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Old 01-05-2011, 10:34   #1 (permalink)
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Last Mercury Grand Marquis Rolls Off the Line


It's official, the very last Mercury has now left the building. On Tuesday, January 4th at 8:00 am, said vehicle, a 2011 Grand Marquis, finally rolled off the line at the St. Thomas plant, which has been building these body-on-frame behemoths for 25 years.

Originally the car was slated to be completed before the new year, but delays in parts shipments, caused by severe weather in Southwestern Ontario, pushed production into the first days of the new year.

Even until the very end, the Grand Marquis remained a highly profitable vehicle for Lincoln-Mercury dealers as well as the best selling car in the lineup. As was probably expected, there was little fanfare or celebration, as the car was rolled on to the transporter, to be delivered as part of a fleet order.

Although the Merc represented the last Grand Marquis built at St Thomas, it isn't quite the end of Panther chassis production. Ford Crown Victorias will continue to be assembled there, primarily for police and taxi fleets, until September, when the plant is scheduled to close.

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" the Grand Marquis remained a highly profitable vehicle for Lincoln-Mercury dealers as well as the best selling car in the lineup. " Not up to speed on whats going on with those cars , but seems strange to discontinue going on those facts . Is there a new model replacing it or is there some other reason ?
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That sucks! Well I guess not everyone of them can be perfect. At least they were doing a good job checking everything. Hopefully it's something that can be fixed without too much down time. Just remember to start the lemon law clock. Hope it does not get to that point but it's a total of 30 days out of service in the first year of ownership or after 4 times in for the same problem. I've got my fingers crossed for you that they get it fixed quick. Makes me remember the days of my 6.0 where I think the dealer had it more than I ever did.
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" the Grand Marquis remained a highly profitable vehicle for Lincoln-Mercury dealers as well as the best selling car in the lineup. " Not up to speed on whats going on with those cars , but seems strange to discontinue going on those facts . Is there a new model replacing it or is there some other reason ?
The entire Mercury brand has been discontinued and the factory making the Panther cars (GM, Town Car, Crown Vic) is being closed.
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The entire Mercury brand has been discontinued and the factory making the Panther cars (GM, Town Car, Crown Vic) is being closed.
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Very sad.

A moment of silence please.

My first Mecury was a 1969 Cougar some guy gave me. I sold it for $150 in the late 70s and the people buying it where doing cartwheels and jumping up and down when they looked at the engine.I guess I screwed up on that one as usual.
Years later my lady friend just HAD to have a '73 Cougar. We kept it until recently. I always felt so superior to Mustangs with the standard leather,standard 351 Cleveland, 9" rear,rim-blow horn switch,sequential tail lights,AC,tilt,tachometer, FMX Auto Trans, etc etc. Just sold it in near mint condition except for a bad rod bearing,with 210K on it for $550 to a movie producer guy.(still kicking myself on that one too)
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