View Full Version : For Sale: 2001 Mustang Cobra Coupe with extras!

01 TB Cobra
11-18-2004, 05:13 PM
For Sale:

2001 Mustang Cobra Coupe
True Blue Clearcoat Metallic Exterior
Dark Graphite Interior
18,000 Miles

Let me tell you a little about this car. I found this car through many internet searches in January 2002. It was located at Woodhouse Ford in Nebraska. The car only had 7000 Miles at the time. I talked with the former owner of the car beofre purchasing it. He told me that he purchased the car new at a different dealership in Nebraska, but had all the warranty work performed at Woodhouse Ford. He then told me he never was satisfied with the quality of the paint, and the stiff clutch. The dealership replaced both C-Pillars and installed a new clutch at about 4000 miles. I double checked his story by getting an Oasis report at a local Ford Dealer. The Oasis is a little misleading IMO. The Oasis said in Septmember of 2001, that the "roof" was replaced. The roof has NOT been replaced. The clutch on Cobras is stiff from the factory, and in all probability it did not need to be replaced. I asked the former owner the last time we spoke if he had ever owned a Mustang. His reply was "No, and I dont think I ever will, I have owned nothing but BMW's, Hondas, etc. I did not know these cars (mustangs) were built so poorly." "I only used it on weekends and never drove it in the rain. I was afraid of all the wheelspin is why I never drove it in the rain." We all know as Mustang owners that these cars sometimes have quality issues from the factory. But we all overlook small imperfections since we love these muscle cars so much. I purchased the car over the internet without even seeing it. I then had it shipped to Texas the following week. The clutch was fine when I received it. I would even go as far to say that it was a little too soft for my taste! I received the car January 15, 2002 at my business when it was unloaded from the dealers' (Woodhouse Ford) enclosed trailer.

Only the best care has been given to this car. It has always had Mobil-1 in the engine, and synthetic fluids in the transmission and the differential. I switched to Amsoil for the last 2 oil changes. Oil changes were made every 3 months reagardless of mileage. The last time I changed the oil, I had only driven it 500 miles in 3 months! It has NEVER been driven in the rain or any other inclement weather. In February of 2002 shortly after purchasing the car I took it to the local SVT dealer in my area (Nichols Ford) to have a wind noise problem fixed. I was sure it was from the C-Pillar. A porter at the dealer drove the car through the parking lot, bottoming it out in a low spot of their parking lot. It damaged the front fascia an dneeded replacement. I took the car to a body shop that I trusted to have it replaced. They replaced the front fascia, and perfectly matched the paint. You cannot tell there was ever any damage whatsoever. The license plate holes are now filled, which helps the looks of the car. That is the only body work the car has had while I have owned it. Only Zaino Brothers Wax and their other products have been used since I purchased it. The whole car is wiped down (including the wheels) after every time it has been driven. I cannot tell you how many hours have been spent keeping this car in showroom condition! I detail it weekly, even if doesnt need it. Needless to say, the exterior and interior are immaculate. The undercarriage is completely clean and looks factory fresh. There are even Factory tags and markings visible in several spots of the undercarriage. The exterior has no dings, scratches or imperfections, none! The Interior is as immaculate as the exterior. I replaced the stock sttering wheel with a FRPP FR-500 steering wheel. I have replaced the cheap leather upholstered stock Cobra seats with a set of Black Cloth Recaro SRD Seats. These hold me in much better than the stock seats could, and give you a much better driving position compared to the stock seats. Not to mention they look alot cooler also! I found that a Mustang GT Dark Graphite Cloth rear seat would match the Recaros quite nicely. Now let me say the rear seat is not a *perfect* match, but if I being the picky person I am can live with it, I am pretty sure the new owner of this car wont mind at all.

The drivetrain is in as good condition as the rest of the car. The engine is ALL stock, except for NGK Iridium spark plugs. It has never had any of the common bolt on parts. I have installed a Romac Harmonic Balancer to replace the stock crank damper. This keeps the engine running ultra smooth. I could tell a differnce immediately. The balancer helps keep the oil pump properly balanced, and I think will really help the engine live a longer life than others. I also installed Prothane polyurethane motor mounts to help stop excessive drivetrain movement under load. This really helps keep the shifter from "walking" under moderate to hard acceleration. This speeds up shifting also! The engine is the original engine that came in the car. It has NO issues whatsoever. It does not ping, burn oil, leak oil, knock while idling, smoke or any of the other common problems that some of the 2001's seem to have. It gets 21-25 MPG depending on the circumstances. The transmission is a NEW Tremec T-56 with a NEW MGW shifter, Fidanza Aluminum Flywheel, Spec Stage 2 clutch, Dynotech aluminum driveshaft, and 2003 Cobra Factory transmission mount. Looking from underneath the car, it looks like a factory installation. The reverse lock-out switch for the T-56 is wired to the brake lights. To shift to reverse, you simply step on the brake first, then you are able to easily shift into reverse. The transmission was replaced due to incompetence, not abuse. I took the car to a local Jiffy lube type of shop that I had used for several years with no problems in April of this year to have the transmission fluid changed. They changed the transmission fluid, but "forgot" to replace the FILL plug after filling thetransmission with fluid. I drove home approximatley 15 miles, apparently the majority of the fluid came out of the case while driving, and the transmission was ruint. Instead of replacing the transmission with another weak noisy 5 speed, I decided on the T-56. The total cost to replace everything, plus installation was around $4000 in late May, early June of this year.

The only modifications performed were in the name of longevity, not performance. I tried to be as tasteful as possible. The modifications are as follows:

BRAND NEW (less than 1000 miles) Tremec Cobra Spec T-56 http://www.ddperformance.com/t56__6_speed%20transmissions.htm (Part# BA4 on this page)

2003 Cobra Transmission Cross Member for T-56

MGW Shifter (Brand New, awesome shifter!) http://www.mgwltd.com/george/SHIFTERORDER.jpg

Fidanza Aluminum Flywheel http://fidanza.com/

Spec Stage 2 Clutch http://www.specclutch.com/

DynoTech Aluminum Driveshaft http://www.dynotecheng.com

Stock Cobra Seats (Front and Rear) replaced with Black Cloth Recaro SRD Seats (white Recaro stitched on headrest) with a very close matching Black cloth Rear seat from a 2002 Mustang GT http://www.on-trackperformance.com/srd%20-%20black%20with%20double%20red%20stitching.jpg and http://home.flash.net/~ivc1/cobra/recaro1.html

2003 Cobra Wheels (17" x 9") http://www.buyfordracing.com/Shop_Cart/shopexd.asp?id=67

275/40/ZR17 BF Goodrich G-Force KDW Tires (5000 miles on wheels and tires)

Romac Harmonic Balancer http://cprparts.com/products/dampers/romac.html

Prothane Polyurethane Motor Mounts http://www.prothane.com/pages/whatsnew.html

NGK Iridium Plugs (one step colder than stock) www.clubplug.net

MM Chassis Brace Package (Subframe Connectors, Strut Tower Brace, 4 point K-Member brace) http://www.maximummotorsports.com/mmcbp.asp

MM Borgeson Solid Steering Shaft http://www.maximummotorsports.com/steering.asp

Kenny Brown Rear Shock Tower Brace http://www.lmperformance.com/3179/50.html and http://home.flash.net/~ivc1/cobra/kbstb.html

MM Stainless Brake Hose Package http://www.maximummotorsports.com/bhknew.asp

MM Aluminum Steering Rack Bushings http://www.maximummotorsports.com/rbd.asp

2003 Cobra Coupe Springs Front and Rear (these lower a 2001 Cobra approxiamtely 3/4" and have a linear spring rate of 600 lbs/inch, which gives a firm, yet supple ride) http://www.fordpartsnetwork.com/03Cobra.htm

2003 Cobra Coupe Bilstein Shocks and Struts (Front and Rear) http://www.fordpartsnetwork.com/03Cobra.htm

Polyurethane Bushings:
Front and Rear Sway Bars (On the rear because of the IRS these are difficult to install) http://www.maximummotorsports.com/urethane_front.asp

Front Control Arm Bushings http://www.maximummotorsports.com/urethane_front.asp

IRS Subframe Bushings (These are VERY labor-intensive to install) http://www.maximummotorsports.com/mmirsu.asp and http://home.flash.net/~ivc1/cobra/subbush.html

Pauls High Performance IRS Pinion support brace with polyurethane bushings http://secure-order-area.net/paulshp/cgi-bin/webstorecgi/webstore.cgi?page=524010a&type=&frame=&cart_id=1321351_21528 and http://www.shane.roberts.net/irsbr.htm

I do know what the car is worth, but I am willing to be flexible with the price. Please email me or PM me with any serious offers. I will not let anyone local drive the car, so please do not ask. However, anyone local is welcome to come by and look if you are serious about buying it. I will be more than happy to take you for a ride, at least until more serious arrangements are discussed. I am in no hurry to sell, so please no lowball offers. All offers above $20K will be considered. Please email me at russandchrissi@earthlink.net with any questions you may have.

-Russell K.

11-18-2004, 06:03 PM
WOW :eek:

that sounds like a well cared for Cobra.. :cool:

If you don't mind me asking, why are you selling it?

11-18-2004, 09:05 PM
All I can say is wow. :) You should have no problems parting with that sweetheart whatsoever.


01 TB Cobra
11-24-2004, 12:15 PM
Thanks for the compliments! It will be hard to part with I agree...but due to a baby on the way...I have to do whats best for us!

I also noticed that the link to the photos are not working now...if anyone is interested in them please email me at russandchrissi@earthlink.net and I will be more than happy to send any to you! Thanks for looking!

Russell K.

01 TB Cobra
12-08-2004, 09:55 AM

01 TB Cobra
01-24-2005, 06:32 PM
Its still for sale! Unfortunately I must sell the car soon. Any reasonable offers will be considered. I would like to get $19,500 for it, however. I think the price is reasonable.

NADA Trade-In Value $17,000
NADA Retail Value $21,500

KBB Trade-In Value $16,000
KBB Retail Value $21,000

I am not considering ANY trades! If youre located in the DFW area, you are more than welcome to look at the car if you have serious interest in purchasing it. Please PM or email me at russandchrissi@earthlink.net with any and all questions.



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