1989 Ford Tempo GL 2.3 Liter from North America
A comfort car, not a performance car
Nothing major has gone wrong, I just put some tune up parts in it when I got it.
Such as belts, plugs and hoses. An Air Intake hose went, but was easily fixed and 1 alternator, no biggie though.
It tends to stall when its idling at a stop light and you suddenly hit the gas, but I found a way around it.
My emergency brake does not work, but that's not a problem.
This car looks like a box, but the interior is in very good condition and is laid out nicely, except for cup holders.
My Tempo is a very good first car or if you want a cheap beater that will last.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 21st September, 2002
3rd Dec 2002, 17:53
Congrats on finding a Tempo with low miles! My 1989 has 97,000 miles, and I've had minor problems with mine as well. Like you said, a cheap beater car. Good luck in the future with your little Tempo!
16th Jun 2003, 09:28
I have had a 1989 Mercury Topaz (same car as the Tempo) for seven years now and it has turned out to be a great car. However, the previous owner disconnected the shoulder harness seat belts and discarded them, now after driving the car for all this time, I received a fix-it ticket and cannot find the shoulder harness seat belts for the car. The manufacturer wants $695.00 for the set and I'm afraid I cannot afford that. Can anyone help me find these? I would really appreciate any help I could get as I have to go to court July 16 for this ticket.
E-mail Lynda_Glas@hotmail.com or LLindamarie52@aol.com
19th Jul 2005, 23:56
I just bought a 1989 Ford Tempo with 49,566 miles on it for $400. Everyone talks bad about the Tempo, but they are indestructable.