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2008 Mercury Grand Marquis

$2,490 — $11,294 USED
Sedan
6 Seats
19 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Interior space
  • Trunk capacity
  • Ride comfort
  • Crash-test ratings

The Bad

  • RWD winter traction
  • Fuel economy in city
  • In-town maneuverability
  • Resale value
2008 Mercury Grand Marquis exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2008 Mercury Grand Marquis
  • Six-passenger seating
  • Traditional full-size RWD layout
  • Standard ABS
  • Optional side-impact airbags
  • E85-compatible V-8

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Mercury's Grand Marquis and Lincoln's Town Car are the only six-passenger rear-wheel-drive sedans sold in the U.S. with V-8 engines and traditional body-on-frame construction. Their sister vehicle, the Ford Crown Victoria, is now only sold to fleets. The Grand Marquis' 4.6-liter V-8 produces 224 horsepower and can run on E85 ethanol. Little has changed for 2008 beyond the tweaking of a few option packages.

Two Grand Marquis trim levels are available: GS and LS. LS sedans include an overhead console with a compass, map light and universal garage-door opener. The Palm Beach luxury package for the LS carries on into 2008.

According to Ford, 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. With optional side airbags installed, the sedan has also earned five stars in side-impact testing.


Exterior
Lightweight hydroformed steel sections are used for the front rails of the full-perimeter frame. Standard 17-inch wheels are installed, and 16-inch wheels are optional.

Measuring 212 inches long overall, the Grand Marquis rides a 114.6-inch wheelbase and stands 58.3 inches tall. Rack-and-pinion steering includes speed-dependent variable assistance. Options include a full-size spare tire.


Interior
For 2008, three new option packages are available. The GS Comfort Appearance Package has leather-trimmed seats, a power driver&apo...
Vehicle Overview
Mercury's Grand Marquis and Lincoln's Town Car are the only six-passenger rear-wheel-drive sedans sold in the U.S. with V-8 engines and traditional body-on-frame construction. Their sister vehicle, the Ford Crown Victoria, is now only sold to fleets. The Grand Marquis' 4.6-liter V-8 produces 224 horsepower and can run on E85 ethanol. Little has changed for 2008 beyond the tweaking of a few option packages.

Two Grand Marquis trim levels are available: GS and LS. LS sedans include an overhead console with a compass, map light and universal garage-door opener. The Palm Beach luxury package for the LS carries on into 2008.

According to Ford, 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. With optional side airbags installed, the sedan has also earned five stars in side-impact testing.


Exterior
Lightweight hydroformed steel sections are used for the front rails of the full-perimeter frame. Standard 17-inch wheels are installed, and 16-inch wheels are optional.

Measuring 212 inches long overall, the Grand Marquis rides a 114.6-inch wheelbase and stands 58.3 inches tall. Rack-and-pinion steering includes speed-dependent variable assistance. Options include a full-size spare tire.


Interior
For 2008, three new option packages are available. The GS Comfort Appearance Package has leather-trimmed seats, a power driver's seat and 16-inch painted aluminum wheels. A GS Confidence Package includes power, heated exterior mirrors, fog lamps and traction control.

The Grand Marquis can hold up to six occupants. The trunk's cargo capacity is 20.6 cubic feet. Liftover height is 26.8 inches, and a trunk organizer is optional.

Standard equipment for the GS includes keyless entry via a fob or door keypad.

The LS adds traction control, power heated side mirrors, leather seating surfaces, power-adjustable pedals, an auto-dimming mirror and a leather-wrapped steering wheel, among other features. The LS Travel Package adds a cassette/single-disc CD player and a conventional spare tire.

The Palm Beach package adds various unique interior trim accents and badging, as well as power heated mirrors and side-impact airbags.


Under the Hood
The 4.6-liter V-8 develops 224 hp and teams with a four-speed automatic transmission. Traction control is optional, and the engine can run on E85 ethanol.

Safety
All-disc antilock brakes incorporate electronic brake-force distribution. Side-impact airbags are optional. The Palm Beach package adds side-impact airbags.

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.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.5
21 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.2)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.1)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Bang for the buck!

by Merc Man from Worthington on July 19, 2018

I was hooked after my 1st Mercury a 1995 bought used in 97. Since then I've owned a 97,99 and a 2005. And currently own another relative a 2003 Marauder. These cars are still available at a steal! ... Read full review

(5.0)

Reliable Smooth Ride That's Easy To Maintain

by Mysteryozo from Houston, TX on July 11, 2018

I got what I expected from this car. Reliable smooth comfortable ride with plenty of room for 5 passengers and cargo. I also got plenty of complements from friends and neighbors and all I did was just ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2008 Mercury Grand Marquis currently has 3 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2008 Mercury Grand Marquis GS

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
marginal
Overall Rear
marginal
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
acceptable

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
acceptable
Overall Front
good
Restraints
acceptable
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
poor
Driver Torso
acceptable
Overall Side
marginal
Rear Passenger Head Protection
acceptable
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
poor
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

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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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