1997 Ford Probe SE 2.0 from North America


Single worst car I have ever owned


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.

1997 Ford Probe Base 4 cylinder. from North America


Never buy a Ford!


Every week it's something new with this car.

We've had to replace the brakes, battery, starter, exhaust, and now something else is wrong with it. Not sure what the problem is now, but it will be in the shop this week.

The exhaust pretty much fell off and had to be completely replaced.

My AC worked for about 3 months after I bought the car then it stopped working. We put more Freon in it, but it didn't seem to help. I know it's probably going to cost more than the car's worth to fix, so why bother?

The lights are stuck. I went to turn them off one day and they decided not to go back in. It's a real pain in the ass having to turn them in by hand. It'll cost about $600-$800 just to route the wiring for the lights.

Some days my car doesn't even start or it'll die in the middle of the road, but every shop in town says it's fine.

My passenger side window rolls down by itsself. If I hit one tiny bump, the window goes down.

The gas tank doesn't open. Someone has to be with me to get gas, so they can hold the lever while I pry open the tank with a key.

When I try to get up to high speeds it jerks really bad and does not do good on the highway; especially in windy conditions.

The speakers blew out and the nobs on the radio are starting to fall off.

My check engine light is permanently on and no matter how many damn times we check the engine, it still lights up.

General Comments:

It does have some get up and go, but it kicks/jerks a lot. I'm afraid to get it up to high or the engine will probably fall out. I've seen it happen..

If you're the driver, this car is pretty comfortable. As for the passenger, hope you're short.

I'm 5'10 and have a lot of leg room when I'm driving, but it's virtually impossible to sit in the backseat. Even in the front passenger seat, my legs are up to the dashboard.

I guess it gets pretty decent gas mileage. Although, my gauge tends to move a lot and I never really know how much gas I have.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th April, 2006

29th Apr 2006, 16:02

You might want to consider doing some homework and brining a mechanic along with you before buying a used car. You cannot also say "don't buy ford" because of one very abused car YOU bought.

12th May 2006, 01:53

I agree with him ^. Sounds like either you, or the person before you just treated that car like crap.

18th May 2013, 07:13

I loved my 96 GT. I recently sold it due to three kids. I had 120k on the engine with all original equipment and brakes. The car was ahead of its time and was a blast to drive. Too bad Ford did not want to do a Probe SHO car. Now that would have been fun.

No regrets buying it in early 97, and I never had to do anything to it other than tires and general maintenance.