1st Generation (1989—1992) Probe Problems

This generations ranks 32nd out of 102 Ford generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (31%), transmission (13%), and the cooling system (10%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Car Slips Out of Drive While Driving 3 complaints at an average of 115,856 miles in the 1991 Ford Probe.
  2. Won\'t Start 1 complaints at an average of 2,000 miles in the 1989 Ford Probe.
  3. Oil Gauge Is Erratic 1 complaints at an average of 108,000 miles in the 1989 Ford Probe.

What Probe Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Ford model years.

Watch out for the 1989 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
1992 8 3 36 0.84
1991 7 4 32 1.36
1990 5 4 34 0.43
1989 9 1 23 2.24

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