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03-03-2005 06:34 AM

1993 Cobra; good or bad?
 
I was wondering if any of you have/had a 93 Cobra or if you had any info on them. I'm trying to find out if that was a good year for the Cobra. I have a friend who had an 86, 90 and a 93 LX 5.0 and he hates Mustangs now. He said they were poorly built cars. I've always liked the 93 Cobra, so I was wondering if that was a good year to buy one. Let me know the pros and cons if you have any. Thanx in advance.

quick5pnt0 03-03-2005 04:40 PM

The 93 Cobra is one of the most beloved versions of the Fox body Mustangs. Its a really nicely made car that has gained some collector status. I still see mint 93 Cobra's going for $14-$16K

How your buddy says that the 87-93 cars were poorly built is beyond me. Obviously the newer cars are built on a better platform with more rigidity in the chassis and better suspension, but the reality of it is that the fox body cars were really well built for their time. I owned a 92 GT that i put 170,000 miles on it. The only reason i sold it was because the body was starting to rust, i wanted something "new" and didn't want to spend any money on the car. At 170K the engine was still running strong, and the transmission had started slipping (automatic) so i decided to get rid of it.

As for what is the best year or model to buy for one of those cars, well that depends on what you plan on doing with it.
-If you are looking for a car that retains it's value pretty well, but also costs relatively alot to begin with the 93 Cobra is a great buy.
-If you are looking for a car to highly modify with a power adder than i'd probably suggest getting something between 1989-1992. Fuel injected Mustangs prior to 1989 had a thing called speed density that doesn't lend itself to large modifications too well. (although it can be swapped out for mass air which 1989-up cars have)

EDIT: oh and as a side note, we're in the middle of doing a section for the site that is dedicated to Mustang Cobras. Specs, production numbers, pictures, etc.... Stay tuned.




03-03-2005 11:27 PM

why not 1993? :cry:

03-04-2005 04:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Anonymous
why not 1993? :cry:

:D
I think quick5pnt0 said "1989-1992" because 1993 Mustangs had cast hypereutectic pistons in it's engine while the years before had forged pistons. Hypereutectic pistons are great for few reasons such as tolerances can be set closer, they are lighter, and cheaper. Problems with them is that they are weaker than forged pistons and don't hold up well to the stress of nitrous or supercharging.

quick5pnt0 03-04-2005 04:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jim
Quote:

Originally Posted by Anonymous
why not 1993? :cry:

:D
I think quick5pnt0 said "1989-1992" because 1993 Mustangs had cast hypereutectic pistons in it's engine while the years before had forged pistons. Hypereutectic pistons are great for few reasons such as tolerances can be set closer, they are lighter, and cheaper. Problems with them is that they are weaker than forged pistons and don't hold up well to the stress of nitrous or supercharging.

BINGO!
I once talked to a Pro 5.0 driver who is also the parts manager at a Ford dealer who said Hyper pistons can withstand supercharging and nitrous but if you experience any, no make that ANY detonation the hyper pistons will be destroyed very quickly. Basically you need to run those with a very mild tune, and very rich (lots of fuel in the air fuel ratio).




03-05-2005 03:17 AM

So is it safe to put a Supercharger on the 93 Cobra's engine?

03-05-2005 04:41 AM

So is it safe to put a Supercharger on the 93 Cobra's engine?

quick5pnt0 03-05-2005 12:45 PM

I have seen it done a bunch of times before, its just a matter of being very careful on the tune of the motor. After the supercharger install bring it to a local tuner who has a dyno and have them tune it.





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