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    What keys came with the car?

    Since I got my Marauder used back in 2006, thought I would ask this question as it occasionally comes to mind especially when the topic of valet keys comes up.

    So I was given two keys with the car in early 2006. One with the waterfall mercury logo and one kind of generic with a subdued Ford logo. Was the subdued Ford logo key the original second key? They function identically.

    So the valet key was just an option, correct?
    2003 Mercury Marauder 300B (Daily Driver)
    1988 LTD Crown Victoria S

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    When I got my Marauder in June 2002, I got two pushbutton remotes w/keys and one Valet Key.
    Bill
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    I haven't seen a valet key for sale in a long time. They look like the regular key, except they're gray. The metal part is thicker, so when it is cut it fits the ignition and door but not the trunk nor the trunk release button keyhole on the drivers door.
    I found a different kind of Mercury valet key, it had the waterfall emblem molded in to it, but it was shaped like a F150 key with the keyring hole instead of the rectangular hole. It can be cut but the chip will not program. I found a work-around by getting some aftermarket 80-bit chip keys, taking the chip out of the one with an oval hole and swapping it for an 80-bit chip. Then it programmed just fine.
    Thanks to Darrin @ BC Automotive:
    $1800 and it was worse than when he started!

    Brian (FordNut) FPG # 1458 of 7838
    03 MM 300A (Lotsa mods, 130k mi) was 303rwhp/318rwtq N/A
    then 476/410 D1SC ProCharged on stock block
    then 660/555 D1SC PC on 5.3 wet sleeved Teksid alum big bore stroker
    then 365/369 N/A on 5.3 wet sleeved Teksid alum big bore stroker
    Now 751/617 3.4L Whipple on 5.3 Boss5.0 iron big bore stroker

    03 MM 300B Silver (Mostly stock, originally wife's car, 370k mi) FPG # 7053 of 7838 or 49 of 417 SB
    03 MM 300B Silver, Stock, wife's next one, 136k mi FPG # 7134 of 7838 or 89 of 417 SB
    04 MM Silver, Stock, on standby 85k mi, FPG # 1212 of 3214 or 432 of 997 SB
    01 F150 longbed
    01 F150 shortbed
    00 F150 4x4 stepside
    01 F150 4x4 7700
    68 Stang FB (70 351C 4V, 4 wheel discs, project car)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Black Terror View Post
    When I got my Marauder in June 2002, I got two pushbutton remotes w/keys and one Valet Key.

    CORRECT...and I can verify this story...

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    I've bought two brand new Marauders from dealers and got the same, two remotes, two regular keys, one valet key. Most of the used Marauders I've bought had the valet key missing.
    Thanks to Darrin @ BC Automotive:
    $1800 and it was worse than when he started!

    Brian (FordNut) FPG # 1458 of 7838
    03 MM 300A (Lotsa mods, 130k mi) was 303rwhp/318rwtq N/A
    then 476/410 D1SC ProCharged on stock block
    then 660/555 D1SC PC on 5.3 wet sleeved Teksid alum big bore stroker
    then 365/369 N/A on 5.3 wet sleeved Teksid alum big bore stroker
    Now 751/617 3.4L Whipple on 5.3 Boss5.0 iron big bore stroker

    03 MM 300B Silver (Mostly stock, originally wife's car, 370k mi) FPG # 7053 of 7838 or 49 of 417 SB
    03 MM 300B Silver, Stock, wife's next one, 136k mi FPG # 7134 of 7838 or 89 of 417 SB
    04 MM Silver, Stock, on standby 85k mi, FPG # 1212 of 3214 or 432 of 997 SB
    01 F150 longbed
    01 F150 shortbed
    00 F150 4x4 stepside
    01 F150 4x4 7700
    68 Stang FB (70 351C 4V, 4 wheel discs, project car)

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    Regular keys and remotes are on ebay all the time, very rarely do I see a valet key. Then surprise!
    Rotunda 164-R0465 https://www.ebay.com/itm/225572238145
    Thanks to Darrin @ BC Automotive:
    $1800 and it was worse than when he started!

    Brian (FordNut) FPG # 1458 of 7838
    03 MM 300A (Lotsa mods, 130k mi) was 303rwhp/318rwtq N/A
    then 476/410 D1SC ProCharged on stock block
    then 660/555 D1SC PC on 5.3 wet sleeved Teksid alum big bore stroker
    then 365/369 N/A on 5.3 wet sleeved Teksid alum big bore stroker
    Now 751/617 3.4L Whipple on 5.3 Boss5.0 iron big bore stroker

    03 MM 300B Silver (Mostly stock, originally wife's car, 370k mi) FPG # 7053 of 7838 or 49 of 417 SB
    03 MM 300B Silver, Stock, wife's next one, 136k mi FPG # 7134 of 7838 or 89 of 417 SB
    04 MM Silver, Stock, on standby 85k mi, FPG # 1212 of 3214 or 432 of 997 SB
    01 F150 longbed
    01 F150 shortbed
    00 F150 4x4 stepside
    01 F150 4x4 7700
    68 Stang FB (70 351C 4V, 4 wheel discs, project car)

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