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.

See a cooler car for cruising?


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  2. I looked it up because I was curious
    0-60 mph 6.8 | Quarter mile 15.2
    So my silly little 3 series would spank this car? Doesn't seem right.

    1. You know, the car that really renders the Marauder obsolete in every way, is an ex-Police Charger with the Hemi V8. 340 hp and better ride quality. The only thing the Marauder has over the Charger is the unending love of 50 year old Ford guys....and that ain't nothin' to ignore.

  3. Maybe it needs a little of this:


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