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The Most Reliable Car Out of the '80s
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By Explorer4x4
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1990 Ford Tempo 4dr Sedan AWD


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I have had my 1989 Tempo AWD for a single year now. It has never had a problem. And I know the previous owners well, and they have never had any major problems either. It has always started for me, and its very reliable. I would go to say its the most reliable model made in the 1980's. I left it for eleven months. It sat untouched for that time. I went back to it, turned the key, started right away. Thats quality. Excellent first car and general daily driver. Fuel economy is average, reliability outstanding, durability outstanding, styling is good - average, power is slightly below average and quality is too great for words.


Best Features

Great stereo, Great air conditioning and heat. Quality materials and every single accessory or button is easy to reach and see.


Worst Features

Its styling is a bit old now. Mistaken continually for its big brother, the Taurus. Slightly underpowered. AWD is more like FWD at times. In no way is it a 'cool' car when stock. Not very fast either.


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good buy
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Jevik
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1990 Ford Tempo GL 4dr Sedan


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had this car for a year and not a
problem.. starts up no prob in the
cold.. fun to drive.. good gas
mileage.. a good reliable car.. and
cheap on insurance


Best Features

acceleration, comfortable, gas mileage


Worst Features

cup holder, fold down seats


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ford tempo 90
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By Harvey Winter
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1990 Ford Tempo GLS 4dr Sedan


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fairly dependable and gets me where I'm
goping (most times)


Best Features

starting up


Worst Features

none


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One of my favorite automobiles
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By Chris P
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1990 Ford Tempo GL 4dr Sedan


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This was my first car. I wanted a
tempo after my mom walked out of a
60mph head on accident with a very
minor temporary injury. I purchased
mine for $400 from my aunt at 105k
miles. Engine is very strong, and
tranny is responsive. in 13 years the
car has been towed once for a dead
battery, and left me on the side of
the road once when the engine block
heater fell out becuase of an
overtightned bolt (bad mechanic?). I
took the car off the road when it was
due for CV Joints, Boots, and body
work. Total parts for this car in 13
years costed $400. I purchased a 1996
Taurus SE as a replacement...I miss my
tempo though...


Best Features

-Powerful engine for its time, keeps up if not beats many modern civics, accords, neons, ect. -IT WILL GO ANYWHERE IN THE SNOW! -I love the look, still looks modern. -You can put a refridgerator in the trunk opening...No lie. Try that with a Camry. -Center mounted E-Brake


Worst Features

-Allignment problems, still found in Ford front wheel drive vehicals. -Cup holder would have been nice. -Give us our Tempo's back... :-( Many people swore by these cars...


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By Sean Stevens
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1990 Ford Tempo GLS 4dr Sedan


Review

I bought my Ford Tempo new in 1990.
Over the years all it took was a new
muffler. It is excellent on gas and is
built tough. I have been i a few
fenderbenders over the years but it has
always stood up. I drove the car up to
last year when the transmission went. I
can do the repairs myself because all
it needs is a case but I have been too
busy. The A/C went but probably needs a
compressor. All in all this car has
performed and stood up excellent over
the years.


Best Features

Wonderful fuel economy, Built tough, very few problems, easy to work on, and is cheap to buy!


Worst Features

The only improvements needed are word done to the A/C compressor to withstand more use.


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