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Lincoln Town Car vs. Mercury Grand Marquis Reliability Comparisons

You won't find Lincoln Town Car or Mercury Grand Marquis reliability information like this anywhere else. Actual repair frequencies, not just vague dots, to make it clear how much the Lincoln Town Car and the Mercury Grand Marquis truly differ in reliability.

These stats are promptly updated four times a year, to much more closely track Lincoln Town Car and Mercury Grand Marquis reliability as the cars age. Others tell you how reliable the Lincoln Town Car and the Mercury Grand Marquis were a year ago, when the cars were a year younger and had 12,000 fewer miles on them. Only TrueDelta tells you how reliable the Lincoln Town Car and the Mercury Grand Marquis have been recently.

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Year Make/Model Repair Frequencysuccessful repair trips per 100 cars per year Compared to all models for the same year  
2004 Lincoln Town Car   17 Town Cars, 8.1 months of data per Town Car, average 103300 miles

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2004 Mercury Grand Marquis   17 Grand Marquiss, 8.1 months of data per Grand Marquis, average 103300 miles

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2003 Lincoln Town Car   23 Town Cars, 8.9 months of data per Town Car, average 100400 miles

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2003 Mercury Grand Marquis   23 Grand Marquiss, 8.9 months of data per Grand Marquis, average 100400 miles

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2001 Lincoln Town Car   10 Town Cars, 7.6 months of data per Town Car, average 114800 miles

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2001 Mercury Grand Marquis   10 Grand Marquiss, 7.6 months of data per Grand Marquis, average 114800 miles

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2000 Lincoln Town Car   11 Town Cars, 10.6 months of data per Town Car, average 167300 miles

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2000 Mercury Grand Marquis   11 Grand Marquiss, 10.6 months of data per Grand Marquis, average 167300 miles

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1999 Lincoln Town Car   11 Town Cars, 8.9 months of data per Town Car, average 107900 miles

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1999 Mercury Grand Marquis   11 Grand Marquiss, 8.9 months of data per Grand Marquis, average 107900 miles

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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Lincoln Town Car

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Lincoln Town Car

Lincoln Town Car Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2006 4dr Sedan 239-horsepower 4.6L V8
4-speed automatic RWD
I bought this Lincoln recently partly because of growing concerns about a Park Avenue I own. Although there are only 87K miles on the Buick, I've become increasingly concernced that the car is really not service-friendly. I.e., it cost me over $1000 to change out a water pump and serpentine belts. (The engine has to be taken off the engine mounts to install the belts!!!) Makes me apprehensive about long distance travel and ease of repair should something break. The Buick is a great car otherwisie, but this Lincoln Town Car is in another class entirely. First of all, the only word to describe operating it is "creamy" - the quietness, the ride, the lack of vibration, the way the controls operate, etc. Plus, the V8 is infinitely more refined than the Buick's V6. (Is it true that Ford and Lexus collaborated on that engine design - thus the very similar 4.6 V8 in the first Lexus LS460?) My mileage is about 10% less than the Buick, but I pay 10% less for regular gas vs. premium so it's a wash. A friend just bought a pristine, low mileage 2001 Cartier Town Car. I had never really paid much attention to Town Cars previously, but examining it closely I was impressed enough by it that I decided to get one of my own. Looking under the hood, everything is easy to get to and service-accessibile - except the trans dipstick. The same basic car had been in production since 1998, and many mechanical bits were also used in the previous generation Town Car. Any defects or deficiencies had long since been ironed out and addressed by the time my 2006 example was built. After some research, I determined the sweet spot for Town Cars are the years 2005-2007. Aside from the extra technology and features available by that time, these were the last of the Town Cars built at Wixom, a flagship Ford assembly plant originally built to produce the Continental Mark II. Production of Town Cars was moved to Canada in 2008 so the remaining model years are good, but supposedly not quite up to the assembly standards of the Wixom cars. Therefore, the 2005-2007 models are some of the best-assembled, most defect-free and reliable models of a car that already had a reputation for bulletproof dependability. As far as maintenance and repairs go, many people - myself included - are a little wary of older cars with air suspension. We've all seen too many Lincolns and Mercedes on the ground. However, a quick review of the service manual procedures and a search through Ebay auto parts shows how simple and inexpensive it is to repair anything that might afflict the air suspension. Even replacing the air springs is a do-it-yourself job for most anyone with a modicum of mechanical ability. Unlike with the Buick (take the engine off its mounts to change a fan belt, really?!!), I feel fully confident of my ability to maintain and repair 99% of everything that might need servicing with the Lincoln.
2006 4dr Sedan 239-horsepower 4.6L V8
4-speed automatic RWD
Own a 200 Crown Vic - same platform. Only had two very minor repairs (sensors) in eight years. Built to last forever. Bulletproof engine. Town car plant no 1 plant in North America for initial quality. Everything built solidly. Proven design.
2004 4dr Sedan 239-horsepower 4.6L V8
4-speed automatic RWD
These cars are know to go well over 500,000 miles with no major repairs if serviced regularly. This is why they are so popular with the airport limo drivers.
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Mercury Grand Marquis

Mercury Grand Marquis Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2008 4dr Sedan 224-horsepower 4.6L V8
4-speed automatic RWD
Checked and they have a very good reliabity and durability. That makes a lot of comfort
2005 4dr Sedan 224-horsepower 4.6L V8
4-speed automatic RWD
I put over 90000 miles on mine, with zero issues.
2004 4dr Sedan 224-horsepower 4.6L V8
4-speed automatic RWD
Ford's 4.6 liter V8 and 4r70W transmission are bulletproof and reliable. The body-on-frame design is built to withstand taxi and police use. Plus, the whole car is designed and marketed to previous generations that value durability, quality and reliability -- rather than younger generations that value Bluetooth and touchscreens.
2003 4dr Sedan 224-horsepower 4.6L V8
4-speed automatic RWD
A daughter had 9 year older Grand Marquis with no problems. Aged Panther platform has all the bugs worked out.