1993 Ford Tempo GL 2.3L 4 cylinder
Better than ever, but too bad it did not float :)
The tape player died after about 140,000 miles, no big deal.
The seats were made of material that melted if a cigarette ash fell on it. (Ask me how I know.)
The pulley on the serpentine belt went at about 130,000 miles.
The paint began to wear down to the primer after about 120,000 miles (this was common on Fords from this time period).
This car was injected, which made a huge improvement in performance over a 1984 model I also owned.
I liked the '84 so much I bought a '93 to replace it. In total I put 300,000 miles on Ford Tempos from April '85 to October '05, over 20 years.
The '84 cost about 10 grand. The '93 also cost about 10 grand. They did this by replacing a lot of metal with plastic and simplifying various systems. The cost of money dropped by half in the intervening years, so the total cost to own and operate the '93 for twelve years was around $0.14/mile, $6.50/day.
This car was flooded by hurricane Wilma in the Florida Keys in 2005. That is the only reason I replaced it or I would still be driving it probably!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th October, 2010