Bought my 2nd one in 2004. Racked up 70,000 miles on the first one with no major issues. Paint does scratch easily on both years. Does not handle like a large platform, long wheel base provides the ride. Dual tuned exhaust provides the sound. Dual overhead cam power plant provides the mid range power.It is a bit slow of the line for a 300+ HP. Fortunately a number of houses provide some power enhancements for the vehicle for kid in us. I am somewhat a younger Marauder owner and would have preferred a better sound package and IP. Cup holders are not very good, like you get a chance to use them when hot rodding. Will bring you in to the dark side. High tire expense. Gas mileage is excellent
Center stack gagging is nice touch. Seats are adequate. Moon roof is great. Current power is impressive while in stride.
Should have offered a digital IP like the Town Car. Should have talked to Recaro for the front seats. Should have introduced the Eaton development SC sooner. Center consloe should have been integrated into dash.
Since August 2004 when I bought it never had a problem with it still sounds and acts the same as the day I drove it of the lot. Everyone from cops to passers by have to check it out. Like the days of old it is a full size car that has power galor that will give the thrills of yesteryear when everyone loved US muscle cars. On a trip the car is great on the highway about 400 miles to a tank on a trip. Just keep your foot out of it in the city. Best fuel performance in the 2200 to 2400 RPM range normal driving. Faster than a stock Mustang GT in a quarter mile race.
Has all of the guages of a performance car. And like the 1960's and 70's Marauder it has the center councel shifter. Very bright chrome rims
Option of a supercharger should have been made available for the kid in us all. It needs nothing else.
I'm very impressed with my 2004 Maroon w/ charcoal interior. Rides, sounds and performs very well. Turns heads with appearance and exhaust sound. I like the feeling of safety in it's full frame, large body. Rides a bit stiff in order to give great handleing ability.
Large size, "BAD" looks, low maintainence costs and few problems. Well laid out interior and huge trunk space. Fun to drive as a "Nice Day Driver" and collectable. Comfortable on trips also. Climate control and stock stereo perform well.
Boost the mileage while keeping performance as is. Nitros package coming next for real, short power boost as well as OMG feeling!
Incredible Machine. Bought mine used and it totally rocks; owned many large and small cars. This one is a blast to drive, turns heads, is super comfortable, easy to maintain, and for its size (both overall and engine), it gets great mileage - 26.5 on my last trip to DC. Merc really dropped the ball on the marketing of this vehicle.
Drives like a much lighter car, best all-around vehicle, super reliable (like my Grand Marquis - no repairs after 9 years of ownership).
Discontinued :-( I would buy another in a heart-beat. They could have easily made it faster if they wanted to but it is easy enough to mod to your liking.
I drive over 100 miles a day to and from work (mostly highway). I get 25 MPG in the summer and 22MPG in the winter (hate that winter gas). The car is big and roomy. It reminds me more of the cars from the late 1960's. At nearly 50,000 miles, its time to replace the rear tire, again.
Comfortable seats, OK gas mileage for the size and power of the car. It is not quick off the line but it is fast when passing at highway speeds.
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