Many electrical problems, oil leaks, make sure you get the ignition switch replaced (it was recalled for this), had trouble with the starter twice in 2 years, but it has the engine that just won't die. It was always pretty reliable. The transmission didn't need replacing until 145,000 miles. The design of the radio/air conditioner switches is horrible and breaks easily. The seats are very comfortable and it rides pretty smoothly for a small car. It isn't much to look at but the paint lasts a long time with no rust. Just about everything else will fall off but the engine will keep going!
The comfortable seats and smooth ride, pretty reliable engine.
I have had my '91 tempo for about 9
months, and just the other day, it
burst into flames on the highway. It
turns out, in 1996, Ford had a recall
on several of their models that were
built with a malfunctioning ignition
swtich between the years 1988 and 1993.
If you buy the car, make sure you get
the free installation of the new
ignition switch, otherwise, prepare to
back up traffic while you watch your
poor little car die in it's own
bonfire. Enjoy your new tempo!
Rrom the get-go, the Ford Tempo was an
American car company's attempt to take
sales away from Honda, Toyota and
Nissan, but not having good engineering
or high quality/dependability in it's
product. Even now in late 2002 US car
companies are still playing "catchup"
with Honda and Toyota in virtually all
their products at Ford, Gm and Chrysler-
-when will we ever get it right?