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!
by Kyle Brautigan on Apr 17, 2004 Vehicle: 1991 Ford Tempo
This car is horrible.We decided to buy
the all wheel drive version. We tried
to use it in winter and I noticed it
did not work well. We took it to the
dealership and after about 2 years of
ownership we found the a.w.d wasn't
even working. It was the main reason I
purchased the car. The car has stalled
numerous times, has broken down and
been needed repaired about weekly. It
never starts on winter mornings and
the drivers seat is broken and
slouches back to one side. Poor
quality across the board. I will find
it difficult to buy a Ford again after
this car. YIKES!!
by Serafima on Feb 27, 2004 Vehicle: 1991 Ford Tempo
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!
V6 power becomes available but the four-wheel drive option departs. Rear stabilizer bars are added to V6 models and sequential-port fuel injection appears on all Tempos. The GLS model receives fog lamps, alloy wheels and 15-inch tires.