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First time MGM Owner... dream come true!
08-07-2017, 09:18 PM
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First time MGM Owner... dream come true!
Howdy everyone,

Great forum, getting acclimated by reading some of the threads, and thought I would make my first post.

I bought my '03 MGM LS Ultimate Edition on June 15, 2017. My dad frequently had these as rentals back in the day, and I've been wanting one since. I named her "Eleanor" - like Eleanor Rigby.

I bought mine for $4800 with 83k. Low mileage considering the year. The guy selling it was hesitant to sell, but had to because he was moving. I test drove a few before settling on this one.

Been driving it for about two months now, and I love it - driving it everyday is as exciting as it was the first time I drove it.

I don't know what my plans are as far as mods and aftermarket parts go... seems like these cars don't really *need* much. I am on the fence about a dual exhaust... for such a nice V8 engine, it's awfully quiet. A little start up growl would make things that much better.

I'll read some of the previous threads to get a better idea, but does anyone have any recommendations for dual exhaust brands? I hear MagnaFlow and Borla are good, but I would like to hear from long-time Panther owners.

Thanks!


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2003 Mercury Grand Marquis LS Ultimate Edition "Eleanor" --> My first (and current) car, completely stock.

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08-07-2017, 09:40 PM
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RE: First time MGM Owner... dream come true!
Welcome!
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08-07-2017, 10:46 PM
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RE: First time MGM Owner... dream come true!
Welcome aboard!

Best advice I can give is to hear the different brands in person. (if possible)
It's hard to describe "sound" especially over the interweb!
If you hear one driving down the street and you like it, ask them what brand it is!
Most people don't mind sharing their mod info!
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08-08-2017, 02:35 AM
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RE: First time MGM Owner... dream come true!
Welcome to the forum, great looking Merc!
2011 P7B CVPI
1994 Land Rover Defender90
1967 Triumph TR4A

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08-08-2017, 05:30 AM
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RE: First time MGM Owner... dream come true!
Welcome from ohio

It is what it is
2006 GMQ, 2010 CVPI
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08-08-2017, 11:46 AM
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RE: First time MGM Owner... dream come true!
Welcome!
2003 Grand Marquis LS Ultimate
1989 F250 4WD XLT Lariat
2004 Monterey
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08-08-2017, 04:11 PM (This post was last modified: 08-08-2017 04:12 PM by donzelwshngton.)
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RE: First time MGM Owner... dream come true!
Welcome Dude! You are clearly not into the whole brevity thing judging by your name.

Dual H-pipe exhaust with louder mufflers is a nice mod, as is new swaybars. the MGM didn't come with a rear swaybar and adding that really helps handling/body roll. front/rear swaybars should be beefed up together so they don't create a dangerous condition where one axle is clamping down harder than the other.
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~75k miles

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08-08-2017, 05:13 PM
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RE: First time MGM Owner... dream come true!
I had Magnaflows in a "custom" cat-back system on my '05 CVPI and it sounded good, I added headers in front of that and it sounded better.
I put headers and the SW cat-back with Borla mufflers and that was my favorite, I even went and put the same Borla mufflers on my wagon.
Exhaust is a pretty personal thing.
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08-08-2017, 06:47 PM
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RE: First time MGM Owner... dream come true!
Magnaflows do not have the drone that flowmasters do

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08-08-2017, 08:08 PM
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RE: First time MGM Owner... dream come true!
(08-08-2017 06:47 PM)tobiasg1995 Wrote:
 
Magnaflows do not have the drone that flowmasters do
They're pretty tame at idle and just cruising, but when you get on it...they come alive. I think that's true with most similar mufflers.
Chambered mufflers(Flowmaster, SW chambered mufflers) tend to drone
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