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The Most Reliable Car Out of the '80s
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By Explorer4x4
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1990 Ford Tempo Sedan 4dr Sedan AWD


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I have had my 1989 Tempo AWD for a single year now. It has never had a problem. And I know the previous owners well, and they have never had any major problems either. It has always started for me, and its very reliable. I would go to say its the most reliable model made in the 1980's. I left it for eleven months. It sat untouched for that time. I went back to it, turned the key, started right away. Thats quality. Excellent first car and general daily driver. Fuel economy is average, reliability outstanding, durability outstanding, styling is good - average, power is slightly below average and quality is too great for words.


Best Features

Great stereo, Great air conditioning and heat. Quality materials and every single accessory or button is easy to reach and see.


Worst Features

Its styling is a bit old now. Mistaken continually for its big brother, the Taurus. Slightly underpowered. AWD is more like FWD at times. In no way is it a 'cool' car when stock. Not very fast either.


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By The Mann
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1990 Ford Tempo Sedan 4dr Sedan AWD


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Well, I bought this car because it was inexpensive. Right after I got it, it started getting all kind of leaks. The CV joints went bad though the boots were good. The motor, tranny, and power steering all had minor leaks. The AWD didn't work, the car got bad mileage, and the door handles ALL fell off. The radiator fan needed replacement, along with numerous sensors. The auto front belts were slow and noisy. Chaep car. Avoid these even if they're inexpensive and look nice.


Best Features

Price; Nicely weighted steering. Had tall ground clearance and looked cool. Good quality red paint. Good interior fit and finish. Typical solid Ford interior.


Worst Features

Awful ergonomics. Cheap buzz saw motor. Old Ford style reliability.Numerous electronic glitches and low power. Leaks from everything except window washer!


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