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Elvis said:
I've never been more comfortable sitting behind the wheel than I was in that Fleetwood. DAMN! I forgot it was a car for a minute there!

TMT, I never took what you said the wrong way. I still want a big RWD Caddy someday when I have space for it, but I would probably go for a '77-'79 model with the 425.
Having had both a 75 DeVille and a 78 Fleetwood, I think a 75-76 model would probably be better. The 75 rode much better, it was easy to not notice railroad tracks and speed bumps. The cornering wasn't noticibly differant. Ok, the Fleetwood's more comfortable than the Deville, but a 75-76 Fleetwood would probably be the most comfortable. Despite having 950 pounds more to move, the 75 was about as fast too. I personally like the 75s styling more too. So unless you really love the 77-79 styling or are really concerned about gas, a 75-76 is probably the way to go.
 

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Not that it's all that related to this (but it might be, somewhat), but I just have to say something. One of our neighbors on the next street over in our development, has had a 88'-89' Chevy Caprice that's white and a dark cherry '95-'96 Caprice since we moved here a few years ago. I never really saw him ever driving the newer LT1 Caprice, as it mainly sat in the garage, but he has been driving the older white one more and more often. Then, last night I was taking the Fleetwood for a spin down to the Dollar store, and decided to go down the street he lives on.

The old-style white Caprice was still there, along with his wife's new red Kia Sedona van, but the newer Caprice was missing. What was in it's place? A brand new all black Mercury Marauder! No not a GM product, but very comparable to the B & D-bodies, just in an updated and slightly smaller form. That, and I've just loved these things since they first came out and I heard the exhaust of one for about 10 miles while it was beside us cruising down in Nags Head.

I haven't driven one (though I would very much like to sometime :bouncy: ) but they just look and sound so damn cool. It would be the perfect new friend for our Roadmaster and Fleetwood....I'd just have to convince my mother to trade her '02 black Avalanche that she loves!

Okay now, back to the Fleetwood!
 

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I like that black on black leather. Did you try putting the garage door down? From that picture it doesn't look like the car is int eh way of the door at all. It looks like the same amount of space between the car and the door as there is when my Brougham D'Elegance is parked in our garage. Once the garage door is shut you're not getting to the other side of the car.

I still want a big RWD Caddy someday when I have space for it, but I would probably go for a '77-'79 model with the 425.
I get a kick out of how you say the Fleetwood is too cushy, etc... and then you say this.. Between the both the Fleetwood is probably closer to what you're looking for :D

I like those Marauders too. Maybe someday I'll get one. But with the Cadillac and 2 other fullsize cars that aint gonna happen too soon. :bonkers:
 

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I kinda like the Marauder too, Cruiser!

brougham, what I meant by still wanting a 77-79 is that I would want one as a second vehicle--NOT the daily driver, but instead something to play around with one or two days a week.

That's my only knock against the Fleetwood, it's too cumbersome for me to drive every day, I think I'd get tired of fighting it.
 

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The Marauder looks good and sounds good but it is slow. That is one of the reasons Ford had such problems selling them. People found out that a new Honda Accord would run circles around it.

-Eli
 

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Imagine that! If the salesman let me take the car home, he would get it back the next day with the ht4100 out of my '85. :halo: On the other hand you could put the z3 in trunk of the caddy and park the caddy sideways. You could be like those Tractor trailers that have the little mopeds hooked it the back of the tractor.
 

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Elvis...... i can sort of see what your saying......

Although my miles in a FW are quite limited, it would NOT be a car Id want to drive every day...... Too big, and it doesnt feel right when you push it..... Almost like its telling you to drive it slower....... Its a car Id only want to have to drive for really long trips with the cruise on...... A car you really dont need to think about driving........ BUT, I have never felt unsafe in the car, but more or less the car was feeling uneasy.......

On contrast, you cant seem to drive the Q fast enough.... It always seems to want to go faster, turn harder, etc.......
 

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Hey, Wes. We missed you last week.

I just got sticker shocked by a 2-yr-old DHS. I don't think that there will be one in my immediate future. Who knows what I might do next?

Right now the options are:

1) dance with what brung me,

2) sell the Prelude, drive a Volvo for a few months, and then get a DHS sometime next year, or

3) get the Fleetwood, sell the Prelude, and let the fat girl sleep outside.

I'm going to sleep on it for a few nights. If, in the meantime, the Fleetwood sells to someone else, I'll take it as an omen. I'm pretty fatalistic when it comes to houses, women, and cars.
 

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I think if you dont like the car enough to want to drive it all the time, then dont get it..... Its not like you need to get the car to impress someone.....

Do you not like cars like the 98 sts or something along those lines???
 

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elwesso said:
I think if you dont like the car enough to want to drive it all the time, then dont get it..... Its not like you need to get the car to impress someone.....

Do you not like cars like the 98 sts or something along those lines???
I can't think of ANY car I've ever owned that I wanted to drive all the time. I've always liked variety. Good thing that after I got married, I didn't continue that philosophy...

In a way, we DO buy cars to impress, not that an eight-year-old Fleetwood is going to really impress anyone...

No, I'm not real crazy about the Seville. At one time I had my eye on them, but I've seen bad service reports on them and it kind of scared me off.
 

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AirJigga25 said:
Has anyone here ever driven a marauder? I've seen a few new 2003's around here lately going for CHEAP!
I drove one of the Marauders when they first came out... very disappointing. The salesman started by opening the trunk and showing me the switch that you had to flip to disable the air suspension anytime the car would be on a lift. Then he showed me the fuel pump shutoff switch that you would need to pull in case of an accident to keep the car from exploding. Hell, I thought he was trying to scare me AWAY from the car.

Anyway, as for the power... it just ain't there. They claim 302 horsepower and I guess Ford looks at horsepower like dog-years or something. There was a very narrow band at the 65-75mph range where it felt strong but that was it.

Other notes:
  • No in-dash CD player - In trunk changer is ONLY available option.
  • No navigation system available at any price
  • Very GOOD suspension feel... surprising.
  • Very limited options list. You could do better on a Honda
 

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I drove one of the Marauders when they first came out... very disappointing. The salesman started by opening the trunk and showing me the switch that you had to flip to disable the air suspension anytime the car would be on a lift. Then he showed me the fuel pump shutoff switch that you would need to pull in case of an accident to keep the car from exploding. Hell, I thought he was trying to scare me AWAY from the car.

Anyway, as for the power... it just ain't there. They claim 302 horsepower and I guess Ford looks at horsepower like dog-years or something. There was a very narrow band at the 65-75mph range where it felt strong but that was it.

Other notes:
  • No in-dash CD player - In trunk changer is ONLY available option.
  • No navigation system available at any price
  • Very GOOD suspension feel... surprising.
  • Very limited options list. You could do better on a Honda
Elvis, you could always get a good car cover if you buy that Fleetwood?

SStealth, I thought those Mercs come fully loaded, so there aren't really options to choose from. Also most cars come with a fuel-shut-off switch in the trunk now, it's pretty much standard. I would have thought it could be had with a navigation system though, but I don't think even Lincoln has anything like Onstar, or a satellite in space for it. I heard Lincoln is getting one though. (if I am wrong, correct me) No Honda will have the smooth ride and room a Grand Marquis does, not to mention a heck of a lot more power. (40 hp?)
 

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Id like to drive a marauder...... If they have just slightly more power than the grand marquis, then I think it would be suffecient for that car...... The grand marquis has one of the best rides in a car ive ever ridden in.... That is one thing I like about ford..... They have perfected that air ride system........
 

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Elvis said:
I can't think of ANY car I've ever owned that I wanted to drive all the time. I've always liked variety. Good thing that after I got married, I didn't continue that philosophy...

In a way, we DO buy cars to impress, not that an eight-year-old Fleetwood is going to really impress anyone...

No, I'm not real crazy about the Seville. At one time I had my eye on them, but I've seen bad service reports on them and it kind of scared me off.
Are you kidding?! I know one 12 year old FWD that impresses and gets people starring every time its filled up at the pumps!! "Is it for sale?" or "How much " seem to be the comon themes. :D ;)
If it is well cared for, it WILL impress, or they are stupid to overlook it!
 

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The Marauders aren't slow at all, they just have very little off the line. I drove one over the summer and other than right off the line, the car moved pretty damn well, handled great and had a pretty nice ride quality overall. The last half year Mercury did offer more options and colors and those cars sold like hot cakes. Matter of fact, the silver Marauder I saw was a great looking car and will probably end up being a collectors item.
Is the car a great "drag car"? No, not stock. Is it a nice "road car"? Hell yeah. Is it worth the asking price? Probably not the "original" asking price but by the time they killed it off, the cars were a friggin' BARGAIN.
 

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Sevilles dont have any more problems than any other caddy if they are taken care of properly. I prefer them because they are a tad smaller than the Deville.

However, if you are interested, A dealer here has a NICE 2000 DTS that is fully loaded with the night vison, 17" Chrome wheels, ect... for $23,900. It has 40K miles on it. Its that Silver/Tan (sand?) color. Wichita Kansas isnt too far from Tenn.

-Eli
 

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Elvis, I think you're very wrong about a 8 year old FW not impressing anyone. EVERYONE says something positive to me about my car. And not just people I know. Just about every time I'm at a gas station (very often ;)) filling up, "Hey, nice car!" When I get out at the mall or the grocery store, passers by will usually compliment me on it. At the track and car shows? Forget it, out of control responses! :) Praise for the car comes from everywhere, from every age and nationality. It is sooo cool. And it's not something I had ever anticipated. Dude... It really is unreal. :) I'm sure the other FW owners have similar stories to tell. :)

And I hear you guys about the ride. It was very uneasy on the highway when I first bought it. But a leisurely Saturday turning wrenches and a few hundred bucks solves that problem. :D (but that's already been said)

These fat girls can dance. :D
 
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