Beware when you purchase a Ford Tempo 5speed from this year. The car won't die. I purchased the car in the dead of winter. It started right up and I test drove it with just a thimble full of gas in it. The car looked to be in immaculate condition for only being 6 years old. The odometer said 67,000 miles. The dealer was quick to correct it to tell me it's actually 167,000 miles. This means the car was driven an average of almost 28,000 miles a year or a road trip around the equator of the earth plus or minus 3000 miles per year. All the average things that could breakdown with a car has. I replaced the break shoes in the rear in 1996 (I've not touched them since). I've had the clutch throw out bearing replaced (the auto tech thinks this will be the third and last one). I've had the serpentine belt explode on me going to work and take out the power steering pump with it. I've had a minor leak in the radiator repaired. I've gone through at least 3 sets of tires. I did a complete tuneup on the engine (points, plugs, plug wires, distributor cap, rotor, etc.) for roughly $50. Several upper/lower ball joints and control/rocker arms (potholes grow like corn here in the Midwest). Last, but not least I just replaced the battery which was killed by the alternator (the alternator is the original, the battery was a Farm & Fleet 60 month battery that was installed in Dec of 1994. Kudos to Farm and Fleet. This car won't die, but it is suffering from terminal body rot. Will be a sad day when I have to put her out to pasture.
I consider this car to be a Wednesday car as per the automobile assembly line rule of thumb. Monday cars are bad because the workers are nursing hangovers from the weekend. Friday cars are bad because the assembly workers are thinking about the party for the weekend. No offense to the auto industry.