1987 Ford Tempo GL 2.3L. HSO from North America
A great performer for an economical car
There was a recall made in '89 on some of the fuel injector parts. The problem was noticed in '98, and Ford covered all the costs and even replaced the catalytic converter for free!
I have had both of the wheel-hub bearings go out, but only after about 155,000 miles.
The 3rd gear transmission bearing is currently going out, but I have driven it like a Ferrari since I got it at 114,000 miles.
The front-main oil seal has gone out; slinging oil all over the right side of the engine compartment, and the belts.
I have replaced both of the headlamp assemblies (due to natural "yellow" discoloration, common with the plastic used to manufacture the lenses).
I have replaced the heater core & the heater motor.
I have had to replace the entire clutch assembly 2 times due to my nature of driving the car. Don't buy a cheap clutch assembly for the replacement. I tried that one already. It came out less than a year later in 3 pieces!!! I now have a racing clutch in it and have had no problems, going on 3 years now!!!
I have had a re-occurring problem with the driver's seat frame & slider assembly cracking, but I weigh 220 lbs.
I have noticed that the steering column bolts have a tendency to come loose and allow the steering wheel to move/wobble to the left.
I have noticed that the idler speed motor that controls the engine's idle does not always allow the engine to return to the preferred 700-850 RPM idle range. It sometimes hangs around 1500-1700 RPM from time to time.
I have had to replace the transmission mounts once & and the oil pan gasket once.
At about 180,000 miles, the water pump idler tensioner pulley seized, causing the belt to burn and shred.
I had the entire exhaust replaced at about 140k - 150,000 miles.
This car has the VIN number designation of "S" for the engine, which is HSO (Higher Specific Output). Meaning that it has the hottest cam that was offered for the engine and year.
I race it all the time on the boulevard. I lose a lot, but I beat a lot of cars as well. Some of its victims include Eclipses and Civics.
It is an old car, and old cars require maintenance from time to time. All in all, a great and well built car. I drive it to the edge of its limits every day, and it just keeps taking the abuse and going strong!!! I love this car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 30th October, 2002