these cobras have IRS iirc
I may buy a 1999 Mustang Cobra they are asking $9000 plus tax and fees so about 10k. the car has 73k miles, leather in good shape, about $1-1500 under book value, it has a flowmaster catback, very clean engine bay, no dings, no scratches except for the rear bumper which has light scuff marks probably needs to respray but ok for now, paint is in great shape otherwise. This car would be mostly a toy and driven less than 6k miles a year. I would add a tuner, H-pipe, pulleys, intake, Mach 1 chin spoiler, smoked headlights, modify the suspension; way too much wheel gap, and rear wheel spacers would be added. One of the motor mounts or tranny mounts felt loose when I drove it but the dealer would fix that, put in a new battery, and perform basic fluid changes. the motor felt very strong, going to take it to my mechanic for inspection. I have a $10k price point no more so can't afford the "Terminator" the 03-04 models. may need tires in a few months but good for now. Is this worth it? I think so because its in good shape, low miles for the year, and unmolested barely any modifications. What do you mustang owners think and of course anyone else who wants to chime in.
I got this from a random google link because I remember there was issues with the 1999 Cobras. I think the main point here is to get the vin and see if you can find out if this stuff was performed. The 1999 cars didn't come close to the 320 advertised hp.
***He needs to call 1-800-FORD-SVT. Think that's the number. He needs to fax proof that he is the owner if they don't recognize him as the owner.
The "program" was to upgrade the power output to what was stated in their adverisments. It was a Cobra specific recall for 1999.
It included a new intake manifold, cat back, belt tensioner, and PCM reflash.
Best thing he can do is call SVT and give them his VIN. They will be able to tell if it was done.
There was also a knuckle recall. This definitely should be checked out. The dealer should be able to find that out, or again, ask SVT. This recall is the most serious.
Finally there was a sway bar modification. They install a clamp to limit the side to side movement of the rear sway bar when going over an uneven surface while turning. A loud "clack" was heard.***
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to OP, I say go for it. i know absolutely nothing about Mustangs though, so my opinion shouldnt be considered.
Any Mustang with IRS should be fun to drive. I also dont think that they will depreciate any further, so its not like you will "lose" too much money.
If it's a clean, no accident car with good rubber that's a pretty solid deal right there. My 1996 was a joy to own; extremely reliable car.
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The car looks nice. I'd go for it.
Everything to get the most from the IRS can be found here. http://www.fulltiltboogieracing.com/irs.htm
I'd like to do a IRS and six speed swap on my 98.
I have read in various places the 99 also got the Teksid block as well, even some early production 2001's got them according to SVT. Car should be a solid platform, 2 owners all in my state, no accidents, no issues reported, passed emissions, and no rental car duty. sounds solid according to CarFax and autocheck. 13 year old muscle car with 73k miles not bad you cold tell car was'nt daily driven probably second car or something.
I had the first or second '99 Cobra in Texas... put a lot of miles on it, tracked it, modified the suspension, etc. My prior car was a '96 Cobra, which was also good but frankly suffered from the lousy solid axle suspension.
There was a recall, I worked with Ford at the time to get an early kit out and installed on my car.
http://www.drivingenthusiast.net/sec...ix/default.htm The engine picked up a lot afterwards and was much less constricted.
While the IRS works great (I'd never go back to a solid axle or an S197), it very much needed better wheels and tires. I used a set of 17x9s and 275s for this. Note that the offset for the IRS cars is different from the earlier SN95s. The wheels are moved a bit further out, and the 99 and up body allows 17x9s and 275s without resorting to camber changes to tuck them under the fenders.
You'll note the leather cracking in your car... not a thing that can be done about that. It's simply Ford's cheap leather. There is replacement leather.. but what you really need are better seats. I used a pair of Recaro SRDs in mine.
It's a nice car, and a rare bit of Ford history. Go for it.
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I like the Cobras but it's one of my least favorite body style mustangs. Just one notch above Mustang II. But the performance is pretty sweet and they sound good.
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