1996 Ford Probe Consumer Review: Fun, nice looking repair prone

1996 Ford Probe Hatchback - Consumer Review

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Fun, nice looking repair prone car
By Robert Ranzer on


1996 Ford Probe GT 2dr Hatchback


I bought my GT new. While it is a great looking vehicle ive had a few problems. Recently had the top and lower idler pulleys in the engine go. That would have been fatal for the engine without a little luck. At 50,000 miles I had the ignition distributor assembly go. The engine just shut off in rush hour traffic. $700 for remanufactred part. Radiator in 04. Water pump in 03. Spark plug wire set in 02. R/F and L/F axles in 03. The rear lift on the hatch loses it,s ability to stay up. Had that fixed before. The car leaks coolant and a little oil. My mechanic says don't worry about it cause it's not worth fixing. I know the car is old but it has only 60,000 miles on it. Fun to drive.

Best Features

Cruise control. Intermitant wipers. Great design. The compliments I received on the car when I first got it were numerous.

Worst Features

Better quality. While not a lemon its not good to have the engine cut out on you in rush hour traffic. That was the worst!
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