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Old 10-10-2013, 01:40 PM   #1
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Default 2001 Cobra or 2003 Mach 1

I'm looking to get an 01 Cobra or an 03 Mach 1. The cobra is priced at $13999 with 35789 miles while the Mach 1 is at 88000 miles at $12999. Is it a no-brainer to get the Cobra because of the low original miles? I'm not familar with possible defects in either cars but from what ive read a lot of people prefer the mach but both cars seem excellent and the mileage is a little high. Both cars are offered through dealerships and so I don't have to deal with private party. Any advice would be appreciated!
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Old 10-10-2013, 01:56 PM   #2
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From what I understand, they are very similar cars, engine-wise. Both 4-valve, similar power ratings, same transmission (for the manual at least, since the Cobra has no auto)... I think one of the main differences is the Cobra has an IRS and the Mach has a solid axle, and many people prefer one over the over. I think the gear ratios are a bit different as well. I've heard that the Cobra is a bit more mod-friendly if that matters, but I can't say for sure...

For me, they're close enough in terms of power and performance that it would come down to taste and condition of the vehicles in question...
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Old 10-10-2013, 02:05 PM   #3
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Buy whichever car fits your personal criteria. It's kind of pointless to ask other guys their preferences concerning mileage vs. model.

That said, I walked into a Ford dealer to buy an '04 Mustang Cobra and after finding out the Mach 1 was more than a wheels a stripe package, drove out with a Mach 1.

Buy what you want.

In my opinion, the Mach 1 has more charisma and presence than a Mustang Cobra. I think it's the best looking SN95/New Edge.
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Old 10-12-2013, 10:52 AM   #4
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I'd go with the Cobra - not because of a preference of the type of Mustang (I love the Mach 1's too) but the Cobra has 1/2 the miles of the Mach1 for only 1000.00 more.
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Old 10-12-2013, 11:34 AM   #5
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cobra lower miles no brainer!
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Old 10-12-2013, 12:43 PM   #6
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If mileage was equal I would go with the Mach 1 hands down, I'd probably still take it cause they are my favorite 99-04 stang.
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Old 10-31-2013, 03:45 PM   #8
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In 03' my wife TOLD ME to buy a new Mach 1 for our weekend car, But no.....I wanted a Convertible. I paid no attention to the Mach 1, it looked like stripes with a cool Hood. A month or so passed and I convinced her we needed a new Boat instead. We still have the Boat and we still love it. See what happens when we don't listen to our wife's. Anyway, not sure if I made a mistake or not, but it would be sweet to have a super clean garage kept Mach 1 now.
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Old 10-31-2013, 03:53 PM   #9
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Ya you made a mistake always listen to your wife. There are just forces in the universe men can't begin to understand :P

Crazy expensive for a Mach1 with those miles though, I would only go up to 9,500 max. And if it was not Grabber Orange I would not buy it :P

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Originally Posted by uberstang1 View Post
If mileage was equal I would go with the Mach 1 hands down, I'd probably still take it cause they are my favorite 99-04 stang.
We're on the same page. ^^^ I love the Mach1's looks, both exterior and interior. If the miles are too high, I'd continue looking for another one. That's just me though!

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