FORD PROBE - Ford’s FAILED Mustang Replacement | Up To Speed

23 lug 2020
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Did you know that the Ford Probe, was ALMOST a next generation mustang? Or that Mazda helped Ford, to mastermind the design of the Probe? Whether you answered yes or no, the Ford Probe and Probe GT, has a juicy history of pissing off Mustang fan boys, and thanks to Mimi Vanderholen, winning the hearts of 90's women and families across the US. Slated to compete with the Japanese domestic market cars of the time, and to compete in the Nascar dash series--it soon became clear, that this midsize passenger sedan, could keep up with the competition. So sit back, relax, and join James Pumphrey as he walks us through the tale of the failed Ford Mus... I mean, Ford Probe.
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00:00 Introduction
09:58 Do-RE-MIMI
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  • I traded cars with a dude for a weekend, I had a 98 plymouth neon he had a 93 baretta gt, I told him his car had a shake in the front end, he drove it and the wheel bearing went out and he flipped it, couldn't trade 😭

    Richard ForhurholesRichard Forhurholes2 giorni fa
  • More like the "Ford Probe-lem," am I right?

    Justin HillJustin Hill6 giorni fa
  • "The Fox Body years had been good for the Mustang." So no one ever. 30 something years later people are like "I love the Fox body." Back in the day though - everyone hated it. It was the reason why they needed a replacement for Mustang. That design killed Mustang. No one wanted to drive that POS. Unless you were a Vanilla Ice fan.

    The Great CornholioThe Great Cornholio10 giorni fa
  • Way off subject but, could you guys put together an Up to speed video about the Ford Ranchero?

    Robert HamiltonRobert Hamilton10 giorni fa
  • Do kia optima plzzz

    Carl StreevalCarl Streeval10 giorni fa
  • interesting enough, I also consider my '09 Fusion "part Mazda." 2.3l Mazda designed engine although Ford build and branded as Duratec. And a Mazda designed and built transmission stock from factory. It's even got the Mazda logo. One of the car's names is the Undercover Mazda.

    420Samurai420Samurai13 giorni fa
  • Nothing is a coincidence

    Ivan J CaliforniaIvan J California15 giorni fa
  • How did you know I was on the toilet?

    FALpwnFALpwn17 giorni fa
  • Instead of a replacement to the mustang keep it side by side with the stang.

    Aspie OtakuAspie Otaku17 giorni fa
  • I wouldn't mind having one of these cars. I see these sometimes on the road, and just the styling of the car always catches my eye.

    Pichudies.mp4Pichudies.mp420 giorni fa
    • - 👍 They are forgotten future classics. Hard to find clean ones anymore.

  • The front half of one is sitting in my school’s auto shop 😂

    Sara BarnesSara Barnes24 giorni fa
  • I miss my 93 ford probe gt.. when the ford prbe gts are suped up. They can look really cool

    Anthony GillAnthony Gill26 giorni fa
  • It seems you are from USA as stupid as you are. Did you drive the car on German Autobahn? It bit Porsche by original engine with 270/280km/h top speed. This is 1.6 less than your mile FYI. Are you a rassist because of those bad words about Mazda? Too add... Did you know Henry financed Hitler? Even about such stupid history things and your stupid mind, V8 is very nice, but you live in the past.... The Sound you can generate by sound system to do something good for mother nature. the car makes fun and new Mustang Models you can put in waste BTW, nice Toy Cars, only thing that is good is the sound that's it.... So stay healthy and stop voting old guys that are more stupid as you are. 😉🧓

    Rene KnoppRene Knopp28 giorni fa
  • not talking about the mx6?

    AK ZAK ZMese fa
  • The last probe gt's were sort of ok. They must be all crushed I never see probes ever.

    lil c'slil c'sMese fa
  • When are you going to MAKE the video of POP UP UP AND DOWN HEADLIGHTS!! I would love to see that

    Christoffer Van DykeChristoffer Van DykeMese fa
  • Sp a woman designed this car then called it "the probe"??!!! Lol these days it would be called the Ford #metoo lmao

    James OdomJames OdomMese fa
  • My dad had a 1997 Ford probe and he loved it

    Thomas The tank engineThomas The tank engineMese fa
  • you need to work on audio man...

    Artur MatkowskiArtur MatkowskiMese fa
  • This vid legit came out a week after I bought my probe gt 😂😂

    Tyler KenneyTyler KenneyMese fa
    • @Tyler Kenney very cool. I am in process of getting mine back on the road. Trying to do all the work myself including trans swap. Bought it brand new in 95. Enjoy it and keep it original and in nice shape, will only go up in value. That sucks about third gear, I rarely used third. Revved out 2nd and went right into 4th to cruise. Maybe try new synchromesh trans fluid, I plan to try royal purple all synthetic 75/90 next trans fluid change.

    • @FORD PROBE GARAGE STUDIO it’s a 95 GT. got it for 1175 clean body trashed interior. exhaust leak in front of the first cat. few days after i bought it the timing belt went out so i spent 1200 to get that fixed and since then she’s been running great! love the car especially since it’s my first car. 5 speed manual but 3rd gear is gone as well

      Tyler KenneyTyler Kenney8 giorni fa
    • - Share details of your purchase. They are great cars, hard to find though.

  • I remember when my grandma bought a brand new probe. that thing was awesome... and she drove the shit out of it. it was pretty much my introduction to “going fast.”

    Foreign BeggarForeign BeggarMese fa
  • My dad said he had a probe and he maxed out the rev limiter at like 115 and the windows would suction out just a little. He said they would also rattle some times.

    Jimmy VinsonhalerJimmy VinsonhalerMese fa
  • The probe is a cool car in its own right, my friend owns one and we always have a blast after school with my other mates driving to mcdonalds

    bartjuhhhbartjuhhhMese fa
    • - 👍

  • “They had a desire, for the fire, on the tire!” lol👍🤣

    Eric ThomasEric ThomasMese fa
  • 3:26 music?!?!

    theagemontheagemonMese fa
  • for pumphrey,it doesnt matter what car it is as far as it has pop up up and down headlightsssssssssssssssssssssssss

    Sruthy C.N.Sruthy C.N.Mese fa
  • Love u too for this 1

  • Cool car but let's do the dodge nitro next

    WillyWilly2 mesi fa
  • Failed audio.._..the damn car was smoooth driving the wind did nothing cut threw 189km I was drink a spot of tea.

    Shadowmick MShadowmick M2 mesi fa
  • I do remember seeing Probes with a Testarossa sticker on the side. FORD=F(O)aux-aiRDam.

    Vinz ClorthoVinz Clortho2 mesi fa
  • I had a 1995 Ford Probe GT, one of the coolest cars I ever owned. I wish Ford would bring back the Probe GT, drop in a V8, and make it rear wheel drive.

    Chris PateChris Pate2 mesi fa
    • Agree it should have been rear wheel drive, but at the time everything was import tuners. I am in process of getting mine back on the road. Wish me luck.

  • This is when ford tried to screw the America Consumer! They tried to make is so no one could diagnose their cars but them! So they could charge as they please! Luckily the government stepped in and stopped them and made is so all vehicles so in the USA had to be OBD2 compliant so anyone could diagnose them! But it showed how greedy they are! Build things to break often which only you can fix for an extravagant price! No thanks! Only ford I would own is a V8 mustang and even then I hate to waste my money on a slower more expensive ford when I can get a cheaper faster Chevy or dodge.

    Tammy ForbesTammy Forbes2 mesi fa
  • Remember, we did get a FWD Dodge Challenger and almost got FWD Camaros and Firebirds (the GM80 project)! Thank goodness the current Mustang, Camaro, and Challenger are still RWD(with some AWD Challengers added to the list)! Need an Up To Speed on the Firebird and Trans Am!!!!

    Johnny MasonJohnny Mason2 mesi fa
  • Yup, sure did, even remember the 'great' unveiling lol

    John OehrleinJohn Oehrlein2 mesi fa
  • Based on the comments I was only one who knew donut was gonna probe your eardrums and watched connected to a Bluetooth speaker on my tablet

    Marcus InfinityMarcus Infinity2 mesi fa
  • what's wrong with your audio editing man!?

    Hugues ChamberlandHugues Chamberland2 mesi fa
  • Pop pop pop up and down headlights 8:58 🤣🤣🤣🤣: edit if you don't watch retro MotorWeek you're a moron

    billy heatonbilly heaton2 mesi fa
  • The first gen turbo probe would have been a total badass RWD.. Fight me!

    phantommaggotxxxphantommaggotxxx2 mesi fa
  • Stand up comedians used to make jokes about the Ford Probe " I was at a stop light and got rear ended by a Probe .. ."

    Linda EasleyLinda Easley2 mesi fa
  • Would anyone drive a ford probe gt turbo ? I would

    Deney HungDeney Hung2 mesi fa
  • My mom had a ford probe

    Shadows5815Shadows58152 mesi fa
  • i loved the probe it was a cool car.

    Pnoid NewsPnoid News2 mesi fa
  • Your audio is absolutely terrible. Good info, though.

    RyanRyan2 mesi fa
  • Lol this was my very first car when I was 18 Good times 😁

    Trigger xXTrigger xX2 mesi fa
    • - My very first brand new car also. I still have it 26 years later. Can’t get ride of it now.........


    • You get my vote!!!!

  • Say what you want about a probe. The Gt's were fun to beat to hell as a kid!

    Black Rifles matterBlack Rifles matter2 mesi fa
  • Had a gt in high school

    Trevon AdamsTrevon Adams2 mesi fa
  • The Probe was a nice looking car but the transmission in it was a piece of junk! The car was also expensive to maintain.

    The Real LuigiThe Real Luigi2 mesi fa
    • FORD PROBE GARAGE STUDIO mine was an automatic.

      The Real LuigiThe Real Luigi2 mesi fa
    • Automatic trans or manual? I am in process of replacing my manual trans, as the diff is shot.

  • New Coke was not a nightmare. It was a marketing trick which worked phenomally.

    Andy HamiltonAndy Hamilton2 mesi fa
  • My first car was a Probe, I miss it so much

    Austin GarrisonAustin Garrison2 mesi fa
  • It bombed in the U.K. Because it was nothing like the Capri that it was mean't to replace and the name made people snigger .They should have just got straight to the point and called it the "Ford Penis" .That and it was ten years too late.

    MrPlownds26MrPlownds262 mesi fa
  • Please wake up the sound guy

    melloyellogsxrmelloyellogsxr2 mesi fa
  • so why did the probe failed to replace the mustang? its simple, you cant replace the mustang

    Joaquin GonzalezJoaquin Gonzalez2 mesi fa
  • This guy is so noob and annoying ,classic rich fat nerd, who likes only publicity. I can't understand how you watch them. Awful videos even for ignorant fan boys kids... This humour is so cringe...

    Terminator MscTerminator Msc2 mesi fa
  • american ae86 no cap

    BalticShipChannelBalticShipChannel2 mesi fa
  • I watched this video for “Pop Up Up and Down Headlights.” Disappointed

    John Mark GrayJohn Mark Gray2 mesi fa
  • At 4:08 is that the Mustang 596ci Vs the Camaro 572ci from either Road and Track or Car and Driver? Ive been trying to find any info on it but never did. My friend had a subscription to one of those mags, and they had a contest between the 2 previously mention cars. I remember the Mustang 596ci would do 0-60 in would also occasionally blow the oil pan off, too . Ive looked around the net a few times over about 10 years and found very very little. I cant remember if it was the cover story or not (I think it was but I could be wrong). It was a really cool article, and would love to find what issue it wa s so I can buy a back issue from ebay or where ever

    Zack SchillingZack Schilling2 mesi fa
  • My right ear loved this

    BanjoBanjo2 mesi fa
  • Who else knew to turn down their volume (if they had ear buds like me) when he asked "does it have pop up up and down head lights?" He needs to put a warning when he bout to yell so ear bud users can turn down their volume. Cause I'm a get ear damage.

    Bryan JamesBryan James2 mesi fa
  • I miss my 1st gen pop up headlight probe

    J HJ H2 mesi fa
  • Second gen Probe is one of the best looking 90s cars bar none

    Daniel SterlingDaniel Sterling2 mesi fa
  • Wasn’t mercury made for an older audience

    Ragged LionRagged Lion2 mesi fa
  • I had 3 gen G chassis cars an 89 mx6 gt and 2 89 probe GT. As well as a 95 probe GT. The car didnt need gobs of power to make it enjoyable to drive i miss having one so much they are almost impossible to come by now

    Marcus MengeMarcus Menge2 mesi fa
    • They are so rare now. I started a channel to try and preserve them. Or at least get the word out. So many have been crushed.......

  • I had a 92 GT turbo running 16 psi,Thunderbird turbo,zombie chip tune. Beat all most all the hondas that raced me

    Kevin HKevin H2 mesi fa
  • My mom used to own a Probe... then the transmission said no.

    Dr StrangeDr Strange2 mesi fa
  • I Love this show if y’all ever in or really just passing through Southern Colorado holla at ( Blaq Dymond Kustoms ) we got you.

    MrEv445MrEv4452 mesi fa
  • Chevy attempted the same with with the Beretta. It was originally intended as a potential replacement for the Fbody in the same Era as the Probe. They even build a few performance based Beretta prototypes. Check out the Feretta. It is a FWD, 5 speed but has a 32valve DOHC V8 under the hood. Built by GM back in ~1987. Also built a Twin Turbo V6 AWD prototype. Pretty cool cars. Both are privately owned after being sold at Barrett Jackson in 2009. But yeah, the concept as an Fbody replacement failed. The Beretta was alright as a cheap car, though.

    DanteGTZDanteGTZ2 mesi fa
  • Do the MX6 next

    Not a TrollNot a Troll2 mesi fa
    • Same mechanics different body.

      JasonJason2 mesi fa
  • The audio makes this unwatchable. I want my view back!!!!

    Professor InvestorProfessor Investor2 mesi fa
  • What up with the volume on is like up and down????! Dont do this again

    Professor InvestorProfessor Investor2 mesi fa
  • Came back a month later to give a thumbs down to this video. Nothing personal, Pumphrey :) We are here to lobby for the next Money pit car to be a Probe, as soon as the Miata is complete

    SilverBullet93GTSilverBullet93GT2 mesi fa
  • There is no reason to shove the mic down your throat to yell every 35 seconds, the content is good enough on its own without me having to modulate my sound so you don't blow out my speakers with some pointless scream

    That motorcycle guyThat motorcycle guy2 mesi fa
  • Always liked Ford Probes, hate ford, Love the Probe. My dad had a Gen-1 4cyl 5 speed, put 270,000 miles on it before he sold it- great car.

    WyvernWyvern2 mesi fa
    • @Jason yes. All parts and repairs needed Ii go to Mazda shops and dealers.

    • Well... they are mostly mazda

      JasonJason2 mesi fa
  • Long line of cork soakers

    IckessIckess2 mesi fa
  • I've been waiting for this one

    Barry AllenBarry Allen2 mesi fa
    • @Shrooms did you get get one? Please share the details as they are so hard to find. I posted a few videos of mine and repairs needed. Feel free to post comments about your new one. Very cool.

    • I’m buying one this week 😍

      ShroomsShrooms2 mesi fa
  • Gonna get one of these bad boys and put a mustang badge on it just to screw with people. Is that a mustang with P-P-P-POP-POP UP AND DOWN HEADLIIIIIIGHTSSSSSSSSS!?!?!?!?

    Stick-It Productions.Stick-It Productions.2 mesi fa
  • Bring Back Bids Barto @BidsBarto #BidsBarto

    Brad ൠBrad ൠ2 mesi fa
  • I have to ask, have you been watching up on the mache e, because it does actually look pretty cool

    Gauge BuseckGauge Buseck2 mesi fa
  • Love your show! buy a better mic or fix your sound somehow it was better before this mic showed up

    amosnomaramosnomar2 mesi fa
  • I had a 91 turbo amazing car fast great handling ugly but amazing gas good even in the snow0

    B cB c2 mesi fa
    • Gt only 4cl only

      B cB c2 mesi fa
  • How did you manage to ruin the video with the horrible sound quality?

    Derrick WillieDerrick Willie2 mesi fa
  • Please keep your day job

    Tardis 8868Tardis 88683 mesi fa
  • I had a 1993 Probe when I was a teenager. It was a great car other than the multiple transmission problems that cost 3 times what they should have to repair, extremely low power and the fact that it was Wrong-Wheel Drive.

    Metalbass79Metalbass793 mesi fa
    • @FORD PROBE GARAGE STUDIO It was an automatic. I loved that car other than that.

      Metalbass79Metalbass792 mesi fa
    • Manual or automatic trans issues? Please let me know as I am in the process of using a 93 manual transmission to fix my 1994 GT. Thank you

  • i got the 3.0 lx five-speed and it look brand new

    SplashyPoo9693SplashyPoo96933 mesi fa
  • any one know what the song is in the background at 8:00?

    AnAngryManateeAnAngryManatee3 mesi fa
  • Another clown in you tube.

    e vale val3 mesi fa
  • unfortunately he is ridiculous with his not funny comments.

    e vale val3 mesi fa
  • I like listening to these while driving sometimes. But the audio was so bad I had to down vote and that is rare. Turned up to hear and then its so loud it hurt my ears with the car windows open.

    E RobinsonE Robinson3 mesi fa
  • I had a 96 probe GT v6 stick all black with chrome wheels. Such a sweet sweet ride. Then in 04 I traded it for a then awesome and still have it Lincoln LS V8 sport. Also all black with the chrome wheels.

    TheSFFVTheSFFV3 mesi fa

  • Every time I hear "Ford Probe" I imagine something slithering up a sphincter.

    Heat FilterHeat Filter3 mesi fa
    • When I had my 1993 Probe years ago, my friends stuck a sign on the back that made it say 'Anal Probe.' I drove around all day before I realized it.

      Metalbass79Metalbass793 mesi fa
  • So the ski saved the mustang?

    Tomasz KliszTomasz Klisz3 mesi fa
  • @12:48 Chip Foose cameo...

    Sixth LordSixth Lord3 mesi fa
  • 1980s Car Design: Tactile controls make it easier to press buttons and switches while keeping your eyes on the road. 2020s Car Design: Let's have all the controls just be a touchscreen mounted in the center console.

    B ThingsB Things3 mesi fa
  • @3:33 The mazda 626 of the year shown is RWD. I only know this because i owned one of those obscure little sport coupes back in the day.

    StrangerTurboRangerStrangerTurboRanger3 mesi fa
  • Bout’ to start using “Slick as a river otter covered in jelly” on a daily basis 😂

    Russell WinfreeRussell Winfree3 mesi fa
  • We used to get stoned in my cousins ford probe

    apex 408apex 4083 mesi fa
  • I once owned a 89 gt and 94 gt probe I should have kept the 89 gt though i regret selling it

    Joe SmoeJoe Smoe3 mesi fa
  • easiest car to steal hands down !!!

    Michael BasalygaMichael Basalyga3 mesi fa
  • The probe also was different from other Fords of its time as it was really a successful World model. Ford had and have been trying for years to have models that work in both North America and Europe, but never with much success. The Mk2 probe did quite well here in Europe, while most other North American built models were not sold here because they where to to large or to thirsty for European roads. My late farther work for Ford. Used to see a lot Probes at the distribution centre in Daventry where he worked.

    Norfolk SteamNorfolk Steam3 mesi fa