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1304-DFW (R)

2004 Ford Mustang Saleen S281


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1304-DFW (R)
Engine Size
4.6 Liter V8
5 Speed Manual
43,835 (Actual)
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Steve Saleen always knew how to take a Ford Mustang and take it right to the razor's edge in terms of performance and styling. Aggressive but never finicky, dramatic but never over-wrought, cars like this 2004 Saleen Mustang S281 convertible are eyeball candy with the performance to back it up and they're screaming bargains today.

Saleens were essentially bespoke cars: tell them what options you want and you get a custom-built Mustang a few weeks later. They ranged from mild to wild, and in the case of this S281, the result is a great combination of styling and on-the-road fun. Screaming Yellow certainly isn't subtle but it works extremely well on the swoopy Saleen bodywork, which includes a new front fascia, lower rocker moldings, a rear wing and a special rear bumper, not to mention details like the gills in the quarter panels and a hood scoop. They used Ford colors and the Saleen parts are expertly color-matched so it all looks pretty much the way it did when it was new with very few signs of use, even on that deep chin spoiler. Saleen graphics are perhaps the only subtle part about it, adding just the right touch to a car that's undoubtedly the center of attention everywhere it goes. Check out the front bumper just ahead of the driver's side headlight and you'll note that this one is serial number 17, a detail that's identified Saleens from the very beginning. Although there are 43,835 miles showing, this one looks like it has only a fraction of that figure, because someone has truly loved this car.

The black and gray leather interior is full of custom Saleen features as well. The seats are supportive and feature Saleen embroidery on the seat backs and body-colored inserts on the doors brighten up the otherwise monochromatic interior. The rest is pretty much standard Ford Mustang, with a grippy leather-wrapped wheel, a long list of features like A/C, cruise control, power windows, locks, and mirrors, interval wipers and more. Saleen adds their own white-faced gauges and I think it's safe to say that Saleen was doing that particular trick before almost anybody else. There's also a powerful JVC AM/FM/CD/DVD/satellite radio in the center stack, the lone upgrade to the car but if you want stock, the original radio is in the trunk. There's also a snug-fitting black convertible top that fits neatly over the rear styling bar that gives the Saleen an awesome top-down profile. And the trunk looks completely untouched and like new.

For power, the S281 used Ford's 4.6 liter SOHC V8 and limited their tweaks to exhaust mods and maybe a computer tune. Otherwise it runs just like any other V8 Mustang, with plenty of low-end torque, a great V8 wail, and bulletproof reliability. Linked to a sweet-shifting 5-speed and some punchy 3.27 gears out back, it's as much fun to drive as any late-model V8 Mustang. However, where Saleens always excel is in the handling department, and the S281 got a host of suspension upgrades including Racecraft springs, shocks, sway bars, and bushings, all of which combine to give this Saleen grip that rivals much more expensive cars. And the spectacular 18-inch chrome alloy wheels are a Saleen signature item, now wearing staggered 265/35/18 front and 295/35/18 rear Michelin performance rubber.

Documented with an original window sticker and maintenance records, this is a unique, high-profile Mustang that delivers performance all out of proportion to its price. Call today!

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  • Defrost
  • Numbers Matching
  • AM/FM Radio
  • CD Player
  • iPod Compatible
  • Satellite Radio
  • Power Convertible Top
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heat
  • Leather Seats
  • Telescopic Wheel
  • Tilt Wheel
  • Cruise Control
  • Four Wheel Disc Brakes
  • Fuel Injection
  • Power Brakes
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Power Steering
  • Power Windows
  • Driver Airbag
  • Passenger Airbag
  • Rear Defogger
  • Seatbelts
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  • Maintenance Records
  • Original Window Sticker
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Exterior Color
Screaming Yellow
Interior Color
Front Brakes
Power Disc
Rear Brakes
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