1994 Ford Probe 2.5 V6 petrol


A bit like Chicken Pox, intensely irritating all the time you have it!


Front brake discs failed (£118.00).

Rear disc calipers. Hand brake kept locking on, (£268.00) each.

Leaked oil into the plug pockets.

Bosch immobiliser ruined the ignition switch (£129.00), and distributor burned out (£587.86).

Bonnet paint broke down, and respray cost £575, as all the original paint had to be removed.

Was off the road from 21/12/97 until 20/1/98.

We part ex-ed this for a new 1.6 litre Hyundai Coupe. The people who had this after us experienced similar expensive repairs.

General Comments:

Had charisma, but was undoubtedly the worst, most unreliable and expensive heap of rubbish we have ever owned.

Should have had a Government health warning on it!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 15th March, 2011

1994 Ford Probe 24v 2.5 V6


Fantastic looking


I have just recently bought my Probe for £300. It had no history which is why I was able to get it quite cheap.

However after 2 weeks of driving it I discovered that that engine cuts out while I am driving. This happens whether the engine is warm or cold. Sometimes very frequently other time infrequently.

Having called & taken to various mechanics they say that it could be a number of things. Most if not all have asked for over £100 just to have a look at it & they have assured me there is no guarantee that they will find the fault.

Can anyone help?

General Comments:

For £300 I think I have got a good deal. Despite 125k on the clock it still sounds sweet. Its quite a drinker giving me 250 miles per tank.

The cabin is clapped out with plastics falling off the dash. No rust on roof though which is a common problem. It smokes when I start it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th April, 2006

28th Nov 2006, 09:05

Okay then, your Probe cutting out is a very common fault. It is the immobiliser playing up affecting the distributor.

For full details on how to fix this problem before it cuts out altogether, you can get full help at: www.ukpoc.co.uk (UK Probe owners club)

1994 Ford Probe 2.0 16v 2.0 petrol


Affordable sporty car which is great fun to drive and attracts pleasing comments


Boot struts not strong enough to support weight of tailgate. (Common problem).

Cloth on driver's seat bolster worn. (Common problem).

Electric window mechanism (driver's side) failed.

General Comments:

Handles very well, sure footed unlike the Capri. Comfortable driving position with electric lumbar support.

Pretty nippy and surprisingly economical. Very reliable.

Tinted windows and good all round view. Fairly basic with not many gizmo's to go wrong. Large boot for a sports model.

A little cramped in the back, not really a family car. Sleek dashboard.

Had no air conditioning, but switch was present? Cloth seats, I would have preferred the leather version.

Tilt and slide sunroof. Bodywork perfect, no rust at all for an 11 year-old car. Polished up beautiful.

Most Probes suffered problems with immobiliser and distributor, very expensive to replace.

Engine parts can be very expensive, especially from Ford dealer.

Not easy to get in and out of in a tight parking space due to very large doors. Doors are convertible style (no window frames).

Not sure about the standard 'swirl' type alloys. Spoked would have been better.

Standard black wing mirrors would have been better colour coded.

Interior a bit too 'plastic.' The housing on my seat belt buckles broke very easily. Ashtray assembly very flimsy.

Some Probes tend to smoke a lot due to gradual failure of oil seals. Never had a problem with mine.

Pleasing engine 'growl.' Much more apparent on the 2.5 24v version.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd October, 2005

3rd Nov 2005, 22:47

"Boot struts not strong enough to support weight of tailgate. (Common problem) "

Id have to disagree with this being a common problem unless it's a UK only thing. Never heard of this happening any one else.

1994 Ford Probe 24V 2.5ltr


2.5ltr of 24V V6 Fun, Fun, Fun ;-)


Paint job is starting to crack. The front of the car gets hit by a lot of debris from the road e.g. stones, sticks, etc..

Tires wear quickly and can be costly to replace.

The Brakes are beginning to go. I have a feeling I will be buying new ones soon.

Oil in the spark plugs.

Rear struts have gone.

Makes funny noice when turning a corner in first gear.

Drivers seat broke and had to be fixed.

Quite costly to maintain, but not as much as other sports cars.

Consumes a lot of fuel, but that could be down to my "enthusiastic driving". ;-)

P.S. Oh is that the cup holder!!! I thought it was for loose change.

General Comments:

Brilliant car for the money.

Have not driven anything more entertaining. It handles as if were on rails and I love pushing it through corners and watch as others disappear in the rear-view mirror.

Very quick acceleration through 1st and 2nd, then sort of levels out in the mid range, until you reach 35000 revs in 5th gear and then it starts building up speed. Have had it up to max of 220mph frightened of going any faster.

Definitely "Ford'arrie" stunning car to look at and turns heads, a pleasant break from the norm.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 11th February, 2004

29th Jun 2007, 00:19

You can't go over 133, that's what the governor's set at!!!

29th Jun 2007, 10:52

I think it must be kph

133 mph * 1.609 is close to 220, allowing for the normal speedo exageration.

30th Jun 2007, 20:35

He must mean kph, but even then I'm not sure. The probe is really slow and seems to have a chav status starting.

14th Mar 2008, 10:50

You're all wrong, this Probe can d0 220mph because it can rev to 35000rpm!

Although, that's probably a bit slow when you compare: 140 (ish) mph@6000rpm: 220mph@35000rpm.