I've owned this black 2003 Cobra convertible for about 8 months. I haven't had any problems. Since moving to Florida, I was looking for a convertible. The car shakes a little (probably because it's a convertible). It has plenty of power, but feels HEAVY. The stock exhaust is too quiet.
Convertible, horsepower, torque, sound system.
Less shake better plastics and fit in the interior, sticky tires with a longer tread life, darn wheelhop.
I found my Cobra in June, 2004 after she was a showroom princess for over a year. Not only is the 2003 supercharged Cobra all the reviews say they are, they're off the scale in fun to drive. I've added a Bassani exhaust system (headers/H-pipe w/catback, 4" tips), K&N air filter, 2.8" supercharger pulley and Xcalibrator chip and now pull a true 428 rwhp. It's hard to get this in any other vehicle comparitably priced, and yes, my friends, it is a Ford. This car garners as much attention as my Harley does, and it's show quality. Nice job, Blue Oval.
Instant throttle response. Deep exhaust tones. Quick convertible ops. Awesome high speed handling. Super sporty styling for a 10 year old platform. Classic American bloodlines. Top notch factory and owners association.
It's a little late for this model. I'll check out the 2007 1/2'ish new model Cobra convertibles and let you know.
My '03 convertible has justified the
term Fix Or Repair Daily. Without
warning, the car will turn-off as I am
driving. Mind you, it's in gear at
the time. Of course, the steering
wheel locks and I loose power-assist
braking. Let's just say "VERY
SCARY". It's already had the
alternator replaced at my local
dealership and continues to do the
same. They obviously don't know how
to fix it, but it's going back in
tomorrow for the 3rd time. Linear
acceleration is great, but don't even
get me started on the tranny/clutch.
My service advisors say that they are
aware of the "chatter" that emanates
from the tranny/clutch, but can only
say it's "supposed to do
Tear it down and rebuild.......oops,
you already did that....let's keep our
fingers crossed, not that I'll buy
another FORD again. I'm 0 for 2 with
them, and won't be bitten a 3rd time.
Unfortunately, I would recommend
against purchasing this car. The
transmission has been serviced 6 times
since purchase and the convertible
top, twice. The car left me on the
road the second day I had it. To make
matters worse, Don Bohn Ford refused
to repair the car. Currently, the car
is pending replacement from the Ford
Arbitration board and I may have to
seek an attorney to replace it.
Transmission should be compatible with
the size of the engine. What good is
390HP if the bearing, flywheel and
clutch cannot handle it?
The Cobra can be just another car or
step on the hammer and take off like a
rocket. It even sounds like one
(Supercharger).Don't waste time
comparing it to another car. The '03
Cobra's top speed is governed at 155mph
(170+ w/out it). Compare it to a
Cessna: seats 4 & it does
Cobra's traction control switch is
fun.Keep it on and it behaves somewhat
civilized. Turn it off and wheels spin,
smoke comes out of the tires. Also a
locking differential (if wheel spins
torque is sent to the wheel w
traction). The snake unlike a
roadster lets you take the kids/dog
along for a ride. And taking rides you
will:To go get bread or milk (next
If you are looking for the "european
sedan or European sports car feel" go
somewhere else. Even with Traction
Control on you just never run out of
passing oomph at any speed (all six of
them). Again, this is about power. And
about fun. You can drive it mild or
Ford/SVT should offer 50% discount to
current owners. This way we can buy
another one for our significant others
so they leave ours alone. Or just so
that we can have a coupe AND a
convertible. The 03 Cobra at 390
horsepower just doesnt get any better
for the price