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SVT Cobra

Lifer
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I am looking to buy a Mustang recently, and I love the look of the dark grey (charcoal?) 2003 Corba SVT with black convertible top, and the two tone leather interior.

But, before I buy I want to know what my options are in 2000-2004 range for a used Mustang. I am not familar with the models, engines colors, etc. Is there any site out there where I can find this info out?

Any help would be appreciated, I would provide more info on what type of Mustang I want, but I am still not really sure of what kinds there even are.

Thanks :)
 

Pacfanweb

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If you are looking only at Cobras, there is only one engine available for them. It will differ in some years, but in any specific year there is only one Cobra engine.

If you are open to most any 'Stang, then you really need to do some serious looking around.

Engine-wise, however, there are usually only 3, maybe 4 engines...6-cylinder, V-8 for the regular GT's, and the Cobra engine.
 

SVT Cobra

Lifer
Mar 29, 2005
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Originally posted by: Pacfanweb
If you are looking only at Cobras, there is only one engine available for them. It will differ in some years, but in any specific year there is only one Cobra engine.

If you are open to most any 'Stang, then you really need to do some serious looking around.

Engine-wise, however, there are usually only 3, maybe 4 engines...6-cylinder, V-8 for the regular GT's, and the Cobra engine.

The cobra engine has more HP than the gt v8?

Manual vs automatic isn't a problem. And, now that I have looked at that link I really like the 2003 Cobra SVT 10th Aniversery Edition in Silver Metallic, convertible.

Is that prerry much the top of the line as mustangs go in that year (2000-2003) range? Did they still make the Saleen mustangs then and what years?


 

sniperruff

Lifer
Apr 17, 2002
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Originally posted by: F22 Raptor
Originally posted by: Pacfanweb
If you are looking only at Cobras, there is only one engine available for them. It will differ in some years, but in any specific year there is only one Cobra engine.

If you are open to most any 'Stang, then you really need to do some serious looking around.

Engine-wise, however, there are usually only 3, maybe 4 engines...6-cylinder, V-8 for the regular GT's, and the Cobra engine.

The cobra engine has more HP than the gt v8?

Manual vs automatic isn't a problem. And, now that I have looked at that link I really like the 2003 Cobra SVT 10th Aniversery Edition in Silver Metallic, convertible.

Is that prerry much the top of the line as mustangs go in that year (2000-2003) range? Did they still make the Saleen mustangs then and what years?

saleen>cobra>GT

AFAIK saleen makes them every year

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this looks like a great deal... looks a bit weird ?
 

Pacfanweb

Lifer
Jan 2, 2000
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Originally posted by: sniperruff
Originally posted by: F22 Raptor
Originally posted by: Pacfanweb
If you are looking only at Cobras, there is only one engine available for them. It will differ in some years, but in any specific year there is only one Cobra engine.

If you are open to most any 'Stang, then you really need to do some serious looking around.

Engine-wise, however, there are usually only 3, maybe 4 engines...6-cylinder, V-8 for the regular GT's, and the Cobra engine.

The cobra engine has more HP than the gt v8?

Manual vs automatic isn't a problem. And, now that I have looked at that link I really like the 2003 Cobra SVT 10th Aniversery Edition in Silver Metallic, convertible.

Is that prerry much the top of the line as mustangs go in that year (2000-2003) range? Did they still make the Saleen mustangs then and what years?

saleen>cobra>GT

AFAIK saleen makes them every year

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Yes, the Cobra is the top dog in Mustangs.
A Saleen is a modified Mustang. And they aren't always better, not every year, but they ARE usually more expensive new.
You're better off to take a Cobra and modify it...you'll spank a Saleen then.
 

SVT Cobra

Lifer
Mar 29, 2005
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Originally posted by: Pacfanweb
Originally posted by: sniperruff
Originally posted by: F22 Raptor
Originally posted by: Pacfanweb
If you are looking only at Cobras, there is only one engine available for them. It will differ in some years, but in any specific year there is only one Cobra engine.

If you are open to most any 'Stang, then you really need to do some serious looking around.

Engine-wise, however, there are usually only 3, maybe 4 engines...6-cylinder, V-8 for the regular GT's, and the Cobra engine.

The cobra engine has more HP than the gt v8?

Manual vs automatic isn't a problem. And, now that I have looked at that link I really like the 2003 Cobra SVT 10th Aniversery Edition in Silver Metallic, convertible.

Is that prerry much the top of the line as mustangs go in that year (2000-2003) range? Did they still make the Saleen mustangs then and what years?

saleen>cobra>GT

AFAIK saleen makes them every year

Text
Yes, the Cobra is the top dog in Mustangs.
A Saleen is a modified Mustang. And they aren't always better, not every year, but they ARE usually more expensive new.
You're better off to take a Cobra and modify it...you'll spank a Saleen then.
Yeah the Saleen looks a little too modifed for my taste. Thanks for the info.

About how much would a 2003 SVT run me at an auction with 50,000 miles? 100,000 miles?
 

mattlear

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I've got an 01 Cobra.

The saleens are generally modified v8 GT engines - I think they are still SOHC.

I believe in 2001, the Cobra came with an aluminum block 4.6 v8 w/ DOHC. In 03 and 04, they switched to an iron block because those cobras came with a roots style blower (Eaton) from the factory. Since Ford has to offer a warranty on the vehicle, they supposedly switched to the iron block because of the pressure buildup due to the factory installed supercharger.

Also, another difference between the Cobras and the GTs are the rear axle. The GT has a solid rear axle, which is supposedly better for drag racing. The Cobra has an Independent Rear Suspension axle, which makes it better suited for road courses (autocross).

You should also take a look at the Mach 1 - I believe it's basically the same engine as the 01 cobra, but with a solid rear axle.

I hope I got my info mostly right!

-Matt

 

tfinch2

Lifer
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I like the previous gen Mustang Mach 1's with the gunmetal billet wheels and shaker hood.
 

bwatson283

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the gt and the cobra has the same block and just a tad more options.
Cobra has a better rear end, and a supercharger, and a better clutch for the supercharger.

I love mustangs!
I had a 97 3.8 v6, that i modified the hell out of for my first car and mod projects.
Bigger TB
Custom Exhaust
Custom intake
Dual platium plugs and better wires
Computer chip
 

SVT Cobra

Lifer
Mar 29, 2005
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Would anyone else care to comment?

I drove one today at a lot, and I believe so but I am just checking, are all Mustang's steering a little gummy? I drove a Shelby GTH recently and it was better than the 2003 I drove.
 

JonTheBaller

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Originally posted by: bwatson283
the gt and the cobra has the same block and just a tad more options.
Cobra has a better rear end, and a supercharger, and a better clutch for the supercharger.
The bottom end of the 03-04 Cobras is different. It's an iron block, not aluminum, and has higher quality forged internals.
 

foghorn67

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Originally posted by: F22 Raptor
Would anyone else care to comment?

I drove one today at a lot, and I believe so but I am just checking, are all Mustang's steering a little gummy? I drove a Shelby GTH recently and it was better than the 2003 I drove.

the new generations steering is awesome. And yes, the others you drove are known to have bad feedback and 'feel'.
IMHO, the 03/04 is a steal. Bolt-ons can make that baby almost 500hp to the wheels.
Just be careful.[/quote]

--edit-03/04 Cobras are a steal...
 

Gabornski

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Since we have the mustang experts here, which will retain more value as a collector car. A saleen or a GT500?
 

CVSiN

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Originally posted by: F22 Raptor
Would anyone else care to comment?

I drove one today at a lot, and I believe so but I am just checking, are all Mustang's steering a little gummy? I drove a Shelby GTH recently and it was better than the 2003 I drove.

no it should not be gummy.. it should feel very stout and precise..

and the 2006 Shelby GTH (even the regular GT) are in a whole nother class than the older GTs and Cobras..
the new stangs are much faster and feel alot better in general..
if I could afford a used 2003 Cobra i would take that cash and out it down on a 2006 GT instead..
worlds of difference...
word of advice... run far far away from Ford Automatics they are absolute garbage...specially in the stangs..

 

SVT Cobra

Lifer
Mar 29, 2005
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Originally posted by: CVSiN
Originally posted by: F22 Raptor
Would anyone else care to comment?

I drove one today at a lot, and I believe so but I am just checking, are all Mustang's steering a little gummy? I drove a Shelby GTH recently and it was better than the 2003 I drove.

no it should not be gummy.. it should feel very stout and precise..

and the 2006 Shelby GTH (even the regular GT) are in a whole nother class than the older GTs and Cobras..
the new stangs are much faster and feel alot better in general..
if I could afford a used 2003 Cobra i would take that cash and out it down on a 2006 GT instead..
worlds of difference...
word of advice... run far far away from Ford Automatics they are absolute garbage...specially in the stangs..

Yeah I figure if I am going to splurge and spend ~25k for a the 10th aniversary SVT, I better get a manual, instead of spending the planned ~28k for a used gt. It's the two-tone seats that hooked me in.


Just curious, some mustangs (seems like it doens't matter the model) have the cobra indent or mustang indent painted, other do not on the rear bumper. Why is this? I would prefer to get one painted black, but I have only found a few SVT's with it.
 

CVSiN

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Originally posted by: F22 Raptor
Originally posted by: CVSiN
Originally posted by: F22 Raptor
Would anyone else care to comment?

I drove one today at a lot, and I believe so but I am just checking, are all Mustang's steering a little gummy? I drove a Shelby GTH recently and it was better than the 2003 I drove.

no it should not be gummy.. it should feel very stout and precise..

and the 2006 Shelby GTH (even the regular GT) are in a whole nother class than the older GTs and Cobras..
the new stangs are much faster and feel alot better in general..
if I could afford a used 2003 Cobra i would take that cash and out it down on a 2006 GT instead..
worlds of difference...
word of advice... run far far away from Ford Automatics they are absolute garbage...specially in the stangs..

Yeah I figure if I am going to splurge and spend ~25k for a the 10th aniversary SVT, I better get a manual, instead of spending the planned ~28k for a used gt. It's the two-tone seats that hooked me in.


Just curious, some mustangs (seems like it doens't matter the model) have the cobra indent or mustang indent painted, other do not on the rear bumper. Why is this? I would prefer to get one painted black, but I have only found a few SVT's with it.

you're talking about the letters on the rear bumper saying Cobra or Mustang GT?
if so its just an after market sticker peeps put in the inlay..
you can get whatever color you want on Ebay.
 

SVT Cobra

Lifer
Mar 29, 2005
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Originally posted by: CVSiN
Originally posted by: F22 Raptor
Originally posted by: CVSiN
Originally posted by: F22 Raptor
Would anyone else care to comment?

I drove one today at a lot, and I believe so but I am just checking, are all Mustang's steering a little gummy? I drove a Shelby GTH recently and it was better than the 2003 I drove.

no it should not be gummy.. it should feel very stout and precise..

and the 2006 Shelby GTH (even the regular GT) are in a whole nother class than the older GTs and Cobras..
the new stangs are much faster and feel alot better in general..
if I could afford a used 2003 Cobra i would take that cash and out it down on a 2006 GT instead..
worlds of difference...
word of advice... run far far away from Ford Automatics they are absolute garbage...specially in the stangs..

Yeah I figure if I am going to splurge and spend ~25k for a the 10th aniversary SVT, I better get a manual, instead of spending the planned ~28k for a used gt. It's the two-tone seats that hooked me in.


Just curious, some mustangs (seems like it doens't matter the model) have the cobra indent or mustang indent painted, other do not on the rear bumper. Why is this? I would prefer to get one painted black, but I have only found a few SVT's with it.

you're talking about the letters on the rear bumper saying Cobra or Mustang GT?
if so its just an after market sticker peeps put in the inlay..
you can get whatever color you want on Ebay.

Yeah that's what I am talking about. Are the after market stickers hard to find?