Mercury Marauder

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Mercury Marauder
2003-2004 Mercury Marauder
Automotive industryMercury
Parent companyFord Motor Company
Production1963-1965
1969-1970
2003-2004
Car classificationFull-size
Automobile layoutFR layout

The Mercury Marauder was the name of different automobiles made by the Mercury division of Ford Motor Company.

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Early models 1963-1965


First generation
1963 Mercury Marauder
Production1963-1965
Car body style2-door Hardtop
4-door Sedan (car)
RelatedMercury Monterey
Mercury Montclair
Mercury Park Lane

The early Marauder was a V8-engined large automobile. It débuted as a 1963½ model as a two-door "fastback" Hardtop version of the full-size Mercury. Marauders were offered from the 1963½ to 1965 model years, then again from 1969 to 1970.

In 1964, the Marauder name was used to designate both two and four door models of the Mercury Monterey, Montclair, and Park Lane using a fastback roofline, rather than the reverse-slant Breezeway roof that had been introduced in 1963.

This fastback roofline was developed for both the Mercury Marauder and the Ford Galaxie for NASCAR competition, and may have helped with the many 1963-64 Ford Mercury victories.

Engine and transmission choices for these cars were identical to the big Ford, including 390 and 427 cubic-inch Thunderbird V8s, and a choice of 3-speed or 4-speed manual, or 3-speed automatic transmissions.

Marauders also featured bucket seats, central consoles, and other trim items similar to those in the Ford Galaxie 500/XL.

1969-1970


Second generation
Mercury Marauder
Production1969-1970
Car body style2-door Hardtop
Internal combustion engine360 hp (268 kW) 429 in³ engine V8
390 in³ engine V8
RelatedMercury Marquis
Ford LTD

In 1969, the Marauder became a distinct model. It competed in the Personal luxury car market. The base Marauder had a 390 in³ engine, while the Marauder X-100 normally came with a larger 360 hp (268 kW) 429 in³ engine. Well appointed versions had bucket seats with a floor console housing a U-shaped Automatic transmission shift handle, and sporty Kelsey-Hayes stylized road wheels complete with rear fender skirts. The Marauder had its own look with distinctive non-functional louvered side air intakes in the quarter panels and a tunneled rear window. Its front end and interior components were shared with the Marquis, but the back end was unique.

The market for sporty full-size cars had disappeared, though, and production was limited to about 15,000 cars for 1969 and barely a third of that for 1970.

"Marauder" was also used as the name of Mercury's 390 and 410 in³ engines in the 1960s.

2003-2004


Third generation
Mercury Marauder
Production2003–2004
AssemblySt. Thomas, Ontario, Canada
Automobile platformFord Panther platform
Internal combustion engine4.6 L Modular DOHC V8
Transmission (mechanics)4-speed 4R70W Automatic transmission (2003)
4-speed 4R75W Automatic transmission (2004)
Wheelbase114.7 in (2913 mm).
Length212.0 in (5385 mm).
Width78.2 in (1986 mm).
Height56.8 in (1443 mm).
RelatedMercury Grand Marquis
Ford Crown Victoria
Lincoln Town Car

From 2003 to 2004, Ford produced the Marauder as a high-performance version of the Mercury Grand Marquis sedan. Although the Mercury division is most directly a competitor to Buick (and formerly Oldsmobile), the Marauder of 2003-2004 is most directly aimed at the 1994-1996 Chevrolet Impala SS in being a contemporary full-size "muscle sedan."

The Mercury Marauder was based on an updated version of the Ford Panther platform. The Marauder had a naturally aspirated 4.6 L DOHC Modular V8 producing 302 hp (225 kW) and 318 ft·lbf (431 N·m) of torque; this engine had many parts — including heads, cams, compression ratio, block and rotating assembly — in common with the 2003–2004 Mustang Mach 1 and Lincoln Aviator SUV. The Marauder was fitted with a dual exhaust system with unique tailpipe tips, and borrowed many suspension parts from the Handling and Performance Package available for the Crown Victoria and Grand Marquis. The Marauder was fitted with the corporate 4R70W 4-speed automatic in 2003 and received the upgraded 4R75W 4-speed automatic for 2004. The 3.55 rear axle ratio was borrowed from the Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor, as well as the aluminum drive shaft.

Cosmetically, the Marauder borrowed some trim from both its Ford and Mercury stablemates. The headlights and corner lights, borrowed from the Grand Marquis, have all non-reflector surfaces blacked out while the entire grille is painted body-color. The front bumper cover is Marauder-unique and includes a curved lower air intake and fog lamps. Side trim and the B-pillars are painted body-color like the Crown Victoria, which donates its tail lights (the two-bulb non-amber style fitted to the Marauder were used only on the Police Interceptor from 2000 until 2004, when all Crown Victorias began leaving the factory with them) and trunk panel (the tail and reverse lights are smoked). The Marauder's rear bumper cover is unique, with the car's name engraved in it. The 18" wheels feature Mercury's traditional "god-head" logo. Unlike the regular Grand Marquis (the LSE, the Grand Marquis' equivalent to the LX Sport without the monochromatic trim, is excepted), the Marauder featured front bucket seats and a floor shifter with a center console. The instrument cluster was Marauder-unique, although it shared many components. The satin aluminum gauges and the pressed electrical board to control them are specific to the Marauder, as is the tachometer (Crown Victorias and Grand Marquis' received tachometers in an updated cluster in 2006). The 140mph (220km/h) speedometer head unit was borrowed from the Police Interceptor, but with a Marauder unique gauge face. The Marauder is also the only Panther after 1997 with a specific pin on the PCM for a tachometer (2003-2004 others have it, but it's dead and does not function. Also, the 2006 cluster is diagnostically controlled, so there is no need for a tachometer feed from the PCM.) so even the PCM is unique.

The 2003-2004 Marauder was, unfortunately, a sales flop. Contributing factors to this were lack of advertising on Ford's part, lackluster performance (better was expected of the car) and too many similarities to its platform cousins. Many considered the car a "parts bin special", which is partly true. The engine, minus the Marauder specific intake manifold, is borrowed from the Lincoln Aviator SUV. The nose is from the Grand Marquis, but slightly altered and with a different bumper cover. They did even less to alter the appearance of the car from behind, and many think the car is a Crown Victoria after looking from behind. Sadly, after a production run of just 11,052 vehicles the Marauder was discontinued at the end of 2004, however the Ford Crown Victoria LX Sport remained, bearing a monochrome appearance similar to the Marauder but powered by the lesser 239 hp (178 kW) 4.6 L 2-valve SOHC V8. The LX Sport also included smaller 17" wheels, softer suspension tuning, a taller 3.27 rear axle ratio, along with numerous other mechanical and cosmetic details that remain unique to the Marauder. The LX Sport was discontinued as well in 2008 after a very short production run of 2008 model year cars.

Total production for the 2003 - 2004 Mercury Marauder was 11,052:

  • 2003 - Total: 7839 (328 Blue, 418 Silver, 7094 Black)
  • 2004 - Total: 3213 (980 Dark Toreador Red, 997 Silver, 1236 Black)

Marauder Organizations

References

Edmunds.com, 2003 Marauder Review, http://www.edmunds.com/mercury/marauder/review.html

AutomobileMag.com, 2003-2004 Mercury Marauder, Joe Lorio, http://www.automobilemag.com/reviews/sedans/0208_mercury_marauder/index.html

Car and Driver, July 2002, 2003 Mercury Marauder - Reviews / Road Tests, John Phillips, http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/1874/2003-mercury-marauder.html

Car and Driver, 2004 Mercury Marauder, User Road Tests, http://www.caranddriver.com/userroadtest/mercury/2004-mercury-marauder.html

Motor Trend, July 2002, Merc Meets Merc, Marauder and S500: Two cool, bad-ass powerbrokers on the run, Todd Lassa, http://www.stangbangers.com/03_MercuryMarauderVsMercedesS500_Article.htm

JD Power Quality Survey, 2003 Mercury Marauder, http://www.jdpower.com/autos/Mercury/Marauder/2003/Sedan/ratings

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