1991 Ford Tempo Reviews - Page 8 of 10

1991 Ford Tempo GL 2.3 Liter from North America

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.3 Liter Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired108000 miles
Most recent distance121000 miles
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

Great first car, however, I'm an import lover

Faults:

Well, you can't really expect much for a domestic automobile with that many miles on it, however, I haven't had too many significant problems with it other than general car-aging problems. The alternator was bad when I bought it, so I had to replace that. The AC compressor and clutch went out recently, but I don't really need the AC anyway. The ground strap rusted out and broke about 3 months ago. Most recently, the heater switch went out. The power steering pump is going out, so I'm gonna need to replace it fairly soon. These are general problems. You should expect them from all cars.

General Comments:

I'm very satisfied with the reliability of this car. I can't believe how it's ran. I expected the car to die about 6 months after I bought it, however, it's still trucking along.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th December, 2002

1991 Ford Tempo L 2.3 from North America

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.3 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.5 / 10
Distance when acquired223000 miles
Most recent distance235000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Caprice

Summary:

A simply impressive piece of machinery

Faults:

I got the car with a dead trans-axle. So I replaced that, replaced the valve cover gasket, oil pan gasket, and all belts. I went further to fix the headlights, tighten the handbrake, flush the radiator system, replace the exhaust, change the radio. Everything, but the transmission and headlights was fine when I got it, but I did decide to bring everything back if I could. The floorboards also had a nasty hole in them from where the previous owner had spilled a lot of coffee. I fixed that as well. I bought the car for $250, and overall, including parts, basically paid 600 for it. I put new brakes, calipers, and the like on it. I've replaced most of the seals and bearings.

General Comments:

This car is great! It ran from the first day I had it. It's got great pickup, and great mileage. I've tweaked with it and used to pull 36 miles per gallon regularly. Now I'm pulling forty after changing gear ratios in the trans-axle. The car will flat out spin the tires, and smokes Sun fires with ease, in takeoff and handling. For being a four cylinder with very high miles and a low power rating, I'm more than impressed. It doesn't burn any oil at all. Nothing leaks in it. I've taken great pains to bring this car back from the junk pile, simply because I like it. I've modified the exhaust with a glass pack for high performance, and put slightly different tires on it. It's great. I'm not fond of the automatics, though. They're not very quick. This thing is slick. With the clutch engaged in first gear I can put the gas halfway down and break traction going straight on dry road. I've only floored this thing twice, and it's responded accordingly. It handles well, very responsive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd December, 2002

1991 Ford Tempo 2.0 from North America

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1992
Most recent year of ownership1999
Engine and transmission 2.0 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.4 / 10
Distance when acquired30000 kilometres
Most recent distance47000 kilometres

Summary:

Seems like it should have lasted longer, ours must have been a dud

Faults:

Transmission went at 35,000.

Alternator blew at 46,000.

Muffler fell off at 47,000.

Tail pipe fell off at 47,010.

Few bits of rust.

Rubber outlining above the back left wheel fell off.

General Comments:

The car always had great pick up.

It was also very fuel efficient for the.

City. Even with me driving it like a.

Maniac down quiet streets.

I did drive the car into the ground and.

I'm not surprised that the transmission.

Blew, but for the muffler and tail pipe.

To fall off as my Mom was driving it to.

The supermarket was too much. Either.

The preivous owner (a neighbor who was.

An old man) left it out in the winter or.

The metal was cheap.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 6th November, 2002

1991 Ford Tempo GL 2.3 HSC from North America

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.3 HSC Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.5 / 10
Distance when acquired60350 miles
Most recent distance67525 miles
Previous carDodge Shadow

Summary:

Tempo GL - good, safe, and affordable.

Faults:

Valve cover gasket went bad (2 bolts busted which a mechanic had to drill out) at 62,050 miles..

General Comments:

I purchased the car assuming (as I was told by the dealer.. which was not a ford dealer) that it owned by an elderly woman and was an A title car.. turned out, it was a govt. car (found out on car fax) its super reliable and has the power of V6 w/o the poor fuel economy, and tight responsive handling of a sports car while providing a super quiet and comfortable ride with little roads noise or vibration.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd November, 2002

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