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Is the SVT worth it?

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I have a plain 02 V6 Mustang currently. Love her, but want more. That V6 power isn't cutting it for me.

I'm torn on what my better option should be.

Originally I was thinking of tracking down a decent 03 SVT Cobra because that thing is pushing 400+ HP.
But a friend of mine who happens to be a car guy, said that would be a bad idea because the SVT is designed to be treated as a performance car and thus requires performance level maintenance rather than standard every day maintenance. He suggested I just get the regular V8 GT version. Not quite as powerful, but doesn't need the higher level of maintenance.

You guys would know more than him; is he correct?
Should I just go with the regular GT?

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Hey,



My bad if this isn't the best location for this.



I have a plain 02 V6 Mustang currently. Love her, but want more. That V6 power isn't cutting it for me.



I'm torn on what my better option should be.



Originally I was thinking of tracking down a decent 03 SVT Cobra because that thing is pushing 400+ HP.

But a friend of mine who happens to be a car guy, said that would be a bad idea because the SVT is designed to be treated as a performance car and thus requires performance level maintenance rather than standard every day maintenance. He suggested I just get the regular V8 GT version. Not quite as powerful, but doesn't need the higher level of maintenance.



You guys would know more than him; is he correct?

Should I just go with the regular GT?

Have you priced an 03 Cobra?

https://www.carsforsale.com/2003-for...r-sale-C139871
The price gap between an 03 V6 and an 03 cobra is pretty wide my friend.

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I work with a guy who drove an 03 Cobra daily for 8 years. He neglected and maintained it the same as any normal person neglects their daily driver. He'd still be driving it if someone didn't total it while it was parked in his driveway.
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If you can afford the price tag difference an 03 cobra has in comparison to what a gt cost I wouldn't let the maintenance cost be a factor.

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Is the SVT worth it?

For $20k you can get a lot newer GT than an 03 model. The 03/04 cobra is more of a "collector" or "hobby" type of a vehicle. I imagine it'll handle daily driver duty fine, but $20k is pretty decent chunk of change for a 13 year old car. You might have trouble financing one that old, Cobra or not. You might have to get a "personal loan" and $20k might be out of reach for a personal loan depending on your financial situation.


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For $20k you can get a lot newer GT than an 03 model. The 03/04 cobra is more of a "collector" or "hobby" type of a vehicle. I imagine it'll handle daily driver duty fine, but $20k is pretty decent chunk of change for a 13 year old car. You might have trouble financing one that old, Cobra or not. You might have to get a "personal loan" and $20k might be out of reach for a personal loan depending on your financial situation.


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I won't be getting a loan to buy it. I plan to pay cash in full.

But yeah, I realize 20k would buy me a lot of car otherwise. But I have no interest in the 2005-2014 year models though. Those all look bad.
The 2000-2004 body style is nice though. And the updated body style for the 2015+ is amazing.
Besides, the older models keep it simple. lol


But you guys are right, I'm probably going to get plenty of enjoyment with a regular GT model.
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I won't be getting a loan to buy it. I plan to pay cash in full.



But yeah, I realize 20k would buy me a lot of car otherwise. But I have no interest in the 2005-2014 year models though. Those all look bad.

The 2000-2004 body style is nice though. And the updated body style for the 2015+ is amazing.

Besides, the older models keep it simple. lol





But you guys are right, I'm probably going to get plenty of enjoyment with a regular GT model.


Just out of curiosity: Why'd you opt for an '03 V6 the first go round when there's butt-tons of cash laying around? I imagine it wouldn't be that hard to get into a 2015 V6 if you walked in with $20k in your hand. It wouldn't be '03 Cobra fast but it'd be a lot quicker than your current V6, probably as quick or quicker than an a high mile '03 GT, and it'd be new enough to last you awhile without many problems that come along with 10+ year old cars.

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Just out of curiosity: Why'd you opt for an '03 V6 the first go round when there's butt-tons of cash laying around? I imagine it wouldn't be that hard to get into a 2015 V6 if you walked in with $20k in your hand. It wouldn't be '03 Cobra fast but it'd be a lot quicker than your current V6, probably as quick or quicker than an a high mile '03 GT, and it'd be new enough to last you awhile without many problems that come along with 10+ year old cars.

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Well, the Mustang I have now was paid by myself in full as it was only $2800.
But I was also given a deal by my parents. If I finish college with a 4.0 GPA they will help me afford a significant upgrade. So my dad and I were talking about possibly the SVT Cobra.

I'm not spoiled, nor am I rich, but I can't turn down a cool offer like that. lol

But you're right, for a similar amount of money, I could probably look at new V6 models too. Hmm....
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All svt cobras are worth it..

Unless trashed..

03/04..
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All svt cobras are worth it..

Unless trashed..

03/04..


Would you want to drive it everywhere you went and rack up 100k+ miles on one? In my opinion they're "worth it" for a second car or a toy but I think it'd lose its luster and value after a couple years of daily driver duty. Just like any other daily driver, It might not be trashed when he's done with it but I don't think he'd be able to sell it for what he paid.
If he wanted to keep it and get another car once it became too tired to daily drive, which realistically isn't all that long since it's already a 13 year old car, the cobra would be due for a freshening up. At that time the cobra would become a project and he'd start his from ashes to elbows rebuild progress thread. It might be a long thread depending on the financial situation with the new daily driver and general living.

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Would you want to drive it everywhere you went and rack up 100k+ miles on one? In my opinion they're "worth it" for a second car or a toy but I think it'd lose its luster and value after a couple years of daily driver duty. Just like any other daily driver, It might not be trashed when he's done with it but I don't think he'd be able to sell it for what he paid.
If he wanted to keep it and get another car once it became too tired to daily drive, which realistically isn't all that long since it's already a 13 year old car, the cobra would be due for a freshening up. At that time the cobra would become a project and he'd start his from ashes to elbows rebuild progress thread. It might be a long thread depending on the financial situation with the new daily driver and general living.

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I drive mine everywhere..just hit 391k

bet I still get 15k if I sold it..
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I drive mine everywhere..just hit 391k



bet I still get 15k if I sold it..


You think 15k? Hm maybe.


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03/04 Cobra require no more maintenance than a GT... It is an awesome car and has much more potential than the GT with a basically factory built engine... I'd get the Cobra any day over a GT of those years... oh wait I have one


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03/04 Cobra require no more maintenance than a GT... It is an awesome car and has much more potential than the GT with a basically factory built engine... I'd get the Cobra any day over a GT of those years... oh wait I have one

I would too for a weekend toy. I don't want to daily drive a 14 year old vehicle.


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I would too for a weekend toy. I don't want to daily drive a 14 year old vehicle.


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I dunno dude, my current dd is 13 - going on 14 years old ('03 SportTrac Exploder). It's not perfect and needed some maintenance items dealt with not long after got it (brakes, shocks etc) but aside from the same wearing parts a newer vehicle would have I have no issues with it. A lot of that is just luck or educated guesses in selecting a used vehicle that has been well cared for though. The one problem you're sure to have with any older vehicle sooner or later though is "little stuff" like power window motors, some little button somewhere might randomly fall off, etc.

But I get what you're saying. I wouldn't want to dd either of my Mustangs just due to wear n' tear, rock chips on the bumper and hood etc. And it feels more special to drive them the couple times a month that I do than it would if I had seat time everyday.

OP, if you can make the Cobra happen then do it. Try to hang onto your 6'er for the dd and crappy weather stuff, let the Cobra be a weekend toy. Or as another option, since $20K is a bit ridiculous for a 13 year old Mustang you could look into a GT or Mach 1 and put some of the money you saved into making it perform more like a Cobra.

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