New for 2003

The Mercury Marauder is a new model for 2003. Key highlights include: Overview

The 2003 Mercury Marauder delivers a 1960's American muscle car experience with contemporary driving dynamics, comfort, safety and low emissions. The Marauder name was first introduced as a 1963 1/2 performance package and then as its own nameplate, with the 1969 Mercury Marauder and Marauder X-100.

The 2003 Marauder sedan is powered by an all-aluminum V-8 engine producing 302 horsepower. Its chassis highlights include rack-and-pinion steering, hydroformed front frame rails, monotube dampers and 18-inch wheels and tires. The Marauder seats five passengers with generous rear seat room.

The 2003 Mercury Marauder sedan is built in St. Thomas, Ontario.


The Mercury team, like most enthusiasts, knows the engine is the heart and soul of a car. Marauder uses a normally aspirated, all-aluminum 4.6-liter DOHC V-8 with four valves per cylinder that produces 302 horsepower at 5,750 rpm and 318 foot-pounds of torque at 4,300 rpm.

The engine breathes through a low-restriction air intake and aluminum upper and lower intake manifolds. Premium unleaded fuel is fed to the engine through a dual-bore 57-mm throttle body and high-flow fuel injectors. The compression ratio is 10.1:1.

To minimize exhaust backpressure - and make a bold visual and auditory statement - the engine has 2-inch diameter high-flow stainless steel exhaust pipes through the hot end and 2.25-inch tailpipes out of the muffler with 3-inch stainless steel Megs brand tips. Under acceleration, the exhaust note is aggressive, with the unmistakable sound of a large American V-8 engine. However, overall sound levels are very subdued when cruising, creating a surprisingly tranquil cabin.

Marauder uses a heavy-duty four-speed transmission with overdrive. For good off-the-line performance, the team added a reinforced 111 1/2-inch high stall speed torque converter with a heavy-duty one-inch, one-way clutch.

The high stall speed allows engine revolutions to rise into the peak torque band before being transmitted to the rear wheels. A 3.55:1 rear axle with an 8.8-inch ring gear and limited-slip differential also enhances launch performance and acceleration.

Driving Dynamics

The Marauder chassis is capable of delivering a combination of ride, handling, braking and safety performance unattainable in the muscle car era. The full-perimeter frame has several significant enhancements:

A frame that resists twisting and bending allows the suspension components to operate more efficiently. It also limits the transmission of noise, vibration and harshness into the body structure.

The independent front suspension uses a short- and long-arm design with steel upper and aluminum lower control arms. Road inputs are managed by coil-over-shock springs with Tokico monotube dampers. Monotube dampers are more "tunable" than conventional twin-tube shocks because the damping pistons have larger effective areas.

To reduce front suspension lateral compliance for crisp turn-in with reduced body roll, the Marauder uses a 28-mm solid front GripperTM stabilizer bar system. This system provides enhanced on-center steering response and better high-speed lane change stability.

Upper and lower control arms and a lateral Watt's linkage locate the live-axle rear suspension. Load-leveling air springs and monotube dampers manage impacts. The rear air springs help maintain the car's ride height even when the trunk is fully loaded and are very effective at absorbing minor road imperfections.

The combination of air springs and monotube dampers also is effective at managing the unsprung mass of the solid axle, which keeps the rear of the vehicle firmly planted during cornering on rough roads or washboard surfaces. A 21-mm solid rear stabilizer bar, which uses rubber bushings, further improves body roll and tracking.

The power steering system is a variable-ratio rack-and-pinion design with speed-sensitive variable assist. Previous full-size Mercurys used recirculating-ball steering systems. Because a rack-and-pinion system has fewer links, operating friction and compliance in the system are substantially reduced, which improves steering feel and precision. The new system also weighs 22.5 pounds less.

To put the power to the ground, the Marauder team selected 18-inch by 8-inch, 5-spoke forged aluminum-alloy wheels shod with ultra-high-performance BFGoodrich g-Force T/A tires. The P245/55WR18 rear tires have a higher aspect ratio than the P235/50WR18 front tires to give the car a muscle car rake. The rear tires also have a slightly larger contact patch for maximum traction under acceleration.

These tires have an asymmetrical tread with sidewall inserts to enhance steering response. In addition, the steel belts are reinforced with spiral-wound nylon to provide high-speed durability while minimizing weight and optimizing ride quality. Marauder also features 12.0-inch ventilated front and 11.6-inch ventilated rear brake rotors, and twin-piston front and single-piston rear calipers.


The body of the Marauder is finished in black gloss paint. Non-functional areas of the headlamp units are blacked-out, and the taillamp bezels are dark-tinted to continue the serious but understated appearance.

Unmistakable but subtle performance cues include the high output Cibie fog lamps integrated into the fascia, the 3-inch polished exhaust tips and the "Marauder" name embossed on the rear bumper.

The car's aggressive, muscle-car stance is reinforced by the large 18-inch wheels and tires. The image of the Roman god Mercury is cast into each of the wheel caps to further communicate the car's personality and heritage.

Inside, dual eight-way-power reclining bucket seats are appointed in rich dark charcoal leather with classic French seam stitching derived from vintage Marauders. The seats have extra padding for better thigh, lumbar and shoulder support. The Mercury god's head is embossed into the front seat backs.

Power adjustable accelerator and brake pedals are standard to help accommodate taller and shorter drivers. Modern, technical-looking dot-matrix gray trim gives the appearance of carbon fiber and accents the instrument and door panels.

A leather-wrapped floor shifter highlights the floor console area that flows into space for two cupholders and a high storage bin for CDs and cell phones.

The satin-aluminum gauges include a 7,000-rpm tachometer that redlines at 6,250 rpm. The 140-mph speedometer has a red-lit "Marauder" graphic. Auto Meter¨ brand high-performance oil-pressure and voltmeter gauges are located just in front of the shifter.

The audio system is a 100-watt Alpine AM/FM/CD/cassette player (a 6-CD changer is optional) with four speakers and a rear subwoofer for excellent sound quality. For convenience, the steering wheel features audio and climate controls.

Front seat head- and legroom is 39.4 inches and 42.5 inches, respectively. Rear seat head- and legroom is 38.1 inches and 38.4 inches, respectively. The 20.6 cubic-foot trunk is roomy.

Safety and Security

The Marauder includes four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, side-impact air bags and the Personal Safety SystemTM.

The Personal Safety SystemTM is one of the most comprehensive driver and front seat passenger restraint systems available. It includes dual-stage front air bags that deploy based on crash severity, sensors to detect if front-seat occupants are wearing safety belts, a driver's seat position sensor, safety-belt pretensioners and load-limiting retractors.

In addition, the BeltMinderTM system rings a chime to remind front seat occupants to buckle up. LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) anchors are integrated into the rear outboard seats, which make securing a compatible child safety seat easier. A third tether anchor is fitted for the center seat position.

All Marauders also feature the SecurilockTM passive anti-theft system, which prevents the vehicle from being started unless a key containing a uniquely encoded computer chip is inserted into the ignition.


Since its founding in the late 1930s, Mercury has been a premium brand with products blending performance, comfort and luxury appointments. As Mercury designers, engineers and marketers begin work on a new generation of vehicles, the stylish convertibles, premium sedans, performance machines and family cars of the brand's past will provide ample inspiration for the future.

"The potential market for the Marauder is vast - it encompasses any person who ever owned a rear-wheel drive muscle car and everyone who ever wanted one," says Steve Babcock, Marauder program manager.


EPA Class Large Car
Drivetrain Layout Rear Wheel Drive
Engine Type 4.6L V-8, aluminum
block and heads
Valvetrain DOHC
4 valves per cylinder
Bore/Stroke (in) (mm) 3.55 in (90.2 mm)/
3.54 in (90.0 mm)
Displacement (cu in/cc) 281/4606
Compression Ratio 10.1 :1
Horsepower @ rpm 302 @ 5750 rpm
Torque (lb-ft) @ rpm 318 ft-lbs @ 4300 rpm
Redline 6250 rpm
Recommended Fuel 91 octane
Fuel System Sequential multi-port
electronic fuel injection
Oil Capacity with filter 6.0
Coolant Capacity 17.6
Transmission 4-speed automatic
Final Drive Ratio 3.55: 1
Gear Ratios
1st 2.84
2nd 1.55
3rd 1.00
4th 0.70
Reverse 2.30
Front Independent short and
long arm with mono-tube
dampers, steel coils
springs and stabilizer bar
Rear Live axle with Watt's
linkage, mono-tube
dampers, air springs
and stabilizer bar
Type Variable ratio rack
and pinion with variable
assist, speed sensitive
Ratio 18.5:1
Turns Lock-to-Lock 2.84
Turning Circle,  
Curb-to-Curb (ft) 41.5
Traction Control Late availability
Brakes (system type) Four-wheel power disc
brakes with four-channel
Front 12.0-in
vented rotor
Rear 11.6-in
vented rotor
Total Swept Area (sq. in.) 136 (front)
102 (rear)
Wheels 18- by 8-in
forged aluminum
Tires Front P235/50WR18
  Rear P245/55WR18
Number of Lug Nuts 5
Consumer Info
Assembly Plant St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada
Basic Warranty 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper
Roadside Assist 3 years/36,000 miles
Air bags
Driver and passenger dual stage air bags,
Standard front-side
air bag


Wheelbase 114.7
Track f/r 63.7/66.2
Overall Length 212.0
Overall Width 78.2
Overall Height 58.9
Coefficient of Drag 0.36
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4195
Weight % f/r 55/45
Towing Capacity 2000
Max (lbs)
Towing Class Rating I
Seating Capacity 5
Legroom f/r 42.5 / 38.4
Shoulder Room f/r 60.8 / 60.3
Hip Room f/r 57.1 / 58.7
Headroom f/r 39.4/38.1
Passenger Volume (cu ft) 111.2
Luggage Capacity (cu ft) 20.6
Total Interior Volume (cu ft) 131.8
Fuel Capacity (gal) 19.0
All dimensions and capacities are in inches unless otherwise noted.