2003 Mercury Marauder - Summer 2003
By the end of May, I thought I had endured the last of any glitches with this first Ford product of mine... I was wrong. During the summer, some more headaches popped up to annoy me, among them:
Most of these were corrected in a timely fashion by my dealer, while others took some more investigation. Nonetheless, I put as much mileage as I could on the car, hoping to shake down as many problems with the car, lest I end up with a lemon!
- Driver's seat squeaking noise, from the seat tracks: replaced seat tracks.
- Squeaking hood latch assembly, lubricated latch with grease.
- Discovered the oil pressure gage was a fake ON-OFF type of indicator!
- Creaking noises from the front suspension.
- Popping noises from the passenger rear side of the car on uneven pavement.
- Realized the DRLs are on constantly, not only when parking brake is release.
- Found out the headlights click on with windshield wiper activity.
- Brake lights intermittently flaky.
- Ticking from inside the driver's side of the engine (more on that LATER!)
As mentioned in the 'tint' section, the only appearance mod I've ever done to any of my cars worked out tremendously well. The car had a totally different personality, one that was offsetting the frustrating little glitches that were driving me nuts now and again.
In an attempt to gage the health of my new car, I decided to verify its acceleration capabilities at our local track. I had given it what I thought was sufficient break-in mileage, and I wanted to establish just what kind of performance hit I was taking with such a ticking engine. The results were quite acceptable for a 4300 lb 4 door sedan, with photographic equipment and a full tank of fuel... 15.096 @ 94.94 mph. Very acceptable indeed, as I was expecting no better than a mid 15 second quarter mile time based on internet information.
There was also the occasion or two where I took the car to local cruises, just to show off. Not many people recognized the car, something I'm familiar with as I always tend to buy cars that are not hot-sellers. Most thought it was a decommissioned police car, of all things, or simply a modified Mercury Grand Marquis.