Used 2003 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra


$16,995 - $25,976
2003 Ford Mustang

2003 Highlights

Heavily updated is the 2003 SVT Mustang Cobra, which makes 390 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque thanks to the addition of an Eaton supercharger. A new six-speed manual transmission drives the rear wheels through a 3.55 rear axle ratio. Larger wheels and tires come standard, along with stiffer springs and a tubular cross brace. Cobra convertibles have a cloth top, while both cars get new seats with upgraded leather and suede upholstery. A limited-production Mach 1 model arrives later in the year with a massaged 4.6-liter V8 engine making at least 300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque, a functional shaker hood with ram-air scoop, black striping, unique leather seating and retro-design Magnum 500 alloy wheels, and, of course, a Mach 460 audio system. Mach 1 can be ordered in a variety of colors with either a manual or automatic transmission. Like the Mustang Bullitt before it, the Mach 1 comes with a lowered, retuned suspension and additional frame rail connectors for a stiffer body. Large 13-inch Brembo front rotors and upgraded calipers are standard.

Standard V6 and V8 GT models change little for 2003. A V6 Pony Package includes 16-inch polished alloy wheels and the GT's scooped hood. All V6 models get a new hood design, and four new colors debut.


Pros

  • Available V8 power, variety of trim levels, healthy dose of American attitude.

Cons

  • Archaic structure, aged design.

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Used 2003 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra for Sale

Ford Mustang 2003 59,831 miles
Used 2003Ford Mustang
List:$5,995
Est.Loan: $123/mo
Ford Mustang 2003 GT Deluxe 2dr Convertible (4.6L 8cyl 5M) Dark Shadow Grey Clearcoat Metallic 73,800 miles
Used 2003Ford MustangGT Deluxe
List:$6,999
Est.Loan: $143/mo
American Auto Mall
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Ford Mustang 2003 Premium 2dr Convertible (3.8L 6cyl 4A) Dark Shadow Grey Clearcoat Metallic 84,287 miles
Used 2003Ford MustangPremium
List:$5,768
Est.Loan: $118/mo
Pasadena Pre-Owned
51.4 mi away
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Dealer Notes

CLEAN, LOW MILEAGE, and WELL MAINTAINED!! This Mustang has it all and has the power to get you there! The styling of this vehicle is impeccable and the color and wheels pair together perfectly! If you are looking for a car that will have you feeling all the power behind the wheel this is the one!

Redfire Clearcoat Dark Charcoal w/Medium Parchment92,318 miles
Used 2003Ford MustangSVT Cobra
List:$16,995
Est.Loan: $310/mo
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2003 FORD MUSTANG**SVT COBRA**COUPE**CLEAN CARFAX**4.6L SUPERCHARGED V8**6-SPEED MANUAL**LEATHER/SUEDE INTERIOR**PREMIUM WHEELS**CD CHANGER**KEYLESS ENTRY**POWER OPTIONS**390 HORSEPOWER!** Powered By A Supercharged 4.6L V8 Engine Producing A Heart Racing 390 Horsepower With 6-Speed Manual Transmission, This 2003 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra Is The Definition Of American Muscle! 100% Backed By A Clean And Clear CARFAX History Report Showing No Accidents Or Odometer Issues Of Any Kind, This Cobra Comes Loaded Up With Black/Tan 2-Tone Leather/Suede Interior, Keyless Entry, Power Options Including Power Windows, Mirrors And Door Locks, Cruise Control, 6-Disc In-Dash CD Changer, FLOWMASTER Dual Exhaust, Premium SVT Wheels And More! Excellent Financing Options Available For ALL Credit Levels! Act Now By Calling Us At 540-891-6611 To Set Up A Test Drive! We Look Forward To Earning Your Business! - Air Conditioning| Climate Control| Cruise Control| Power Steering| Power Windows| Power Door Locks| Power Mirrors| Leather Steering Wheel| Leather Shifter| Digital Info Center| Tilt Steering Wheel| Driver Airbag| Passenger Airbag| Keyless Entry| Security System| ABS Brakes| Traction Control| Rear Defogger| Fog Lights| Intermittent Wipers| AM/FM| CD Player| CD Changer| Anti-Theft| Leather/Suede Interior Surface| 12v Power Outlet| Chrome Exhaust Tips| Cup Holders| Premium Sound| Premium Wheels| Rear Spoiler| Rear Spoiler - Contact IMPERIAL AUTO Sales at 540-891-6611 or info@myimperialauto.com for more information. -

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Used 2003Ford MustangMach 1 Premuim
List:$12,350
Est.Loan: $252/mo
208,405 miles
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Redfire Clearcoat Dark Charcoal w/Medium Graphite37,503 miles
Used 2003Ford MustangSVT Cobra
List:$25,976
Est.Loan: $473/mo
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Features & Specs

SVT Cobra 2dr Convertible (4.6L 8cyl S/C 6M)SVT Cobra 2dr Coupe (4.6L 8cyl S/C 6M)
MPG1717
Seating44
Transmission6-speed manual6-speed manual
Fuelgasgas
Horsepower390 hp @ 6000 rpm390 hp @ 6000 rpm

Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

    OverallNot Rated
    Driver5/5
    Passenger5/5
  • Side Crash Rating

    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating

    OverallNot Rated
    Driver3/5
    Passenger3/5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings

    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover

    Rollover5/5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated

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Not so impressed....
Well, after owning 3 Stangs prior to this one I had high expectations. It's best described as a love-hate relationship. I love the car, the power and the road respect you get from simply owning a Cobra but I HATE to drive it. The seat is a little too bolstered (I am only a 6', 190lb guy), the clutch is so stiff it gives my leg an occasional cramp and the shifter is clunky and difficult to reach. It's a shame, so much effort went into performance which was way overdue...but didn't put any effort into the ergonomics. Is it too much to ask for power and comfort? Oh, and the paint sucks. Already had in in the paint booth 3 times fixing factory crap.I guess so. Hope they do better in 2007
Should Have gotten a ZO6
Ok hear I bought a Codra for about 33 grand.Well I wanted a car tnat was sporty and good on streets. So I tour the front bummper going over a pot hole at about 10 to 13 mph.And ever since then the car been falling apart. My freands 2001 Corvette ZO6 never hade this probloms.
2003 Cobra
I drive for fun and use as a work car. The only problem I have had with the car is a noisy rear end which the dealer replaced under warranty within the first year. I am making about 500 rear wheel HP with pulley/chip, etc. I twisted a spline on the left half shaft at the drag strip with drag radials. That is the only problems I have had. This car is the most fun to drive, easiest to modify, and the most controllable car I have driven. It has never gotten out of control no matter how hard I drive it, wet or dry!
More About This Model

It's been 33 years since the original Mach 1 Mustang hit the streets, but ask anyone who's ever seen one and they'll describe it as if it were sitting right in front of them. With its menacing shaker hood scoop (named so because it was mounted on the engine and therefore "shook" when the throttle was blipped), flat black body trim and optional 428 Cobra Jet V8, the original '69 Mach 1 was certainly a sight to behold and a competitor to be feared. Among the various Mustangs produced during the muscle car era of the late '60s and early '70s, the Mach 1 stood out from the rest -- and still does to this day.

For 2003, the Mach 1 is back again, this time as part of Ford's "Living Legends" lineup. The idea is simple: take some of the most memorable Ford vehicles of the past and recreate them for modern-day consumption. Maintain the style and performance that made each particular model a legend, but do it in a way that not only pays homage to the original but improves upon it as well.

Never having piloted an original Mach 1, our impressions of the new model don't have the added insight of direct comparison, but like most attempts to recreate the past, the modern version is probably dead-on in numerous ways and not even close in others. One look and it's obvious that there wasn't much stylistic license used when it came to the exterior. It's got the shaker hood scoop, the air dam and the black rear deck spoiler just like the original. The extended rocker panels are there, too, along with side scoops and all-new 17-inch wheels similar in style to the original mags used in '69. It doesn't have the awe-inspiring presence of the original but the modern demands of aerodynamics and fuel efficiency don't always allow for the proportions and size that made yesterday's street machines so visually dynamic.

The all-new engine could be accused of the same lack of character if it weren't for the fact that it generates nearly as much horsepower as the top-shelf 428 did in its day. The ultramodern dual-overhead cam V8 extracts a very respectable 305 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque from its comparatively small 281 cubic inches of displacement. Combine that with significantly better mileage and less maintenance and air conditioning and...well, you get the picture.

Credit for the extra 45 horsepower over the standard 4.6 can be attributed to high-flow four-valve heads, higher compression (10.1:1), specially calibrated camshafts and port-matched exhaust manifolds. A specially tuned stainless steel exhaust system finished off with chrome tips completes the upgrades. It sounds burly enough to wear "Mach 1" badges, but we would venture to guess that the original still holds a slight advantage in this area.

Anyone who's acclimated to the standard 4.6 in the GT will notice the Mach 1's extra juice immediately. Unlike the revisions in the Bullitt Mustang that resulted in barely discernable differences in power, the Mach's substantial improvements return results you can feel. The Mach 1 is also aided by a shorter 3.55:1 final drive ratio, so sub-14 second quarter-mile times shouldn't be much of a problem. The Mach uses the same five-speed manual transmission found in the Bullitt, although a standard four-speed automatic is offered as well.

Suspension upgrades for the live axle Mach are nearly identical to those used on the Bullitt. Higher-rate front and rear springs lower the car half an inch, while specially tuned Tokico gas-pressurized shocks provide the dampening. The front stabilizer bar is carried over from the GT (23mm) while the rear gets a solid 23mm bar in place of GT's hollow unit. The Mach 1 also uses the same brake system upgrades as the Bullitt with 13-inch Brembo rotors and calipers (painted black) up front and slightly larger rear rotors (11.6 inches) as well.

Not surprisingly, the Mach 1 performs much like the Bullitt, with a tighter, more stable feel in the corners and a slightly stiffer ride everywhere else. The beefier brakes are a welcomed improvement, but they're still not powerful enough for serious track duty as they faded considerably after repeated hot laps. Those gathered for our media preview drive recalled that the Bullitt seemed to feel more balanced on the track, but the Mach definitely has an edge when it comes to usable power.

Although we spent most of our time behind the wheel staring at the rumbling hood scoop, we did manage to take in some of the Mach 1's throwback styling cues. The black leather "comfortweave" seats look like respectable reproductions of the original trim (albeit with considerably more lateral support), while the retro gauges make for a clean-looking instrument cluster. An optional interior trim package includes gray accents for the instrument panel, center stack and shift bezel in addition to aluminum pedals and an aluminum shift ball and boot ring. The extra dose of shimmering trim brightens up the otherwise unremarkable interior, so if you're planning on buying one don't forget to mark this $300 option.

With only 6,500 Mach 1s scheduled for production, they're likely to fly off the lots as fast as they tear down the drag strip. While the modern version isn't exactly the street king that the original version was, it still has more than enough guts under the hood to rattle a few nerves and put a smile on your face. But then again, like so many other recreations of late-'60s legends, the new Mach is missing that aura of originality that can't be added like an options package. For those who experienced it firsthand, it will never be the same, but for those who only had the chance to admire the original Mach 1 from the pages of a magazine or a dealer brochure, this all-new "living legend" is a dream come true.

Used 2003 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra Overview

The Used 2003 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra is offered in the following styles: SVT Cobra 2dr Convertible (4.6L 8cyl S/C 6M), and SVT Cobra 2dr Coupe (4.6L 8cyl S/C 6M).

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