1993 Ford Tempo Reviews - Page 7 of 10

1993 Ford Tempo from North America

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired130000 miles
Most recent distance148000 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

Gets me from point A to B, but has too many problems!

Faults:

Battery had to be replaced about a month after I purchased it.

The fuel pump needed to be replaced about a week later.

The transmission went bad so now I have to manually shift it when I come to a stop (put in 2nd) then when the speedometer hits about 25 I shift to drive. Hills are impossible.

At this moment it needs new rotors and a new front end. It shakes horribly when driven over 45 mph and when I come to a stop.

The power locks don't work on the passenger side, front and back.

Car started to over heat because of a malfunction with the thermostat. So it was taken out and never replaced now my car never heats up or defrosts.

General Comments:

I have a family full of mechanics thank God! I bought this car used with a lot of miles for about $1,200 and knew It might give me some problems, but needed a car right away. I am in the process of looking for a new used car and come to this site often to check reviews on different cars I've come across. Even though this car gets me from point A to B right now, I am too scared to drive long distances and am constantly told that it's on it's last leg. Maybe this car worked great brand new, I wouldn't recommend buying it used unless you know a good mechanic!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 5th February, 2004

14th May 2005, 13:05

I find it ironic, this person's comments, given she (just a guess at gender) bought the vehicle with 130K on it for $1200 and had such high expectations. Every other review I've read concerning this vehicle has given this model car glowing remarks. There is an old phrase, "Let the buyer beware." Instead of making broad generalizations implying the vehicle's poor manufacturing she should focus on how the vehicle was maintained. Even the best car will falter if mistreated. I haven't owned a '93 Tempo, however I am considering buying a used one that's clean and has only 47K miles on it. Sounds like buyer's remorse from poor judgment and an uniformed decision making process.

1993 Ford Tempo GL from North America

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired32000 miles
Most recent distance54200 miles

Summary:

Appearances can be decieving...

Faults:

Very little has gone wrong with the vehicle. The only thing that has is the transmission, which just recently started to go.

General Comments:

This car is my dream car... I wish Ford still made them, because I would buy another Tempo. It can handle severe weather and hazardous conditions and still come out shining. The car looks like "a little old lady's car" but it does have pick up and can go and keep up with the "racers".

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 25th December, 2003

16th Nov 2008, 04:45

Just change the tranny oil once in awhile.

The Tempo is a little secret car... it is reliable, sporty, and fun to drive. Cheap, durable,... good.

1993 Ford Tempo 6V from North America

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 6V Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.4 / 10
Distance when acquired150000 miles
Most recent distance160000 miles
Previous carFord Dodge Colt

Summary:

The Tempo is constantly breaking down and is a big waste of money

Faults:

I was amazed when I hit the curb very slightly and found that I had bent the tire. I had it towed to my mechanic and found that I had bent the frame, broke the axle and something called a strut. I am a grandmother and a foster mother and had two children in the car when the accident happened. My neighbors and my mechanic told me that they had similar experiences with the Ford Tempo. This is going to be very expensive to repair.

General Comments:

This car is a mechanic's dream. It is not very sturdy, nor is it made well.

It is not good on gas.

It is not very roomy. My foster daughter, grandson and myself are not tiny people and it is not comfortable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th October, 2003

9th Aug 2005, 20:59

Uh, the Tempo doesn't have a frame. And why would you buy it if it was uncomfortable? And besides, when you buy any car with that kind of mileage, you have to be prepared for any problems that come your way. I think a lot of Tempo owners don't know how to take care of their cars for some odd reason...

24th Jul 2007, 18:31

Hit the curb "slightly"? And bent/broke all of these components?

And the Grand Canyon is a "little hole"

Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 32 reviews