Ford Probe Review from Germany

1991 Ford Probe GT 2.2 turbo

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.2 turbo Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.4 / 10
Distance when acquired93000 kilometres
Most recent distance99000 kilometres
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

Good looking waste of money

Faults:

Lots of smaller things (like antenna (typical!), pump for rear washer...)

Complete belt-system malfunction (OK, I don't need them, but try selling a car with non-functional belts!)

Brakes (the whole thing: both sides disc+block)

Driveshaft dust cover.

Trunk collecting lots of water (leaking gasket in the rear light unit).

Valves don't sound so good (hydrostatics) and need to be replaced.

And since last week there's some new sound, I don't know exactly what problem it indicates :(

In short: Every few weeks something different goes wrong with this piece of junk! And even a small and simple screw nut costs a fortune!

I own the car for round about 4 months now and spent over 1.500 EU for repairs. OK, it was quite cheap and it is quite old as well, but I think this is far too much anyhow.

General Comments:

This car is really good looking and extremely frugal when it comes to gas - even if you kick ass with it. It is quite fast with a fair acceleration and the turbo makes it fun to drive (though if accelerated to the limit the chassis can hardly cope with the cars power. But besides it's fairly comfortable).

But it is definitively not designed to last for 10 years or longer!!!

Recently I saw a '91 Toyota Supra... just looks like a Probe... well I think it's not too late to make up for a mistake :)

--Michael.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th February, 2002

Average review marks: 3.4 / 10, based on 1 review