Let me try to explain what we have here. This is a 2004 Mercury Marauder with aprox. 118k miles. I put the last 8,000 miles on this car before the fender bender that caused the damage you see here. The damage was from a 10 mph crash. I was stopped at a light, the car in front of me went to go, then stopped short.. I stopped, no problem. Then he went again, I started to go, he stopped short again and I didn’t. The damage is to the front bumper assembly, lights, grill, hood latch, hood, passenger side front fender and a few items that I am not qualified to explain. The main point is that the car DRIVES PERFECTLY. Other than the damage to the front area, every major component works as it should. The collision did push in the top metal beam where the radiator attaches about 1″ but every it is tight with no damage to the cooling system. I drove the car about 10 miles from the accident scene and did not suffer issues. The body shop that examined it said that there appeared to be no frame damage and every thing was fixable. I intended to fix this ride and keep it but the insurance company had other ideas. It seems that since the car is 11 years old and not made any more, the availability of NEW parts is a challenge. I found everything on line but the front cap is something that will have to be a used part. The insurance company said no and totaled the car. I bought it back as I had too much invested to let them have it. In the time I owned it, I purchased new Nitto Motivo tires, new front struts, new brakes and competition rotors, new air suspension bags, new plugs and Accel coils, 2 extra original wheels, new window motors, floor mats, headlights, and the K&N air intake system. The air conditioning is cold and the car gets a flat 20 mpg on the expressway. The transmission shifts fine and the car is dry with no body leaks anywhere inside. The original paint is starting to fade on the passenger side and there is some crazing on the back area but overall presents very nice. The only item that does not work well is the 6 disc changer in the trunk which I never got around to fixing.
Miami, Florida, United States