I have a Marlin 25 that I like. I got it in a trade so I have no idea what they cost these days. It's accurate and easy to shoot.
That said, I'd take my Winchester 9422 lever action .22 over that Marlin everyday every time.
Other than for your interest in getting a bolt action for the sake of having a bolt action, I wouldn't trade my Win. 9422 for any other .22 on the planet! It'll hit thumb tacks at 74 yds all day long. The ghosts of many small game animals around here will testify to the speed and accuracy of that lever action.
Just my 2 cents on it. But if you really want a bolt, I think Marlin makes good quality rifles.