97 Cobra with a Broken Timing Chain

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  1. Ronnie Tutt

    Ronnie Tutt New Member

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    I found a 97 Cobra with 85,000 miles with a broken timing chain. The guy is asking $3,000. I can get the car fixed for a good price. One of my best friends is a service manager at a local Ford Dealership. Is this a good buy? Car looks to be in pretty good shape, body looks good and the interior looks good as well.
  2. mustang_jr+

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    I would say it's a money pit. I should know, I have a 96.

    You'll need all kinds of parts to keep it running, part that are hard to get.Imrc parts, everything falling apart at this age, to a new clutch and a T-45 rebuilding.

    I've spent thousands on maintenance on mine and it's not a tiny bit faster, it's just not BROKEN.

    It's worth more as parts really.
  3. Kilgore Trout

    Kilgore Trout Fried or Broiled ?

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    You say the body and interior look good that is a good sign but what about engine drivetrain and suspension? Carfax oasis and title? Not enough info to say if it is a good deal or a bad deal.
  4. BlownFiveLiter

    BlownFiveLiter have car, will race....wait, it doesn't run

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    If the broken timing chain is the extent of the damage, you'd be lucky. Chances are, every piston kissed some valves and the head needs to come off for inspection. I would pass on this one, personally.

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