1997 Ford Probe Reviews

1997 Ford Probe GTS 2.5L DOHC All ALUMINUM from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.5L DOHC All ALUMINUM Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired56000 miles
Most recent distance167000 miles
Previous carFord Probe

Summary:

Sexy and sophisticated

Faults:

Many things have gone wrong with the car! But I love working on it.

Most recently the alternator, crank shaft pulley broke, brake booster, CV boot, transmission, and timing belt/water pump required service.

In the interior I've replaced the driver door panel and the passenger side power window switch.

I've owned 3 Probes; the V6 has what feels like a never ending power band, even with the automatic. It is a very rev happy engine, doesn't do much below 3k RPM. Since it's a 97, the last year of production, most of the defects were refined, but parts wear out and have to be replaced. I do all my own repairs, this the key.

IF YOU DO NOT KNOW OR HAVE NO INTENTION OF GETTING IN THERE AND DO YOUR OWN REPAIRS, SHOPS WILL DRAIN YOUR WALLET! LABOR CHARGE IS A RIDICULOUS RATE PER HOUR.

Buy the factory shop manual on ebay, plus the Haynes manual at the auto parts store and READ it form cover to cover. Get a metric tool set and be a man!

General Comments:

This car has the best of Japanese mechanical engineering and Ford styling.

The GTS has the racing stripes that were only available in white or black. These are very elegantly designed, they're NOT just stripes that run the length of the car. In the front they are rounded off at the nose and frame the Ford oval like a mink coat. In the back they end short of the center reflector, with the engine "24V" "DOHC" specs stamped out. It is because of those details that the car looks expensive, and not just like YOU added the stripes to look cool. Mine is black with white stripes. It looks like a sport car wearing a tuxedo, SEXY as hell.

The interior I love. On the 97, and starting with 95, the door panels were solid. The leather interior is amazing; high quality leather all over the seating surface, sides and back seats are pleather. The driver's seat has pneumatic lumbar and the sides adjust to hold your ribcage in place. This is a lot of fun when you are taking the turns really fast, it helps you focus on the road, not on staying on the seat.

The Mazda 2.5l all aluminum V6 DOHC is smooth and quiet, but at past 3500 RPMs the sound is a thrill. It's a very sophisticated engine, all the car parts were made in Japan and shipped to Michigan for assembly.

Suspension is great; not too stiff, not to sluggish, and it corners great. The razor sharp steering has saved me from bad drivers!

Even the 16" chrome "swirlies" as they are typically described are better than you think. They are aluminum alloy dipped in chrome. This makes them lighter than regular chrome wheels that are made of steel.

I love driving on a sunny day or a neon lit strip, and seeing the "light show" the chrome swirls reflect onto the pavement.

In short this car is gorgeous, fast, razor sharp handling, and technologically and styled way ahead of its time.

Ford should have found a better name for the car. If they hadn't been using the name "Maverick" for an SUV in Australia, that would have been the perfect name for this car, because that is what is was, a Maverick. Ford's move into the small car performance left those that can appreciate it with this gift.

New car ads have no effect on me, because the perfect car was built for me in 1997.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd July, 2009

15th Dec 2009, 12:29

Loved the review. I had my 97 Probe GT V6 for the past 9 months, and it still turns heads as if it's 1997.

I must say with the beauty comes probs (no pun). The biggest issue being the EGR Valve code 1195.

I was wondering if you encountered the same prob, if so what was your resolution.

Thanks.

1997 Ford Probe SE 2.0 from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.0 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.0 / 10
Distance when acquired54000 miles
Most recent distance64000 miles
Previous carFord Festiva

Summary:

Single worst car I have ever owned

Faults:

Hmmm. Let's see.

Radiator blew out at 59000 miles, taking the engine with it. About 1200.00 to replace.

Transmission lost 2nd, and drive at 64000 miles

No idea on repair costs.

Have not had anything else go wrong, but then I have only had the car a little less than a year.

Give it time.

This car is not owned by someone who cannot keep a car running, my last car was an 88 Ford Festiva, which served me for 235,000 miles.

General Comments:

The car handles very well when you can keep it running. There is next to no room in the backseats, tho the hatch is very large. (Large enough to haul a six foot Christmas tree.)

Very economical on gas, around 30 mpg, combined city and highway driving.

Fun car to drive. Not fun to own.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th September, 2006

5th Jun 2008, 19:33

I would consider a blown engine, and a blown transmission (Not the first, by the way)to be more than a couple of problems. After I got the transmission replaced, my mechanic informed me that the tranny he took out was not original. And keep in mind this is all on a car with less than 60k miles. Oh, and for the capper, two days before Christmas 2006, the power window motor, passenger side, shorted out and set the car on fire in my driveway.

So yes, I stand by my statement, it is the worst car I've ever owned. No lie, I was making payments on that car, and the repair costs were more than the monthly payments.

As far as my driving, as stated above, I drove an 88 Ford Festiva for 235K miles in 10 years, that's on a car that already had 102K miles when I bought it. I am currently driving a 97 Chevy Malibu that I have put over 130K miles on. And I've never even had so much as a speeding ticket. So, I don't think it is my driving.

I'm glad your Probe has served you well, and I hope it continues to do so. But I found mine to be a complete pile of garbage.

Average review marks: 6.6 / 10, based on 14 reviews