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1997 Ford Probe Review
Sporty ride with speed and finesse.
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The 1997 Ford Probe classifies as a front-drive, two-door hatchback that offers consumers a savory combination of solid performance and a sporty style, but often gets overshadowed by Ford’s traditional pony car, the Mustang.
The Probe offers good value for those looking for a speedy, attractive ride without having to lay down a hefty sum of cash. Drivers get the satisfaction of smooth acceleration and easy handling. Rear-seat passengers do not feel as happy, especially during long road trips.
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder, 2.5-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Ford Probe, Ford Probe GT
The only notable change in the 1997 Ford Probe concerns the addition of a GTS sport appearance package to the list of options for the GT. The package features a rear spoiler, 16-inch chrome wheels, and racing stripes.
The 1997 Ford Probe has approximately a 180-inch length, a 70-inch width, a 52-inch height, and a 103-inch wheelbase. It has a sporty design that looks flashy and attractive. The Probe features body-colored front and rear impact-absorbing bumpers, manually adjustable door mirrors, flush door handles, roof drip molding, a body-colored front lip spoiler, halogen concealed headlights, a fixed rear window, and tinted glass. A power sunroof, power door mirrors, and a rear spoiler remain optional. It has a curb weight of 2690 pounds and sits on 14-inch steel or alloy wheels.
The interior of the 1997 Ford Probe fits four passengers. In the front, it has cloth bucket seats with integral head restraints, divided by a floor console that includes a storage box and cup holders. Pockets on the doors and a bin on the driver’s seat provide easy storage. The dash contains logically arranged gauges for clear readability, conveniently placed controls for easy use, and a storage box. In the rear sits a 50/50 split-folding cloth seat that fits two people. The Probe features a urethane steering wheel, side window demisters, a rear quarter fixed antenna, a lockable glove box, and an AM/FM stereo with four speakers. Leather seating, power windows and locks, a power driver’s seat, and a CD player remain optional.
Performance & Handling
The 1997 Ford Probe employs a two-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 118 horsepower and 127 lb-ft of torque. The GT come packed with a 2.5-liter, six-cylinder engine that pumps out 164 horsepower and 160 lb-ft of torque. Both engines mate with either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission. The GT accelerates from zero to 60 mph in just over seven seconds and reaches a top speed of 140 mph. It takes the base about nine seconds to get from zero to 60 mph with a top speed of 120 mph.
The Probe uses an independent strut front and rear suspension with a stabilizer bar and coil springs. This results in a relatively smooth and stable ride. Handling in the base model feels sporty and secure. The GT offers sharp and agile handling, along with a secure grip. In both models, drivers can maneuver in traffic gracefully and take corners easily. Steering feels both responsive and predictable, which allows for precise control at all times.
The 1997 Ford Probe has driver and front-passenger front-impact airbags installed. Anti-lock brakes on all four wheels may be added as an option.
EPA Fuel Economy
Ford Probe GT: 21/27 mpg city/highway
- Good handling
- Lots of cargo room
- Good fuel economy
You Won't Like
- Cramped rear seating
- Difficult rear entry and exit
Sporty ride with speed and finesse.
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