1994 Ford Tempo GL 2.3 HSC 4 cyl from North America


A good car at a great price


A transmission mount had to be replaced at a cost of $35 for the mount, $20 for the labor.

An ignition cylinder had to be replaced at 89K, cost $50 for the part and labor.

Regular oil/oil filter changes.

Minor tune up: $63.00

Other than that I've had to replace one fender and a driver's side turn signal lamp because a deer hit it.

General Comments:

The car has been 100% great compared to my old Toyota, Nissan and Mazda. It isn't as nice as a Taurus but it is very frugal and is easy to work on. I've added a K&N Filtercharger to it to give it more power.

For the sound system I have a 6-disk CD changer, two kicker 8's and an amp.

Right now it's light blue but it will be painted later.

It's nearly fully loaded, with every power option. The only things that were optional and weren't put on this car are a V6 engine and a tachometer.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st October, 2000

1994 Ford Tempo GL 2.3L from North America


Tempo's are really a fast 4cyl


Nothing much has happened that is major.

I have changed a waterpump, replaced the tires on it.

General Comments:

This is a nice car to own if you want to get somewhere. I have gone many places with this car. It seems to be better than everyone says it is. I have even took it to a drag strip and came 2 sec behind a Camro. I think most people over look a Tempo cause of its name. I plan on fixing up this car and keeping it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st August, 2000

10th Nov 2004, 14:24

I agree with you. My Tempo is not FAST, but it's quicker than you'd think it'd be. Quicker than an '86 Escort and '92 Mustang with the four banger. Parts are cheap, too. Good, solid simple car. Without an overdrive it really winds out on the highway. Later!

31st Aug 2006, 19:09

I love this car. I purchased my 1994 2.3 liter 5 speed manual transmission 4 door Tempo new. It now (August 2006) has 228,000 miles on it with only minor repairs.

The engineer that designed the manual transmission gear ratios really had his head on straight. There are no extreme gear changes between any two gears and at 60 miles per hour I can be in third, forth, or fifth gear.

I get my best gas mileage on hot dry days cruising at speeds close to 80 mph. I have made 47 mpg in these conditions. My in town gas mileage is always poor, less than 20 mpg.

14th Jul 2008, 15:42

When you read all the positive comments about the Ford Tempo, you realize that it is truly a classic.

Small cars are all sporty. The Tempo adds reliability to the equation. Ford beat Ferrari at Lemans in the '60s with that very strength. The Ford GTs were not the fastest cars on the track, but they outlasted everyone else and won the races.

We had three of these cars, and all just lasted forever with minor service. I liked them so much, believe it or not, I just bought another. It has the 2.3 HSC engine, and runs like a dream.

26th Jan 2012, 02:35

The Tempos are so great, I doubt that you'd need to buy more than one of them.