Originally Posted by FoMoCo4eva
You know whats funny, my last name starts with B too..lol
Anyway, could you tell me a little about your experience with your Probe?
Any problems I should look for when going to buy one? Is there anything that really annoys you about the car?
I just want to know the kind of stuff that isn't in all the reviews when the cars were new.
I want either a probe or a mondeo ST24, without being to biast which do you think would be the better car?
Actually the Probe is the wifes car mine is the XR8 but we have had it since Feb 02 and it now has 90k on the clock with no real problems at all only a busted power steering pump - bearing actually that collapsed.
The Probe is a good car with virtually no room in the back seat but a huge cargo area and I have driven a 99 Mondeo manual only the 2.0 which I found very unrefined (I personally would put it in the same boat as a Hyundai Excel - puts flame suit on waiting for a response from the Mondeo guys) the only other problem with the Probe is the vision from the mirrors is not that good.
The Probe is not overly quick as it is a fairly heavy car for its size.
We actually test drove a Cougar late last year which has the same motor as the ST24 and the Cougar seemed to be a quicker car then the Probe but was smaller inside , the Probe has a good size drivers area I am 6"1' and 110kgs and I fit in the Probe with ease
The main thing with the Mazda KL03 motor is give it very regular oil changes with a low vis oil (5 or 10W30 is ideal) and good grade filter (Original Mazda V6 filter is the best on the market) every 5000kms at least other wise the HLA's will become noisy.
I have personally never driven or been in a ST24 so I can not make an opinion but I have heard they are a sleeper don't the English cops use these as their Highway Patrol cars along with the Vectra V6's
What ever you get you will enjoy it it will have the BLUE OVAL doesn't that count for something..