Here's the deal. I currently have a 1998 V70 XC and a 1993 940 (non-
turbo). I was offered by a wealthy relative a custom-built 1996
Mercury Grand Marquis Bayshore with not even 65,000 miles, all for
free, provided I pay the simple registration charge (about $50 here in
MD). But I can only keep two cars, it isn't economically possible for
me to have more than that. But which should I get rid of?
The Mercury I love, and so far for my uncle it's been extremely
reliable. It has a 5.0 litre Lincoln engine and any bells and whistles
you could imagine, plus a full air suspension to boot. It also is
probably the most roomy of the three with it's huge size...probably
its main downfall. Here in suburban Maryland I'm just afraid its too
big for most of the parking spots. I'm very comfortable driving it,
etc, and I don't mind parking in the back of a lot, but I'm just not
The 1998 V70 would probably make the most sense economically to get
rid of, just this year alone I've spent about $1200 in repairs.
However, the only reason I've kept it this long is because it's a very
nice car for long drives and vacations, with it's wagon/SUV body style
and comfortable seats. However, it does also have the worst gas
mileage of the three.
The 1993 940 would probably be my first choice to get rid of, but my
wife loves it. It has 137,000 miles on it and hasn't needed any major
repairs since she was hit almost ten years ago. But I'm just not sure
about how reliable it will be in the future. I've heard that the
powertrain/engine/transmission is virtually bulletproof, but that's no
guarentee for the next five years...
Any opinons? Which should go?
(I realize this is a Ford group, but I couldn't find a straight
Mercury group and the Grand Marquis is pretty much identical to the
Crown Vic...plus Volvo is owned by Ford now...so I figured this was