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Old 01-02-2006, 21:01   #1 (permalink)
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Question regarding the Ford Probe GT

I'm looking into a 93 Ford Probe GT and was wondering if anybody in the
group had any experience with these cars. My previous 2 cars have been
a 91 and a 95 Pontiac Grand Prix. I was less than pleased with what I
got from them so I figure it's time for a little change. The Ford Probe
I'm considering is in really good shape with a 2.5L V6 DOHC 24V FI and
a manual transmission. What could a person expect when dealing with one
of these cars? Any info or advice on the Ford Probe would be greatly
appareciated. Thanks in advance.


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Old 01-02-2006, 23:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Question regarding the Ford Probe GT

In article <1136263228_143@64triton.net>, boywondr25@yahoo.com says...
> I'm looking into a 93 Ford Probe GT and was wondering if anybody in the
> group had any experience with these cars. My previous 2 cars have been
> a 91 and a 95 Pontiac Grand Prix. I was less than pleased with what I
> got from them so I figure it's time for a little change. The Ford Probe
> I'm considering is in really good shape with a 2.5L V6 DOHC 24V FI and
> a manual transmission. What could a person expect when dealing with one
> of these cars? Any info or advice on the Ford Probe would be greatly
> appareciated. Thanks in advance.
>
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Try here, a dedicated Probe Forum:

http://forums.probetalk.com/
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Old 01-03-2006, 06:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Question regarding the Ford Probe GT

Spanky <boywondr25@yahoo.com> wrote:

> I'm looking into a 93 Ford Probe GT and was wondering if anybody in
> the group had any experience with these cars. My previous 2 cars have
> been a 91 and a 95 Pontiac Grand Prix. I was less than pleased with
> what I got from them so I figure it's time for a little change. The
> Ford Probe I'm considering is in really good shape with a 2.5L V6 DOHC
> 24V FI and a manual transmission. What could a person expect when
> dealing with one of these cars? Any info or advice on the Ford Probe
> would be greatly appareciated. Thanks in advance.
>


Specifically, the Probe is a good little car... it's based on the Mazda
626 platform so, mechanically, you can look at and crunch 626 numbers.
But it's a helluva lot more fun to drive than a 626

The downsides:

EASY to break into, because the door windows arent framed... so dont be
leaving any valuables in plain sight in there. Or expensive sound
systems
- OTOH, there arent likely to be any broken windows from break-ins

Wind noise at speed, same reason

Repair Parts costs WERE high when I first got mine... though they came
down significantly as the model matured and aftermarket geared up.

A heavy hatch. Probably will have to replace the hatch lifters.

Turn radius of a mid-size. My 93 TBird turns about 3 feet better

Upsides:
Cheap economy... the thing is slippery and my 4 cyl MT SE regularly got
27-30 mpg, mixed driving, with foot to the floor much, hell, MOST, of the
time.

More hauling capacity than you'd think at first look, with rear seats
down.
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Old 01-03-2006, 09:02   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Question regarding the Ford Probe GT

Spanky wrote:
> I'm looking into a 93 Ford Probe GT and was wondering if anybody in the
> group had any experience with these cars. My previous 2 cars have been a
> 91 and a 95 Pontiac Grand Prix. I was less than pleased with what I got
> from them so I figure it's time for a little change. The Ford Probe I'm
> considering is in really good shape with a 2.5L V6 DOHC 24V FI and a
> manual transmission. What could a person expect when dealing with one of
> these cars? Any info or advice on the Ford Probe would be greatly
> appareciated. Thanks in advance.
>
>
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The earlier probes were prone to electrical problems, brake noise, and a whole host
of oddball problems. By 93 I believe they were a pretty good car. In my neck of the
woods (Northern Ohio) They are prone to rust badly underneath and electrical problems
are very common. This is, of course, due to winter salt. If you live in a more
temperate area it shouldn't be an issue.
I once drove a Probe with a 3.0L Vulcan and a 5 speed trans. That car was a blast to
drive.
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Old 01-03-2006, 12:01   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Question regarding the Ford Probe GT

Tom Adkins <newton5@remove.comcast.net> wrote:


> I once drove a Probe with a 3.0L Vulcan and a 5 speed trans. That
> car was a blast to
> drive.
>


A Taurus GL/SHO transplant?

{scratching head}

Interesting swop.. should be doable with mostly off-shelf parts. Need
different springs, though, I'd think.

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Old 01-03-2006, 14:01   #6 (permalink)
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Re: Question regarding the Ford Probe GT

Backyard Mechanic wrote:
> Tom Adkins <newton5@remove.comcast.net> wrote:
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>
>
>> I once drove a Probe with a 3.0L Vulcan and a 5 speed trans. That
>> car was a blast to
>>drive.
>>

>
>
> A Taurus GL/SHO transplant?
>
> {scratching head}
>
> Interesting swop.. should be doable with mostly off-shelf parts. Need
> different springs, though, I'd think.
>

Nope, Original driveline. About a 1990-91 maybe? IIRC, the car had bigger Taurus
"looking" brakes. I think I may have seen another over the years, but no more than 2.
It wasn't a GT, but a regular Probe with all the bells and whistles.
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Old 01-03-2006, 14:01   #7 (permalink)
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"Tom Adkins" <newton5@remove.comcast.net> wrote in message
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> Backyard Mechanic wrote:
> > Tom Adkins <newton5@remove.comcast.net> wrote:
> >
> >
> >
> >> I once drove a Probe with a 3.0L Vulcan and a 5 speed trans. That
> >> car was a blast to
> >>drive.
> >>

> >
> >
> > A Taurus GL/SHO transplant?
> >
> > {scratching head}
> >
> > Interesting swop.. should be doable with mostly off-shelf parts. Need
> > different springs, though, I'd think.
> >

> Nope, Original driveline. About a 1990-91 maybe? IIRC, the car had

bigger Taurus
> "looking" brakes. I think I may have seen another over the years, but no

more than 2.
> It wasn't a GT, but a regular Probe with all the bells and whistles.


It was indeed a Probe GL? Beautiful to drive,
nice interior. My wife the school teacher loved it and
kept her 1990 Probe for 9 years and traded for a 98 GT
It was a hoot to dive, lots of power
but a crappy plastic interior. She traded it in in 1991 for a Cougar
which she kept for 10 years!


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