So I'm picking up a 'new' 1997 Grand Marquis....
It's NICE, a LS with a moon and digital dash, one owner, super clean, 80k miles, dealer maintained. My 5th Panther!
I already own a 97 G.M., so I'm familiar with them. The real beauty is, as I need parts for the 'old' (164k miles and getting worn) car I can put them for the 'new' one, change them, and install the used parts on the 'old' one :)
This 'new' car is so nice, I'm planning on giving it a thorough once over. It is after all 12 years old. So here's my question (s): What do you suggest I do?
What I'm already considering: Wires/coil packs/plugs. I'm thinking mid to good quality wires (suggestions?), good quality coil packs (Accel?), and the Bosch +4 platinums I'm already using in the old car.
I'll get a decent air filter (suggestions?). I also need a IAC on the old car so I'll replace the one on the new car. Anything else under the hood?
Suspension: I've been very happy using Moog rear cargo coils and KYB Gas-A-Just shocks all the way around. I'm way open to suggestions on the shocks. New stabilizer pins for the back. Is it difficult to install new sway bar bushings on the back? Anything else while I'm back there?
How hard is it to install new sway bar bushings on the front? Is it worth it? Anything else on the suspension? I know, it's a lot of questions :)
Brakes as needed. I've learned it's not worth buying cheap rotors, and the cheap pads tend to squeak. Any comments on any particular brands of rotors/pads?
I was thinking a tranny backflush as well, and I'll change the differential oil.
The old one needs universals too. I was thinking of getting the aluminum shaft and installing it into the new car.
If you can't tell, I'm wide open to suggestions. This one is so clean I hope to keep it nice for years. All input much appreciated!