i rather like the tempo. it has started to break down on me though, it only has 55k on it. but i put it through alot. i put a custom air intake in it though. it actually made it feel like it had more power. it also has an awesome sound system with a sony xplod stereo, 4 aftermarket speakers, and two 12 inch subs in the trunk. my oil pan gasket is bad and causing tranny fluid to slightly leak through so i had to keep adding more though. and it vibrates alot over 60 mph. also alot of screws have worked their way out of their holes, mostly due to vibrations from my sound system. i dont think it'l last me much longer though
automatic seatbelts, power door locks, reliable engine
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