The ’90s Thunderbird was just lost as the design was dated and the fanbase had left. The car had gone from being unique to just another relic of a bygone era. Ford stopped innovating with this car and SUVs had taken over. So, it was time to pull the plug on the Thunderbird. Ford even replaced the car in the NASCAR circuit with the Taurus after many successful years.
The final year for the Thunderbird was 1996 and the car was about as unimpressive as you could get. The V8 was cut from the lineup and all you got to choose from was a standard V6 engine. Not what most Thunderbird enthusiasts were looking for and the car died a quiet and obscure death.
The 1990s Ford Mustangs were some of the worst, both in terms of quality and performance. GM was outpacing the Mustang 3-to-1 with the Camaro, and part of this was due to the Camaro’s standard Corvette motor. Not only was the Mustang from this era underpowered but it was also ugly to boot. True, you had the Cobra, but how many ordinary drivers were going to get one of those?
Ford had to improvise the Mustang was redesigned later in the decade, but the first couple of years was rough. The car just couldn’t compete with what the market had to offer, and Ford knew it. We’re not sure what the company was thinking with this generation of the Mustang but it was the wrong move.
The funny thing about the Probe was that it was supposed to be a replacement for the Ford Mustang. But after doing market research on the car, Ford could see that buyers weren’t going for it and it was sold alongside the Mustang. We’re not sure what Ford was thinking with the naming of this car but that’s one reason people want to forget it. On top of that, the bland styling just didn’t stand out like you’d expect a sports car to.
The Probe was unimaginative and the car didn’t bring anything particularly unique to the table. There was a 24V version of the car that got high marks in the performance community, but this car was discontinued shortly after the release. From then on, the Probe trudged on as the also-ran partner of the Mustang until being discontinued.