Used 1999 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra


Pros & Cons

  • Balanced chassis, yowling V8, quality sound system.
  • Anonymous rental car styling outside, too much plastic inside, heavy clutch effort, awkward seating position for shorter drivers.
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Vehicle overview

Like the rest of the Mustang lineup, the Cobra received an entire exterior redo this year that includes angular sheet metal, new headlights and taillights, different side scoops and revised C-pillars. The big news, however, is the under-the-skin changes that include increased engine output, improved steering gear and the debut of a more sophisticated rear suspension.

Tired of being beat in the power game by the V8 Camaro and Firebird twins, Ford has beefed up the SVT Cobra considerably for this year. Not only does this pony feature more horsepower (320 at 6,000 rpm) than before, but it comes standard with independent rear suspension, a first in the Mustang's 35-year history.

Since 1994, the 'Stang has offered drivers and passengers supportive upright front chairs, well-placed controls, clear views out the front and side windows and nice dashboard and seat materials, and the new Cobra continues that tradition. Ford has upped the ante for sports car comfort in 1999, giving the driver and front passenger seats an additional inch of aft adjustment. Also making seat adjustment easier is the improved placement of the power seat controls.

The Mustang's driving experience is enhanced by new steering gear, which reduces kickback, gives the car a tighter turning radius, and increases road feel. The independent rear suspension gives the newest Cobra better control and ride quality over bumps, especially when they're located in the middle of a turn.

The Mustang has always been crashworthy, offering drivers and front seat passengers the highest level of protection as rated by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA). This year Ford increases the Mustang's ability to stay out of a wreck by offering all-speed traction control on the car for the first time. Ford thoughtfully provided a traction control defeat switch so that the juvenile urge to light up the tires can be satisfied.

Ford's Mustang has one of the most recognizable nameplates on the road. The improved horsepower, updated exterior and revised interior mean that it will likely maintain its spot in the hearts of American buyers. If the rumors at GM are true about the cancellation of the F-body Camaro and Firebird, this may be the only pony car left for the new millennium.

1999 Highlights

A new SVT Cobra debuts, boasting 320 ponies, an independent rear suspension and the fresh but controversial styling that all Mustangs received this year.


Overallundefined / 5

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 1999 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra.

Average user rating: 4.5 stars
31 total reviews
5 star reviews: 64%
4 star reviews: 26%
3 star reviews: 10%
2 star reviews: 0%
1 star reviews: 0%

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Most helpful consumer reviews

4.75/5 stars, 1999 Cobra # 60 of 4040
2dr Coupe
Bought this car as a College graduation gift for myself. It is my baby never seen rain / or snow in the time that I have owned it. Bought the car with 28K on it and now has 47. I only drive this car when I want, fun to drive and still get complements wherever I go. Gas mileage is great for what the car is. Paint is good for a Ford product. Awesome brakes and predictable road manners. No major issues with the car other than an A/C pressure switch. I lowered mine and changed the exhaust from heads to the tail pipes. Stock shifter was awful felt like I was rowing a boat. Cannot beat the sound of a American V8, tons of power above 3000 rpm.
5/5 stars, Careful this snake might bite
Jake R,
2dr Coupe
Do your research. I've been a fan of mustangs ever since I was little. It's always been a car that's caught my eye. I bought a 2005 v6 mustang before this. Now I have a 1999 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra. This car is not just a car. This vehicle has a soul and she wants to show you get soul every time you push the clutch in. With every rev from that American v8 you hear her ancestors speaking in such harmony you just want to keep driving. There are no cons to be had here. Don't hesitate buy a piece of American history today!
4.5/5 stars, Still Looks Good
2dr Coupe
Great car bought it with 28000 miles in 05. Have only had a single problem. Insurance is cheep. With the recall and short production run. Haggerty considers it an exotic. (99 cobra only $500 year full coverage) Now has 47,000 only issue that I have had is AC pressure switch. Fixed it my self for $50. Stock shifter was junk and replaced that. Stops on a dime great brakes. Good gas mileage for what it is (If you want good gas mileage get a Honda)
4.5/5 stars, 1999 SVT
Michael Margareci,
2dr Coupe
I can not believe that this car is 7 years old and yet I still enjoy driving it every summer. Honestly it is by far the most trouble free sports car I have ever owned. I would highly recommend Ford’s SVT’s products to anyone considering purchasing a high horsepower fun car. Make no mistake this car is scary fast in stock form and like any vehicle that makes over 300 hp it must be treated with respect. Ford’s hand built 32 valve motor is a joy to wring out and let stretch it legs. Mustang SVT’s are a blank canvas that every owner can and should modify to their own unique taste. Just drive one and you will not be disappointed.

Features & Specs

2dr ConvertibleN/A
MPG 15 city / 22 hwy
Seats 0
5-speed manual
320 hp @ 6000 rpm
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IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact TestNot Tested
Roof Strength TestNot Tested
Rear Crash Protection / Head RestraintNot Tested
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test


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    Used 1999 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra Overview

    The Used 1999 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra is offered in the following submodels: Mustang SVT Cobra Coupe, Mustang SVT Cobra Convertible. Available styles include 2dr Coupe, and 2dr Convertible.

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    1999 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra 2dr Convertible

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