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Pros: Big and Powerful.
Cons: Some cheap plastic inside. Spare tire eats trunk space.
Advice: The 2004 model has traction control and a better transmission that the 2003 modelsWhat a brute! I never thought a car this size could handle so well. I found several old reviews with an internet search written when the car first came out. All the people who say it isn't fast off the line must be comparing it to a Corvette or something. It's plety fast and easy on the back on long commutes. Allthogh premuim fuel is required, when I first got it, I accidentally put midgrade in it like my last car used. It did OK. I don't know if premium is really needed unless you are going to race.
Pros: leg room galore , peppy for a family car
Cons: premium fuel required, far too heavy to really be considered fast
Advice: be sure this is what you want its not a muscle car its a mediocre family carI took the marauder (2004) out for a full days test drive and found it to be comfortable and fairly quick. dont buy one if your really looking for a blow your doors off type of speed and acceleration . The 4.6 dohc engine produces a fair 302 hp however with a heavy car like this it really could have used a supercharger to help boost the torque and hp.however if its for a family car it would be just fine. I didnt like the dash and the autometer gauges although cool looking arent really located in a good position and would hardly receive the attention they should be given when driving. premium fuel is also demanded due to the high comp 4.6 .isnt gas expensive enough without being fored into buying premium.It really sucked the gas down too when you drive it even somewhat aggressively sticker said 17mpg city I found it to be more like 14mpg at best.also the car I took out was only used for 15 months 5k miles and selling for 22.5k original sticker was almost 36k thats not holding its value at all. In the end it seams that mercury really was tring to make an elephant into a cheetah and didnt quite get there. its a compromise that few found enticing considering the production run was 2 years I havent been able to find the actual production numbers but id be willing to say they werent what mercury expected outwise theyd have kept making them
Pros: The DYNO MAX exhaust system
Cons: the mercury symbols (needs the MARAUDER symbol)
Advice: If you like performance at a ok price this is the oneI love this car! I like everything about it, the car is right for me. I will be getting a black one in about three weeks. Its performance is great. It has a nice growl with its dyno max exhaust system, and the style is great. I can enjoy this car forever.
Pros: Its a true sports car, not a sport edition of some economy 4 cyl with a spoiler and rims
Cons: for the price, I would have liked to see a navigation system
Advice: none, youll see it, youll like it, youll drive it, youll love it, youll buy it!!!!!!!Here it is all of you married family men who used to drive a hot rod back before you tied the knot, the Mercury Marauder. Not only will you love it, she will love it, too. 4 doors, 5 star safety rating, front and side airbags, and room for kids, baby seats, and a big trunk for groceries and a stroller! Now why we like it. Its a Ford, it hauls ass and you practically own the road with it, it looks nice, 18' chrome 5 spoke rims, dual exhaust with chrome pipes, racing guages, 6 disc Alpine stereo, tuned suspension....need I say more? All you need is some black tint and youre set! I love this car and it just goes to show you that you cant mess with true American Muscle!!! Eat my dust all you rice burners!!!!!!!
Pros: Its Size And Room
Cons: No Locking Gas Cap
Advice: Shop on The Internet For The Best Dealer Price While The Car is Still AvailableThe Marauder is a Great Car To Drive, and is Very Responsive When I Hit The Gas, It Handles Good And Hugs The Road in The Curves,The Brakes Stop on a Dime, Gas Milage is Good For a large Heavy Car With a V8, I Enjoy The Power Comfort And Safty The Marauder Offers,
Pros: The rumbling sound of the pipes.
Cons: The Mercury emblem, should have been the Marauder head.
Advice: You may want to look elsewhere if you have a lead foot. Speeding tickets can really cost you.It's awesome on straight aways and does well around the corners. This car is as fast as it is comfortable and when power is needed, it's there for the taking. The Marauder does this with class and style. Who said this car was for a man only?! A woman can also appreciate speed and performance and still have room for the husband/kids without cramping her style.
Pros: The interior layout and design
Cons: The stock subwoofer rattles
Advice: Check out www.mercurymarauder.netNice growl! Nice firm suspension for a large car. Massive Trunk.