But Merc should have stuck to black. My only regret is that it is not offered in stick shift, but I'm thinking of converting it. Marauders are also given dot-matrix gray trim accents on the instrument panel, while the dual eight-way power seats are finished in supple black leather, the best used in any Ford Motor Company product. An AutoMeter a brand known to car enthusiasts voltmeter and oil-pressure gauge are positioned just ahead of the shifter. Overall, this Mercury is a competent creation—largely unflappable and free of evil traits.
Although it's not a car anyone would describe as agile, it does feel substantial without feeling heavy or clumsy—two traits that always plagued the Impala. Still, the Marauder weighs more than two tons, so the engine has its work cut out for it. And a lot more motor. Should be easy to repair and maintain since it is basically a Crown Vic. It has a style, it has a soul. Put simply, there was just too much weight and not enough low-end torque.
If you are a boomer who couldn't afford a muscle car in high school. And the dynamics, heirloom in essence, are modernized enough to keep the comparisons to Town Cars to a minimum. The V8 rumble from the dual exhaust announces that the Marauder is a true American performance car. But by the time it was retired after the 1970 model year, the big Marauder was out of fashion and had simply run its course. You decide if you like them. For example, the Mercury rides and steers better on its updated chassis and has a more deluxe interior with its yards of leather and swabs of metalized plastic. As with Ford's other 2003 full-size sedans, the Mercury Marauder benefited from a major update that year, including a new frame and redesigned front suspension.
The back seat is wide and soft as well, with enough room across for three adult males, though the center rider loses foot room to the driveshaft tunnel of this rear-wheel-drive car. The Grand Marquis or the Ford Crown Victoria will fill your big-car bill much better, and for much less money. Even better, the thrilling-days-of-yesteryear concept is augmented by contemporary steering, real brakes, and the ability to change course without scraping its door handles on the pavement. The engine tuning works, as the Marauder accelerates with authority. I tried to stick to Z, W, Y, and V ratings. They also had no pressure. My 2003 Marauder just turned 100,000 miles and my car runs like new.
But some of the credit goes to the Tokico nitrogen, monotube shocks--mounted outboard of the frame rails at the rear--as well as firmer anti-roll-bar bushings in front, less rubbery body-to-frame bushings, rear load-leveling air springs, and front springs lifted from the Vic police cruiser. The transmission clicks off exquisite 6000-rpm upshifts the redline is 6100 with fuel shutoff at 6250 , but it is unfortunately programmed to upshift for even the most momentary part-throttle cruising. Although they featured pronounced side bolsters, we found the padding a bit too soft to provide serious lateral support when putting the Marauder through its paces. While the engine output is impressive, you have to wind out this 4-valve powertrain to get the most out of it — and that's a bit disappointing. We tried the Marauder in two venues. This new frame shared by the Marauder, Grand Marquis, and Crown Victoria has new stronger hydroformed front rails, a new aluminum No.
Could have used more balls from the factory, but a simple tune awakens the beast within. A lack of off-the-line snap was the car's major fault. True, those big polished wheels are as giveaway Detroit as a Red Wings jersey and the accompanying hockey hair, but the fabulous godhead logo on them and on the seats is an indication that Ford really does know what heritage it should be mining. It can bring you from Manhattan to Miami in 20 hours with comfort. The taillamps and license-plate lights also feature black-tinted lenses. I would have gladly bought either one but found the best value locally with a Marauder with desirable options and colors.
Since the demise of , there is no V-8-powered full-size rear-drive muscle car like this on the market. For the Marauder, Mercury also added a sport-tuned suspension and 18-inch wheels. The exact text will differ depending on the actual application you have running. The table is split up by the 14 sets. Even better, when you buy the car, you get a limited-edition black leather jacket with Mercury's head on the lining, snaps and zipper, making you feel that you're part of an exclusive club. Traction control will be offered this fall. It would be childish, unseemly, and heroically pointless to accuse Ford of a copycat crime.
Overall, the Marauder fulfills its mission of offering family-car utility with a bit of muscle-car attitude. This data simply states what size combos are available, it does not assume they will work trouble-free. Sure an H rated tire may be within how you drive, but keep in mind the weight of our cars - the extra weight could result in extra heat buildup that a higher rated tire will deal with better. Your backside feels every pothole, though the displacements rarely roll up your spine to register as jarring. Modern tires are much better than those of the Sixties, providing too much grip for this behavior.
Driven sedately, the automatic changed gears seamlessly, but with your foot in it upshifts occurred quickly, with a satisfying shove to your backside. That's because throttle tip-in is abrupt, in Motown's time-honored tradition of proving a car's performance pedigree in the first four feet of test drive. Part of the problem is keeping the Marauder out of gas-guzzler territory. Rear wheels break away nicely from standing start now - still not a big smoke show - but 0 to 60 time in line with factory claim. Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. More surprising is its near-perfect balance: No component—engine, tires, suspension, steering, brakes—over- or underwhelms any other or feels inappropriate to what is, after all, a five-adult sedan. In November, a second Marauder variation will bow, offering heated seats and a power moonroof as options, while traction control will be standard.
If there's even a go-kart straightaway between turns, the Marauder lunges for third, sometimes fourth if you haven't had the foresight to squeeze the overdrive lockout. But ads are also how we keep the garage doors open and the lights on here at Autoblog - and keep our stories free for you and for everyone. Will update when I learn this info. And I wanted to be among them. It's very easy to maintain and it's not bad on gas for a car of it's size and massive weight.