In the 1980s, a predicted increase in oil prices has prompted Ford to give the Ford Mustang a major redesign. The new design would be based on a totally new platform introduced to Ford by Japanese car manufacturer and Ford partner Mazda. But when the new generation of the Ford Mustang neared its release date, oil prices dropped in an all time low and Ford Mustang buyers expressed their displeasure in the style of the proposed replacement. The car was eventually released, not as a Ford Mustang but as the Ford Probe.
The Ford Probe is a product of the joint Ford and Mazda venture called the Auto Alliance. It was designed and manufactured in the Auto Alliance International Incorporated assembly plant located in Flat Rock, Michigan, the same plant that manufactured the Mazda MX-6 and 626 coupes.
The Ford Probe was introduced to the US market in 1989 and was nearly identical to the Mazda MX-6 when introduced. Actually, the Ford Probe shares most of its mechanical parts with the Mazda MX-6 and 626. Both the Ford Probe and the Mazda MX-6 were based on the Mazda GD platform from 1988 to 1992, and on the GE platform from 1993 to 1997.
As it was initially planned to replace the successful and popular Ford Mustang, Ford expected the Ford Probe to be a success and boost the sales for the company. But the car fell short of Ford's expectations, as it was not able to match the success of the Ford Mustang and in fact never got near the expected sales figures. The style of the said coupe was not universally liked. It was neither affordable, making other buyers choose a more prestigious brand for the price they would pay for the Ford Probe.
Whether one would like the style of the Ford Probe would largely depend on the buyer. While many people don't like the Ford Probe, there were other people who enjoyed the looks and the performance of the car. If you are one of those few people and you are looking for parts you can use to repair and restore your Ford Probe, then you are definitely at the right site. Here at Parts Train, we offer numerous Ford Probe parts that you can install on your Ford Probe to make it a better and more good looking car.