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    Smile Starting my 7th year with the Marauder

    Today I start my 7th year with my Marauder! Yipee! lol
    It was when I read the below article in late 2002, I knew about the Marauder coming out and that I knew I wanted one. I had admired the Impala SS and LT1 cop Caprice back in the day.
    http://www.mercurymarauder.net/forums/showthread.php?t=62031&page=5
    Having always admired old school American muscle cars (chargers, GTOs, Chevelle SS, etc) and vintage big block police cars (Dodge Polaras, Dodge Monacos, Plymouth Furys, Ford Galaxies, Ford Customs, etc.), I knew the Marauder was the car for me. And I needed something more reliable and newer than my box vic 5.8 (11 to 17 miles per gallon sucked too).
    I couldn’t afford one until February 11, 2006 after starting a new job in California. I found out then that the car was unfortunately discontinued a few years earlier, but I remember having to look at carmax and autobytel for used Marauders in my area. I remember a lot being available but all had somewhat high mileage for a car 3 years old. But commutes tend to be long here in California. I settled for one at Future Ford of Concord (stay away from this stealership!). I paid way more than I should have for a 50,000 mile Marauder but 124,500 miles later it was well worth it and its still going strong.
    I’d upload the photo with my Marauder those 6 years ago, but it was a bad hair day. lol
    Sure, I did the o-ring EATC repair, BCM, the 100,000 spark plug change myself (all with the help of reading MM . net), countless BFGs tires, have that hole developing in the driver seat, hood needs new paint, got curb rash, got the bumper sag (put the Progaurd on too late I’m afraid), door armrest separation, and now I need the blend door actuator replaced. But overall, the car is still in good shape and runs great.
    And I still haven’t installed my Lidio tune (tried the Superchips 1725 way back when and noticed no difference so had to go Lidio). I still have my Addco rear swaybar in the closet as well as my DB electrical alternator. Probably got a few more things in the closet for this car that I can’t think of right now. And its been frustrating but I ordered the Vortech back in August with my severance package when I got laid off but only got the intercooler and some other misc parts so far due to back order.
    Wish me luck in many more happy miles! These cars were built to last (if my unknown miles box vic is any indication).

    Almost forgot, I also have the cooling mod tucked away in the closet somewhere. And I did finally have new brakes put on at 120,000 miles.
    Last edited by 88LTDCV351; 02-21-2012 at 09:18 AM. Reason: cooling mod and brakes

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    Dude you need to upload lidios tune night and day your missing out. Takes all of 5 minutes. Congrats on 7 years now install all those parts and really enjoy!
    2003 Mercury Marauder 300A
    FRPP BOSS50 Block w/MMR 900S Stroker 5.3L DOHC 324ci 10:1cr - (321rwhp/360.5rwtq) - Tuned by AED

    2006 Ford Mustang GT
    FRPP FR3 Handling Pack|FRPP X Pipe w/GTA Exhaust|Steeda CAI|Hurst Shifter
    (289rwhp/307rwtq)

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    Chop chop on that Lidio tune. It would be like getting a paycheck and not cashing it. Just to throw it away.


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    Great quotes!!
    Quote Originally Posted by CBT View Post
    you were too busy getting your ass kicked by cool people because you suck and are a worthless excuse for a human being.
    Quote Originally Posted by CBT View Post
    I'm going to punch you so hard between the legs your going to need a GYNA BO to fix it!!
    Quote Originally Posted by Haggis View Post
    Eat poo poo and die heathen.

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    An order from August? WOW I don't need to know where from...

    That blows my mind.

    Otherwise congrats on keeping the car!


    Cobra short block / ProCharger F1-A / Cog drive upgrade / Manley valves / Brian Tooley Racing valve springs / 80# inj. / -8 fuel line / -6 return / Aeromotive 340 pumps and regulator / 2012 GT500 TR6060 six speed / twin disc clutch / Driveshaft Shop GT500 upgraded CV joint shaft / BA5000 blow thru MAF/ 4.10's / Ford Racing 31 spline set up and Girdle / Metco D.S. safety loop / Stainless Works headers, cats, and everything else out back / ClassGlass hood / Bob's hood strut mod / Hurst line lock / Metco control arms / Addco front and rear sway bars / Monroe severe duty shocks all around / Race concepts rotors / Badgeless grille / 35% tint / FBM's interior LED kit and ambient lighting kit / Pioneer FB700 deck / kenwood speaker 4 Ch. / Rockford Fosgate 10" sub and amp / Kicker 6 X 8's all around / back up cam / bluetooth / Pioneer Xm / 704 RWHP 603 RWTQ tuned by Mo's Speedshop.

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    Goodluck on the Vortech kit but Don't wait too long I'd give him a deadline to deliver or refund you the money!
    2003 Mercury Marauder 300A
    FRPP BOSS50 Block w/MMR 900S Stroker 5.3L DOHC 324ci 10:1cr - (321rwhp/360.5rwtq) - Tuned by AED

    2006 Ford Mustang GT
    FRPP FR3 Handling Pack|FRPP X Pipe w/GTA Exhaust|Steeda CAI|Hurst Shifter
    (289rwhp/307rwtq)

    2003 Chevrolet Suburban 2500 LQ4 6.0L LT 4WD
    Cognito leveling Kit, Fox 2.0, BFG KOA2 Radial All Terrains, Magnaflow, K&N and 4.10 gears

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    Quote Originally Posted by 88LTDCV351 View Post
    And its been frustrating but I ordered the Vortech back in August with my severance package when I got laid off but only got the intercooler and some other misc parts so far due to back order.
    Wish me luck in many more happy miles! These cars were built to last (if my unknown miles box vic is any indication).
    Six month wait?
    Seems legit.


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    WIN WIN!~ Zack
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    Congratulations on all those Marauder miles.....and many, many more!
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    Congrats on 7 years! The only car I have owned longer than 5, was my 94 SHO.

    It has only been a little over two years that I have had Marauder, and only a little over 1 with the current DPB.

    As for a 6 month wait from a vendor ... I could never pay for something like that and wait that long. I would be asking for a refund with interest. You are a better man than me.
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    Celebrating another year with the Marauder!
    I got 142,000+ miles now.
    Still running strong , except had the one cylinder head replaced some time ago as some of you remember. Still a bit peeved about the DR Vortech kit but someday I’ll get around to finishing finding missing parts for the kit and then an install at AED. But other than that, all is well. Hadn’t washed the Marauder in some time so finally got the Marauder washed. I know this is a Marauder forum, and you all have seen a ton of Marauder pics, so I also got the Crown Vic washed while I was at it which I did take pictures of below to share:
    [IMG]http://imageshack.us/a/img542/2858/p2090054.jpg[/IMG]

    [IMG]http://imageshack.us/a/img845/525/p2090055r.jpg[/IMG]

    [IMG]http://imageshack.us/a/img651/7629/p2090056.jpg[/IMG]
    [IMG]http://imageshack.us/a/img688/1525/p2090057h.jpg[/IMG]
    [IMG]http://imageshack.us/a/img833/5010/p2090058w.jpg[/IMG]

    Now back into storage

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    Here is a photo of the new trunk mat I just bought. I like it. I didn't get a chance to lay it in the bottum of the trunk yet since I have to get a bunch of stuff out of the trunk first, lol. But for now I laid it on top.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 88LTDCV351 View Post
    Here is a photo of the new trunk mat I just bought. I like it. I didn't get a chance to lay it in the bottum of the trunk yet since I have to get a bunch of stuff out of the trunk first, lol. But for now I laid it on top.
    Pretty slick, me want one.


    ~But, it makes it a lot easier when he is manscaped.~ Haggis
    ~Cool, I can have one of those strangulation orgasms without the strangle.
    WIN WIN!~ Zack
    ~Who needs to stop? I just wanna gooooooooooo ~ -Matt-

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    Awesome!!!!
    "Bye Bye, Johnny B. Goode."

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    Soon will be celebrating another year with the Marauder!
    2003 Mercury Marauder 300B (Daily Driver)
    1988 LTD Crown Victoria S

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    Cool

    Today is the day!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 88LTDCV351 View Post
    Today is the day!



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    Great quotes!!
    Quote Originally Posted by CBT View Post
    you were too busy getting your ass kicked by cool people because you suck and are a worthless excuse for a human being.
    Quote Originally Posted by CBT View Post
    I'm going to punch you so hard between the legs your going to need a GYNA BO to fix it!!
    Quote Originally Posted by Haggis View Post
    Eat poo poo and die heathen.

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