1988 Ford Tempo L 2.3 Fuel injected
Good car if it's in good condition
Wheel bearing in right front wheel, not uncommon I hear. Shift linkage was worn, had it replaced. Rear brake hardware pretty much just fell apart. Pushbutton heater controls were sticky and hard to use.
I bought this car for 700 bucks. It had sat pretty much unused for about 6 months before I had purchased it. Right away when I bought it the wheel bearing had to be replaced, only cost me around 60 bucks, I was lucky it wasn't the inner bearing, which is sealed and is more costly to replace. The car was fairly quick for being 10 years old, the 5spd tranny would account for most of this quickness. Fuel mileage was quite good, I got over 30mpg on the highway at my usual cruising speed of 70mph. I never once had trouble starting this car, even on the coldest of days (-30 Celsius) it would start right up without a fuss. The front seats were very comfortable, the rear was a bit small for me, but I'm 6 feet tall. The pushbutton heater position controls would stick often on me, which was somewhat annoying. The factory 4 speaker stereo had nice sound. The fuel pump moaned, indicating that it's worn, but it never gave me any trouble. The plastic headlight covers in this car are the stupidest thing I have ever seen, they leak and yellow badly, and it's a big pain in the arse to change them. Driveline and body parts are readily available at any junkyard, but certain engine parts, fuel injection hardware for example, may be a tad hard to come by.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th November, 2002