Price: $1,000 - $5,000
Imagine a world where the Mustang was a front-wheel drive car built in Japan. The Probe brought us uncomfortably close to that reality -- underneath the unique body styling, it's essentially the same as a Mazda 626, and was originally intended to become the new Mustang. Fearing full-scale rebellion, those plans were scrapped, and the Probe was a fine car in its own right. Depending on the year, it had up to 165hp, handled surprisingly well, and was considered one of the best bargains of its time by those in the know.
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Aaron Miller is the Cars editor for Thrillist, and can be found on Twitter. Parked in his parents' garage in 1989 was a Thunderbird Turbo Coupe on one side, and a Probe LX on the other. Heady days.