View Full Version : 1999 Cobra recall???

11-18-2003, 02:53 PM
I just purchased a 99 Cobra and saw that there was a recall on the car:
TSB Number Issue Date TSB Title
99B27 DEC 99 Campaign - Engine Performance Upgrade

found at: http://www.alldata.com/TSB/19/991947DL.html

"In 1999, Ford recalled 5,300 1999 SVT Mustang Cobras after admitting the vehicle's engine did not produce its advertised 320 horsepower. The recall came after Mustang Cobra owners complained of a shortfall of as much as 50 horsepower. Ford traced the power problem to the engine's cast aluminum intake manifold and its exhaust system."

I was wondering if this has been done to my car. So I took it to my local Ford dealer and they said that there was no way to tell if this upgrade was done to the car. I have asked them to look at the recall and then look under the hood, but they said that there would still be no way to tell because the parts are almost the same. If you guys have any suggestions on how I can tell if the upgrades were done it would help me out a lot. The car doesn't seem to have the horse power that it should. Though it has 76,000 miles on it, I would still expect more from the car. Any input would be great.


11-19-2003, 12:20 PM
Of course they can tell if the car had the performance upgrade completed on it. Take it to another SVT dealer that is performanced minded and ask them to check the history on the car. It will tell you all of the things that were completed on the Cobra and what date they were completed.

If the upgrade was done then it would have an "upgrade competion" sticker on it stating the date and when the PCM was completed. The upgrade consisted of the following:

New exhaust - catback
Extrude honed intake manifold
Reflash of the computer to make adjustments

Once the comptuer was reflashed and the other performance enhancements were completed then most Cobras were exceeding the advertised power by a couple of ponies.

99's are very mod friendly and react in a positive manner. If your car has no mods on it then I would go to a dyno and get a base line. Add your mods and watch the numbers grow to over 300 hp at the rear wheels. Not bad power for a 281 cubic inch engine. ;)

11-20-2003, 01:10 AM
I called 800-ford-SVT and they were able to tell me over the phone in less then 2min. that the "fix" was done. Although I don't see a sticker under the hood any were for it (may not be looking in the right place). Thanks for the input though. I'm not sure what I'm going to do to it next though. I was thinking about 430 gears but the cost of not only the parts but the labor, recalibration, etc... looks a little too much for my wallet. I think I'm going to put some flowmasters on it and call it good until have some real time and money to spend.

Oh, and when I looked under the hood, there is a 3/4 inch hole in the intake about 1/2 way up. Any Idea why that would be there? One of my friends said that they may have had NOS on it. But a 3/4 inch hole seems a little big for NOS.

11-20-2003, 01:03 PM
I'd probably save and get the gears first as the results will astound you.

I'm not sure why there'd be a 3/4 inch hole in the intake but I would guess you may be right... :doubt: