Well bought my Ford Tempo GL new in '86. It was loaded to the nines - power windows, power door locks, power trunk, cruise control, aluminum sports rims, luggage rack on back and I truly loved driving it. Never any major problems and with routine maintenance it preformed well. I sold it when it was 10 years old and had 200,000 KM on the odometer and in the fall of 2005 it was still on the road and looking pretty sharp. The young lady who bought it from me said she loves it and the only problem she had was the cruise control and air-conditioning had to be repaired. She admitted that she had the car repainted 3 years after buying it from me and it was obvious that she kept up the maintenance quit well. So in closing - yes I loved my Tempo GL sport, and miss it greatly, and if you look after your cars then generally the will last. When buying used expect some problems, repairs and quirks - there is a reason people sell their cars - my Tempo was sold because I stepped up in size to a Towncar otherwise I might still be driving the Tempo with PRIDE or to PRIDE in Toronto.
The Ford Tempo, the most dangerous and worthless car I have ever owned hands down. I mean this thing is dangerous even with new tires - just a little rain and on the highway it was truly out of control, these cars should have been bannedd.
This is not to mention that parts for what was constantly falling apart, had I not done the labor myself, would have easily cost more than the car was worth, while at the same time a Honda of the same vintage and mileage seemed to have done me fine.
No, the Ford Tempos and Taurus were some of the lowest quality automobiles ever to leave Detroit.
For God's sake... why do people expect high mileage Ford Tempos to perform like new?
Quite possibly one of the worst cars of all time.
As with any car, care and maintenance are determining factors in it's longevity. My 1994 Tempo just finished a week of providing transportation to my roommate while her 1994 Honda was in the shop yet another time for repairs. The Tempo is my second car and has seen many newer cars come and go. I just can't get rid of it. It has a soul, something newer cars are lacking.
I just bought a 1986 Tempo GL. This car is going to be my snow car, as my 2001 Dakota 2WD will not do as good in the snow. This is the second Ford I have owned, the first Tempo. I have driven it for a month now, with no problems at all! Everything works, cruise, air and everything! The body is 99% rust free. Anyone who thinks tempos are junk cars obviously owned one that either they didn't take care of, or other people didn't. Also, no Honda back in 86 had independent rear suspension, power gas door, power trunk, air bag (The 1985 Tempo was the first production car in America to include a driver's airbag.) All-wheel drive was an option starting in 1987. By the way, I picked up my Tempo for $300. It has 150,000 miles.