1992 Ford Tempo Reviews - Page 2 of 11

1992 Ford Tempo GL Premiere Edition 2.3L HSC 3-speed ATX from North America

Model year1992
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.3L HSC 3-speed ATX Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.3 / 10
Distance when acquired64000 miles
Most recent distance93000 miles
Previous carPontiac Grand Am

Summary:

This car is a good basic transportation vehicle. Would recommend it as a first car then upgrade

Faults:

Drivers power window replaced

Drivers power belt motor replaced

One motor mount replaced

Radiator replaced

Radiator fan motor replaced

New belt

Axles replaced

Heater hose replaced

Headlights restored and new silver star bulbs in

Short in right turn signal

Vents don't work

Rear oil seal leaks and smokes

Bad oxygen sensor

Needs rear struts

Only driver door power lock work

All power windows work fine, sometime rear passenger gets stuck, but rarely

Original R-12 A/C works fine, put new clutch switch in

New front brakes and all four tires new

New CD player and speakers from wall mart.

General Comments:

Overall this is a good car despite it's normal issues. It gets me from point A to point B despite having to put a quart of oil in every two days. It rides really nice despite the need of rear struts, Tempo's use the same suspension as a Taurus. Handling is no great with body lean, but it's secure. Engine has normal power, nothing exciting. Good on the highway. Seat are comfortable though the headrests could have been put closer to the edge of the seats.

Overall a decent vehicle, get 31 MPG on highway and 28 in the city.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th November, 2006

1992 Ford Tempo GLS 3.0 V6 Vulcan from North America

Model year1992
Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 3.0 V6 Vulcan Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired85000 miles
Most recent distance120000 miles

Summary:

Underatted car that has a lot of potential

Faults:

Prior to my ownership the car was bought brand-new by my mother.

The only real problem encountered was the seat belt tracks. They broke constantly.

2003-

Shattered The Transmission. (caused by speed-shifting/Hard-Shifting.)

2006-

Broken Sway Linkage.

Broken Control-Arm bushing.

Leaking Gas Tank.

Two Broken Tie Rods.

Broken Rear Defrost.

Leaking Radiator.

Spark Knock.

Cylinder Knock.

Floor Panels are rusting.

General Comments:

1.) A Stock 1992 Tempo GLS V6 will NOT beat a 5.0 Mustang. The only excepetion is if the driver of the mustang doesn't know how to race OR there is something VERY wrong with the Mustang.

However, the GLS will beat a stock pre-fox-body 6-Cyl mustang in the 1/4 mile. This is because the older 6-cyls just weren't as powerful. They had about 120hp. The Tempo has between 130-140. Ford says it's 130, but tests done by auto-magazines got 140.

I can't say for sure how the Tempo would fair against the Fox-Body mustangs. However, Post-Fox-body 6-cyl mustangs have a higher gear ratio than the Tempo. Meaning the tempo will beat these mustangs in the quarter mile as well. However, after that 1/4 mile mark, the Mustang is gonna catch up real quick a blow by you.

The tempo, I'm sorry to say, has nothing on the V8 Mustangs. I raced a 5.0 in my Tempo just for the honor of doing so and he just whipped right by me. The slowest GT 5.0 runs 15.50s. The Tempo GLS on it's BEST day runs 16.1.

2.) The GLS DOES come with a 5-speed manual. I have one.

3.) The Tempo has a severely bad wrap because of the 4-cyl engine in the leseer models. The V6 Vulcan motor in the GLS is VERY reliable. I have NEVER had a problem with the engine. I've had a few sensors go up, but the car is 15 years old, the problems it's having are expected. A lot of people don't even know the GLS exists. I've had people ask me if I've modified my car with some kind of body kit. No, it's all stock. People who don't believe me when I tell them I have a V6. I have to open the hood just to prove it.

4.) People need to get their facts straight.

This is the "Car and Driver" report on the 1992 Tempo GLS.

3.0 liters

183 cubic inches

HP : 130 @ 4800 RPM

Torque : 150 lb-ft @ 3000 RPM.

0-60 time : 7.8 seconds

1/4 mile : 16.1 sec @ 85 MPH.

0-60 time is NOT 9 sec or more.

You also need to understand that there is a BIG difference between every other tempo model and the GLS.

The GLS has some awesome handling. "Sports Suspension." It can handle as well as most if not all cars in it's class.

It's also extremely fuel efficient. If you change the oil like you're supposed to and you keep up with maintenance.

The Tempo GLS is some kind of freak accident of Ford. It deserves so much more respect than it gets. You also need to keep in mind that even the last year of the Tempo is still an old car. If you have a Tempo now, of course it's going to be having problems. If you leave a chunk of metal outside for 15 years, it's gonna rust. Paint fades. Things break. There is no car that is invincible to the effects of aging.

Overall:

The Tempo GLS is a good car. It's reliable. When it was in production; it was probably one of the best small-mid-size class cars out there. However, as I said, even the newest Tempo is going to be 12 years old. So I don't reccomend going out and getting a Tempo GLS unless you want to put the time and money into fixing it, or if by some freakish chance it is still in pristine condition. If you want a car to play with and fix up, get a Tempo GLS.

The GLS is best used for whooping up on cavaliers and base-stock civics. The 92 Z24 Cav was the prime competition for the 92 GLS Tempo. The two cars pitted head to head, who wins is really left up to the skill of the driver. And THAT is what racing is about.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th August, 2006

28th Aug 2006, 20:13

I agree with everything in the article. I have a 1992 GLS and it fits what is said right to a tee. I can't beat 5.0L, but I can beat the z24 cavy. Mine is still in good shape only because it has been stored for the past three years and prior to that is missed several winter. I am from New Brunswick, Canada and I have not seen one like mine around and they all ask if I have swapped engines. I am in the middle of changing a few things with it and hopefully when I am done it will have around 185 hp's. That is quite enough to try to give a mustang a go. Thanks for the good article. Proud to be a GLS owner.

Ryan

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 45 reviews