• (4.8) 19 reviews
  • MSRP: $1,952–$8,648
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 21
  • Engine: 224-hp, 4.6-liter V-8 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 4-speed automatic w/OD
2005 Mercury Grand Marquis

Our Take on the Latest Model 2005 Mercury Grand Marquis

What We Don't Like

  • RWD winter traction
  • Fuel economy in city
  • In-town maneuverability
  • Resale value

Notable Features

  • 224- or 239-hp V-8
  • Available six-passenger seating
  • Traditional full-size RWD layout
  • Standard ABS
  • Optional side-impact airbags

2005 Mercury Grand Marquis Reviews

Vehicle Overview
A new frame, suspension and steering system were the major changes in 2003 to Mercury's Grand Marquis full-size sedan. Equipment revisions and a mild face-lift highlighted changes for 2004. A CD player replaced the cassette unit on base GS, GS Convenience and LS Premium sedans. The modified overhead console contained a compass and garage-door opener.

Five Grand Marquis trim levels are available: GS, GS Convenience, LS Premium, LSE and LS Ultimate. Two-tone paint is optional on all 2005 models, which gain an automatic parking-brake release and an occupant sensor for the front passenger seat.

The Grand Marquis and similar Ford Crown Victoria are the only six-passenger rear-wheel-drive sedans with V-8 engines and traditional body-on-frame construction sold in the United States. The 4.6-liter V-8 produces either 224 or 239 horsepower.

According to Ford Motor Co., every Grand Marquis since 1996 has earned five-star ratings for the driver and front passenger in frontal-impact crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


Exterior
Styling changes to the grille, front fascia, headlamps, integrated cornering lamps and taillamp lenses took place in 2003. Lightweight hydroformed steel sections are used for the front rails of the full-perimeter frame. Standard 16-inch wheels are installed. An optional handling package includes a rear stabilizer bar, rear air suspension and aluminum wheels.

Measuring 211.9 inches long overall, the Grand Marquis rides a 114.6-inch wheelbase and stands 58.4 inches tall. Rack-and-pinion steering includes speed-dependent variable assistance.


Interior
Except for the five-passenger LSE, all Grand Marquis models hold up to six occupants. The trunk can hold 20.6 cubic feet of cargo. Liftover height is 28.7 inches, and a trunk organizer is optional.

Standard GS equipment includes a CD stereo, an eight-way power driver's seat with lumbar support, air conditioning, and power windows, locks and mirrors. The GS Convenience adds keyless entry and power-adjustable pedals. Heated mirrors, electronic temperature control and a power passenger seat go into the LS Premium sedan. The LSE model features two-tone leather seating surfaces. The LS Ultimate edition includes a rear air suspension and a cassette/CD audio system.


Under the Hood
In standard form, the 4.6-liter V-8 develops 224 hp. Models with the optional handling package get a more potent 239-hp version of the V-8 and dual exhausts. Both engines team with a four-speed-automatic transmission. The handling package includes a different rear-axle ratio for improved acceleration from a standstill. All-speed traction control is included with higher-end models.

Safety
Dual-stage front airbags are installed. All-disc antilock brakes incorporate electronic brake-force distribution. Side-impact airbags are optional on LS Premium, LSE and LS Ultimate models. A dual-rate brake booster automatically supplies full braking power during a panic stop.

Driving Impressions
Fans of traditional rear-drive sedans don't have many choices today. Fortunately, the Grand Marquis is a reasonable one, offering a comfortable ride, satisfactory performance and ample space. These attributes, however, are accompanied by tepid handling. Ford's Crown Victoria delivers the same benefits, but the Grand Marquis contains more comfort and convenience features for the extra dollars.

Consumer Reviews

4.8

Average based on 19 reviews

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Old reliable

by markscarcraze from Worthington on September 15, 2017

Say what you will about these old full size American cars being outdated ect but everyone who rides in always marvels how well it rides. It has plenty of luggage room It's hard to believe how much... Read Full Review

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2005 Mercury Grand Marquis Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Mercury Grand Marquis GS

Moderate overlap front
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on Mercury Grand Marquis GS

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Moderate overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
G
Left Leg/Foot
A
Overall Front
G
Restraints
A
Right Leg/Foot
G
Structure/safety cage
G

Other

Bumpers
P
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Mercury Grand Marquis GS

Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Mercury Grand Marquis GS

Overall Rollover Rating
Driver's
Passenger's
Front Seat
Rear Seat
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.

Recalls

There are currently 5 recalls for this car.


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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,800 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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