You Need This: The Grand Marquis’ beefier sibling, the Marauder

By Colin Wood
Dec 29, 2023 | Mercury, Marauder, Cars For Sale

Photography Courtesy Cars & Bids

If you ever thought the Mercury Grand Marquis (and, by extension, the Ford Crown Victoria) could make a great muscle car with a few tweaks, so did Mercury. The result? The Marauder.

In addition to a little more power over the Grand Marquis, the Marauder also received an upgraded suspension and unique styling.

This particular Marauder features some minor modifications like window tint, Flowmaster mufflers and LED headlights plus fog lights.

Find this 2004 Mercury Marauder available over on Cars & Bids.

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Datsun240ZGuy MegaDork
12/29/23 11:31 a.m.

Most you see are black in color.  The red shown is nice but they made a dark blue that looked nice.  As a sales guy this would be a great vehicle to spend time in. 


Will UberDork
12/29/23 5:14 p.m.

I really want to like the Marauder, but I'm not sure the 4.6 DOHC is the best engine for a car that heavy. It's not particularly torquey.

Add a supercharger and that changes things, but...

DavyZ New Reader
12/29/23 5:38 p.m.

I did like the Marauder when I first saw one and today they are rare as hen's teeth, at least around these parts they are.  However, taking an ex-Highway Patrol Crown Vic and transforming it to something similar would not be that difficult to do.  The 4.6L engines were weak feeling in my opinion (I had a *gasp* Thunderbird with the 4.6L V8), so I would take a 5.0L or larger engine any day.  Heavy cars just need torquey motors.  

Peabody MegaDork
12/29/23 6:22 p.m.

I've told this story here before, but I was bringing a parts car home one day and running late. As this was long before I had a cel phone, I stopped at one of those highway service stations to call home. It was off the highway 401, not far from where these were built, and there were a bunch of OPP's, like your troopers, milling around outside with a handful of what looked like hopped up pursuit vehicles. Quite a few months later I read about the Marauder and realized that's what they were all driving. I wonder if they were working with Ford on their development?

Datsun240ZGuy MegaDork
12/29/23 7:07 p.m.

Deep down we all have that desire to have a performance sedan that was made in the good old USA.  


Ranger50 MegaDork
12/29/23 7:17 p.m.

Coyote bolts into a CV chassis without adapters. Electrical on the other hand can be a spaghetti mess...

earlybroncoguy1 Reader
12/29/23 8:24 p.m.

Google "Lounge Lizard".

Go down the rabbit hole reading articles on the C/D project car. Granted, not a Maruader, but same.

I remember the original issue, still have it somewhere. 

CyberEric SuperDork
12/30/23 9:02 a.m.

I don't what it is, but I've just always thought these were so cool ever since they came out. Very low key badass.

Appleseed MegaDork
12/30/23 9:09 a.m.

*cough* These are better *cough*

JThw8 UltimaDork
12/30/23 6:09 p.m.
Appleseed said:

*cough* These are better *cough* they weren't. (Ive owned both)   The Marauder was far superior and one of the few vehicles I regret selling.

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