Top Ten Reasons to Get an SN95 Mustang

Top Ten Reasons to Get an SN95 Mustang

Last Updated September 8, 2022 | Bill Tumas

1994-2004 SN95 Mustangs are a great investment. They're inexpensive, fun to drive, and likely to become collector's cars in the near future. Here are 10 reasons why you should consider buying one!

5.0L Engine

The SN95 Mustang represented the last generation for the pushrod 5.0 engine. The 5.0 in the Mustang has become legendary over the years, and is possibly one of the most popular engines ever. So if you want that iconic pushrod engine in the best chassis it ever came in from the factory? You want an SN95 Mustang, a 1994 or 1995 to be specific.

The 5.0 was available in both GT and Cobra models giving buyers a few different choices when it comes to power output from 215 hp to 240 hp respectively. Torque figures were also impressive with 285 lb-ft being available from the GT and Cobra models.

An SN95 Mustang with the hood up, showing off the older-style engine

Cobra Availability

If you're in the market for a Cobra Mustang, your best bet is to look for an SN95 or New Edge model. The SN95 was the last generation of Mustang to feature the Cobra trim level, and as such these cars are highly sought-after by collectors and enthusiasts alike.

Within the Fox Body generation, the 1993 Mustang Cobra is particularly desirable, thanks to its combination of classic good looks and modern performance. But the 94-95 Cobras offer similar styling with improved brakes and suspension.

From 1996-2001, the Cobra featured a 32V mod motor engine that made it one of the most powerful cars on the road. And finally, the 03-04 Cobras are considered by many to be the pinnacle of the SN95 line, thanks to their distinctive styling and blistering performance.

A Cobra Mustang painted in the popular Mystic color

A Mustang for Drivers

The SN95 Mustang was the last of its kind when it comes to driver's cars. These Mustangs were built for drivers who wanted control over their car, without electronic nannies getting in the way. Though it still included features like ABS and later years had traction control, the SN95 left control in the hands of the driver.

Without electronic aids, the driver's in control, which leads to feeling connected to the car. As a result, the SN95 was a true drivers car that is still loved by enthusiasts today.

An SN95 Mustang shown from the front as it cruises through neighborhoods

Lightweight

The SN95 Mustang was the last of the lighter Mustangs. While it was a little heavier than the Fox Body, it was still over 400 lbs lighter than the S197, making it work well at the track and on the street. It was also easy to take even more weight out for track use.

I was able to get Krimpstang, my 1996 Cobra, well under 3,000 lbs.

The lighter weight meant that the SN95 felt very nimble and had great handling. It was a great car to drive on the street and at the track. The SN95 Mustang is a great choice for drivers who want a fun and fast car.

An SN95 Mustang racing at the drag strip with its front end in the air

Part Availability

If you're thinking of taking on the task of repairing or improving your SN95 Mustang, you'll be happy to know that parts are both easy to find and affordable. While some parts may be harder to come by in the current climate, overall the SN95 is just as easy to find parts for as the Fox Body.

And since they're still relatively new, there are plenty of new parts available from Ford. So whether you're looking to make a few cosmetic improvements or planning a more extensive repair, you can rest assured that finding the parts you need won't be a problem.

A dismantled SN95 Mustang waiting on new parts

Reliability

SN95s are certainly very reliable cars. We all know that a well-maintained 5.0 can run forever, but the 4.6 has proven to be just as reliable in most cases.

There are plenty of SN95s out there with hundreds of thousands of miles that still run great. There's even one that's pushing half a million miles! So, if you're looking for a reliable car, an SN95 should definitely be at the top of your list.

An SN95 showing 486,221 on the odometer

Special Editions

The SN95 generation of Mustangs saw a huge variety of special editions and limited-run models. These models are highly sought-after by collectors and enthusiasts alike, thanks to their unique styling and performance.

Some of the most popular SN95 special editions include the Cobra, Mach 1, Pace Car, Saleens, Roushes, Bullitt, and Shinoda Mustangs. Each of these models offers something unique, whether it's upgraded performance or exclusive styling.

If you're lucky enough to own one of these rare Mustangs, you can be sure that it will continue to appreciate in value for years to come.

A bright orange Boss Shinoda SN95 Mustang

Better Convertibles

When it comes to convertibles, the SN95 Mustang offers a much better option than the Fox Body Mustang. While the Fox Body convertibles were just modified coupes, The SN95 was designed as a convertible from the ground up.

Because they were designed to be convertibles, the SN95 models have windows that line up properly and less chassis flex. They also offer better handling and a more comfortable ride. This makes for a much better driving experience overall. If you're looking for a top-down driving experience, the SN95 definitely makes an excellent choice.

A Mystichrome Convertible Cobra Mustang parked overlooking the ocean

Easy to Find

While Ford has produced some truly iconic cars over the years, few models have been as popular or enduring as the SN95 Mustang. First introduced in 1994, the SN95 was in production for a full decade, with over 1.5 million examples rolling off the assembly line.

Today, there are still plenty of SN95s out there. While production of the newer S197 and S550 Mustangs has surpassed it, combined they're still barely more than the SN95s. If you're looking for one of these classic ponies, you shouldn't have too much trouble finding one. They're popular cars, so there's a good chance you'll be able to find a decent selection at your local used car dealership.

Or, if you prefer, you can always check out online classifieds or auction sites - chances are good that you'll be able to find exactly what you're looking for.

SN95 Mustangs at an event

Affordability

If you're in the market for an affordable classic car, the SN95 Mustang is a great option. Although they're becoming increasingly collectible, you can still find decent examples inexpensively.

As an example, you won't be able to buy a 1993 Cobra for under $30,000. But for right around $10,000, you can find a 1994 Cobra, which has the same engine but better handling and brakes.

With the exception of the 2003-2004 Cobras and rarer models like the Rs and Saleens, there are plenty of great deals to be had on these fun cars. The current state of the market is crazy, but if you're looking for an older Mustang that will hold or increase in value, an SN95 is definitely worth considering.

1.5 Million SN95s text over SN95 Mustang

Make the Jump!

If you’re looking for a great entry point into modifying Mustangs, right now the SN95 Mustang sits at the sweet point of affordability and features. Check out our guide on buying a used Mustang and start your search right.

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