Ford’s Mercury division revived the Marauder name for the 2003 model year as an attempt to lure more performance-oriented sales to the brand after witnessing Chevrolet’s success with its Impala SS. Relying heavily on the Panther Platform’s Police Interceptor parts bin, Mercury also added rack-and-pinion steering and relocated the rear shocks outboard of the frame rails to improve handling. Marauders also featured a higher output, double overhead cam version of Ford’s 4.6 liter V8 that produced 302 horsepower. A four-speed automatic transferred that power to a 3.55:1 limited-slip differential. A de-chromed exterior complimented a bucket-seat-with-console interior to round out the package. Despite Mercury’s best attempts to market this model, the division canceled production in 2004 after producing only 11,052 Marauders. Approximately 90% of all Marauders produced were painted black, so we love how the rare blue pearl on this example gives it a used detective car vibe that puts it solidly on our sleepers wish list.
In search of our latest #SleeperSunday feature car, we came across this sweet 54K mile 2003 Dark Blue Pearl over Light Flint Mercury Marauder here on Craigslist on the Northeast side of Philadelphia. Based on the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation tool, the private seller has his car priced fairly between the #2 “Excellent” and #3 “Good” values. The seller does not provide much of a description other than its “super clean inside and out, runs one hundred percent, and needs nothing.” We disagree with his assertion that less than one hundred are on the road in this color. Our research indicates that 215 of the 7,838 Marauders produced for 2003 came in this exact color combination.
The light flint leather interior presents well and appears to well cared for. This example does not appear to have the rare moonroof option.
The odometer in the picture below shows just under 54K miles and the engine shows no signs of any modifications.
Not only will this Marauder have a few people talking to you at your local Cars&Coffee, you will have an absolute blast hanging in the left lane of the Turnpike as other cars move over thinking you’re an officer of the law! Good luck with the sale!