by criticsdarling on Jun 5, 2009 Vehicle: 1997 Ford Probe 2dr Hatchback
The 1997 Ford probe was my 2nd (my first was a 1990). The 1990 died at 140K mi and my 1997 is at 130K on it's final legs. It's been a pretty good, reliable car, but in the last 6 months I've had to put in $1000 in repairs. It's had computer chip problems, the axles fell out, new battery, the exhaust is starting to fall out. It's fun to drive and looks great! Sometimes repairs are a bit unusual because I am told it's actually a Mazda, so the parts are not from Ford. I've truly loved this car, I'm sad it's life is over.
by lrivers on Apr 15, 2005 Vehicle: 1997 Ford Probe 2dr Hatchback
Heard for years to steer clear of Ford transmissions. Now I know why. Bought this car thinking it had a Mazda 626 engine so would be safe. Didn't realize Ford was providing 626 engines for several years. Bought used with 130K on it for daughter. Within a month it developed a slow leak in transmission fluid, she didn't keep up with it and it died in the middle of the road at midnight on a Sunday night. Cost $1500 for a used unknown, $1800 to rebuild. Find out that consumers were wailing for a recall because failure was typical starting at 60K. Too bad. Car is nice looking.
by Kerroj on Dec 28, 2004 Vehicle: 1997 Ford Probe 2dr Hatchback
I've always loved sporty-looking cars but felt I could never afford one. I needed a car, so I decided to get a sporty one for the first time in my life. I researched a lot of used vehicles on-line and did a lot of comparison shopping. The car I REALLY wanted was a late-model Mitsubushi 3000GT, but it was too pricey overall compared to a Ford Probe. I settled with a 1997 (the last year they were made) black Probe that I found on a dealer's on-line site. This was in November 2000. This car had only 24K on the odometer. I got it for their internet price (the price was listed at about $2K higher at the dealership!). I was truly amazed when I first test-drove this car, it's fast for a 4-cyl auto!
by FLGirl on Jan 4, 2004 Vehicle: 1997 Ford Probe 2dr Hatchback
I owned this car for 5 years and had
nothing but problems with it. I spent
so much money on repairs including a
new transmission. Just last week the
car finally died. I sent it off to a
salvage yard and went out and bought a
2004 Toyota Corolla, which is of course
a wonderful and reliable car! I would
never own a Ford after my exprience
with the Ford. And yes I understand
this is a Mazda engine.
by Francis Eleazar on Nov 28, 2003 Vehicle: 1997 Ford Probe 2dr Hatchback
My Ford Probe has been very dependable
for the past 5 years that I've been
driving it. It is the first car that I
ever bought for myself. The car has a
unique look to it and still looks
fairly attractive considering that the
last probe manufactured was 6 years
ago. The transmission is not that great
and has a hard time going on steep
hillside roads. The acceleration is
average but the handling is above
average. The rear compartment is quite
spacious. The car is perfect if there
are no little kids in the family for
the back seat is really not that
spacious. Overall it is a good car.
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