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Old 06-08-2008, 07:21 PM   #1
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Default 03 saleen vs 03 cobra.

I have been in the market for a low milage cobra, and came accross a dark red 03 saleen with 3,000 miles on it for 32,000 bucks. I know its a little highly priced, but im not worried about that at all. My question is, should i settle for the 03 saleen, or get an 03 04 cobra?
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Old 06-08-2008, 07:25 PM   #2
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imo id go with the saleen. but at the same time your just paying for a body kit and the saleen logo but its cool as hell lol. it all depends on what you like though
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Old 06-08-2008, 07:29 PM   #3
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Old 06-08-2008, 07:52 PM   #4
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Default RE: 03 saleen vs 03 cobra.

I think a cobra would be nicer (plus i'm just not a huge fan of that dark red)
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Old 06-08-2008, 08:30 PM   #5
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Default RE: 03 saleen vs 03 cobra.

I would go for the cobra just because they respond really well to bolt ons. Saleens are nice too but I too am not a fan of dark red. Either way you are going to have nice Stang. Good hunting to ya.
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Old 06-08-2008, 08:52 PM   #6
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Default RE: 03 saleen vs 03 cobra.

Id take an 03 s281e over an 03 Cobra but not a s281.

Saleen dark red color not so great imo. If your getting a race car go with the Cobra you can make great numbers with little money.If your trying to impress the chicks get the Saleen but don't get all upset when you get spanked by a neon just sayin..
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Old 06-08-2008, 09:15 PM   #7
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Default RE: 03 saleen vs 03 cobra.

Lol, id love to see a neon try to do that. I want a car to mod, and not one thats tuned to its peak. What is the saleen's engine capable of?
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Old 06-08-2008, 09:42 PM   #8
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Old 06-08-2008, 09:44 PM   #9
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What is the saleen's engine capable of?
Saleen motor capabilities:
1. 2003 S281 SC....basically a GT motor with a Series IV Supercharger (Whipple) and basic upgrades. Figure low to mid-400's with a solid tune.
2. 2003 S281 Extreme....I'm still trying to find out . I've seen one (here in Atlanta) that Modular Powerhouse, same folks that did my work,got to 604 safely. I'm sitting at 440/484 right now. I'm cams and some minor tweaks away from the 500's.

For the money I've put into mine so far.....you would have a more stout 2003 Cobra for the same money. Stock 2003 Cobra vs. stock 2003 Extreme....close race. Window sticker against window sticker....let's not talk about that

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but at the same time your just paying for a body kit and the saleen logo
Moot....I know people sometimes throw a response out there with a different intent than what it reads like. The body kit and the logos aren't the only things that make Saleens.

See below for everything that Saleen did to a Mustang to turn it into an Extreme. Granted, the Extreme gets a true overhaul (at a hefty price)....but even base model Saleens get, exhaust, suspension, brakes sometimes, interior, etc...









Saleen Part
Cost
Comments

3.08 gears (Saleen changed out the stock 3.27's)
$200


90 mm Lightning MAF
$160


65 mm Throttle Body
$250


Saleen Series V Supercharger and kit
$6,000
low estimate; this price is for a Series IV Supercharger and kit

13 inch slotted Alcon Brakes
$1,300
low estimate; to be updated (price is for Brembo kit which are cheaper brakes)

Center dump exhaust
$1,000


Forged crank, rods and aluminum pistons
$1,800


Saleen Recaro interior
$3,000


Boost guage/intercooler water temp. cluster
$400


Saleen floor mats
$140


18 inch chrome Saleen wheels
$3,300
low estimate; this price is for (4) 18X9 chrome wheels; Extremes had 18X10 chrome wheels on the back

Michelin Pilot 265/35/18 fronts; 295/35/18 rears
$1,400


Carbon fiber Extreme heat extractor hood
$1,600
must be prepped and painted

Front facia
$500
must be prepped and painted

Rear facia
$660
must be prepped and painted

Side skirts
$500
must be prepped and painted

Extreme wing
$350
must be prepped and painted

Side scoops
$215
must be prepped and painted

Decal kit
$100


Saleen champions wreath decal (2002 specific)
$10


Saleen badges (S281 X 3 and Supercharged badges)
$130


Saleen chrome valvestem covers
$21


T-56 6-speed Transmission
$3,200


Aluminum driveshaft
$270


Camber caster (suspension)
$300


Springs (suspension)
$250


Shocks (suspension)
$250


Struts (suspension)
$500


Sway bar (suspension)
$200


Saleen shift ****
$100


McLoud 11 inch asbestos clutch
$508
low estimate; cost is for clutch only rather than everything required for set-up

Saleen pedals
$140


Saleen 200 MPH speedo cluster
$210


Saleen upgraded cams and valve springs
$400


Cold Air Intake
$220


Saleen short-throw shifter
$200


Bassani X-pipe (2.5 inch mid pipe exhaust)
$500


Aluminum heads

Waiting on more information price

Saleen Maxgrip 8.8 inch differential

Waiting on price

Saleen upgraded fuel pump

Waiting on price

Saleen lower control arms

Waiting on price

Saleen color matched door panels

Waiting on price

Paint

Cost consideration with no estimate given

Labor

Cost consideration with no estimate given

















TOTAL
$30,284
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Old 06-08-2008, 10:48 PM   #10
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Default RE: 03 saleen vs 03 cobra.

ya sorry about that was a dumb respsonse. i didnt know they made and extreme version for the new edges..
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What is the saleen's engine capable of?
Saleen motor capabilities:
1. 2003 S281 SC....basically a GT motor with a Series IV Supercharger (Whipple) and basic upgrades. Figure low to mid-400's with a solid tune.
2. 2003 S281 Extreme....I'm still trying to find out . I've seen one (here in Atlanta) that Modular Powerhouse, same folks that did my work,got to 604 safely. I'm sitting at 440/484 right now. I'm cams and some minor tweaks away from the 500's.

For the money I've put into mine so far.....you would have a more stout 2003 Cobra for the same money. Stock 2003 Cobra vs. stock 2003 Extreme....close race. Window sticker against window sticker....let's not talk about that

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but at the same time your just paying for a body kit and the saleen logo
Moot....I know people sometimes throw a response out there with a different intent than what it reads like. The body kit and the logos aren't the only things that make Saleens.

See below for everything that Saleen did to a Mustang to turn it into an Extreme. Granted, the Extreme gets a true overhaul (at a hefty price)....but even base model Saleens get, exhaust, suspension, brakes sometimes, interior, etc...









Saleen Part
Cost
Comments

3.08 gears (Saleen changed out the stock 3.27's)
$200


90 mm Lightning MAF
$160


65 mm Throttle Body
$250


Saleen Series V Supercharger and kit
$6,000
low estimate; this price is for a Series IV Supercharger and kit

13 inch slotted Alcon Brakes
$1,300
low estimate; to be updated (price is for Brembo kit which are cheaper brakes)

Center dump exhaust
$1,000


Forged crank, rods and aluminum pistons
$1,800


Saleen Recaro interior
$3,000


Boost guage/intercooler water temp. cluster
$400


Saleen floor mats
$140


18 inch chrome Saleen wheels
$3,300
low estimate; this price is for (4) 18X9 chrome wheels; Extremes had 18X10 chrome wheels on the back

Michelin Pilot 265/35/18 fronts; 295/35/18 rears
$1,400


Carbon fiber Extreme heat extractor hood
$1,600
must be prepped and painted

Front facia
$500
must be prepped and painted

Rear facia
$660
must be prepped and painted

Side skirts
$500
must be prepped and painted

Extreme wing
$350
must be prepped and painted

Side scoops
$215
must be prepped and painted

Decal kit
$100


Saleen champions wreath decal (2002 specific)
$10


Saleen badges (S281 X 3 and Supercharged badges)
$130


Saleen chrome valvestem covers
$21


T-56 6-speed Transmission
$3,200


Aluminum driveshaft
$270


Camber caster (suspension)
$300


Springs (suspension)
$250


Shocks (suspension)
$250


Struts (suspension)
$500


Sway bar (suspension)
$200


Saleen shift ****
$100


McLoud 11 inch asbestos clutch
$508
low estimate; cost is for clutch only rather than everything required for set-up

Saleen pedals
$140


Saleen 200 MPH speedo cluster
$210


Saleen upgraded cams and valve springs
$400


Cold Air Intake
$220


Saleen short-throw shifter
$200


Bassani X-pipe (2.5 inch mid pipe exhaust)
$500


Aluminum heads

Waiting on more information price

Saleen Maxgrip 8.8 inch differential

Waiting on price

Saleen upgraded fuel pump

Waiting on price

Saleen lower control arms

Waiting on price

Saleen color matched door panels

Waiting on price

Paint

Cost consideration with no estimate given

Labor

Cost consideration with no estimate given














TOTAL
$30,284
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