2003 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra 2dr Coupe (4.6L 8cyl S/C 6M)
I thought some long term appraisal was in order. Engine, clutch, transmission, drivetrain all holding up well considering my driving. Clutch is still stiff but my g/f doesn't complain a bit. It's somewhat unrefined but you can get decent gas mileage if you choose. It rides decent especially at 70, the seats are tight, they got better but they hold you in the corners. You can idle around town all day; just a regular car so it seems. It's a Mustang people with a great engine, pretty good drivetrain. You want to go fast cheap? This is it. You want old big engine performance? You got it with especially with a few mods. Get 26 mpg on highway or see the gas gauge go down. Your choice. I like choices.
What can I say -- #1 is the engine, get a smaller pulley, k&n, exhaust, you have about 440 rear wheel hp docile as can be. Garage guys can get much more, you better buy some better tires though.
A better shifter, a bit wider driver seat, refinement on the IRS and/or a choice. A lighter aluminum or carbon fiber hood. Better tires. A CD player with mp3 capability.