21st Nov 2006, 00:29

My '90 Tempo has just turned over 300,000 kms and is driven very hard through lots of Canadian winters. The car has been excellent with no transmission or engine work and on top of that smaller parts like starters and alternators last a long time. Overall very reliable, owners of '88 through '91 Tempos know they almost never need to be fixed.

21st Nov 2006, 06:48

Try purchasing a CARFAX report for your car. It generally will give you a paper trail for the odometer as well as number of owners.

27th Jan 2008, 21:49

I just bought an 1989 tempo with 34,000 original miles on it and seems to run just fine.

22nd Apr 2008, 15:03

We bought our Ford Tempo 1989 with 34,000 miles on it. The lady who owned it only drove it to the store. Now it has 89,000 miles on it and still runs well. It's a great second car... our "work horse".

We have a "Jag" as our main car, we only drive it on weekends... but we rely mainly on our Ford Tempo.

The secret to stretching the life expectancy of this car... or any car, is maintenance, preferably at a Ford service center. They do a great job in helping you preserve your Tempo. It's worth taking care of the occasional car repairs on it, rather than go out and buy another car. It doesn't make sense to discard good American cars like the Ford Tempo before getting your money's worth. It's better to spend $1,000 in some repair a year... or every two years than going out and buying a new car for $25,000.-+

As I said before... the Tempo is a great second car... just take good care of it and it will last you for a long time. Ours will be 20 years old next year.

WHY did Ford Motor stop making Ford Tempos? What a mistake!

The Contours just didn't stack up next to a Tempo.

27th Nov 2010, 12:32

I live on Cape Cod, and have just purchased a 1989 powder blue GL coupe with 52k original miles in mint condition.. I love this car.. My family thinks I'm nuts, but they just don't understand..