5th Aug 2003, 21:02

I have a tempo right now, and the thing is sitting in my driveway with every possible thing wrong with it. Rack and pinion shot, tires are bare because its out of alignment, ball joint are shot...114,600 miles on it too.

26th Aug 2003, 11:54

I agree, the Ford Tempo is a piece of junk. We bought ours second hand. It is a 1992. It worked fine at first, but shortly after, we started having a lot of problems with it. We have put probably $1000 in trying to get it fixed, and where does it sit now? Out in the driveway, unused, because it doesn't want to start most of the time. There is no way I will put more money into this car to try and have it fixed again...It's worthless!

11th Nov 2004, 12:31

Oh my gosh I couldn't agree more with you, everything that's happened to your tempo has happend to mine, and I had to add three starters to it!

18th Apr 2005, 16:46

I agree as well, it was a piece of junk. It got me through college, but now it sits in the back yard. With this all in mind how do I get rid of it. I put almost $2,500 into and I want to sell it and get at least some of my money back. Any suggestions?

31st Aug 2005, 23:46

I bought my Tempo for 500$ with new tires. It ran good until a few things went wrong.

First, I replaced the starter, then my water pump went out, next I cracked my flywheel and the harmonic balancer went out.

After that was done, I had to get new headlight lenses due to the yellowish color on the lens. So I have spent way more on repairs than the car alone.

The gas mileage is bad for a 2.3 4 cylinder, but it's not horrible. Other than that, its acceleration is sluggish and it only tops out at around 80mph.

The stock radio system is bad and scratchy, so I bought some after market speakers and 10 inch subs to take care of that. After all the small problem were worked out, it ran and still does run great. I would say it is a very reliable car; mine has 230,0000 miles on it, and is still driving smooth.

18th Sep 2005, 14:06

My Ford Tempo GL (1992) got the problem that cannot start the engine. After checking, the most possible problem is the starter. I wanna know if it is easy to replace the start by the self, or I have to tow it to the garage to spend a big money to fix that?

Hope to give me some suggestions to my email:fxxzc@yahoo.ca.

Thank you.

30th May 2009, 11:39

I have a 92 Tempo with only 65000 miles. It was fine for only few months it started shaking and staling. I changed the the wires and plugs, but no use.

Interestingly there is a label under the hood where it says "This vehicle is equipped with a fuel pump switch, if it stalls reset the switch".

I haven't tried that yet.

15th Sep 2009, 14:55

My 1992 Ford has many problems, but it has almost 300000 on it and it's not that bad. After you fix it well, it gets good gas millage and mine would last another 500 years if I wanted it to.

27th Mar 2012, 21:54

News flash: There was never a gas powered Tempo built with a timing belt...

11th May 2012, 06:57

1992 Tempo 4 cyl. 350,000km. No major problems. Good car, though not great. Cute, decent handling, great mileage. Do the maintenance and you should have no problems. Much better car than the crappy Monte Carlo I used to have.