Changes By Year  
  • Debut year.
  • Three spoke steering wheel with Ford Emblem.
  • GT models' stand out with unique front and rear bumpers, and body side molding.
  • GL/LX models' tail lights are red/amber with horizontal body colored stripe between brake lights (upper) and turn signals (lower).
  • GT models' tail lights are red/amber without horizontal stripe and have a black outline.
  • GL models have black side molding.
  • LX models have black side molding with red accent stripe.
  • GTs have tri-spoke aluminum wheels as standard, while GL and LX get wheel covers as standard. GL and LX have option of web-style aluminum wheels.

  • New front bumper for GL/LX models.
  • New front and rear bumpers, side molding and ground effects for GT models.
  • GL/LX models' tail lights lose horizontal body colored stripe. Lower turn signal is blackened out with five horizontal stripes and changed from amber to red.
  • Indent on side view mirrors.
  • LX models now come standard with a 3.0-liter V-6.
  • LX models lose red accent stripe on body side molding.
  • New steering wheel with two spokes and the word 'PROBE'.
  • Anti-lock brakes become optional on the LX.
  • An automatic transmission becomes available on the GT.
  • Restyled front seats for GL and GT. LX gets '89 GT's seats.
  • Front seats add automatic shoulder belts with manual lap belts.
  • Rear seats belts now lap/shoulder belts.
  • Shift Mode switch replaced with Shift Lock Override Button.
  • Vehicle Maintenance Monitor 'Low Oil' indicator replaced with 'Deck Ajar'.
  • Illuminated power door lock buttons.
  • Illuminated visor vanity mirrors on LX, optional on GT.
  • New CD player.
  • Optional Leather seating on LX & GT.
  • GT models get new aluminum wheels.
  • LX model gets new wheel covers with option of GT's wheels from previous year.

  • LX models' V6 gets 5 more horsepower and 5 more ft/lbs of torque.

  • GL/LX models' side molding now matches body color.
  • LX gets Sport Option package that includes rear spoiler and aluminum wheels.
  • GL's wheel cover changed to LX's from previous year.

  • The Probe gets a complete restyling and new engines.
  • GT models get body side ground effects.
  • LX model is dropped from lineup.
  • GL model becomes base model.
  • Interior stripe across dashboard follows across doors.
  • License plate indent between tail lights.
  • Driver's side air bag standard.
  • Added options include heated side mirrors, remote keyless entry, anti-thief system, 7-band stereo graphic equalizer, and battery saver. Many convenience options dropped.

  • Interior loses stripe on dashboard and doors.
  • Air bag added on passenger side as standard.
  • New CD4E automatic transaxle for 2.0L engines.
  • CFC-free air conditioning.

  • The SE Package becomes a trim level.
  • GT models get spoiler as standard, optional on base and SE.
  • Redesigned rear tail lights.
  • GT models receive center reflector with 'GT' logo between tail lights. License plate indent moved down onto bumper.
  • GT logo on rear bumper replaced with metal '24V' logo.
  • New door trim design includes cloth insert and redesigned handle.
  • 7-band stereo graphic equalizer dropped.
  • Heated side mirrors dropped, replaced with breakaway/collapsible mirrors.
  • Engine block heater optional.
  • GT models get new aluminum 16" wheels with option of chrome.
  • Base/SE models get new aluminum 15" wheels.

  • Base model dropped
  • Redesigned spoiler.
  • GT's suspension refined.
  • Redesigned rear seats with new seat fabric.
  • New seat belts with automatic locking retractors
  • OBD-II compliant

  • Base model returns with GT's front and rear bumpers.
  • SE trim level dropped.
  • GT logos behind the front wheel wells have new letter styling.
  • GTS Sport Appearance Package added to the GT's option list. Includes 16" chrome wheels, GTS logo, and racing stripes.
  • New wheel covers for base Probes.
  • Side door intrusion beams redesigned to meet 1997 Federal Side Impact Standards

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