1993 Ford Tempo GL from North America
Not worth the frustration
I received my Ford Tempo in 2000 with only 26,000 miles on it. I thought it was in pretty decent shape, especially because the previous owner was my grandmother.
What hasn't gone wrong with my car?
First the starter went. Twice.
I then had to get a new battery and brakes.
Then the tie rod went and nearly flipped my car over as I took a turn.
Then the cooling fan broke and so my car was over heating.
Then the starter went for a third time.
The passenger side automatic window doesn't work.
Then my favorite thing was when my car had a fuse blow and couldn't get out of park.
And now pumping gas has become a 2 person job as the gas release button no longer is functional.
All of this with less then 40,000 miles on it.
This car has had many, many problems and if my grandmother had not given it to me for free then the money I have put into this car would not be worth it.
This car is a constant headache and I cannot wait until I can afford car payments.
The only good thing about this car is that when I am driving in the city I don't need to worry about people damaging it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 28th October, 2006
29th Oct 2006, 03:06
There is a gas door release in the trunk of your vehicle. Ford genuine parts are recommended for your vehicle as well as all fords.
29th Oct 2006, 03:12
You've learnt (unfortunately) the hard way that an old car with low mileage is not necessarily a good car.
29th Oct 2006, 05:44
Tempos can be temperamental. Brakes and a battery are normal maintenance items. When a car has low mileage, a lot of things can happen due to lack of use. If you take notice, nothing major in the engine or transmission has gone wrong with your car. These items are built to stand the test of time. I have a 1994 with 36000 miles on it that I inherited from my mother when she passed. I have had to have a lot of wear items replaced on it as well, but this car has never failed to start and get me where I need to go. You may want to consider taking the car to a different mechanic if they are putting defective starters in the car. The other items that you have described can easily happen to any other car. Don't give up on your Tempo. With proper maintenance, these cars can be quite long lasting. Tempos just need a little more love:)