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2003 Mercury Marauder An old school definition of a Marauder is one who searches around for something to steal. You might hear stories of someone who goes through neighborhoods and breaks into cars, who travels around looking for things to pilfer. This name has been put to a muscle car which has been on and off produced by Mercury division. Its name, supposedly meaning to steal a win from the competition with regards to outperforming other vehicles. It has its loyal fans, and most are of the male persuasion, which lay eyes on the car, and instantly fall in love. For consignment possibly your next affair will be driving this car and keeping it for yourself. Super low miles (a mere 15,245) and it shows as such. All draped in menacing black (Ebony) and in pristine condition. A luxury version of a muscle car if you will, with all the comforts of leather seating and plenty of conveniences, as well as some serious performance power. Buckle up and lets go for a descriptive ride! Exterior Black, on black, on black with black tinted windows best describes this menacing looking car. Nearly not one spec of any shiny chrome on this screamer, all black window trimmings, tinted windows, integrated bumpers and black spoked wheels. This car is a bit scary as it reminds me of the typical PA state police cruiser which I have so burned into my mind, when I come up on one while driving, like a pavlovian dog, I immediately slow down! A 4-door sedan, with some black belt line trim, and engraved rear bumper badging we could say black is the new black! And I did spot chrome in the form of dual exhaust tips peeking out from underneath the rear bumper. Interior With door panels that have plenty of power convenience buttons integrated speakers and all black vinyl inserts the mystique and love affair with black continues on the inside. Nice wide black leather covered front buckets, have a slight patina and minor creases in them showing usage, but not overuse. A center console races forward from the rear bench and houses the shift lever. An original dash fronts a multi button original airbag steering wheel also in...black and has white faced gauges. Some curved faux brushed aluminum panels are used to break up the black on the lower dash, but otherwise we note black. Green digital readouts show up in the AM/FM/CD radio, clock, and temp control panel. Just below in the center dash hanging directly below the temp controls are an oil and water gauge area, with a lighter. Nestled next to the steering column is a Valentine One radar detector, an essential for a car as such, especially if the driver has a heavy foot. Black carpet and a tight black headliner with an upper console is seen on the top and bottom of this nicely preserved interior. Drivetrain Under the hood is a 4.6 Liter DOHC 32 valve V8 fed by electronic fuel injection. On back is a 4R70W 4-speed automatic transmission, and a FORD 8.8-inch 3.55 rear axle. All is clean and shiny under the hood and noted in the trunk is a NOS Sniper Nitrous bottle which is currently not hooked up. Headers are also noted. Undercarriage Very clean and showroom new underneath. No rust and even some existing factory markings. Independent coil springs are on the front for suspension, and 4 link with coil springs for the rear. The original air bag suspension has been removed. 4 wheel power disc brakes are mounted and clean, and a Magnaflow exhaust is on this car, presenting no rust and very shiny. Drive-Ability Nice acceleration, good braking, and lots of comfort, making him question if it really is a muscle car...and it truly is with its specs, and luxury conveniences to boot. A low mileage example with some mods to add a slight fake move to the purist, but overall nicely presenting. Plenty of power, and well-kept certainly worth a look, and a few kicks of the tires. Who knows you may just fall in love and begin your career as a Marauder! 2MEHM75V63X621946 2-Canada M-Mercury E-Passenger Car H-Manual Belts, Front Airbags M75-Marauder 4 Door Sedan V-4.6L 32V DOHC 6-Check Digit 3-2003 X-St Thomas;Talbotsville Ontario Assy Plant 621946-Sequential Unit Number
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