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07-05-2002, 05:22 PM
I'm looking into buying myself a Ford Probe does anyone know much about these vehicles?

07-05-2002, 09:01 PM
[B][size=18][COLOR=darkblue]It really depends. I've heard just as many good stories as I have heard bad stories about the Probe. I own one; a '96 GT, in fact. It's a reliable car, but, in my case I began having trouble with it after 70k miles. Right now I must have spent around $3000 just to keep it running; and it's very near 120k miles. The biggest problem I have had with it--and continue to have with it--is the Harmonic Sensor/Balancer going outta wack. This, in case you don't know, senses the position of the piston heads. So, right now it takes at least three tries to get the car started. Two of the three attempts the engine violently vibrates the car as it is attempting to turn over. ...And I just had this repaired about 4 months ago. Well, supposedly.

I have driven my car [I]alot! I would always go on road trips and go places that were well off pavement. So, I suppose it would be safe to say my car has been put through a lot and what problems I am experiencing now should be expected. The point is, I may have brought on what I'm experiencing myself. Then again, I could just very well have a crappy car by happenstance.

All in all, you're taking a risk with the Probe. If you do decide to look for one, seek out a '96 or '97. Preferrably the '97 GTS. Ok... that's my biased taste. ;)

My next car (what I realistically can afford)... the 2003 Hyundai Tiburon. What I wish I could afford at this point in time... the 2003 Honda S2000.

Hope this helped a bit. Peace! : peace2: ...and later... :wave:

07-11-2002, 03:23 PM
My opinion goes without saying :hmph:

07-11-2002, 05:41 PM
not a ford man slamo?

Bahamut Zer0
07-11-2002, 05:46 PM
Lets just say you can do better than a Probe.

Much better.

Where abouts in the world are you, and how much you looking at spending?

07-11-2002, 05:51 PM
Isn't the Probe just a Ford rebodied Mazda 626? :?:
Well that's what they were out here. ;)
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07-12-2002, 12:31 AM
:rolleyes: Looking at spending upto around $15k, live in Geelong Victoria, Australia

Bahamut Zer0
07-12-2002, 04:34 PM
Check the Trading post regulary for the Nissan 200sx
or even the 180sx.
You wont be dissapointed. 15k wont get you a decent one though (read-fully worked), but if youre willing to put some effort & cash into it, you can have yourself one nice car. Better than a Probe, thats for sure.

Have been seing quite a few 2-door '94 Lancers out and about lately. They aint a bad drive either. Also in your budget as well, and can look very smick.

07-12-2002, 06:25 PM
hmmmm, not too sure about the lancers, what about a 92 TX5?

07-12-2002, 06:54 PM
Not for me as FWD vehicles in my books are a :no:
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07-12-2002, 07:20 PM
hows this for a reason not to get a FWD
mate blew his clutch in a 94 laser. $100 for the clutch.... $500 for the labor. mainly 'cos teh motor had to be removed to access it.

07-12-2002, 07:38 PM
Pushin' one hard is guaranteed to keep someone in a job rebuildin' CV joints too. :smokin:

Bahamut Zer0
07-12-2002, 09:59 PM
gah, if you can drive and handle a 4wd vehicle, then your CV joints will last. As long as everything around it is of good quality and maintained well, youll be right.

TX5....meeh. More trouble than what theyre worth.
200sx i tells ya. Youll fall in love with it the day you test drive it.

07-12-2002, 10:12 PM
4WD and RWD are a lot different to plain FWD vehicles. :smokin:
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Bahamut Zer0
07-12-2002, 10:44 PM
whoops, stupid typos.
Thats what I get for typing and listening to two similar conversations.

The FWD cars will last longer with decent maintenence of course. I havnt found they go through CV joints any faster than I guess, 'normal' unless they are abused. As with any type of car, you really have to take the time to inspect and maintain the equipment. Saying that all FWD cars are of lower quality or performance is pretty silly though. While I prefer the 4/RWD personally, I wouldnt hesitate getting a FWD car either. I have one in fact.

Anyway, *uses jedi mind tricks on Warbo to get him a 200sx*

Theyres a pearl green 200sx for sale up here for 13k that I see everyday on the way to tafe. Id sooo get that if I had the money....

07-18-2002, 06:26 AM
:D Yo! Nissan Altima!
Best bang for your buck! Even the older ones (99 thru 2001).
I own a 2002 3.5SE.
Incredible car.:thumb:

07-20-2002, 07:51 AM
I like people who jump into conversations without reading the previous posts, reminds me of me.

An Altima is too expensive. I like the 200sx idea. Do theyt have a type-R version in Aus? My old girlfriend used to have a 200sx-r. Atleast i think thats what it was called. I wouldn't call it fast, but it is "sporty"

Are you guys all into japanese econo racers down there? I guess im just biased to my car. Or the fact that for 10K US i can get a turbo version of my car that could smoke a stock vette in the 1/4 with only a 100$ chip, and wastegate shim. BTW, how much would an '86 to '89 Porsche 944 Turbo cost in AUS?