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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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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]
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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]
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Nice ride!!!
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#2854140 - 08/10/14 01:36 PM Re: '04 MGM in Florida [Re: noodlenoggin]
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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]
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Registered: 03/27/05
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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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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]
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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
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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]
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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]
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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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#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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#2860379 - 09/12/14 01:30 PM Re: '04 MGM in Florida [Re: fullcipher]
noodlenoggin Offline

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

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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
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#2870824 - 11/07/14 02:21 PM Re: '04 MGM in Florida [Re: noodlenoggin]
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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
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#2870993 - 11/08/14 05:29 PM Re: '04 MGM in Florida [Re: noodlenoggin]
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Loc: Ionia, MI
And another picture, parked at work, just because:


Parked Mercury by sunliner500, on Flickr
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#2882356 - 01/26/15 08:58 AM Re: '04 MGM in Florida [Re: noodlenoggin]
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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!
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#2899290 - 05/29/15 01:08 PM Re: '04 MGM in Florida [Re: noodlenoggin]
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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.
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#2899749 - 06/01/15 10:43 AM Re: '04 MGM in Florida [Re: noodlenoggin]
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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.
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#2899768 - 06/01/15 12:42 PM Re: '04 MGM in Florida [Re: noodlenoggin]
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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.
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#2900534 - 06/05/15 02:28 AM Re: '04 MGM in Florida [Re: noodlenoggin]
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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

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#4022020 - 07/11/19 11:51 AM Re: '04 MGM in Florida [Re: noodlenoggin]
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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.
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#4026080 - 08/05/19 10:33 PM Re: '04 MGM in Florida [Re: noodlenoggin]
Zc15 Offline
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Registered: 06/13/19
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Loc: MI
Looks great!

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

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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.
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