I have wanted a second generation (93-97) probe since I started driving at 16.
Slewk sexy unique styling, in my opinion.
Excellent handling. turning and lane changes are effortless.
0-100kph in 7.5 seconds. That will beat the pants off most stock ricer cars, such as honda / civics.
Power seats with lumbar and side support make this the most comfortable car I've ever driven.
Stock sound system sounds great, in dash EQ / spectrum analyzer is cool for gadget types.
Cup holder is in an odd place, in manual versions it would impede shifting slightly.
To try and sound a little more unbiased in my review here is a list of common issues with these cars:
Frame-less windows can cause water leakage if the seals go, and makes the car more subjective to break ins.
Flip up lights can be a nuisance if the motors in them go. During the winter they must be set in the up position to prolong the light motor life.
Lower engine mounts, when/if they go, will cause the car to vibrate excessively at idle.
Although made by ford, the engine/internals were made by Mazda, this can cause repairs to be more pricey. Using aftermarket parts can reduce those costs tho.
All probes years/makes can be subject to wiper issues. The motor ceases or malfunctions causing the wipers to become stuck in an up right positions.
Finish / clear coat tends to flake off on the spoilers.
Common rust areas are the trunk / hatch area.
I love this car and plan on keeping it for a long time :)
If you want a unique stylish and peppy compact, this would be a great drive.