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Old 08-25-2002, 21:00   #1 (permalink)
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Thumbs up US 4 Large Door Rear Drive Sedan Back!!!

Just been reading about the new 2003 Mercury Merauder. Good to see Ford are the first to bring back rear drive sedans for the States. I always remember those typical US cop chases with those big GM or Ford sedans.

Power is pretty good comming from the 4.6L Mustang V8, Specs say it makes 305Hp or 227kw.

I think it looks quite nice as well.

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Yeah that Marauder is pretty sweet:s6: , needs the Lightning motor though :s3
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Looks a lot like a Crown Vic in body shape, is it based on the same platform?
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It's okay on black but a little 70's pimp car don't you think??

Definitely needs more power too!! Has less than the soon to be announced I6 turbo in the BA (240kw will be announced for that one soon!!)

And why stop at the Lightning Motor?? How about the supercharged 5.4 in the GT40?? That was 360+kw wasn't it??
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Ummmmmmmm Glad they are making a RWD number again but as for looks - not much better than an Avalon!
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Looks a lot like a Crown Vic in body shape, is it based on the same platform?
Yes, it's based on Mercury Marquis or whatever which is a Crown Victoria. Boat on land........
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Ford has always sold a RWD sedan, I belive the crown Vic never went out of production. Mainly because they were the only choice for police (~50% of all sales). Then you have the lincons.. But I guess its not the same..

Definately a bit of a boat.. half a foot wider than a AU falcon? big overhangs.. live axel and 70's suspension geometry combined with a fairly pokey engine.. Should do okay in the states... not for here or for export tho, falcon would destroy it.
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Looks like the days of those friggin ugly SUV and People movers are numbered hurraaahhhh !
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Looks a lot like a Crown Vic in body shape, is it based on the same platform?
Ford Crown Victoria / Mercury Grand Marquis / Lincoln Town Car are all based on the same chassis, and yes, that is a full chassis.
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