Bought this car with 60,000 miles on it in 2006, have put another 50,000 miles on in the last 10 years. Has been a blast, granddaddy of the Ford/Mazda G platform that lives on in the Fusion, Edge, Mazda6, etc, and obvious front end styling resembling the 1gen Miata. Handling on the car is great, comfort with the GT class is good and until the last 3 or 4 years in which technology has taken off for safety and convenience features, there were few new cars of this size that I considered a significant upgrade to this one.
Since passed down to my son who is enjoying it immensely. It is a 22 year old car though, and things wear out, parts become more scarce, and ownership becomes more challenging.
I bought this new in Ohio and broke it in with a trip to Colorado a week later. Once I found the proper seat setting, it is completely comfortable for 600+ mile days. Ride is harsh, but seats fine. Great trunk space, takes intersections like a slot car. It really likes to play on mountain roads. 10,000 feet altitude is no problem. Have had CV joints, front struts, engine mounts, part of exhaust system and distributor replaced. I replaced gas springs on hatch twice, the headlights recently, and the power antenna needs replaced. Not bad for 16 years.
Handling and general appearance. It still looks modern after 16 years.
For the price and performance and when it was made, it is difficult to criticize.
I bought this car in November of '08 with 180,000 miles on it. Guy just didn't want it anymore and was only asking $1000 cash. I'm now at 190,500 miles and I've just replaced the original transmission. I could tell she was used as a racer, but I thought with a little TLC, I could get her back to being a decent car for all the work she had to have done to her. I've put in a new distributor, ignition control module, cap, rotor, egr sensor, egr valve, fuel filter, fuel pump, bosch wires and bosch iridium plugs in her. She runs like a champ and I don't foresee any major work anytime in the near future. I'll turn 200,000 miles no problem.
Cornering, switchback mountain roads are a blast to drive (handles extremely well), passing at highway speeds is no problem.
I need a paint job badly, Ford needed a better paint than what they used (mine's badly faded - my car is black), and next time make the timing belt more accessible... Almost impossible to get to in the GT model.
I've had my Probe GT since 2000 now and it's just as reliable as the 89 probe LX I had in the 90's. They always started for me as long as the battery was worth a darn. They don't require any more maintence than any other modern car with O2 sensors and fuel injection. They actually are way less complicated than cars made after 2000 that have crap like O2 sensors built into the catalatic converter and other mergers of components that make repair more expensive and upgrades impossable. The avalible upgrades are endless, from Lambo doors to head- light conversions the only limitation is your wallet. Horsepower is easily beefed up. Most cars wish they had upgrades like this avalible. A++ always!
Head room and body style. So much better than the Stealth I had before. So many different upgrades availabe people won't even know what your driving.
Change the brain box. The usa models onlt have 164 horses because of epa regs. The j-spec brain box gets 200 out of the box off the same motor.
Haven't had this car too long but my friend/cousin had it a while before that and it never seemed to have any major problems. Great pickup speed. Try to put premium in it for better performance but runs great either way. Just being a 94 Probe, it still grabs the attention of many passers-by. I'm not sure about everyone else, but mine sort of makes a rattling noise in the exhaust around 2500 rpm. No leaks, and sounds the same even after replacing the flexpipe.