1984 Ford Tempo GL 2.3 from North America


Fun car to play in


I never had to replace anything except for the speakers I blew.

The suspension would bottom out on any good size bump.

The engine would stall if it fell below 1000rpms.

General Comments:

This was my first car and I couldn't have had a better one.

It accelerated horribly, but handled great on the corners.

It may not have been a good race car or "cool" in this age of ricers, but it handled great off-road. I took it on old logging roads and trails that some people wouldn't go on without 4 wheel drive and it handled perfectly. There is a high body clearance and a good stock suspension compared to other cars. There is not another front wheel drive vehicle available that handles as well as this car off-road.

The only regret I have is not keeping this car. I dream about buying another some day to thrash on it some more.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd June, 2004

25th Jun 2004, 19:11

If you want a Tempo with a bit of fun, get one with a manual. I had an 88 GL with the 5 speed, and it was fun to drive fast. It was pretty quick for an older Ford, I could get it to about 75 or higher in a quarter mile. If you want even more fun, try to find a Mercury Topaz XR5, it's a V6 with a 5 speed. Not too many of those made, so you'd be lucky to find one.

1984 Ford Tempo 2D 2.3 HSC from North America




TFI went out twice. 1st time pep boys blamed everything including timing belt (duh, chain) and removed engine before fixing issue.

Fan control unit burned out before buying. Wired in manual switch & relay cause didn't want to try and fix with OEM parts.

Rebuilt engine at 10000. Ran good fine after that.

General Comments:

I payed $450 for the thing with no a/c. Ran great for the most for me. Loved it.

Old review so I won't say much more than that.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 19th September, 2003

1984 Ford Tempo GL 2.3L HSC from North America


Underestimated vehicle with nothing to prove. A great first car


I have this car since June or July of 2002, and it was my first car I've owned. All-in-all, It's a pretty solid ride. and I plan on keeping it until (god forbid) it has a serious mechanical failure or is in a serious accident.

When I purchased it, the car made a loud noise while running, although it ran fine until I took it on the interstate several months later. I later found out that the timing gear had failed, and the loud noise was little pieces of the gear getting stripped off by the chain and flying into the oil pan. Not a good thing by any means and it cost $763.00 to fix. (almost $500 of that was labor costs. Since the car is front wheel drive it is apparently very difficult to work on.

Before taking the car to the shop I attempted to self-diagnose the problem and installed an entire new electrical system, (coil, starter computer, and spark plugs) which it was due for anyways.

The 85' tempo has modern lines and looks fine in a sea of bubble-shaped Ford Focuses, Toyota Corollas, and Honda Civics. If nobody told you, would swear that the 85' tempo was designed between 88' and 92' with it's modern looks.

The interior is very comfortable and modern looking. (at least for my car. with the silver dash. I saw a woodgrain dash at a junkyard that looked dated, but it may have been a 84 tempo). The heater works quite well and if anything it can be too hot at times, but you can always turn it down. Common for vehicles of this age, the A/C didn't work well on my car, and I have not looked into fixing it yet. I think it's just a matter of installing new coolant.

I had a problem with the driver's seat recliner failing. whenever I would brake hard or go up a hill the seat would recline. Not safe at all and I believe that they issued a recall in 86', but my car was never fixed. I got a replacement recliner mechanism at a junkyard for $5.00 and it was reasonably simple to install.

I was impressed with the online fan pages for Ford Tempo's (and Mercury Topaz) which is based off the tempo and interchangeable for many parts.

Although there is probably a group in existence for every kind of car, the people at "tempotopaz.com" have really shown how much love there is for this car. It's not the fastest thing on the road, but it's comfortable and a great first car.

General Comments:

My friend's give me crap about my car because it's a ford tempo. It's engine is no V6, and not terribly powerful, but it does the job getting from point A to Point B. The car comfortable and easily seats four adults. Gas Mileage is (as I have calculated it) 25MPG around town.

If you want a flashy car, go buy Honda Accord and some body-kits.

But if you're psychologically secure and don't need to justify yourself with your vehicle, or you want comfortable, economical, and reliable basic transportation, ya gotta go Tempo.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 1st January, 2003

11th Nov 2007, 19:09

You are absolutely correct, I got a 1985 Ford Tempo a few years back and it has been such a great car that I bought two more 1985 Ford Tempo's. They are much easier and cheaper to work on then newer cars today. I am also a member of the tempotopaz club. Keep that Tempo on the road, they are rare. Ford only made that specific car for one year only then changed the design.