I have had little to no problems with the car. I did have to have the speedometer cable replaced several times due to it being noisy. Otherwise, while keeping it maintained, it's been a perfect car for 13 years.
I like how it looks. It has good get- up, being the 6. It's easy to drive.
Maybe a little more room for the passenger, and back seats. Big people always have a tight fit.
198m000 miles with no major repairs; what more do I need to say. I want a new car but how can you give up on the "humbler" (that's what we call it because it's a humbling experience to drive the "humbler").
I have had excellent luck with my car. The only thing that has been wrong with it is that the speedometer cable has made noise throughout the years. I have had it fixed many times by Ford, yet it still makes noise. The car rides rough, and doesn't do well in the snow. Otherwise, very reliable, no big problems at all.
Ease of drive.
Maybe a little better ride, and gas mileage (I have the 6).
I got this car a year ago, and so far
here's what I think: It may not have
an outstanding exterior/interior, the
ride and handling is average, and the
limit of 80 mph is definitely not too
much. However, I didn't have any major
problems with it, only usual
maintenance. I particularly like
126ft*lb at only 2000-3000Rpm (4cyl) -
you can outrun most of the cars if you
wish when you start at traffic light.
So my impression is: Ford Tempo is a
good car to for beginners. Reliability
strongly depends on the way the car
High torque at low RPM. Strong A/C.
Quite large trunk. Enough space for
four. Standard sound system is not
bad. Doesn't have much electronics, so
there's little to go wrong.
On the freeway the noise level is
high. Better noise reduction would be
I bought this car from a friend in
1998.It has the 4 cylinder engine. It
had 140,000+ miles on it at the time I
bought it.I have driven for six years
and 50,000 miles with only minor
problems (mostly normal wear items).I
did have some problems with the power
door locks not working properly. The
original transmission finally failed at
194,000 miles but the original engine
still runs great and all the
accessories still work including the
AC.I can't decide whether to fix it or
look for another Tempo.I have been well
pleased with the car.
Good balance of fuel economy and
performance. Extremely reliable.
Relocate the controls for the power
seat.They are are in a very awkward
position to get to.