1988 Ford Tempo GL 2.3L 4-cylinder Unleaded from North America


Definition of mediocre


The alternator circuits fried.

The oil pump went bad.

There was a ratty sound coming from the gearbox.

Brake warning light for the parking brake refused to go out.

Brakes needed replaced frequently.

Car stalled and the battery was totally dead without warning.

General Comments:

Transmission shift patterns caused a lack of performance.

It shifted into drive at 20 MPH.

I wish it had a 4-speed automatic.

The revolutions per minute were quite high at 70 miles per hour.

Car was too noisy.

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

Review Date: 14th June, 2003

1988 Ford Tempo GL 2.3L HSC inline 4 from North America


Awesome value for the money!


Speedometer went at 130000 kilometers.

Battery went at 132000 kilometers.

The muffler rusted off of the pipe at 142500 kilometers.

The left front wheel bearing went at 150000 kilometers.

The first clutch went at 152000 kilometers.

General Comments:

This car is a very reliable car. It's never left me stranded anywhere and always fires right up, even in the cold Canadian winters.

I bought this car used from a family member. For a used car, it sure has held up very nicely.

The 2.3L HSC (high swirl capacity) 4-cylinder that's in this car can power it from 0-100km/h in just over 14 seconds, which isn't bad considering the size of the car.

One general thing about Tempos - WASH THEM AS OFTEN AS POSSIBLE! Make sure to get underneath the car as well. If you don't, rust will start to form underneath the car on the frame, making it completely structurally unsafe. Tempos are bad for this.

Everything considered, I love my car. It runs like a dream, gets me from point A to point B without any trouble, and is very cheap to run. This car is an awesome vehicle for someone who needs their first car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th May, 2003

1988 Ford Tempo LX 2.0 from North America


A best buy


Altenator easy to do on your own. The power steering motor.

General Comments:

I love this car it just keeps going. The altenator went at 240,000 miles and the power steering went last month. This car was special ordered without air conditioning. Also has never left me stranded on the side of the road.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th March, 2003

1988 Ford Tempo L 2.3 hsc from North America


The quintessential beater


Starter failed last year.

Starter failed again this year (bad rebuild)

Front brakes (pad rotors)

Alternator & harness.

2 headlights.

Trans cooler (accident related)

Tranny conditioner.

Full exhaust system (real cheap for this car)

General Comments:

Bought the car certified for $1000!

This car is quite reliable and amazes me at how it keeps going.

It starts poorly in the winter, but it has no block heater nor has it ever had a tune up.

It has had 1 oil change in 50k kms!

The tranny slips, but the trans conditioner helps.

Gets OK gas mileage, but would recommend a 5 speed.

Handles like crap, seats suck, but this is a total beater that won't die.

Engine runs minty, no oil usage or noises -amazing.

Fair comfort 2 door model has useless back seats.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th February, 2003

1988 Ford Tempo GL 2.3L HSC from North America


An awesome beginner car


The battery went dead at 130 000 kilometres. This was quite costly.

One headlight burnt out.

The heater core started leaking at 135 000 kilometres. This was a very hard fix, but quite cheap at 55 dollars.

General Comments:

This is a very reliable car.

I haven't had any major problems yet.

This car is extremely cheap to run, especially if you keep up with the maintenance.

The stock stereo system is fairly nice, although I did put in an aftermarket system.

After 141 000 kilometres, I still get over 30 miles per gallon on the highway. I usually get about 500 kilometres to one gas tank.

In the Canadian winters, we can sometimes get down to some very cold temperatures. At -30 degrees Celcius, this car starts like a charm.

The 2.3L engine in this car powers it from 0 to 100 km/h in just over 14 seconds. This is fairly decent for the size of the car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd December, 2002