This was done in an unsuccessful attempt to attract younger buyers into Mercury showrooms. However, it is important to note that Ford in North America considered the Escort-based the official successor to the Probe and not the Cougar. There is enough room in the back there for all my daughter's clothes at one time I would have guessed they wouldn't have fit in a van. The idea that we would replace the Mustang with a Japanese car -- a different car from a different culture aimed at a different audience -- this is not going to work. Performance cars are supposed to be rear-wheel-drive. Ford had been hoping to sell around 20,000 Probes each year in Britain as the car market recovered from the effects of the from 1992, but in the three years it was sold there, a total of just over 15,000 were sold - around a quarter of the projected figure for that length of time. She also uses her Mark I Probe to carry animals for the humane society, including two big dogs in cages, sometimes a couple of cat carriers and and litter boxes.
Submit Company releases or Product News stories to. You may , discuss the issue on the , or , as appropriate. When I had purchased the vehicle at 168,000 miles it was still running with all of the factory parts with the exception of the hatch struts. Such was the falling demand for this type of car that by 1986, when the end of Capri production was announced, Ford decided against launching a direct replacement. The Ford Probe has received a pretty bad rap over the years. Le Moniteur de l'Automobile in French.
This car was not a very popular car produced by Ford and therefore finding replacement parts can be very difficult and often times requires retrofitting parts from other cars to work on this one. One of the reasons for this, of course, is because the Probe isn't a Mustang. At first both engines shared the same automatic transmission, the , but from 1994 onwards this changed. But if you fold down the rear seat and remove the parcel shelf in the back, the Probe becomes a mini station wagon. As the Probe was initiated from what was intended to be the new Mustang, the new Cougar was initiated from what was to be the new Probe.
Anyone who likes the Diamond-Star duo of Eagle Talon and Mitsubishi Eclipse would also like the Probe. The 1989 Ford Probe has a Mazda 4 cylinder engine and a 5 speed manual transmission. The second generation Probe was introduced in August 1992 as a 1993 model. Let's get to the practicality, just for kicks. Japanese models were not in compliance with Japanese Government regulations concerning , resulting in Japanese buyers being held liable for additional taxes as a result. After dropping the Probe Feature Car after only a year of production, Ford carried over the Wild Orchid exterior color for the 1995 model year which was available on all Probe models.
The handling is superb even with the original struts at 189,000 miles. Instead of being aimed as a successor to the Mustang or as a rival to its traditional competitors, the and , Ford would aim the Probe against popular imported sports coupes of the era such as the and. The engine drives the front wheels through a five-speed manual transmission. Car and Driver August 1992 : 32—37. So what's to complain about.
The slick fastback styling in a two-door coupe is about as sleek as you can get in a car and still offer practicality. Despite the car being extended 2 inches and widened 4 inches, it was 125 pounds lighter than the first generation Probe. The car got excellent gas mileage, has a moderate amount of power, and was fun to drive with the stick shift. Ford Motor Company executives, along with many car magazines received strongly-worded letters of criticism decrying the decision. About one-third of the way through designing the third generation Probe, Ford decided to change the name and bring back the Cougar nameplate and badge it as a. The , released shortly after the discontinuation of the Probe, was considered the Probe's successor. But if you're putting two adults back there, it'll be a tight fit.
It was like the champagne sipping crowd replaced the beer drinking crowd. By February 2016, just 718 examples of the Probe were still in use in Britain. The Probe has a hatch rear that has a decent trunk under normal circumstances. To report errors and other problems with this page, please. While I liked the Probe's styling, I have always had a dislike for pop-up headlights. The Probe was available in several trim levels that differ depending on the market in which the vehicle was sold. The 1991 Probe was given a 4-star crash rating in collision tests conducted by the U.
Both engines featured dual overhead cam designs with the choice of a 5-speed or a 4-speed automatic transmission. While the top speed is good, and road speed is good, the speedometer is marked to 140 mph and we never came close to half that number. November 2016 Ford Probe Overview Manufacturer Production 1988—1997 1989—1997 Assembly United States: , Body and chassis Related Chronology Predecessor Successor The Ford Probe is a produced by , introduced in 1988 and produced until 1997. Most Probes sold in the United States were equipped with air conditioning. The second-generation Probe was designed by a team led by Mimi Vandermolen, who led the interior design of the 1986.
It would also be nice to have a real glove box, which was eliminated for the passenger air bag. Since then, of course, the Mustang has undergone a rebirth that has brought it back, somewhat, to what it was originally. While the Probe has had a tough life it has endured because it's a good sports coupe with nice styling. Styling of the Probe is very dramatic. I like that this car is reliable, good for the pocket book with the gas mileage, and comfortable to ride in.
The interior of the car went down hill, even with proper maintenance and finding the replacement parts is impossible it seems. Driving the car was incredibly forgiving to anyone just learning how to drive stick shift. Copyright 1996— The Auto Channel. But it would be nice to have a real cupholder somewhere in the car. Technically, the second generation Probe is 60% Mazda and 40% Ford. But when the Probe was originally conceived, it was to be a Mustang replacement. Mazda engineered the engine, transmission, and chassis, while Ford engineered the body and interior.