At first I was unimpressed by the look and performance of the Probe series. I had no interest in the car what-so-ever, but I was in a car accident with my Oldsmobile, and had to get another car quickly. A friend of mine was selling this one for cheap.
All I wanted was a running car that could get me around and maintain a decent reliability standard (So I bought a Ford??? Whatever) and had respectable gas mileage. Figuring that the Probe GT was still a Probe never-the-less, conclusions drew me to believe that it would be a slow doggy junk heap that would keep me going for a year so I could save up for another car. As so I discovered The, Probe GT, and it was nothing like that at all.
I've always disliked Ford products that I've personally driven mostly becasue well... they sucked, to be blatant. The Probe GT seemed different. It seemed to have more power and response than the other Probes I've driven, and actually seemed like it wanted to turn when I was trying to go left or right. It handled so well in fact, I decided to give it a highway test of my own...
...So I'm doing 115mph on I-95 weaving in and out of traffic with the greatest of ease, tantalizing Mustangs, Eclipses, Talons, Jettas, Golfs, 280ZXs, and a Contour (It was an SVT, don't laugh), etc.. After about ten minutes of ripping through traffic, I decided to actually run the car like it were a commuter car. Probably thirty sports cars that I had passed in my "maniacal extravaganza" that were attempting to keep up, were all passing me now and staring at my new Probe GT on thier way by. Most gave a thumbs up, nodded, smiled, or something of the such. The others tried to give it all they had to waste as much gas as possible in attempt to get their 4 cylinder eclipses to go around my no-longer speeding car. Amusing if not anything else.
The car does have a slight power drop-off at 3300 RPM, and returns at 4400 RPM. This could be normal, but I've never driven any other Probe GTs, so I have no reason to believe that it's an issue with the car. Most likely just a moronic move by Ford. They can't seem to build a car that all-around rocks. They always have to throw something completely stupid into their vehicles.
The asinine item placed into this car by Ford, was a cup holder/console/shift deterent placed directly where any normal human being might have to place their elbow in attempt to shift into second, fourth, or reverse. The thing is so chintzy, just laying your hand on it, gives off this unsettling creaky plastic sound.
That aside, I'm still trying to figure out how to use the "thirty-thousand" seat adjustments to my advantage. I can't seem to make it so I'm comfortable, and be able to fit my legs between the steering wheel and the seat. Even when the wheel is tilted all the way up, and the seat is in a position where I can actually reach the drive pedals, you have to get in the car by caulking your right leg backward into the car, then sliding yourself into the seat as you re-correct your angle.
The water pump is not working, but the cooling system in this car is remarkable. It seems as though the fans will not allow heat to exist in the vicinity of a the radiator. I'm having a little bit of a hard time keeping coolant in there, but when it runs low, the car does not overheat.
And finally, the clutch. It's Ford, so we now have a hydrolic, auto-adjusting clutch. In some cases this is a good thing. In Ford Probes it makes for a different clutch point every time you disengauge or engauge the clutch. Not a huge difference, but for someone like myself, It's a little tricky to get used to, but one you get it down, it's a pretty nice setup.
I hope this has been helpful. The car really is an awesome vehicle.
*Approx. 170 horsepower
*Approx. 212 Ft./lbs Torque
*Plenty of ability to be modified
*Comfy Little Car
*Speedy when you want it to be
*Can be driven easily as well