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Mach 1 or Cobra

2003 Mach 1 50,000 miles, 11k

2001 Cobra convertible 50,000 miles, 11k

Both all original and in excellent condition. Which would you pick and why?


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If the Cobra was an 03/04 it would be my choice but with your choices I would go with the Mach1.


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I'd take the Mach. Solid rear axle, and that sexy shaker.

The Cobra is factory rated at 320hp compared to the Mach at 305 though.
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What are your intended purposes and likely modding plans for the car?

In stock trim they are fairly equal performers. Really comes down to if you want the durability of solid axle or ride quality and handling of an independent rearend.


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I wouldnt mod either of them, just enjoy them.

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I'd pick the Mach because I love that shaker. Plus, it's a slightly newer car...not that it really matters with those two. With a few rear suspension mods you can get it a little smoother. Quality control arms make a big difference with that design. It was very noticeable in my '01 Bullitt. Add a short throw shifter as well and taller rear end and she'll move out. What color is the Mach? Here's a nice spec sheet, just in case. 2003 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Specifications


Someone remind me, wasn't there an issue with the '01 Cobra HP ratings or am I mixing up with the 99-00 years?

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I believe the 99 Cobras had horsepower issues. And they were recalled for a fix for the issue. I don't know what the issue was though.
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Something to do with the intake manifold. One of the magazines, Motor Trend I think it was, put one on a chassis dyno (after the car not performing as well as they thought it would or should given a 320hp rating) and observed a measurement that didn't jive with the typical or assumed 15% loss between the flywheel and tires. At least that is my limited understanding of how the situation unfolded....

Edit.... Here's an article on the Cobra issue 1999 Mustang Cobra Horsepower Snafu - 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 Ford Mustang | HowStuffWorks


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I was going to say Mach because I tend to shy away from convertibles but if the top was well cared for and the car is in good condition everywhere else I would lean towards the Cobra. From what I read the Mach cranks are forged on manual cars but if you are not modding, that is a non-issue. The 15hp difference is also negligible. If you dyno the Mach and want more power out of it, simple intake & exhaust mods and a good tune will close the gap. Factory power ratings should be taken with a grain of salt anyway.

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