Superfly
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The New Mercury Marauder Convertible Is Awsome

Wed Feb 20, 2002 12:43 am

I hope this goes in to production.

For the full story:
http://www.motorcities.com/index_car.html





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FordLover
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RE: The New Mercury Marauder Convertible Is Awsome

Wed Feb 20, 2002 1:03 am

Excuse me while I wipe the drool off my desk.... Okay, I want one! That is just incredible. I love the Marauder as it is, and I was hoping for a 2-door version, but a convertible is way beyond my expectations. I've been saying Ford should build these things for years. A Mercury Marauder/Ford Galaxie pair would have given the Impala SS some real competition. And the supercharged 4.6 is icing on the cake. Although I read in Popular Mechanics today (Mar '02) that somebody is trying to market a Crown Vic police interceptor powered by the Triton V-10 from an F-350. I'll take one of those also. Now if only we could get a real gearbox to go with it. Nothing like rowing through the gears in a big American car. I wish I was driving in 1964.
 
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RE: The New Mercury Marauder Convertible Is Awsome

Wed Feb 20, 2002 1:08 am

Fordlover:
Count on the worlds best automaker to continue delivering the finest products!  Smokin cool

I wish they would drop in the 5.4 V8 which is the same engine block as the 4.6.
The Galaxy 500 is a great idea. They should also have a Lincoln Mark IX, Zypher, Cosmopolitan version of this car too.  Smokin cool
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RE: The New Mercury Marauder Convertible Is Awsome

Wed Feb 20, 2002 1:13 am

This has to be the dumbest thing I've seen in a while. Take a car nobody buys, and make it into a convertible. Brilliant!
 
FordLover
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RE: The New Mercury Marauder Convertible Is Awsome

Wed Feb 20, 2002 1:33 am

Hoffa, how can it be a car nobody buys? The Marauder hasn't even made it to dealer lots yet. And the convertible is a concept. I love it. But I don't honestly expect to ever see it available for sale. But I can dream, right. Don't take that away from me!
 
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RE: The New Mercury Marauder Convertible Is Awsome

Wed Feb 20, 2002 1:37 am

I see that the eighties are coming back to haunt us!

"Count on the worlds best automaker to continue delivering the finest products! "

Why do you suddenly start talking about Alfa Romeo?!?  Big grin
 
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RE: The New Mercury Marauder Convertible Is Awsome

Wed Feb 20, 2002 1:39 am

I don't know, it resembles Fords cop car too much for me to wanna buy it.

And isn't the Marauder just a Grand Marquis w/a different nameplate? I think that is whats meant by Hoffa when he said that the car doesn't sell.

Erik
 
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RE: The New Mercury Marauder Convertible Is Awsome

Wed Feb 20, 2002 1:44 am

It's more than just a nameplate change. More horsepower, firmer suspension, bigger wheels and tires, etc. And, of course, the Marauder badges. It's meant to be like the Impala SS of 94-96. If you called that a fancy Caprice, it's owners would slap you silly!  Nuts
 
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RE: The New Mercury Marauder Convertible Is Awsome

Wed Feb 20, 2002 3:26 am

While I love the car, the "two doorness" of it leaves me somewhat skeptical. Look at where the rear doors used to be - it's possible that someone had some fun with Photoshop on this one. I hope I'm wrong beacause it's gorgeous. Another reason why I don't think it's real: it would compete too much with the new T-Bird.

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RE: The New Mercury Marauder Convertible Is Awsome

Wed Feb 20, 2002 3:48 am

Anyone with any knowledge about cars can see the Marauder is a chopped Grand Marquis/Crown Victoria platform. That behemoth should have long since been retired, yet somehow has soldiered on to keep the 65 + crowd mobile. And now they want to make a two-door convertible out of it? Yuk. When will the American car manufacturers learn that bigger is NOT better.

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RE: The New Mercury Marauder Convertible Is Awsome

Wed Feb 20, 2002 4:21 am

I'll reply when I'm done laughing.
 
Superfly
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RE: The New Mercury Marauder Convertible Is Awsome

Wed Feb 20, 2002 6:49 am

Some of you guys are funny. This will whip circles out of anything from Europe and Japan!
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RE: The New Mercury Marauder Convertible Is Awsome

Wed Feb 20, 2002 6:58 am

There's a reason cops pick Crown Vics over Camry's!!

Crown Vics haul ass, Camry's don't.

I like the new Marauder, I'd like to see any Jap or European car match up with any american car of the same price.

 
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RE: The New Mercury Marauder Convertible Is Awsome

Wed Feb 20, 2002 6:59 am

Thing looks like some cop car from the 80s. It'll probably be only $50,000 when it goes into production, too.
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RE: The New Mercury Marauder Convertible Is Awsome

Wed Feb 20, 2002 7:18 am

I think this is very ugly and I don't see a tremendous market for it except for maybe Florida rental car fleets.
 
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RE: The New Mercury Marauder Convertible Is Awsome

Wed Feb 20, 2002 8:24 am

Ilyushin, I only said the Crown Vic/Grand Marquis doesn't sell. But these cars are EXCELLENT value for money: extremely spacious, powerful V8 standard, roomy and comfortable plus you get twice the space for what a suitably equipped Camry or Accord will set you back. Sure its a cop car, but if you can get over your dumb stereotyping you'd realize these are actually quite excellent cars and they do last long too (there's a reason these are chosen by police/taxi fleets).

The Crown Vic is one of the safest cars on the road. With all these honkin' SUV's out there, safety is important these days.
 
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RE: The New Mercury Marauder Convertible Is Awsome

Wed Feb 20, 2002 8:38 am

While I do like the car, the only thing I wonder is why it took them so long to come out with this design. The current generation of the Crown Vic is 10 years old.

Since we no longer have the Mercury brand in Canada, I wonder if we either won't get it, or if it will get a Ford name like the Cougar has.
 
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RE: The New Mercury Marauder Convertible Is Awsome

Wed Feb 20, 2002 8:58 am

very interesting.
very late 80's early 90's
very cool.
 
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RE: The New Mercury Marauder Convertible Is Awsome

Wed Feb 20, 2002 10:40 am

Personally, I don't think this car is gonig to be woth what it will cost and who ever pays 60K for a Mercury, in my opinion needs their head examined.

Plus, it is pretty ugly.
 
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RE: The New Mercury Marauder Convertible Is Awsome

Wed Feb 20, 2002 10:42 am

Will someone point ware this car is going to cost $50-60K?
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RE: The New Mercury Marauder Convertible Is Awsome

Wed Feb 20, 2002 10:57 am

For those who assigned a price to this car, I think you are all far off the mark.
I doubt there would be a 100% mark up on this car because it's a convertible. The current Crown Victoria/Grand Marquis list for $25K. I doubt this will go for more than $32-36K. It will not cost more than the new Thunderbird ($41K) and certainly not more than the Town Car ($40K).
Bring back the Concorde
 
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RE: The New Mercury Marauder Convertible Is Awsome

Wed Feb 20, 2002 11:08 am

Although that Marauder looks kinda cool, it's still not very original. I'll take my 96 Impala SS anyday over that car. And for those of you that insist that the Impala SS was just a Caprice with fancy wheels, I tend to look at the Caprice as a dressed down Impala SS.  Smile

Now don't confuse the 96 SS with the crappy 2000+ Impalas. Those are just Camry's with Chevy badging. I am talking about the 94-6 Impala SS!!!
 
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RE: The New Mercury Marauder Convertible Is Awsome

Wed Feb 20, 2002 11:12 am

I was kidding about the price...
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RE: The New Mercury Marauder Convertible Is Awsome

Wed Feb 20, 2002 11:53 am

Hey, guys, either you get it; or you don't.

'Fly likes to fly, and supercharged Ford power's a good way to take off.

I ain't old yet, and I like the Crown Vic / Grand Marquis (which still needs to have a de Sade trim option package).
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RE: The New Mercury Marauder Convertible Is Awsome

Wed Feb 20, 2002 12:54 pm

Well hell Superfly, I was all set to come up to San Francisco to pick up my new Maruader 2 months ago. You seem to have forgotten to get back to me though so I cancelled my flight. I'm still amenable to accepting delivery on one though. Not to be picky but I don't want a convertible.

COboeing777. You are so right. What idiot put the Impala SS name on these "things" they sell now? They are about as super and sporty as a Corolla. Flash with no substance. Not to denegrate a Corolla, it's a fine throw away car. Gets you from A to B quite well but still a throw away car.
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RE: The New Mercury Marauder Convertible Is Awsome

Wed Feb 20, 2002 1:05 pm

Ive had a 1996 Impala SS for over a year now  Big thumbs up
 
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RE: The New Mercury Marauder Convertible Is Awsome

Wed Feb 20, 2002 1:34 pm

Nice, a glorified Pontiac Sunfire. Its a rediculous car.
 
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RE: The New Mercury Marauder Convertible Is Awsome

Wed Feb 20, 2002 2:17 pm

Even though I'm not a fan of convertables, I hope it sees the light of day. It's got all the right basic ingredients: Front engine...Rear drive...V8 power with a fat and broad torque curve...and it's NOT a #%*&$#@& SUV. Haleluhia.
 
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RE: The New Mercury Marauder Convertible Is Awsome

Wed Feb 20, 2002 4:47 pm

What a fantastic car!  Big thumbs up  Smokin cool
I certainly hope it goes in to production too.
I would may actually buy this car if it's not too expensive.
My 1991 F-350 may want to take a break from my rough driving.
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RE: The New Mercury Marauder Convertible Is Awsome

Wed Feb 20, 2002 9:33 pm

Rolex01,

I'm real interested to hear how this car reminds you of a Pontiac Sunfire (true, a real POS)? The two have absolutlutely nothing in common (outside of the country of origin, of course). Just stick to your Hyundai & let the real motorheads duke this one out.

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RE: The New Mercury Marauder Convertible Is Awsome

Wed Feb 20, 2002 10:35 pm

I was wondering about the Sunfire reference myself. What part of left field did that come out of? I'd have to agree with Superfly. If (big IF) this thing ever makes it to production, I'd expect a $35,000 price tag. As for competing with the new T-Bird, the only thing they have in common is the drop-top. You might as well say that Mustang convertible sales will suffer as well. The T-Bird is for you and the little woman, the Marauder convertible would be for when you have to take the kids along.
 
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RE: The New Mercury Marauder Convertible Is Awsome

Wed Feb 20, 2002 10:56 pm

You've got a point about the 'Stang Fordlover. I'd imagine that this would be more upscale.

I really do hope they take Superfly's advice & drop in the Lightning motor (with blower) if they don't want to wind up with a dragrace losing sled on their hands. Converting hardtops to convertibles is notorious for adding lots of weight (chassis stiffening) to the car. If they do go through with it, their tooling vendors are in for a windfall. Ford will need to significantly retool to go from the existing 4 door layout to the 2 door droptop.

rapo
 
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RE: The New Mercury Marauder Convertible Is Awsome

Thu Feb 21, 2002 6:32 am

G L O R I F I E D! What part of that dont you understand. It looks like a glorified, umm, ok, hears a better one, S U N B I R D. Hows that.. Also, for all that dont like S U V's... I know, I know, they are intimidating arent they.
 
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RE: The New Mercury Marauder Convertible Is Awsome

Thu Feb 21, 2002 6:36 am

Just stick to your Hyundai & let the real motorheads duke this one out.

Hyundai???? Who has a Hyundai?
 
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RE: The New Mercury Marauder Convertible Is Awsome

Thu Feb 21, 2002 6:53 am

I understand glorified, I understand Sunfire, I even understand Sunbird (you switched on me there). What I don't understand is how you made the connection between this and that. They don't look alike, they serve completely different purposes, and have nothing in common that I can see, except for the drop-top. Explain, please.
 
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RE: The New Mercury Marauder Convertible Is Awsome

Thu Feb 21, 2002 6:55 am

I think what he's saying is that both cars suck ass.

the real motorheads

That's not something to be proud of.  Sad
 
rapo
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RE: The New Mercury Marauder Convertible Is Awsome

Thu Feb 21, 2002 6:59 am

Great, more rantings from the peanut gallery......
 
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RE: The New Mercury Marauder Convertible Is Awsome

Thu Feb 21, 2002 7:03 am

Great, more rantings from the peanut gallery......

Yep, more ranting. He is exactly right.. Its garbage. Resembles the Sunfire...(The Sunbird was what the Sunfire was)
 
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RE: The New Mercury Marauder Convertible Is Awsome

Thu Feb 21, 2002 7:05 am

Sorry about the rant... motorhead.
 
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RE: The New Mercury Marauder Convertible Is Awsome

Thu Feb 21, 2002 8:59 am

Rolex01


You aren't very smart.  Insane
I doubt you are even a real user. I have yet to find a post of yours that is even close to logical.
Grow up kid.
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RE: The New Mercury Marauder Convertible Is Awsome

Thu Feb 21, 2002 4:13 pm

Anything to slide the Hoffa fiasco down to the bottom.
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RE: The New Mercury Marauder Convertible Is Awsome

Thu Feb 21, 2002 5:06 pm

How ever brought in the Sunfire doesn't belong in a car thread.
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RE: The New Mercury Marauder Convertible Is Awsome

Thu Feb 21, 2002 5:38 pm

SUV's are intimidating, they're driven by people dumb enough to buy one.
 
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RE: The New Mercury Marauder Convertible Is Awsome

Fri Feb 22, 2002 12:16 pm

SUV's are intimidating, they're driven by people dumb enough to buy one.

I think you have that wrong.. Dumb people dont buy SUV's. Most people with SUV's are very smart, have good jobs, and can afford them.. The dumb thing is, when you cannot afford one, you start playa hatin just cuz ya cant have one... hahahah. Merauder=Sunfire/Sunbird Glorifization.

 
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RE: The New Mercury Marauder Convertible Is Awsome

Fri Feb 22, 2002 12:55 pm

your joking about this car being good looking right superfly?
 
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RE: The New Mercury Marauder Convertible Is Awsome

Fri Feb 22, 2002 1:01 pm

ugly. I would rather use a Mustang that that, and that's saying alot!
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RE: The New Mercury Marauder Convertible Is Awsome

Fri Feb 22, 2002 3:54 pm

Rolex, you aren't very smart.  Insane
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RE: The New Mercury Marauder Convertible Is Awsome

Fri Feb 22, 2002 9:58 pm

"Most people with SUV's are very smart, have good jobs, and can afford them..."

Sure, they'll buy a four wheel drive vehicle & if they're lucky, actually engage 4wd maybe once or twice in the vehicle's life. For those 1 or 2 times of 4wd engagement, they drag around a 500-1000 lbs of extra 4wd hardware (great for gas mileage I here), add fat, soft tires with chunky treads with the rolling resistance of a kitchen cabinet (again, really helps the mileage). They'll also check off the option box for the engine large enough to pull the Queen Mary. Then they'll use it as they're daily highway commuter (while languishing in the high speed lane doing 58 mph). Sure, real smart.


Rolex, you might want to forgo these car threads in the future & stick with something you actually know about (pros & cons of body lotion with or without aloe maybe?)

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RE: The New Mercury Marauder Convertible Is Awsome

Sat Feb 23, 2002 1:23 am

Actually Rolex, I think you'll find that many people can't really afford their SUVs and end up with humungous monthly payments for both vehicle and insurance.

And no, I don't have one. Thankfully.  Smile

 
Superfly
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RE: The New Mercury Marauder Convertible Is Awsome

Sat Feb 23, 2002 2:05 am

I can easily afford an SUV. I'd rather spend that money on flight school instead.


Also, I'd rather be a MOTORHEAD than a MOTORMOUTH!  Smile
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