Problems, problems, problems...had the
transmission replaced right when the
car was purchased used around 60,000
miles and same problem has come up
again at 123,000 miles. Tie rods have
been replaced many many times. Engine
races in idle. Won't start when it's
cold outside. Takes 3 or 4 times to
start the car on a regular day. Don't
Worst Ford car ever!!!! Everything
about it needs to be fixed.
So far I've had to get the brakes done
twice, a new clutch, tie rods, struts,
and wheel bearings. And it STILL has
front end problems! The engine rattles
and the heater is lukewarm. The horn
only works if you turn the wheel about
90 degrees to the left. The headlights
are dim. It's uncomfortable-very little
legroom & no tilt wheel so you have to
squeeze yourself into it. And the
cupholder's under the dash console &
behind the gear shift. It handles like
a snowplow and is scary to drive in the
winter (if it starts). I hate this car.
The paint is still good.
Everything. It was apparently easier
for Ford to scrap the Tempo than to fix
all its problems. A cheap, disposable
Over 100k, this has been a fairly
reliable, american car. My list:
partial tranny $700 80K
window lifters 6 of them (that sucked)
tie rod, susp $400 70
starter $125 100
a/c small fix thing
Anyone who rips the Tempo probably is
expecting too much from life.
Anyone who praises the Tempo too much
I agree with the review that called
this a good cheap car.
Good for your High School kid to ruin.
Nine years is the longest I've ever owned
a car and my Tempo never let me down in
all that time; however the cost of
repairs recently has made me decide that
I didn't want to go through another
Michigan winter with it. It was time for
a new car so I'm donating it to charity
where I hope someone else can make good
use of the life that's left in it. I'll
be saying my goodbyes to it tomorrow so
I'm feeling particularly sentimental
right now. Emotions aside, I've always
had reliable cars with Ford and my Tempo
lasted the longest and gave me many great
times across long distances. I'm going
to miss it very much.
Reliability and comfort are its strongest
points. I love the great looks of it
Pick up could have been better especially
when merging onto highways.