2002 Mercury Grand Marquis

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Key Specs

of the 2002 Mercury Grand Marquis. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    21 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    220-hp, 4.6-liter V-8 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    4-speed automatic w/OD
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2002 Mercury Grand Marquis Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Model choices have been modified for Mercury’s full-size rear-drive sedan, which is closely related to the Ford Crown Victoria. This year’s selection includes GS, GS Convenience, LS Premium, LS Ultimate and LSE versions.

Antilock brakes, traction control and heated mirrors are now standard on all models. The cupholders have been redesigned, and the LS Ultimate and LSE get auxiliary audio and climate controls on the steering wheel. A trunk organizer joins the options list this year.

Taken together, the Grand Marquis and similar Crown Victoria are the last of the traditional, full-size domestic family sedans. Both feature V-8 power, rear-wheel drive and separate body-on-frame construction. They are built on the same platform as the Lincoln Town Car, which has different styling and even larger dimensions.

Although the majority of Crown Victorias are sold to police squads and taxicab companies, most Grand Marquis sedans go straight to regular retail customers. Restyled versions of this big duo are likely to appear soon.

Exterior
The Grand Marquis and Crown Victoria both ride a 114.7-inch wheelbase and measure 212 inches long overall, which makes them a foot longer than the Buick LeSabre — the top-selling full-size car in the U.S. market. Styling differences between the two Ford products are evident mainly in their unique grilles, taillights and exterior trim. Each is a rather chubby 78.2 inches wide.

An optional handling package includes lacy-spoke alum...
Vehicle Overview
Model choices have been modified for Mercury’s full-size rear-drive sedan, which is closely related to the Ford Crown Victoria. This year’s selection includes GS, GS Convenience, LS Premium, LS Ultimate and LSE versions.

Antilock brakes, traction control and heated mirrors are now standard on all models. The cupholders have been redesigned, and the LS Ultimate and LSE get auxiliary audio and climate controls on the steering wheel. A trunk organizer joins the options list this year.

Taken together, the Grand Marquis and similar Crown Victoria are the last of the traditional, full-size domestic family sedans. Both feature V-8 power, rear-wheel drive and separate body-on-frame construction. They are built on the same platform as the Lincoln Town Car, which has different styling and even larger dimensions.

Although the majority of Crown Victorias are sold to police squads and taxicab companies, most Grand Marquis sedans go straight to regular retail customers. Restyled versions of this big duo are likely to appear soon.

Exterior
The Grand Marquis and Crown Victoria both ride a 114.7-inch wheelbase and measure 212 inches long overall, which makes them a foot longer than the Buick LeSabre — the top-selling full-size car in the U.S. market. Styling differences between the two Ford products are evident mainly in their unique grilles, taillights and exterior trim. Each is a rather chubby 78.2 inches wide.

An optional handling package includes lacy-spoke aluminum wheels, a specially tuned front suspension and an air suspension with special springs for the rear.

Interior
Traditional bench seats are installed in both the front and rear of the Grand Marquis’ wide passenger area, which provides space for six occupants. The front bench seat is split and comes with a folding center armrest. Center passengers in each seat must straddle a large driveshaft tunnel and are deprived of the legroom that outboard riders enjoy. Large doors ease entry and exit, and the front doors have map pockets. Optional power-adjustable pedals move fore and aft over a 3-inch range. Leather seating is available at no extra cost for LS sedans.

Trunk space amounts to an impressive 20.6 cubic feet, but the usable capacity is actually smaller because much of the space is in a deep well. This makes loading and unloading heavy items a strain.

Under the Hood
Two versions of Ford’s 4.6-liter V-8 engine are available. In standard form, the engine develops 220 horsepower. An optional handling package includes a tauter suspension and a dual exhaust system that boosts engine output to 235 hp. Both engines mate with a four-speed-automatic transmission.

Safety
Antilock brakes and traction control are standard. Dual-stage front airbags deploy at one of two inflation levels based on crash severity, the position of the seat and whether the seat belts are buckled. Side-impact airbags are not available.

Driving Impressions
Once you get past the sedan’s abundant size — inside and out — the Grand Marquis delivers a pleasant driving experience. Its handling is better than that of big cars of the past, and it’s no problem on expressways or straight highways. But once the road turns twisty, the Grand Marquis driver is generally obligated to slow down considerably. These large rear-drive models just aren’t meant to cope with curves as well as modern — probably smaller — front-drive sedans.

On the positive side, the strong, quiet V-8 engines yield plenty of energy for confident passing and merging. Ride comfort is also a bonus, though the optional handling package might make the experience a little less gentle. Only a handful of younger folks take a shine to one of these sedans out of the American past; but for older people with more limited driving requirements, the Grand Marquis produces an awful lot of satisfied customers.

 
Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2002 Buying Guide

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Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2002 Mercury Grand Marquis currently has 2 recalls

NHTSA Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2002 Mercury Grand Marquis GS

NHTSA rates vehicles using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Overall Rollover Rating
5 Star
Driver's
5 Star
Passenger's
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Driver
4 Star
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
4 Star
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Grand Marquis received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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