Thursday, September 10, 2015
Cobra Power: 2004 Mercury Marauder
A name can say a lot about a car. The Roadmaster name, for instance, says that the car is going to dominate the road -- ignore its undulations/curves/protests and arrive at is destination in spite of the road. However, if you are looking for a car named to match a swashbuckling life, or a car for the thinking Raider fan, you won't find anything better than Mercury's Marauder. Like this 2004 Mercury Marauder here on eBay bidding for $5,101 reserve-not-met with 3 days to go, located in Middleboro, MA.
Marauders are commonly mistaken for a pimped-out Crown Vic, but it was really a factory modified version of the Mercury Grand Marquis. The Marauder took the basic Grand Marquis and blacked out the chrome, added a set of 5-spoke 18-inch wheels with Mercury god-head center caps and included smoked tail lights for a factory murdered-out look -- but the most important changes happened under the hood.
The Marauder is powered by a 4.6 liter Ford Modular V8 the breaths through a set of 4-Valve heads and is good for 302 horsepower and 318 ft-lbs of torque. The healthy engine was borrowed from the Ford Mustang Mach 1/SVT Cobra/Lincoln MkVIII LSC/Aviator and shoved into the full-sized Panther platform sedan for the Marauder (can't get a Crown Vic with that engine).
The only transmission option for the Marauder is a 4-speed automatic, but it is connected to an aluminum driveshaft (borrowed from the P71 Police Interceptor) and mated to a standard 3.55 limited slip rear end.
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