Fiat Tempra Reviews from Argentina

1994 Fiat Tempra oro 2.0

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired100000 kilometres
Most recent distance200000 kilometres
Previous carFord Ranchero


Excellent ride at a low price


Water pump failed at 120.000 kilometers.

Power locks stopped responding with no reason.

General Comments:

After 11 years of use it still looks like new.

Really great cruiser, very comfortable.

Lots of interior and trunk space.

Reliable engine.

Surprising easy to park in tight spaces for a car it`s size.

The 2.0 carburetor engine responds great at low and high rpm.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd June, 2005

1995 Fiat Tempra SLX 2.0

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired25000 kilometres
Most recent distance150000 kilometres


Italian perfection


I've only replaced bulbs and done the normal service.

General Comments:

This is a true Italian piece of art. I find the design of the car after 10 years to be attractive, plus it has everything I like from European vehicles:In-headlight low beams, side blinkers, black trims on bumpers and side guards, big and tall trunks. It is simply beautiful.

The engine is small, it is a 2 liter vehicle, but driving up hills and mountains performance is amazing; I think the car was made for mountain driving.

I would definitely buy another Fiat, or any other European vehicle for that matter if they are just as reliable as my Tempra.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th December, 2004

15th Aug 2005, 02:41

The writer of this obviously likes his Fiat very much, but I read this to learn about the car (I'm thinking of buying one) and find that, among the superlatives, mainly the information is about fittings that are 'normal' in Europe. (I do know, having lived next door to this writer, in Paraguay, that many standard fittings are NOT included in South American countries e.g. heaters, etc.)

The only useful comment, really, was that it is good on mountain roads. For me this could be pertinent as I live now in Southern Spain, where there are many steep mountain roads.

More information regarding performance, faults, actual running costs, etc.,would have been much more useful.

Bob Fretwell (Spain)

24th Jan 2008, 22:12

I'm looking at a Tempra myself, but I know a LOT about Fiats. as a general rule they are mechanically robust a well maintained motor will do 300000 + ks no problem. Bodies post 1990 are all galvanised so rust is no longer an issue. They are not without their share of electrical woes due, in most part to poor earthings. Build quality varies, but is hugely improved on more recent models. from a design and engineering point of view these cars are fantastic, and that's the thing that always keeps me coming back to Fiat. They are that little bit special, and have bags of character that you won't find in a toyota. True you have to forgive the occasional foibles, but if you're a little bit handy and don't need to rely on the generally poor dealerships then I say you won't find a much better all round car - Style economy and practicality - ALL for much less than most other equivalent cars. Its the best kept secret. DOH!

Average review marks: 8.6 / 10, based on 2 reviews