1997 Ford Probe 24V 2.5 V6 from UK and Ireland
Stylish, high performance sports tourer
Water pump replaced.
Usual scuffed driver's seat.
Lovely growly V6 engine, giving out some serious power. Acceleration is 0-60 in about 8 seconds, which is pretty acceptable for this car, as it is rather heavy.
Looks fantastic, totally stands out in the car park from all the other boring boring BMWs, Mercs etc etc yawn! For a car that is 10 years old, it certainly still holds its own on styling and performance.
Inside is a little but plasticy, but still modern looking, with the swooping dashboard.
Only downside is that it is a high maintenance car, you will need to put the time in looking after it. Do not rely on garages to know anything about it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th November, 2005
27th Jan 2008, 20:41
I have just purchased a Probe and I like it so far. It's a V6 2.5. Have you any tips to look after or is it just pot luck?
25th Nov 2019, 14:50
It's definitely not just luck, you need a good looked after car for it to last. History is essential, and so is a good independent garage that knows these cars well (do NOT take a car of this age to a Ford dealer). The V6 24v is the one to have - the 4 cylinder 2.0 16v is arguably more reliable, but lacks the performance this car needs and the looks suggest.
Speaking of looks, the UK Probe of the 1990s is one of the most underrated cars out there - stylish and smart, plus reliable as any if you look after it. A lot of people did not like the American looks, but I think it is a great looking car, I mean, have you seen the average modern car today? The Probe is hardly bad looking.