Out of all the cars built on Ford's Panther platform, the coolest has to be the Mercury Marauder. Understated looks paired with stylish wheels and a roaring V8 made it the enthusiast's choice, kind of a practical four-door with a muscle car attitude. This low-mileage example , and it's the nicest one we've ever seen. You should buy it.
According to the ad, this Marauder has covered just 36,743 miles since it rolled off the line in 2003. The seller claims this car is just one of 328 Marauders painted in Dark Blue Pearl, and one of only 113 cars with the charcoal interior. Rarity aside, it's a great combination, and works well with the Marauder's sleeper-like vibe.
Like all Marauders, this one is packing Ford's 4.6-liter modular V8 making 306 horsepower under the hood, sending power to the rear wheels via a four-speed automatic transmission. The body and paint look to be in great shape, as do the wheels, exterior trim pieces, dual-exit exhaust, and engine bay. The interior is in equally good shape, save for the driver's seat, which seems to have picked up some wrinkling with age. The only modification I can spot is the addition of a backup camera that displays through the rear-view mirror. Though visibility is good, the Marauder's large size makes it easier to understand why someone would want a clear angle when going backwards. In the truck, it seems there's an additional full-size wheel and tire included in addition to the space-saver spare.
Of course, all of this quality comes with a big price tag. The seller currently has this Marauder . That may sound like a lot for a 15-year old Mercury sedan, but considering this car's condition and cool factor, we'd say it's not a totally crazy number.