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    Changes in the stable recently...

    Yesterday, after 18 years, I finally decided to stop daily-driving Panthers. My 2010 Vic was starting to become quirky and I just never bonded with it like I did previous Vics, Marquis, etc. So, I decided to take on another car payment and bought an Ecoboost Flex. Yeah yeah, I know, water pumps, etc., I did my research and I'm aware that I will probably eventually have to sink thousands into this.

    Anyway, pretty fun behemoth of a car/wagon/van/SUV? - 365HP TT-V6, AWD, heated/cooled seats, heated steering wheel, bazillion speaker stereo, BLIS/cross-traffic/advanced cruise control, tow package, updated wheels, really the only options it doesn't have are the vista roof and the 40/40 middle row.




    Also, back in October, I bought a 1982 Cougar wagon from Arizona. Other than being blue and wagon-ish, it has little else in common with the Flex. EFI 302, T5, headers, plenty of...uhhh...patina, but most importantly no Snow Belt rust. It's a Fox body and it's very spartan by comparison. I really like it, though.


    '03 Marauder | '82 Cougar GS wagon | '91 Country Squire | '18 Flex Ecoboost
    former Panthers: '02 MGM, '04 MGM, '04 MGM v2.0, '04 MM, '07 P71 w/5-speed, '04 CVLX, '03 SAP P71, '10 P7B
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    Reinhart's tuning skills were comparable to an ape slapping the keyboard in microsoft excel.

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    That Flex is one FAST blue brick!

    Love the, didn't even know that they made them, Cougar wagon!!
    SO MANY mod options because its a Foxbody.
    Being a 1982.....does it have a 7.5" or an 8.8" rear?
    Gear ratio?
    What does that thing weigh, maybe 3,400 lbs?

    I love the blue AND the patina.....what a sleeper!!
    2020 Ford Ranger STX DFI Turbo 2.3L 10 speed Auto
    2017 Ford Fusion Sport DFI Twin Turbo 2.7L V6 6 speed Auto (14.000 ET bone stock in 82 degree heat)
    1985 Mustang GT 5.0 Hatchback 4bbl 5 speed manual (525 HP 363 Dart block/AFR heads with Magnum 6 speed in the works)
    1984 Mustang GT 2.3 Turbo Convertible FI. 5 speed manual
    1966 427 Cobra (ERA) 468 all Aluminum FE 2x4bbl 5 speed manual

    SOLD : 2003 Mercury Marauder FI. 4 speed Auto
    w/Crower Cams & Springs, +1mm SS valves, mild port job on the cylinder heads.
    Extrude honed intake w/PHP spacer.
    Kooks Headers w/2.5" High Flow Cats & X-Pipe, Magnaflow mufflers, OEM tailpipes w/Megs Tips
    B&M Trans cooler w/fan, Level 10 Shift Kit, Art Carr Hughes Deep Sump Trans Pan,
    SVO Rearend Girdle, Redline Gear lube; OEM 3.55s
    'Real Gauges' + matching Trans Temp, Oil Temp, Water Temp, Fuel Pressure, Vacuum/Boost Gauge
    Built: 10/15/02 Bought: 12/16/02 Sold: 10/15/18

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    Cool Adam!! Awesome wagon!
    2004 SB Ported Trilogy 48
    Has supporting mods and stuff
    Thanks to Marty O for his help in updating this car.

    R.I.P.
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    I never got used to the looks of the Flex. We’ve had an Edge Limited which has been just excellent the entire time except a bit small for me. We rented an Expedition Max a couple years of years ago which was absolutely everything I could dream of in Luxury but the price… For some reason the Flex always just looked to low and long to me? I’m sure I’d dig it if ever rode in one.

    Now the wagon. Sign me up!


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    Joe - it has an 8.8 out of a 2003 Mustang GT. Not sure if you can see the 5-lug conversion and Cobra brakes up front.
    As far as weight…no idea…with me it’s probably over 2 tons!
    '03 Marauder | '82 Cougar GS wagon | '91 Country Squire | '18 Flex Ecoboost
    former Panthers: '02 MGM, '04 MGM, '04 MGM v2.0, '04 MM, '07 P71 w/5-speed, '04 CVLX, '03 SAP P71, '10 P7B
    CLICK HERE and have your Marauder's COA info added to the database!!! | 2003 list ||| 2004 list
    Quote Originally Posted by offroadkarter View Post
    Reinhart's tuning skills were comparable to an ape slapping the keyboard in microsoft excel.

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    God. Replying on my phone is a PITA


    RCR, thanks!

    Bob - long and low is how I like it! I want this thing even lower! Lol
    '03 Marauder | '82 Cougar GS wagon | '91 Country Squire | '18 Flex Ecoboost
    former Panthers: '02 MGM, '04 MGM, '04 MGM v2.0, '04 MM, '07 P71 w/5-speed, '04 CVLX, '03 SAP P71, '10 P7B
    CLICK HERE and have your Marauder's COA info added to the database!!! | 2003 list ||| 2004 list
    Quote Originally Posted by offroadkarter View Post
    Reinhart's tuning skills were comparable to an ape slapping the keyboard in microsoft excel.

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    Those are both nice picks!! My friend had a flex yes he put some money into it but it was a very nice ride overall. Yours looks like it will be fun! I just picked up my 2nd Marauder 2004 with 61k miles. Nice and clean with trilogy #166. Super excited to own this one now have both years!

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    Took a few pictures of the Flex yesterday outside the local dive...








    '03 Marauder | '82 Cougar GS wagon | '91 Country Squire | '18 Flex Ecoboost
    former Panthers: '02 MGM, '04 MGM, '04 MGM v2.0, '04 MM, '07 P71 w/5-speed, '04 CVLX, '03 SAP P71, '10 P7B
    CLICK HERE and have your Marauder's COA info added to the database!!! | 2003 list ||| 2004 list
    Quote Originally Posted by offroadkarter View Post
    Reinhart's tuning skills were comparable to an ape slapping the keyboard in microsoft excel.

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    Like Joe I didn't even know there was a Cougar wagon. Is it the cousin to the Fairmont? Good luck with both.

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    Changes in the stable recently...

    Had a tuned 2013 Flex Limited, car was an absolute bullet with the AWD. Brew City Boost did my tuning, but not sure if they are still around. Ended up trading it in on a 2013 F150 5.0.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Man View Post
    Like Joe I didn't even know there was a Cougar wagon. Is it the cousin to the Fairmont? Good luck with both.
    It is, and thanks!
    '03 Marauder | '82 Cougar GS wagon | '91 Country Squire | '18 Flex Ecoboost
    former Panthers: '02 MGM, '04 MGM, '04 MGM v2.0, '04 MM, '07 P71 w/5-speed, '04 CVLX, '03 SAP P71, '10 P7B
    CLICK HERE and have your Marauder's COA info added to the database!!! | 2003 list ||| 2004 list
    Quote Originally Posted by offroadkarter View Post
    Reinhart's tuning skills were comparable to an ape slapping the keyboard in microsoft excel.

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