1993 Ford Probe Reviews - Page 12 of 23

1993 Ford Probe SE 2.0 4 cylinder 16v DOHC from North America

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 4 cylinder 16v DOHC Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired58000 miles
Most recent distance72568 miles
Previous carFord Mitsu Eclipse GSX

Summary:

Sleek Quick car for the dollar..

Faults:

Well, so far nothing major has gone wrong. When I bought it I was getting myself into a couple things however.

The second day I had the car, I replaced the two front brake pads myself just because I only like ceramic pads and this car had the stock ones still intact on it.

Right now I have a small leak in my exhaust. No big deal though, I kinda like the go-kart sound it makes.

The driver side dome light decides when to and not to work.

I replaced all the speakers to make things sound better than the stock ford. Nothing was wrong with them however.

Battery meter dims slightly when I have the system going. This is only the result of running 2400 Watts directly to the battery. Going to fix that shortly.

Shift boot died a little while ago. Needs some stitches.

General Comments:

GREAT CAR!!! The most reliable car I've owned yet and with a couple tweaks, one of the fastest. The lumbar control on the driver seat is great and entertaining when you're stuck in traffic. Very fast car. Automatic trans shouldn't be an option on this car. Its not the same without the stick shift. I've driven both. Still not as fast as my ALL WHEEL DRIVE Eclipse, but I'll have it up there by the end of the summer.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th February, 2004

1993 Ford Probe Coupe 1.8 liter from North America

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.8 liter Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired122000 miles
Most recent distance198000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Camaro

Summary:

Fantastic Car!

Faults:

Replaced a lot of exhaust parts, a little more than regular wear and tear.

A few leaky hoses, nothing major.

Red interior badly faded, paint very worn... but absolutely no rust... even at 10 years old!

Mostly just wear and tear stuff, brakes, tires, CV joints. never anything major or unexpected considering age and wear.

General Comments:

I love my probe! I wish they never stopped making them! very good investment... the best car I have ever owned! its extremely reliable and almost maintenance free. I can't say enough about it!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd December, 2003

1993 Ford Probe GT 2.5 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.5 V6 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired93000 miles
Most recent distance103000 miles
Previous carOldsmobile Cutlass

Summary:

Wonderful car that can dust a firebird v6

Faults:

Half axle and drivers side boot.

Low oil pressure.

General Comments:

Great car, I love it! I dusted a 97' Fire bird with a 3.4v6 with my GT!!

Great handling in sharp turns.

However bad in the winter.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th November, 2003

1993 Ford Probe inline 4 cylinder, 1.8 from North America

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1993
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission inline 4 cylinder, 1.8 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance126000 miles
Previous carToyota Supra

Summary:

You're better off with the Probe GT with the V6 engine

Faults:

Within the first 500 miles, the left speaker appeared to be fastened insecurely to the door frame. I took it in to the dealership in Honolulu and they replaced the speaker entirely.

There was a problem with the overhead dome lite that also surfaced within the first 500 miles, in which it would not turn on. Repeated visits to the dealership could not correct the problem.

At 3,000 miles, the rearview mirror fell into my lap. Oh geez...

A problem with the fuel gauge appeared at 7,000 miles, in which it would read "full" right up to the point in which the tank was at 1/4 tank - then the needle would drop alarmingly to the 1/4 tank hatch mark! The dealership corrected this promptly.

At 24,000 miles I ended up replacing the stock battery. So soon?

The airbag warning light came on at 40,000 miles. Repeated visits to the dealership failed to correct this problem. To this day, the light still flashes incessantly at me.

At 50,000 miles, the hydraulic liftgate struts failed. I never got around to replacing them, using a wooden pole instead to prop the liftgate up when needed!

At 55,000 miles, I noticed the headlights would sometimes take a minute or so to retract when turned off. I would have to turn the engine on and off to get them to close sometimes.

At 63,000 miles, tapping sounds could be heard from the engine. Oh boy... I have never gotten around to checking it out.

At 70,000 miles, I experienced shifting problems. The "Check Engine" light came on at the onset of this problem, indicating a computer chip malfunction that regulated the transmission shifting. I took the car to an independent shop who incorrectly diagnosed the problem in the transmission, much to my insistence that I thought it was the engine computer. After having a newly built transmission, the problem remained, confirming my diagnosis. The shop promptly replaced the engine computer and waived the $2400 cost of the transmission rebuild. I paid for the replacement engine computer, though.

At 85,000 miles, the speakers have all, but deteriorated and given out on me.

At 110,000 miles, I notice oil seepage around the seals of the engine. I never got around to fixing that, either.

General Comments:

OK, so this car has seen some bad days. I've seen them with it. I like the styling - it still looks good after 10 years. The paint has held up very well.

The engine was never strong to begin with, straining under the acceleration pedal to come off the line or make a grade, not to mention trying to pass another car on the freeway. The automatic transmission just added to the strain. But it was adequate.

The ride is bone jarring, but quiet. The interior is tight, but livable. The seats are hell - no lumbar support! The back seats, like most sports cars that have them, are best suited for groceries.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th August, 2003

26th Aug 2003, 11:26

I am the same person who wrote this review on the 1993 Probe and I just wanted to add that the car and I reside in Honolulu, Hawaii (please see my other review on my 2000 Ford Explorer). If I am allowed to plug, let me just say that Honolulu Ford has been helpful and loyal to me, even when they couldn't fix the problem. They've always been honest and upfront with me, and most irritating repairs with the Probe were covered under warranty anyway (thank God for extended warranties). The Explorer I have now has so much less problems than the Probe did in it's first 30,000 miles. I of course maintain my cars to the best of my budget. Add to that the fact that I do live in Hawaii, where seasons are practically non-existent and the freeways short, and so my cars have not been nearly exposed to the extremes of Mainland USA. So perhaps the benefit of a good dealership, regular maintenance, pleasant climate and little bit of luck has kept the Probe (and my Explorer) in good shape.

Average review marks: 6.7 / 10, based on 90 reviews