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

23. Srp 2020.
877 977 Pregleda

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

    lil c'slil c'sPrije 12 sati
  • 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 DykePrije 2 dana
  • Sp a woman designed this car then called it "the probe"??!!! Lol these days it would be called the Ford #metoo lmao

    James OdomJames OdomPrije 3 dana
  • My dad had a 1997 Ford probe and he loved it

    Thomas The tank engineThomas The tank enginePrije 6 dana
  • I had a probe 92 se which was a cool car, i loved it why i had it.

    A StudA StudPrije 11 dana
  • you need to work on audio man...

    Artur MatkowskiArtur MatkowskiPrije 12 dana
  • This vid legit came out a week after I bought my probe gt 😂😂

    Tyler KenneyTyler KenneyPrije 12 dana
  • 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 BeggarPrije 14 dana
  • 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 VinsonhalerPrije 17 dana
  • 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

    bartjuhhhbartjuhhhPrije 19 dana
    • - 👍

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

    Eric ThomasEric ThomasPrije 20 dana
  • 3:26 music?!?!

    theagemontheagemonPrije 20 dana
  • 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.Prije 23 dana
  • Love u too for this 1

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

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

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

    illumi Toddiillumi ToddiPrije mjesec
  • 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 PatePrije mjesec
    • 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 ForbesPrije mjesec
  • 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 MasonPrije mjesec
  • Yup, sure did, even remember the 'great' unveiling lol

    John OehrleinJohn OehrleinPrije mjesec
  • 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 InfinityPrije mjesec
  • what's wrong with your audio editing man!?

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

    billy heatonbilly heatonPrije mjesec
  • The first gen turbo probe would have been a total badass RWD.. Fight me!

    phantommaggotxxxphantommaggotxxxPrije mjesec
  • 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 EasleyPrije mjesec
  • Would anyone drive a ford probe gt turbo ? I would

    Deney HungDeney HungPrije mjesec
  • My mom had a ford probe

    Shadows5815Shadows5815Prije mjesec
  • i loved the probe it was a cool car.

    Pnoid NewsPnoid NewsPrije mjesec
  • ford failed you mean..not only this car.. 🤣

    Abu EduAbu EduPrije mjesec
  • Your audio is absolutely terrible. Good info, though.

    RyanRyanPrije mjesec
  • Lol this was my very first car when I was 18 Good times 😁

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


    DIVERGENT _DIVERGENT _Prije mjesec
    • You get my vote!!!!

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

    Dont Walk Away Run Forrest RunDont Walk Away Run Forrest RunPrije mjesec
  • Had a gt in high school

    Trevon AdamsTrevon AdamsPrije mjesec
  • 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 LuigiPrije mjesec
    • FORD PROBE GARAGE STUDIO mine was an automatic.

      The Real LuigiThe Real LuigiPrije 26 dana
    • 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 HamiltonPrije mjesec
  • My first car was a Probe, I miss it so much

    Austin GarrisonAustin GarrisonPrije mjesec
  • 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.

    MrPlownds26MrPlownds26Prije mjesec
  • Please wake up the sound guy

    melloyellogsxrmelloyellogsxrPrije mjesec
  • so why did the probe failed to replace the mustang? its simple, you cant replace the mustang

    Joaquin GonzalezJoaquin GonzalezPrije mjesec
  • 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 MscPrije mjesec
  • american ae86 no cap

    BalticShipChannelBalticShipChannelPrije mjesec
  • I watched this video for “Pop Up Up and Down Headlights.” Disappointed

    John Mark GrayJohn Mark GrayPrije mjesec
  • 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 SchillingPrije mjesec
  • My right ear loved this

    BanjoBanjoPrije mjesec
  • 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 JamesPrije mjesec
  • I miss my 1st gen pop up headlight probe

    J HJ HPrije mjesec
  • Second gen Probe is one of the best looking 90s cars bar none

    Daniel SterlingDaniel SterlingPrije mjesec
  • Wasn’t mercury made for an older audience

    Ragged LionRagged LionPrije mjesec
  • 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 MengePrije mjesec
    • 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 HPrije mjesec
  • My mom used to own a Probe... then the transmission said no.

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

    MrEv445MrEv445Prije mjesec
  • 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.

    DanteGTZDanteGTZPrije mjesec
  • Do the MX6 next

    Not a TrollNot a TrollPrije mjesec
    • Same mechanics different body.

      JasonJasonPrije mjesec
  • The audio makes this unwatchable. I want my view back!!!!

    Professor InvestorProfessor InvestorPrije mjesec
  • What up with the volume on is like up and down????! Dont do this again

    Professor InvestorProfessor InvestorPrije mjesec
  • 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

    SilverBullet93GTSilverBullet93GTPrije mjesec
  • 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 guyPrije mjesec
  • 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.

    WyvernWyvernPrije mjesec
    • @Jason yes. All parts and repairs needed Ii go to Mazda shops and dealers.

    • Well... they are mostly mazda

      JasonJasonPrije mjesec
  • Long line of cork soakers

    IckessIckessPrije mjesec
  • I've been waiting for this one

    Barry AllenBarry AllenPrije mjesec
    • @Kirzii TTV 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 😍

      Kirzii TTVKirzii TTVPrije mjesec
  • 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.Prije mjesec
  • Bring Back Bids Barto @BidsBarto #BidsBarto

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

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

    amosnomaramosnomarPrije mjesec
  • I had a 91 turbo amazing car fast great handling ugly but amazing gas good even in the snow0

    Brad ElliottBrad ElliottPrije mjesec
    • Gt only 4cl only

      Brad ElliottBrad ElliottPrije mjesec
  • How did you manage to ruin the video with the horrible sound quality?

    Derrick WillieDerrick WilliePrije mjesec
  • Please keep your day job

    Tardis 8868Tardis 8868Prije mjesec
  • 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.

    Metalbass79Metalbass79Prije mjesec
    • @FORD PROBE GARAGE STUDIO It was an automatic. I loved that car other than that.

      Metalbass79Metalbass79Prije 25 dana
    • 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

    SplashyPoo9693SplashyPoo9693Prije mjesec
  • any one know what the song is in the background at 8:00?

    AnAngryManateeAnAngryManateePrije mjesec
  • Another clown in you tube.

    e vale valPrije mjesec
  • unfortunately he is ridiculous with his not funny comments.

    e vale valPrije mjesec
  • 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 RobinsonPrije mjesec
  • 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.

    TheSFFVTheSFFVPrije mjesec

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

    Heat FilterHeat FilterPrije mjesec
    • 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.

      Metalbass79Metalbass79Prije mjesec
  • So the ski saved the mustang?

    Tomasz KliszTomasz KliszPrije mjesec
  • @12:48 Chip Foose cameo...

    Sixth LordSixth LordPrije mjesec
  • 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 ThingsPrije mjesec
  • @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.

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

    Russell WinfreeRussell WinfreePrije mjesec
  • We used to get stoned in my cousins ford probe

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

    Joe SmoeJoe SmoePrije 2 mjeseci
  • easiest car to steal hands down !!!

    Michael BasalygaMichael BasalygaPrije 2 mjeseci
  • 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 SteamPrije 2 mjeseci
  • Miata, Probe, ______, Mazdaspeed, Rx-7 x 2.......... 🤔 Hmmmmmn????? There seems to be something missing? A little known car......let's see if the blank is ever filled in.....Little hint... _ _ - _

    Richard CallRichard CallPrije 2 mjeseci
  • fix the volume

    Randy StoffelRandy StoffelPrije 2 mjeseci
  • This car was never a Mustang, but it was a great car. A buddy of mine had a 2nd gen V6 manual. I think. It was a 6-speed?? It could run away from most of the hot VTEC Hondas out at the time. Oh, and that turbo... it had a lot more than 145 horsepower. Mazda underrated the turbo engines so buyers wouldn’t get killed by insurance companies. Brilliant. The saddest thing about the car is that it never reached its full potential. If it stuck around, who knows... More turbo 4’s? A turbo V6 that would “challenge” a Mustang? A rotary?? It would’ve been great to see.

    Mark DCMark DCPrije 2 mjeseci
    • 2nd gen was a five speed. First gens come alive with a less restrictive exhaust and double boost pressure.

      JasonJasonPrije mjesec
  • Day 4 of me asking for james to do an up to speed on the Mercury Cougar

    Colin ChungColin ChungPrije 2 mjeseci
  • JESUS! Whoever mixed the audio, should be killed in an accident involving two trains, coming against eachother at 0,1 km/h. And that person should be inbetween those trains. It's unwatchable!

    pold poldeckipold poldeckiPrije 2 mjeseci
  • Sweet I’ve owned a 3rd gen probe! Kinda miss that car. It was pretty sweet... I had the xr7 trim with the dohc v6 and turbo’d that bia Had dual exhaust and 18s too. Yea I rly miss that car now that I think about it...

    Mach1 MustangGuyMach1 MustangGuyPrije 2 mjeseci
  • Yeah, rapid changes in volume REALLY threw me off this episode, I didn't even end up finishing it. Dear Donut, please fire your audio engineer and hire someone who knows how to mix and master properly.

    The Official SikrisThe Official SikrisPrije 2 mjeseci
  • As a kid, I used to covet the probe.... now I'm all tacos all the way

    Phylonyous PhunkPhylonyous PhunkPrije 2 mjeseci
  • Kinda make sense learning that a woman designed the Probe. Like the MX-3 Precidia, we used to call them hairdressers's cars. Also nicknamed the Ford ``Problem`` due to god awful reliability. Also notoriously easy to steal due to defective locks.

    Jean-Philippe TessierJean-Philippe TessierPrije 2 mjeseci
  • The Ford Probe: marginally worse than the anal probe

    matthew kühlmatthew kühlPrije 2 mjeseci
  • When you're driving, no-one likes a Probe up your ass.

    Marcus MIDIMarcus MIDIPrije 2 mjeseci
  • The Mimi's of the world are my fav🍌

    Nick KiaffasNick KiaffasPrije 2 mjeseci