Ford Probe Reviews from Australia and New Zealand

1994 Ford Probe GT 2.6L V6

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.6L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired4 kilometres
Most recent distance86000 kilometres
Previous carNissan NX2000

Summary:

Curse my gambling-crazed ex-wife for forcing me to sell it to pay her debts to loan shark

Faults:

Ignition leads required replacement at 20,000km Mfr acknowledged problem under warranty.

Developed rattly valve lifters at about 50,000 km because I used AA rather than AAA highest grade lube oil. Didn't know of specific requirement.

General Comments:

Marvellous: loved it. Best csr I ever owned in 45 years. Cornered like it was on rails.

Unbelievably comfortable - after a 2-day 1600 km journey had no aches or back pain.

Loved all the gadgets: cruise control, power seat; full instrumentation instead of dumb lights;

ABS brakes avoided an otherwise certain rear-ender into a sudden stop by a Mercedes-Benz on a wet downhill road.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th December, 2006

1995 Ford Probe ST 2.5L V6

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.5L V6 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired170000 kilometres
Most recent distance178000 kilometres
Previous carHolden Commodore

Summary:

A sleek beast screaming performance

Faults:

There hasn't been many faults.

Airbag light illuminated when it wasn't supposed to.

Radiator uses up lots of coolant (3 bottles a year approximately).

That's about it, lovely car.

General Comments:

The probe is the fastest car I've ever driven. The car just goes when you want it to. The 121kw motor does a great job and I can't wait to improve on it. However, it still burns off all my mates cars no problem.

The ride quality is quite stiff and bumpy. However, this is not largely noticeable.

The probe corners beautifully at speed, but at parking speed it is hard to get the nose to deviate.

Once I get a body kit shipped in from overseas it will be the meanest thing on the road.

I highly recommend them. Bargain second hand beast. Won't find a faster car for the price these are sold at. I bought mine for $13500 and that's with a 5 year warranty. I have recently seen some for $9000! Definitely worth it. Real head turner.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd June, 2004

1996 Ford Probe GT 2.5 petrol

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.5 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired181000 kilometres
Most recent distance189000 kilometres
Previous carOpel Calibra

Summary:

Sexy looking car with beaut engine if looked after

Faults:

Front right shocks are absolutely worn- 2nd set of shocks in history of car.

Water pump lost its bearings- 3rd water pump in history of car; relatively expensive to repair as there is minimal room and it is attached behind the timing belt- so timing case and power steering and alternator belts must come off to access. (these cars are very harsh on water pumps)

Oil leaks coming from timing case and Cam seals (causing oil to seep onto timing belt, which is softening it, which will cause belt to snap and bend engines valves)

General Comments:

This car is beautiful to look at and keeps up with appearances today.

The engine is very high revving for a V6 however appearances may be deceiving, as sexy lines certainly do not match reliability of engine once kilometres start clicking over.

It would be cheaper and more worthwhile buying a new engine rather than repairing certain components that go wrong with the car.

Ensure car that is bought has had good owners and has been very well cared for.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 18th June, 2004

4th Dec 2009, 01:25

I bought a 1996 Ford Probe GT for my boy, it ran fine while checking it over and on the drive home. When my boy came over to pick it up, it ran terrible. It will run fine, and then it will run like it has a timing problem. Has anyone had any of the same problems, and could give me some advice? I had a shop check it out, and they said the code said a cam shaft positioning sensor, so I replaced the distributor and it is still doing the same thing! I think it is the fuel pump or a fuel filter? Please let me know if there is anyone who can give good advice? Carhauler420@yahoo.com.

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 3 reviews