1997 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra 4.6 32v DOHC from North America
Met all my expectations, look forward to driving it
I bought this car off the original owner. He never winter drove it and never parked it outside overnight. Even most days when not driven, it was parked in the garage.
So it's almost like brand new and it runs like it. Never had a check engine light or any other warning lights go off.
The 4.6 DOHC feels larger than it is, and it loves to rev. Its best power is over 3500 RPM, but it's no slouch down low. Saying that, it can't match the low end of a Camaro 5.7 LT1. It's a smooth engine that sounds great under power, like a muffled race car engine.
The exhaust note is very good for factory, and has a pleasing sound.
The T45 shifts nicely, but does have longish throws and has to be man handled some times! It's no Honda gearbox, but it's pretty good. The clutch is nice and easy to engage smoothly. It's an easy car to master launching.
You'll be surprised by the ride. It's smooth and supple like a Cadillac, but not the floaty ones. Takes bumps and imperfections very well. Doesn't beat you up at all. The down side is this is no auto cross car; too much body roll. But this can be addressed with some lowering springs and some struts/shocks. This would cure the horrible tire to fender gap! It sits high and looks like it! I plan on lowering it 1.5 inches.
The seats look good, but offer no support. Good for a long trip, but lousy for performance driving. No lateral support or upper back.
The car does run warm in slow traffic, sometimes right against the last line on the gauge. This has me considering an upgraded radiator and lower temp t-stat.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 18th September, 2014