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Grand Marquis install help

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Premium Subscriber
Apr 15, 2008
Arlington, VA
I'm looking to get a PRO-197 installed in my vehicle, but I need some suggestions on setup. I have a 2003 Mercury Grand Marquis, and the interior looks similar to these pictures.

There is no center console, but that's close to where I want the scanner to be. The other limitation is the pull out cup holder/power slot that is right above that area. I'm not sure where to go, so any suggestions would be great on this.

I also have another question about powering the scanner. Initially, I'll most lilkely connect to the cigarette lighter. How can I connect the scanner into the car's power? Is it a fairly simple step inside the vehicle? Thanks!


Lots and lots of watts
Dec 5, 2008
Sonoma, CA
If you can live without the cupholder, take it out completely. This will give you a metal piece to screw the scanner bracket to. The power port will obviously be disconnected. Connect your scanner power to the plug with spade terminals. Install can be reversed and cupholder replaced when you sell it.
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