27th Apr 2006, 09:40
Why I don't disagree with you, I find it ridiculous that a mass market car like the Probe should require any special automotive knowledge. After all, this is not a Ferrari or Lamborghini.
It just proves that Ford does not know how to build cars. The Probe was great to drive, but if it requires a PhD to run it then it's not worth it for the price.
2nd Sep 2007, 19:15
I have a '94 Probe with an auto Tran and it runs fine. My sunroof motor went out, but the car runs great. I don't see why people have so many problems with them.
11th Sep 2007, 17:34
I own a 94 probe gt. I bought it three years ago just to have fun at the track on the weekends. I thought I'd break the engine in a couple months. Although I had a nitrous kit and did 15's 1/4 mile the engine still running strong and no problems at all. Never though this could turn into my daily driver. I've parked my Dakota R/T and my Eclipse and now drive the probe. Only thing that I've replaced so far is the battery and the usual tune up. By the way this car has already over 150k and can still go up to 150mph with no problems. 4 Cylinder cars with turbo have trouble keeping up.
11th Jan 2008, 01:28
I had a Ford Probe for 4 months. It was a 93 gt with 5spd, almost every option. The problem as I see it is this. It was designed by Porsche built by Mazda has a Mitsubishi distributor Which if you think about it brings in chrysler which is/was owned by Mercedes, then you buy it at a Ford dealership. The first week I had mine the distributor took a dump. Replaced it with a $250 rebuilt, the glue put on the coil didn't keep the water out. Which is how I learned to remove blow dry the inside and put it back on in almost any position in about ten minutes. I still loved that car. The seats were great. Still got beat by an automatic Saturn SL2 with 2 very big chicks in it. In the end the car stalled mid-turn and got T-boned by a Subaru. I cut the passenger door off to get the Stereo and wiring harnesses.
26th Mar 2008, 07:46
I have a '96 5spd and other than tires and 1 bad sensor, I have had zero problems. This is by far the most reliable car I have ever owned. Fun, cheap to drive, what more could you ask for at 21k miles for $12,5, now 75k??
8th Sep 2008, 11:27
I've owned a 94 ford probe for 5 years now and while its had its own small problems everything could be easily fixed if you know how. there is a forum called probetalk that has a lot of helpful information about repairs on it. remember O2 sensors fail on all cars after time, brakes squeak on many also. I was lucky enough to purchase a manual so I haven't had the transmission problems but I have heard many times they can be resolved with an external transmission cooler.
11th Sep 2008, 23:09
Hi, I have a 1995 Ford Probe SE 5 speed. It's fun as heck to drive, and by far the best 4 cyl I have ever owned, and that's not many, as I like my V8's.
Got the car about 4 months ago for 100. Was going to scrap it when scrap cars where bringing 12 and more, but for some reason I could not do it.
In the 4 months I have owned it I have put NGK spark plugs in it. The week after I started driving it, it started running like crap. Problem solved.
Replaced driver window due to neighborhood trash wanting my GPS (buy the way, they just took the GPS and left me the car charger and suction cup - was that not nice of them?), and now I have to replace the drivers side fender because some guy decided that he was special and he don't have to stop at the stop sign, instead he drives through it looking at the little kids.
But other than that, the car is great, a lot better than the 96 Pontiac Sunfire GT automatic piece of crap I had prior to this car, but I have always been a sucker for a Ford.
6th Mar 2009, 11:58
This car is easy to work on. I've had mine for 200,000 miles and the only things I've had to replace were the CV shafts and timing belt (which I did just cause I didn't want it to go out). I've worked on them for my friends and they're very simple to work on in my opinion.. don't forget these are Mazda engines :)
8th Mar 2009, 05:04
200,000 miles would equate to 440,000 kilometres. That's great mileage in anybody's language!! I currently drive a 1989 Mitsubishi Lancer which has also proven itself a very reliable car, but I am contemplating a 1997 5 speed GT Probe.
Love the way these cars look. Haven't made up mind if I like the rear spoiler though as I tend to think it ruins the clean lines of the car. Seems the 97 model comes standard with the spoiler. What year is your car?
Be interested to know how many other people have wrung high mileages from their Probes.
12th Apr 2009, 19:37
I bought a 94 for $800. A little exhaust work, ball joint and a tie rod, which I did myself.
I have owned every type of car going. I drive 1500 KM a week and I go through cars fast, so I found it better buy cheap and often works for me. This Probe is awesome on gas, drives good and looks good. They all have problems and most cars today have many issues.
I have had Cavaliers, the last two, and while they worked well, they had head gasket and fuel pump problems.
My Ford Mustang had head gasket problems.
My Dodge Daytona was fast and looked good, but trannys were an issue.
My Mazda MX3 was absolutely amazing aside from brakes and tires.
They all have problems and issues and brakes, tires, lights and sensors are all basic maintenance.
1st Aug 2009, 21:29
I am interested in buying a 1997 Ford Probe GTS, 5 speed, with 91,000 miles.
When I test drove the car, I got on it pretty good, and as I was shifting from 1st into 2nd, the cars rpm's dropped and the car accelerated slowly, which I know isn't normal. The fuel pressure gauge on the dash doesn't work, but the car runs fine. Does anybody have a clue what could be the problem or is this common?
E mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can maybe help me out with an answer.
7th Dec 2009, 23:54
I've had my blue '93 four cyl. manual trans since 2002 - bought it as a repo.
Mechanic had to pull 5 lbs of sugar out of the gas tank after about a year (previous owner), so I had the engine 'flushed' just to be sure.
I think I had some weird power issues... hesitating, something. Been awhile.
Car has 255k miles, I put on the last 150, tried to replace her with a Subaru* because it's showing wear in its looks - parking lot dings, paint fade, interior panels raggedy and missing, only annoying problem has been a worn out harmonic balancer pulley - squeaks and eats belts (I refuse to over tighten it after I killed a water pump..) and I am too lazy to replace it.
The clutch chattered a bit when I bought it, so I have been careful with it and it still works fine. I have some tappet noise, and the oil pressure gauge reads lowish, but I have been running pure synthetics and changing the oil filter when the gauge reads too low for my comfort -- I suspect a fault in the oil pump over pressure valve or the pressure rating in the superseded (there used to be 2) oil filter.
*'93 impreza. OMG :(
No power, I live in CA - I do not need all wheel drive. I was killing the car waay too fast. Engine rpm at 65 was ~3000. Probe is ~23,24 hundred. Probe takes me to 80 from 65 in 2,3 seconds. Subaru 55-65 is 10 seconds. Same mileage. -30 hwy.
Was almost 40 at 165k miles.
Anybody know of cheap remodels? I do not know of another car in this price category that moves this well.
I do not know of any other car that moves this well, and does this well on gas, and has similar cargo space, and is cheap on insurance, etc, etc.
Some of the Malibus did a few years ago...