MotorWeek finds nice things to say about the 1993 Ford Probe
This latest in MotorWeek’s series of Retro Reviews continues its recent trend of remembering the massive glut of sports coupes that hit the market in the ’90s. While vehicles like the Mitsubishi 3000GT, Mazda RX-7, and Ford Mustang all enjoy solid reputations down to this day, the 1993 Ford Probe, well… doesn’t. As you’ll soon see, though, the show’s opinion suggests the coupe’s second generation isn’t really all that bad. Turns out they just weren’t particularly sporty.
Ford and Mazda developed the Probe together, and the Japanese company supplied both the base 115-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder and the 164-hp 2.5-liter V6 in the GT trim. The original’s pseudo-angular look gave way to a much smoother shape for the second generation. Of course, pop-up headlights remained, which were a design hallmark for many of this era’s sports coupes.
After driving it, MotorWeek proclaims the Probe is “a winner” and considers the handling a “delight.” That’s not a big surprise, considering that in those days, a car had to be really bad not to get a decent review from Television’s Original Automotive Magazine. However, the show hints at some of the reasons the coupe isn’t so well remembered today. Even the GT reportedly suffers from soft springs and lots of understeer, which sounds like exactly the opposite anyone hoping to drive the coupe enthusiastically would want.
To sum it all up, we’re sure you’re just as happy as we are that Ford went back on its initial plan to shelve the Mustang in favor of the front-drive Probe.