Modified Mustangs & Fords
2003 Mercury Marauder - Baby Please Don't Go (Yet)
Seems The Marauder Just Can't Make Up Its Mind...
Even with the hefty price we can still say the big Mercury makes a super cruiser (and not just for the cops). It likes the open road and, with the addition of a supercharger, would be a great boulevard bruiser.
|Engine type||Mach 1 V-8, iron block, aluminum heads|
|Bore/Stroke||3.55 x 3.54|
|Displacement||281 ci/4606 cc|
|Fuel injection||Sequential multiport electronic|
|Valvetrain||DOHC, four valves per cylinder|
|Power||302 hp @ 5,750 rpm|
|Torque||318 lb-ft @ 4,300 rpm|
|Final drive ratio||3.55:1|
|Gear ratios||I 2.82:1, II 1.50:1, III 1.00:1, IV 0.70:1|
|Front||SLA independent, coil spring, monotube shock, stabilizer bar|
|Rear||four-bar link live axle, Watt’s linkage, coil and air spring,|
|monotube shock, stabilizer bar|
|Steering type||power rack-and-pinion|
|Turning circle curb-to-curb||41.5 ft|
|Front||12.0-in vented disc|
|Rear||11.5-in vented disc|
|Assist type||Vacuum, ABS|
|Wheels And Tires|
|Base wheel||18-in aluminum|
|Largest tire available||P245/55WR18|
|Weight (pounds)||Base curb weight 4,195|
|Maximum trailer weight||properly equipped 2,000|
New For 2004? Whasupwitthat?
Gone. It has been bandied about in the motor press that the Marauder was done after what was reported to be a "bad sales year" for the Mercury fullsize mauler. It seemed the Marauder was to join the Blackwood as another Mercury idea that was less than stable sales-wise in application. Most felt that Mercury was going to pitch out the baby with the bath water.
Well, rumor and a press kit on the Web from Mercury has it that there are some inside Ford who don't want to see the big bad sedan go away. So it gets new life for '04. This is the kind of info that makes us happy around here.
What Ford says: The '04 Marauder gets a new 4R75W heavy-duty, four-speed automatic transmission for greater efficiency and low-end torque. Other refinements include the addition of needle bearings and Teflon seals to a new 11.25-inch high-stall-speed torque converter with a one-inch, one-way clutch. The new transmission provides quicker upshifts and downshifts, and lets the driver "kick down" into First gear at a higher speed.
What we say: Is that annoying "dip" in rpm gone now? Our biggest complaint with both the Marauder and Mach 1 automatics was a puzzling dip at around 2,800 rpm. Not life-threatening, but noticeable.
Major Equipment And Options
Standard features include: Cibie fog lamps; tinted glass; 18-inch, forged-aluminum, five-spoke aluminum wheels; center and overhead consoles; illuminated visor mirrors; dual-heated foldaway mirrors; leather-wrapped console shifter; leather-wrapped steering wheel with climate and audio controls; floor mats; power steering/brakes/windows/ locks; adjustable pedals; rear reading lamps; map/courtesy/glovebox/trunk lights; electronic clock; automatic climate control; Audiophile AM/FM/cassette/CD stereo with equalizer and subwoofer; speed control; traction control; tilt steering column; remote keyless entry; and rear load-leveling performance, air springs. and suspension.
Options include a six-disc, trunk-mounted CD changer, heated seats, engine-block heater, and trunk organizer.
'04 Quick Check