Model year 1996 Year of manufacture 1996 First year of ownership 2005 Most recent year of ownership 2007 Engine and transmission 2. All in all 7-8 out of 10 for being a good valued good looking nice to drive sports car. It's got that lovely silky sound and performance to match. My only reservations about the new Probe are with the styling. By Jan 1998 the Probe was gone. Handles fantastic for a big car - love it! While I liked the Probe's styling, I have always had a dislike for pop-up headlights.
Faults: New motor and trans at 150000 miles, second gear went out of trans, and head cracked on motor. To date it's done 194,000 klms, and the only thing that went wrong, was the Mitsubishi distributor at around 165,000 klms. Fun to drive, easy to handle, makes a great introductory economical sport coupe. General Comments: Good car if you take care of it. The other problem with the Probe is that it is front-wheel-drive. I won't bore you with all the negatives. There was good reason to believe the Probe would be a great car.
Solid body means few squeaks and rattles, and good interior hardware stands up quite well to harsh Aussie sun. The front cloth-trimmed seats were comfortable enough, the driver enjoying power adjustment while the passenger had to make do with fewer adjustments. It appears to be the only common problem on these cars, because the whole time I've owned the car 12 years , that's the only thing that caused a problem. While the Probe has had a tough life it has endured because it's a good sports coupe with nice styling. They are a necessity for good air penetration, but when they're raised they spoil the lines of a car so much I'm almost tempted to drive in the dark.
I thought it was a decent car when it came out in 1989 and the present version is a little better. Awesome exterior style; excellent head-turner. There is enough room in the back there for all my daughter's clothes at one time I would have guessed they wouldn't have fit in a van. Model year 1996 Year of manufacture 1996 First year of ownership 2007 Most recent year of ownership 2008 Engine and transmission 2. The 2 Litre engine is powerful enough, although not particularly fast unless your rev the engine hard. Key's are weak on this car - get spare ones cut! It looked good from all angles and remains an attractive car even now, more than 10 years after it was launched here. One of the reasons for this, of course, is because the Probe isn't a Mustang.
They succeeded and the Mustang carried on in much the same form it had, V8-powered of course, and it eventually came here briefly in 2001. General Comments: This is my second Probe. Lots of cargo room with the back seats down and the rear shelf removed. The second-generation Probe dropped the turbocharged model entirely, instead moving to a 118-hp, 2. For Ford, its typically American cars were on the nose with its customers who appreciated the build quality and reliability that came with most Japanese cars and it wanted to get some of those qualities into its own showrooms by cosying up to Mazda. This example is a little rough round the edges, but was a bargain in price, so imperfections forgiven.
The engine drives the front wheels through a five-speed manual transmission. It really makes it seem alive sometimes, with loose battery terminals causing frustration from an inability to start. Transmission is beginning to hesitate and engine is miss-firing I think. It competes very well in it's league. I have done only one major service it's now about due for another at 200,000 klms. Rear space is tight, however there is a very large boot.
Both rear speakers blew easily. Whether the V6-powered Probe would have kept the Mustang badge alive is now a matter of conjecture, the fact is that it never got the chance. Central locking is playing up a little. Until then, I need a family car. On the highway it will keep up with anyone else. If you're after something very different from normal cars, this is it - not really been anything similar since?! Engine could use a little performance boost.
General Comments: Quick car- I've ran it against V6 'stangs and several sports imports and most people are surprised. But with cruise control on your don't notice it. It still performs brilliantly, and handles like a dream, it's the best steering car I've owned! Computer was reprogrammed at 209000 and updated. The slick fastback styling in a two-door coupe is about as sleek as you can get in a car and still offer practicality. She also uses her Mark I Probe to carry animals for the humane society, including two big dogs in cages, sometimes a couple of cat carriers and and litter boxes. The Probe sports coupe was conceived as a replacement for the ageing Mustang when the iconic Ford lost most of its gloss with American buyers. So what's to complain about.