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gaffer1997
05-08-2006, 11:44 AM
vert....Need pros and cons on what to look for....currently have a 97

Thanks in advance

mrpork
05-08-2006, 01:14 PM
what do you want to know:thumbsup:

cobrabob
05-08-2006, 01:29 PM
The only con on a o4 is the rear end is harder to get to hook up. 1st gear is usless on the street on street tires. No easy resolve. but ohhh the fun with one of these machines!!!!!!!!!!!

gaffer1997
05-08-2006, 01:44 PM
Basically looking for problems others have had.

Hey, cobrabob

I drove my white 97 up to the fun ford weekend a couple of summers ago. I met you at a rest area on 495. if you are the same cobrabob

mrpork
05-08-2006, 07:56 PM
i love my 04 svt . and first gear is just the start of the fun you can have with it. If you get the chance buy it you wont regreat it :thumbsup:

RedfireSVT
05-08-2006, 09:48 PM
Vert is heavier than a coupe. What exactly are you wanting to know? Pros and Cons vs. what?

tazzracing1
05-08-2006, 11:38 PM
Well I guess the only real problem is traction. I went from a 97 to a 03 and never looked back. The seating is better the seats feel as though they hgger you does take a little getting used to and I like the seating postion better. The ride is better. But here is a couple of the problems I have heard of and have not experienced and that is pinoin seal leak and the tick which if it has the tick you would it is very loud. www.svtperformance.com (http://www.svtperformance.com) has a sound track just look up the tick. I know you will be satified in your purchase 03's and 04's are just awesome. GO FOR IT.

Twice Bitten
05-09-2006, 01:04 AM
If you are going to mod it and race it any, get a coupe, trust me on that :thumbsup:

gaffer1997
05-09-2006, 08:06 AM
Thanks for the replies. I drove it last night. Very nice. But, with only 6000 miles on it, the car has a shake in the front end, a very loud clunk in the rear end, and the service engine light came on after it warmed up.

The wheel hop. Holy crap.

I think the dealer is still asking to much. 33K for a 3yr old car. He went down from 36K. Cars not not exactly running off the lot these days.

blk04cobra1
05-09-2006, 09:39 AM
Thanks for the replies. I drove it last night. Very nice. But, with only 6000 miles on it, the car has a shake in the front end, a very loud clunk in the rear end, and the service engine light came on after it warmed up.

The wheel hop. Holy crap.

I think the dealer is still asking to much. 33K for a 3yr old car. He went down from 36K. Cars not not exactly running off the lot these days.
With that mileage, you probably wont get the dealer under $30k, but he should at least go down that low...the vibration is a common issue and the clunk is just the T-56. The vibe can be fixed and a new MGW shifter will quiet down the T-56 a little. As far as the service engine light, just have them check out the code and see what's up.

NC03BlkSnake
05-09-2006, 09:53 AM
I'm pretty sure the clunking in the rear end is from Ford using the wrong size bolts on the IRS, pretty sure there is a TSB out there to replace two bolts. I know I took my 03 in for it and they replaced the bolts and the clunking went away. As far as the vibe goes, mines not that bad and once your up to speed you really can't feel it. The only issues I had with mine were the Clunking in the rear and the Stall which was fixed with a CPU reflash. As far as price goes, I think Torrey is right, $30k would be about right for a car with that many miles on it unless it's been abused. Have the dealer pull out the CPU and look for any tampering i.e. chip. If it's had an aftermarket chip in it the CPU will usually have electrical tape holding the chip in. Overall, you won't be disappointed!

gaffer1997
05-09-2006, 09:57 AM
I know my 97 has a clunk as well.....tough decision at this point...if I can get him to come down to 30K I might jump on it.

I did notice that the SC whine does drown out the exhaust. Car was a bit too quiet.

NC03BlkSnake
05-09-2006, 10:43 AM
I did notice that the SC whine does drown out the exhaust. Car was a bit too quiet.That can be rectified! :D

blk04cobra1
05-09-2006, 01:26 PM
That can be rectified! :D
you said rectified :rotf: :rotf: :rotf: :rotf: ...back on subject...

gaffer1997
05-09-2006, 01:57 PM
Thanks for the replies. I drove it last night. Very nice. But, with only 6000 miles on it, the car has a shake in the front end, a very loud clunk in the rear end, and the service engine light came on after it warmed up.

The wheel hop. Holy crap.

I think the dealer is still asking to much. 33K for a 3yr old car. He went down from 36K. Cars not not exactly running off the lot these days.

NC03BlkSnake
05-09-2006, 02:55 PM
I'd keep looking, there are better deals to be had. Especially if there are issues with that one. Good luck in your search!

blk04cobra1
05-09-2006, 04:03 PM
Thanks for the replies. I drove it last night. Very nice. But, with only 6000 miles on it, the car has a shake in the front end, a very loud clunk in the rear end, and the service engine light came on after it warmed up.

The wheel hop. Holy crap.

I think the dealer is still asking to much. 33K for a 3yr old car. He went down from 36K. Cars not not exactly running off the lot these days.
where is the car located? Is in Kansas? If you want, shoot me the number and i'll call and haggle the price down for you :thumbsup:

spincobra03
05-09-2006, 10:15 PM
dude trust me keep looking, you can find a much better deal. private sale would also save you a ton of money. easy to haggle in private sales.

ausie
05-10-2006, 08:17 AM
The only con I can think of on the 04 is that the gas tank always seems to get empty. The only real complaint I had was with a creaking front end. That was a $5 repair (replaced power steering rack bolts). Shift quadrant was not adequate and replaced that with aftermarket quad and fire wall adjuster. Other than that the car has been a blast. Probably the best car I have had yet. Almost forgot, this is not a good vehicle for snow driving since it has too much torque at the low end.

03slidewayzSVT
05-10-2006, 08:36 AM
Im also looking for a 04 Yellow Cobra Coupe....low miles thanks

NC03BlkSnake
05-10-2006, 09:27 AM
Im also looking for a 04 Yellow Cobra Coupe....low miles thanks
You or someone you know? :D

03slidewayzSVT
05-10-2006, 10:23 AM
You or someone you know? :D
For someone I know and you know:D

blk04cobra1
05-10-2006, 11:19 AM
tell him there might be a "stock" 2004 for sale ;)

NC03BlkSnake
05-10-2006, 01:30 PM
tell him there might be a "stock" 2004 for sale ;)

:doubt:

03slidewayzSVT
05-10-2006, 05:54 PM
tell him there might be a "stock" 2004 for sale ;)

Yellow??? where??? how much???:thumbsup:

blk04cobra1
05-10-2006, 07:16 PM
Yellow??? where??? how much???:thumbsup:
nah...it's black ;)

gaffer1997
05-15-2006, 05:50 PM
for all the replies. After much thought, I passed on the vert. I'll keep looking or maybe upgrade the 97 or maybe be lucky and come into some money and get a new shelby.....who knows.

FactoryFreak197
05-15-2006, 07:17 PM
vert....Need pros and cons on what to look for....currently have a 97

Thanks in advance
I have an 04 cobra vert, havent had any rear problems, make sure to put on the IRS brace, and subrframes are essential for a vert, and if you like to or wanna run at the track be prepared to put in a new clutch, if you put on the drag radials, maybe even on street tires, no other problems i can think of.:D