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Thread: 16 Years in a Mercury Marauder ..

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    16 Years in a Mercury Marauder ..

    We've had a lot of adventures, and no major failures - all routine maintenance. Gonna drive her 'till something goes "BANG!!!"...

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    Congratulations!

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    Wow! And no valve seat repair during that time?
    2003 Mercury Marauder 300B (Daily Driver)
    1988 LTD Crown Victoria S

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    Nice! Mods? Please tell us about the service issues you did have.
    Current Garage:

    2004 DTR Marauder
    2005 Mustang GT Premium
    2019 Ranger Lariat Super Crewcab 4WD
    2008 Triumph Sprint ST
    2015 Triumph Trophy SE


    "If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away." - Henry David Thoreau

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    Moar info!

    What oil, what other PM's...what mods if any....I want my 131K to get to that mileage. After being on death row, mine got sprung on a technicality. Now how to rack up those miles ?....and adventures....

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    FRICKEN AWESOME... AND GOOD FOR YOU! CONGRATS! Hope you hit 500,000!


    2003 300A Black, #4918 of 7838, 17,400 Miles
    Tune, KYB's, JLT, FlowMaster 42441, Res Delete, New BFG's, 8 coats of zymoil Titanium

    2003 300B Silver Birch, #21 of 419, 29,800 miles
    Tune, JLT, FlowMaster 42441 Res Delete, New Nitto 235/255 Bigcarsforever dead peddle & custom SRP peddles, 5 coats Zymoil Titanium, Addco front and rear sway bars, KYBs, 1/2 inch coil cut, Sparta Watts link and Control Arms, Carfixer alignment.

    2003 CV Sport Matador Red, 19,280 Miles, DD, Curless Full Service Royal flush, Marto Tune, 18 Chrome Wheels w 235/265 front/back Nitto tires, NEW OEM Sport Springs -1 coil & Monroe Severe Duty (front) shocks, Addco front and rear sway bars, KYB rear Shocks, Carfixer Alignment.

    2004 CV HPP Silver Birch, 93,000 miles. Son's DD, 18 Chrome Wheels w 235/265 front/back Nitto tires (thank you Lowndex!)

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    Nice

    Righteous Indignation
    03 300A
    4055 of 7838
    4054 of 7093 in Black.
    Born 8/23/02
    Adopted in 1/15.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 88LTDCV351 View Post
    Wow! And no valve seat repair during that time?
    Nope. Engine, transmission have never been opened. Though I have taken care of fluid and filter changes religiously ..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Invective View Post
    Nice! Mods? Please tell us about the service issues you did have.
    It's all OEM. Even have a Motorcraft battery. Service issues have been few. Virtually all the rubber up front, control arms, shocks (KYBs were crap, good old Monroe's did the trick), oil filter housing leak, pinion seal leak. Rear wheel bearings and axles. I change oil filter every 5k miles, engine oil every 15k.

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    what type of oil ?15K I assume full synthetic. I'm surprised, when I change my oil at 6K its pretty dark.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Agent2006 View Post
    Moar info!

    What oil, what other PM's...what mods if any....I want my 131K to get to that mileage. After being on death row, mine got sprung on a technicality. Now how to rack up those miles ?....and adventures....
    I use O'Reiley full synthetic 5W-20, 'cause... if it meets the API spec, it meets the API spec. Stopped using Mobile 1 at 100k. I take very good care of the differential. I use any SAE 80-90, but I go to Ford for the additive. I've lost one set of axle bearings (and one axle ..), but I believe that was the result of a leaking pinion seal. Spend some quality time under the car, look for bad rubber up front and blown shocks. Oil leaks are rare and straightforward to fix. But guess what? The coolant hoses are hard to find...

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    Thumbs up Marauder

    Quote Originally Posted by TexasMotorhead View Post
    It's all OEM. Even have a Motorcraft battery. Service issues have been few. Virtually all the rubber up front, control arms, shocks (KYBs were crap, good old Monroe's did the trick), oil filter housing leak, pinion seal leak. Rear wheel bearings and axles. I change oil filter every 5k miles, engine oil every 15k.

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    A testament to the car's inherent quality and caring owner. Just replaced my OEM rear shocks with Monroe OESpectrum shocks. Nothing fancy.
    Current Garage:

    2004 DTR Marauder
    2005 Mustang GT Premium
    2019 Ranger Lariat Super Crewcab 4WD
    2008 Triumph Sprint ST
    2015 Triumph Trophy SE


    "If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away." - Henry David Thoreau

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    Quote Originally Posted by TexasMotorhead View Post
    I use O'Reiley full synthetic 5W-20, 'cause... if it meets the API spec, it meets the API spec. Stopped using Mobile 1 at 100k. I take very good care of the differential. I use any SAE 80-90, but I go to Ford for the additive. I've lost one set of axle bearings (and one axle ..), but I believe that was the result of a leaking pinion seal. Spend some quality time under the car, look for bad rubber up front and blown shocks. Oil leaks are rare and straightforward to fix. But guess what? The coolant hoses are hard to find...

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    Also, forgot to mention I changed the tranny filter (need to drop the pan for that) at 200k miles. There are several magnets on the pan which had collected a lot of metal. I think those magnets are probably more important than the filter...

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    Since y'all are curious, I've attached my PM schedule which tells the story...Mercury_Marauder PMs.xls

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    this proves you CAN keep these cars running pretty much as long as you want them to. Unlike some others, my old Subaru XT coupe had shock tower sag issues/body integrity problem that was terminal. THANKS for sharing the PM spreadsheet

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