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Granddad died last month...I inherited his car

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by LeraiPalmer, Dec 27, 2011.

  1. LeraiPalmer

    LeraiPalmer New Member

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    1996 Grand Marquis. I know, not a classic mustang or camaro but hey, it has a mustang engine...4.6L V8. I have to go downsouth to get it. When i get there, i have to replace the tie rods and ball joints, get an alignment and drive it 1200+ miles back to wisconsin. I found out its the same motor from the 98 mustang gt and is the sister car of the ford crown vic. The motor has around 220HP. It runs tip top, no knocking or other wierd noises. The motor runs smooth. Granddad was 76 years old so he wasnt racing the car around. He drove like an old man. Its never seen snow. Id like to put a dual exhaust on it, Performance Improver heads(40-50hp), new gears and a better intake system. That should bump me up to around 300HP. Anybody know anything about the cars and theyre motors? Any experiences with them? This is my 1st full size sedan. I will be going to get it in Feb.
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    My mom has a '99 Grand Marquis that she and dad had prior to his death. They are great cars on the highway, plenty of room, comfortable and get pretty good gas mileage. I recently drove my mom's to Indianapolis, IN for my aunt's funeral. I wanted to see what kind of gas mileage I could get out of it so I set the c/c at 55 and just sit back and steered. I drove 540.9 miles on 17.181 gallons of gas for 31.48 MPG. This included about 30 miles of city and funeral procession driving. My dad use to drive it about 65-75 MPH on most of his road trips and usually got 28-28.5 MPG. Even in local driving, mixed city/highway it will usually get 24-25 MPG. Mom's Grand Marquis has about 50K miles on it and has needed nothing done to it but oil/filter changes and a new battery.
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    Sweet information. I will definitely set the cruise control for the ride home. Sound like i will only have to fill up maybe 2.5 times. When i came down for the funeral, i drove it around in the city and hwy. The roads were less bumpy, a comfortable ride. Not like my escort were i feel the road. I feel every bump in that car, but it wont replace my escort for daily driving. That thing gets insane gas mileage around town.
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    no where near 220 hp, mustangs and these cars motors are cammed differnt commpression is a bit lowwer and the computer is set milder.

    also if yours has the plastic intake make sure you buy one and put it up some where safe as these are famous for cracking in the t-stat houseing and the rear water jakets. the last one i bought was about 6 years ago and was $325 then (though fisher auto patrs).

    if you swap in a real mustang motor make darn sure you get the computer and the vin number for programing.
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    Leaving it just like it is will probably net you the best fuel efficiency. They are no power house, but at least the 4.6L V8 is enough to power the car well. If I were going to build something for performance I'd go for something with a smaller lighter weight body. These weren't meant to be race cars, just a comfortable full size car. They are built on the same platform with the same drive train as the Lincoln Town Car.

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