1995 Ford Probe from North America
Great looks/gas mileage, but had expensive engine problems
Timing Chamber/need new engine ($1500 to fix at least)
Window handle crank broke on drivers side
When opening trunk the hatchback won't stay up by itself
Windows don't always stay totally sealed... then they whistle when driving on highway.
Purchased May of 2004. Paid $1500. Now in Feb of 2005 needs new engine, something about the timing chamber. Car died on highway... luckily I was able to pull to side of road before car totally stopped. Then had to tow to repair shop. Was told it would cost me at least $1500 to fix. Just not worth it.
Love the look, design of car for being 10 years old.
Seat fabric very durable.
Drives great (I had a stick).
Very good gas mileage.
Wish car had a cup holder!!!
Never really had any big problems until the timing chamber. Guess this is very common to happen to probes around this mileage/age.
Sad to say goodbye because I do like the probe.
Great for me as a student and driving around town.
Not a large car by any means, but great for single drivers.
Backseat is pretty small... not much leg room.
Overall good car, but would not buy another one... too scared something like engine problems might happen again.
Just disappointed I only had car for like 9 months.
Am currently looking for another car similar to probe in looks/gas mileage with great reliability for around $2000...any suggestions?
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 3rd March, 2005
If you are still looking for a reliable car for around $2000 I recommend the Ford ZX2. Though not as fast as a Probe, they are newer (made from 1998-2003) and more reliable. You may have to bend your budget a bit, but a '98 or '99 ZX2 with around 130,000 miles or so shouldn't run you more than $2500.
What happened is that your timing belt broke, and since your engine is an interference engine, a piston came up and smashed one of the extended valves. Just a word of warning: any car with belt driven cam/ cams needs a timing belt replacement every 60,000 miles!!! Otherwise, you are just asking for the belt to break and lead to permanent engine damage!!! Make sure you know if your cams are either belt driven or chain driven! Chains don't usually require replacement, but belts wear out, break, and lead to destroyed engines!
The V6 engine is non interference and will survive the timing belt breaking.