1997 Ford Probe Consumer Review: Bad Taste in My Mouth

1997 Ford Probe - Consumer Review

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Base 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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Bad Taste in My Mouth
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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.

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Build a better transmission someday.
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