1994 Ford Tempo GL 2.3 HSC from North America


Slow, unsightly, uncomfortable, crappy.



The tires became unsafe (low tread).

Battery Went dead.

Wipers worn out.

Master cylinder began to leak, later replaced at brake overhaul.

Calipers collapsed.

Brake pads exploded (literally fell off the car).

Rotors were damaged due to brake pad incident.

Return Line broke open.

Speedometer cable broke.

Speed sensor broke.

Negative battery cable snapped at terminal due to corrosion, replaced connector.

Rear brakes became unsafe.

Headlight (passenger) burned out.

Brake lights (high mount) went out.

Water pump went bad.

Serpentine belt snapped.

Spark plug ceramic exploded.

Spark plug wires were giving out a lot of interference.

Upper radiator hose exploded.

Lower radiator hose grew a leak.

All other General Maintenance.


Thermostat died.

TV linkage worn out.

Wiper blades worn out.

Brake pads exploded (Yes, again!).

Rotor damaged due to brake pads (Again).

Car currently-

Leaks water into the interior.

Has bad speedometer drive gear.

Has bad speedometer driven gear.

Back-lighting for fuel gauge not working.

Back-lighting for upper portion of temp. control not working.

Tires are worn again.

Exhaust has a nasty sound.

General Comments:

The list for what has went wrong with the car is incomplete. There has been so many problems with this car. There is very little performance, its like having a gerbil on a wheel under the hood. Too much maintenance that always has to be done. My father told me when I bought this car, that I would get some serious experience with Ford and its cars. Man, was he ever right, every week, its something new. The car has a horrible suspension system for example handling corners, well, it just doesn't happen. This car, is not worth anyones time or money, go buy a real car, a GM.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 13th April, 2003

1st Dec 2003, 18:04

I seriously doubt that you experienced all of the problems that you say you have encountered. If you like GM cars so much, then why don't you buy one, and quit running your mouth and whining about your foolish mistakes; because no-one cares.

2nd Mar 2004, 15:40

I think there is a production lines belief that in 100 produced cars there will be one which is not worth even a shilling.. Such cars are bad frustrating and a total disappointment. I guess you got ur hands on one such car.. It happened with me with Yamaha bike some years ago.. But I still agree Yamaha makes good sports bikes.

1994 Ford Tempo GL 2.3 from North America


It is a fast and fun car


Little stuff like a thermostat. Wrecked it too. Minor damage fixed and repainted.

General Comments:

My car is fast for a Tempo. As of right now it is straight pipe with a Thrust Turbo Muffler on it. It also has Plat. plugs number #2. It will be taking on a new Air intake filter to increase horsepower.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th December, 2002

29th Nov 2008, 04:04

The Tempo is a fantastic little car. The Tempo is sporty to drive but cheap to own too.

1994 Ford Tempo GL 4 Cylinder from North America


A great car that performs as well as it looks.


Nothing has really gone wrong with the car. Someone tried to break into it and in the process bent the door and ripped of some plastic paneling, but the factory locks held up to the thief's attempt to get in.

General Comments:

This car is awesome!

It has great acceleration for only a 4 cylinder. I added a performance chip that added about 34 horse power, so that might be the main reason I think my car has great acceleration. It goes 0 to 60 miles per hour in 10.2 seconds.

It is extremely easy to find parts for this car. After the break in, I was on the phone and had parts available at four different automotive stores within 30 minutes of my town.

The only real downfall is the speaker system. Because Ford wanted to make it difficult to replace their paper cone speakers, there aren't many speaker brands that have 5"x7" speakers. But I did find them and am now running a Sony Xplod system.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd September, 2002