In 1989 Ford introduced the Ford Probe a replacement to the Ford EXP as the company’s sport compact car. It was sold in Europe, Australia and in North America. This sporty coupe was intended to fill the market niche formerly occupied by the Capri in Europe, and although it was intended as the substitute to the Ford EXP, it was also considered a possible replacement for the Ford Mustang. There were a few problems with the Probe and fans let Ford know. They specifically objected to the front wheel drive configuration, the Japanese engineering, and lack of a V8. Ford, in response, decided to go back to work on a new design for the Mustang instead.
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The Probe sold 837,273 units over its eight-year production run, yet this was not sufficient to Ford’s expectations. The styling, while modern, was not universally liked and the innuendo of the car’s name did not endear itself to prospective buyers. In 1997, sales of the Probe were finally discontinued after only selling 32,505 units in that final year. Nevertheless, the car couldn’t have been that bad given that the Probe GT was Motor Trend magazine’s Car of the Year for 1993. It also made Car and Driver magazine’s Ten Best list for 1989, 1993 and 1994. The first generation Probe appeared in 1988 and lasted until 1992 in the United States. It was based on a series of futuristic concept cars of the early 1980s, the likes of which have only been seen since in films like Judge Dredd and Total Recall. It was a relatively large coupe, based on the Mazda GD platform, and was powered by a 2.2 L SOHC I4 cylinder Mazda F2 engine. Over the years the Probe was restyled numerous times with some models definitely being more stylish than others. You can obtain more information on the Probe by going here and an auto shipping quote on our calculator for your Ford Probe.<< Back to Vehicle Index