1992 Ford Tempo Reviews - Page 4 of 11

1992 Ford Tempo from North America

Model year1992
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 1 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.3 / 10
Distance when acquired225000 kilometres
Most recent distance227000 kilometres
Previous carFord Taurus

Summary:

Cheap, reliable transportation, nothing more, nothing less

Faults:

Heater core

Starter.

General Comments:

I purchased this car for $1000 cdn just to get me to work and back (13 km once a week). I am a trucker and do not drive the car very often, so did not want the expense of something new.

The car had about 225,000 km on when I bought it and during the first week, the heater core blew. Cost me about $300 cdn to fix it (done by a shop as I did not have time to do it myself). 6 months later the starter died and it cost me $150 to replace it myself. Not too bad so far.

The car is on it's last legs though. The suspension is shot, there is a hole in the exhaust, the brakes are weak, the fuel gauge does not work, the dash lights do not work and both low beam bulbs are burnt out and the transmission is starting to slip. I don't care. The car runs fine and still gets me to my Semi once a week and that's all I need it to do. I know some of the things that are wrong with it now are easy and cheap to repair, but I am too lazy to fix them, and as for the more expensive repairs, I just don't think it's worth spending that kind of money on them. I will drive this car till it dies and I will not complain in the least!

My next purchase will cost me an awful lot more than the $1000 cdn for this tempo as I am going to buy a 2005 mustang gt!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th March, 2005

12th Apr 2005, 13:48

Just to add an update, the car now leaks coolant from the water pump!

1992 Ford Tempo GL 3.0 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.0 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired85000 miles
Most recent distance85600 miles

Summary:

You can get beat by a Tempo

Faults:

I have only had the car 2 wks. I know it has a motor mount that has seen better days, but it's not really that bad yet. An old lady owned it since coming off the lot and took premo care of it... this car is in great condition. The ceiling cloth is peeling to some degree, but the paint is like new and it runs great.

General Comments:

This car was faster then I anticipated... I was one of those "tempo?" critics. I was pleasantly surprised. Yet wanted even more power, so I began to do what I always did with my older muscle cars... add paint thinner mixed with marvel mystery oil. This is the same as premo octane boost... yet much cheaper, some think I'm crazy, but I've never had a problem so far.I've been getting accidental wheel action since... totally fast now, equivalent to my old 305 and 350...believe it or not!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd March, 2004

1992 Ford Tempo GL from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 1 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
1.8 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 miles
Most recent distance130000 miles

Summary:

A broken down, over-sized paper weight

Faults:

When I got the car, it had no starter.

I had acceleration problems. The gas pedal would stick.

Even after having it re-aligned, it would "wander" while driving it.

Broke down with a cracked block and blown head gasket at 130000 miles.

There is a major water leak in the reserve tank.

Oil leaks as well.

The check engine light doesn't work even after being tested.

The temperature gauge is often too high or too low and very unpredictable.

Most recently, a broken belt. I haven't found which one yet.

General Comments:

This car runs smoothly most of the time.

However it has put many holes in my pocketbook.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 15th February, 2004

1992 Ford Tempo GL V6 3.0 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.0 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired222000 kilometres
Most recent distance279230 kilometres
Previous carFord Tempo

Summary:

Oh, what a bargain!!!

Faults:

Replaced rusting oil pan ($300 inclusive)

Replaced serpentine belt ($25)

Recent tune-up with new spark plugs, cap, rotor, wires.

YES!! That is it!

General Comments:

What a bargain! This car is very peppy and provides good performance on the highway and in the city.

Reliability has been excellent.

Headlights are poor-always need to be cleaned!

The fuel economy is good, but newer cars that are bigger perform better in this regard.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th February, 2004

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