A great reliable and underrated car
I had 2 front ball joints to change when I bought it.
At 117 000 km, I had my 2 rear shocks and coil springs changed.
I replaced the brakes at 122 000 km, they were still the original ones.
When I first saw this car, it didn't look very appealing. I was shopping for a reliable and economic Ford car and found my '92 2-doors Tempo GL at the Ford dealer. It was listed at CAN 1250$ and had only 116 200 km on it. It was manual and the interior was very clean, but the exterior was now more pink than red, with some rust spots.
Finally, I bought it and polished it right after. Now it looks at least better, while waiting to do the body job this next summer.
The previous owner didn't take care too much of the car, the ball joints were shot, the rear coil springs were broken and I discovered that the brakes had never been changed in 11 years. But that's only normal wear, no abnormal problem.
For the rest, I love my car, not half as fast and as a good road handling than the V6 Mystique of my mother, but a lot better than I expected from a Tempo.
A very underrated car, it can handle the road very well, gives a smooth ride, very pleasant to drive.
The 4 cylinders isn't very powerful, but it can give some pretty quick accelerations with my manual, especially on the highway.
I just made a 2400km road trip and it went without a glitch, gave me a good gas mileage and the engine run like a new one.
A very reliable car, I hope to keep her for the next 3 years!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th November, 2002