1991 Ford Tempo Reviews - Page 7 of 10

1991 Ford Tempo GL ??? from North America

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission ??? Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired103000 miles
Most recent distance110000 miles

Faults:

I bought the car for $600 from my boyfriends mom. Her dad had looked at it and kept up care on it while it sat in a garage for 2 years. I drove it home (4hr. drive) with no problems. I then took it to a shop for general look over. Turns out the total repair on the car was more than I paid for it. The head gasket was leaking oil on the wires, new spark plugs, upper/lower ball joints/control arms needed to be changed, wheel alignment, and other stuff. I got some of it changed, others I couldn't afford. Then I moved. While driving home from work one night-2 blocks from home, the battery and alternator went. The car stalls a lot-especially on turns (ex. parking spaces or sharp turns). It's comfortable to sit in, but when I drive it, I feel like I will die. Just recently I found out that the back wheel cylinders will need to be changed-bled and flushed and also the inner tie rods-which this company said could be the same as the control arms-No one knows what's going on with the car!

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

Review Date: 9th February, 2004

1991 Ford Tempo GL from North America

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission Don't Know
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired138000 miles
Most recent distance147000 miles

Summary:

Cheap and Reliable most of the time

Faults:

Stalling when I reach a red light and am ready to take off.

Selanoid is unreliable.

Power Windows in the back went out at 145000.

Shocks are worn really bad.

Altenator went at 142000.

Floor Board Rusted out.

General Comments:

Seats are to small i.e. height.

Car tends to stall at red lights.

Good Pickup.

Sticky Gas pedal.

Hard to start in Winter.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th January, 2004

1991 Ford Tempo 2.4 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.4 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired97000 miles
Most recent distance119000 miles
Previous carFord First car

Summary:

A tempo and a cheap running very reliable car

Faults:

There are only 2 things that have needed to be replaced, The Alternator needed to replaced beacause it could not produce the power my awesome stereo needed, and the water pump went out. The driver side automatic seat belt would get stuck and not go back so I just took that out and it is better without it anyway.

General Comments:

I love my tempo, I would trust it anytime it is a very reliable car and has good pick up speed for having a small and low horse power engine. It Handles very well at high speed and on the highway.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th June, 2003

20th Dec 2003, 21:14

I had a 91 Ford Tempo and I loved it. Unfortunally, It died because the engine overheated. (The PC valve was clogged) It was a really reliable car, and it went through the snow like a tank. It looked pretty bad, but even after being wrecked 6 times, it still ran for 13 years. Wish I could have kept it, I know it will be a collector someday.

10th Feb 2004, 11:49

I love my tempo too. it handles really well for being a cheap car, and hasn't had too many problems. I too have an awesome stereo, but apparently, have a lot less power, because it still works for hours while the car is not on. Tempo's are a great car for stereo's because of their insulation. I can hardly hear my system from the outside, but sure can on the inside.

24th Oct 2004, 21:01

1989 ford tempo.

The worst car I ever had.

1991 Ford Tempo GL not sure from North America

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission not sure Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired61000 miles
Most recent distance86000 miles
Previous carFord Tempo

Summary:

One of the best of older cars.

Faults:

I can't lie... I love my Tempo. Yes, I've had to replace a lot (and I do mean a lot) of parts. The only real complaint I have about it is that the clock works, but doesn't light up at night.

General Comments:

It's a great first car.

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

Review Date: 4th June, 2003

1991 Ford Tempo L 2.3L 2 doors from North America

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.3L 2 doors Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.5 / 10
Distance when acquired106000 kilometres
Most recent distance126000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Tercel

Summary:

Eat gas, won't move

Faults:

Air conditionning not working, as for most Tempo's.

I had to buy a new alternator and have the starter rebuilt since the car wouldn't start.

I had to change the whole exhaust line since rust when through it.

I had to change the coil springs on the front wheels since they were broken when I bought the car.

I had to change two brake hoses, due to rust again.

General Comments:

This car eats way too much gas. More than twice the Toyota's we have do. In summer I'd need about 13 liters/ 100 kilometers. That's almost as much as a pickup truck! In winter (and with gas at 87.5 cents) I won't reach 250 km with 30$ worth of gas.

The car is very rusty, the floor is eaten through.

However, there is no risk of it being stolen, the insurance is very cheap and nothing expensive has broken in the last 6 months (except a brake hose and routine brake maintenance).

The trunk is massive and still has plenty of space even with my 2 sub woofers :)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th March, 2003

16th Jan 2004, 14:19

I had a 91 Tempo that was way more hassle than it was worth. It broke down constantly and was a complete safety hazard to me and everyone else on the road. And of course the A/C worked in the winter and the heat worked in the summer.

Average review marks: 6.4 / 10, based on 41 reviews