Hey Guys! Need advice!


Oct 10, 2007
South Jersey
It has been forever since I have been on here. I don't think anyone remembers me haha but anyway I used to be on here all day everyday and even though I never contributed much, I learned a ton and enjoyed being part of the 94-95 crowd. I sold my 95 gt about 2 years ago after I turbo'd it and blew the head gaskets twice. Biggest mistake of my life, especially if you knew how much of a loss I took on it. But to the point, I have since bought a 1995 Nissan 240sx that I have grown to really like but the problem is there is NO power to the thing. So now I'm contemplating getting a 96-98 cobra. Should I do it? The 240sx is light and nimble and really handles like a dream. It's really fun to drive. I'm afraid I'm going to lose that with cobra. But I know when I punch that gas pedal in the cobra, I'm going to have a big grin on my face. It's really a trade-off. I wanted to do an ls1 swap in it but it will just cost too much and involve a lot of work. The cobra already has the v8 and the power stock. I'm not messing around with little turbo 4 cylinders. I need that torque! I'm not sure what I should do. :shrug:
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Aug 26, 2004
West Los Angeles, CA
Well, in general you're going to get biased answers in a Mustang forum. I've never driven a 240sx so I can't comment on the handling. You can improve the handling on a Mustang, but the live axle in back will always compromise cornering. It's a limitation that I can live with for the power you mention, but that will have to be yuor call. You can do many things to a Mustang's suspension to improve it, you can even put in an IRS from the 99-04 Cobras. But in the end, it's your call.


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Feb 16, 2001
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My niece had one of those...I drove it and was impressed with the way it drove, the layout, and it went pretty decent...they are nice and I have a soft spot for Nissans as Iv'e had a few and there pretty much bullit proof and I love em..

Line up the Cobra for a test drive then jump back into the 240 and take a ride...odds are the Cobra is gonna win you over...:nice: it is what it is... a 4 banger.

Decisions, decisions.... :D


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May 16, 2002
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I would look at the 99-01 Cobras. IRS, aluminum block, 320hp, best front/rear weight balance of any production mustang. It probably won't handle as well as the 240, but it's about as close as you can get in a stock mustang without getting a 2011+ model.


Oct 10, 2007
South Jersey
Thanks for the replies. My friend has a 96 cobra and everytime he takes me for a ride I'm like wow. It just keeps pulling. 99-01 cobra would be out of my price range. I'll have a hard time getting the cash up f


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Jun 14, 2004
Acworth, GA
What you buy is really up to you. You can always put a Silvia motor in that thing. It's like a 20GST engine or something like that. There was a guy with one of those in Orlando with the Silvia engine, and it ran 11.36 in the quarter.



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Apr 26, 2002
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i'm with Mike. you'd be surprised about the price of the 99/01 cobras. give it a look around on craigslist and classifieds before you rule them out. i think they would give you the best of both worlds with the exception of the better body style :D


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Nov 29, 1999
Boca Raton, Florida
I've had a bunch of Mustangs and after owning a variety of vehicles I still go back to tinkering on Mustangs. I'd pass on the Nissan and get something you know how to work on. I'm starting a new project very soon (see sig.) and I couldn't be happier. I know exactly how you feel about doing a power adder then getting fed up and ditching. I did the same thing and regret it. I did get a lot of money for my car but I don't care about the money, just wish I still had it.
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