Nearly 30 years after its introduction, the SN95 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra is still very popular among enthusiasts, especially when it’s almost brand new, such as the extremely low-mile example owned by Gabriel Iglesias. However, the decades haven’t been as kind to others, which have been used and abused over the years. John Ross, the man behind the YouTube channel WatchJRGo, picked up a 1995 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra for $3,000, and he documents just how much work this particular Cobra needs.
Ross says the very first thing he knows his 200,000-mile Mustang needs is new tires. The tires are dry rotted and cracked, and were built in late 2008, so he’s surprised that they’ve aged so poorly. He also notes that the rear windows don’t roll down, and the power convertible top is nonfunctional. The cassette player doesn’t work, and quite a bit of the exterior trim pieces need to be re-dyed to remedy years of sun fade.
He pulls the 1995 Ford Mustang Cobra onto a lift to inspect the undercarriage. The rear differential is leaking, and the blown shocks have been leaking for so long, there’s no oil left. Exhaust hangers either disintegrated or were well on their way to breaking apart, which left the previous owner to rig the exhaust up with wires.
Unfortunately, but not unexpectedly, the oil pain is absolutely drenched in oil, signaling a potential rear main seal failure. Evidence of a coolant leak, and a low coolant warning light, points to a bad radiator as well.
“Clean Carfax, great-looking wheels,” Ross said, “but it has been driven. Absolutely driven. It looks like it has one of the hardest lives. It’s a Cobra… everyone probably had fun with it.”
Ross says that he doesn’t think he can get away with leaving the engine in – he’s got to pull it out in order to overhaul it, among other parts of the vehicle. While that job doesn’t sound overly fun to Ross, he says in the end, it will be worth it, because this 1995 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra is a fun car.