM in Florida [Re: noodlenoggin]
Zc15 Offline
n00b

Registered: 06/13/19
Posts: 22
Loc: MI
Looks great!

Top
#4121174 - 09/17/21 10:22 AM Re: '04 MGM (not) in Florida (for like 5 yrs now) [Re: noodlenoggin]
noodlenoggin Offline

Member

Registered: 03/27/05
Posts: 232
Loc: Ionia, MI
So I guess I drop in every couple of years with an update on the silver Mercury. I've had it for seven years now, and this thread is old enough that every photo here died with my Flickr account, which I killed off years ago.

Here's the MGM this spring, in the driveway:


Since my last post in 2019...
Got the blend door actuator fixed -- can actually control the temp of my car!
Need to have the right-side cat(s) replaced -- it's rattling and apparently rotating around the pipe. Part is like, $200 on Rockauto -- that's awesome!
I might be up to 75,000 miles now?

I haven't traveled as much for work since the last post. Go figure. But I still prefer my 17-year-old cream-puff to most of the new cars I rent.
_________________________
"Have you sailed in a Ford....lately?" | 2004 Grand Marquis -- 65,000 miles | Previously: 1984 Crown Victoria



Top
Page 2 of 2 < 1 2

Moderator:  BigMerc96 
Who's Online
0 registered (), 17 Guests and 79 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Shout Box

Top Posters (30 Days)
bluejay_32 70
SocalSam 68
Old_Guy_Stu 58
a_d_a_m 58
hot__box 56
2011CVPI 53
RF_Overlord 48
GrumpMarky 37
hkerekes 33
Dmblanch 31
Member Spotlight
Member Since: 01/28/20
Posts: 128





Copyright 2000-2015 by Crownvic.net and Steve Spaulding. All Rights Reserved.
The photographs, graphics and data contained in this Web site are the properties of the contributors, or Crownvic.net and may not be used without expressed written consent.
Crownvic.net is not affiliated with the Ford motor company.

Happily consuming the fuel saved by Prius owners!