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Motor Is Bulletproof Along With Transmission, But The Mounts Arent So Good — right now, the car isnt in such great shape. performance is poor, handling sucks, and the appearance is pretty bad. I have a motor that i'm building, along with a transmissioin which will increase the performance dramatically. In about 2 years it should be a pretty nice car.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

Pros: FUN reliability

Cons: gas mileage and acceleration

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Don't Get One. — Don't really like fords anymore because of this car. Easiest care to work on, but falls apart easily. Bad MPG. The appearance isn't all that appealing either. The longer you own it, the more you have to work on it.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Nothing

Cons: Everything

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Great First Car That Is Easy On Gas — As my first car i love it!! small, reliable, cheap to run, and all together and ok car!! The seats are comfy, the car is roomy inside and everything is compact and its all easy to use!! I love my car!!

Primary Use: Family transportation

Pros: Small and easy to get around!

Cons: Don't like the color of mine... Beige  

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Please Only Let Me Drive This Car, Lol — Performance. Sucks. It has no power and you have to flintstone it. It doesnt really have a "passing gear". It handels pretty good and the brakes could work more like a car than a truck. Build Quality. It has needed many repairs and still needs repairs. Its the never ending circle of life with Herbie. Appearance. For being an old car, i love it. It has great seats that are comfortable. It needs a new radio and a cd player in it. But its a good ole car. Cost of Ownership. Well other than a large amount of insurance because it doesnt have air bags and because it is so old. It has about 30k on it. But we have many many dollars put into the car to make it run. We think it gets anywhere between 12mpg to 30mpg. Fun Factor. Yes it is fun to drive. Its an adventure everytime because you never know what might fall off this time, or what tire might blow.

Pros: Herbie is a good car

Cons: Herbie has a mind of his own

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Great On Gas — Great little car and great on gas. Unfortunately my experience with this car was not good. It had some very serious problems. These cars really are good cars though. Mine was a 2 door with nice body color wheels from an 88 1/2 escort gt that were also used on 92-94 tempo gls's.

Pros: Very good gas mileage and decent looking as a 2 door

Cons: Mine had some serious motor and suspension problems

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A Lot Of Car For The Money. — 1988 brought about a major restyling of the Temp/Topaz models, especially for the sedans. The so-called "second-generation" of these cars was quite a departure from the '84-'87 models. Many external changes, a new dash/interior, and an improved fuel injection system were among the changes. From a driving standpoint, the handling & acceleration won't take your breath away, but for an '80s compact, control is decent, and power is adequate (at least in the 5-speed-equipped models). Build quality is actually quite good; body margins, trim alignment, upholstery, and overall solidity were on par with anything in it's class. Of course, now the newest Tempos are 13 years old, and my '88, built in August of '87, is now 2 decades old. Still, if cared for, they can be solid, dependable cars. When they do break, they are relatively cheap & easy to repair.

Owner for 5 years, 2 months

Miles Driven per Year:10,000

Pros: Decent build quality, easy to keep running, cheap to buy.
In it's day it was on par with most of the import offerings; a base '88 Honda Civic, for example, had a hard time beating it in acceleration tests because of it's superior torque. Of course, I'm referring to the 5-speed equipped cars, as the difference between them and the 3-speed auto was night & day.

Cons: Not great on power by today's standards, but in it's day was quite capable. New O.E.M parts are getting harder to find, as Ford has pretty much abandoned it. Aftermarket replacement parts abound, though, and parts cars are cheap and plentiful.
Tough to modify, as there is no aftermarket for the 2.3 HSC pushrod motor.

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Reviews From Other Years

1994 Ford Tempo Reviews

Well-equipped But Unreliable Transportation By Schwartzy

Accessories are top-notch for the model year and price point and include AT, AC, CC, PW, PL, PS, and PM. Acceleration, braking, handling, and overall ride are all acceptable, even on extended drives. ... Read More

I Love The 94' Ford Tempo Gl 4dr. Sedan 4cyl. 2.8l. (hsc) (efi) 5 Speed Auto!! By Darnieal

Ok Overall When Properly Maintained, And Given Plenty Of TLC, The Ford Tempo Gl Is A Great Vehicle, Given The Shear Weight And Stature Of The Vehicle It's Performance:A+ Build Quality:A+ Appearance:A+... Read More

1993 Ford Tempo Reviews

Good First Car If You Are Looking To Drive A Car For A Short Period Of Time. By Brittany

I bought this car for 700 dollars. What I needed to replace was a gas tank, brakes, routers, the muffler is completely rusted. I drove this car for almost 2 years and all of a sudden the wheel be... Read More

If You Don't Ming Crawling In And Out Of It As It Is Low To Ground Good Car By cello

Fairly good performance for 2.3Liter, Still runs great with good gas mileage fair on expense except for a few design flaws sure was not made to drive on Michigan's pot filled roads.Body has held up ve... Read More

1992 Ford Tempo Reviews

Very Useful Car By Acadia_7434

It is was it is. It was a fun little car to own, it was reliable and cheap to run. I never had any complaints with this car but when the family started to grow so did my need for a bigger car. Thats t... Read More

Its Overall Good. I Find It Wierd That Everyone Bashes On This Car. This Car Has Treated Me Well. By Chris

very small and very quick ford. ive owned the 4cyl and the 6 cyl(which is this one) and the 6 cyl is a powerhouse. it handles turns really well and is a very fun little car to fool around in the snow.... Read More

1991 Ford Tempo Reviews

Reliable Cheap Transportation With The Bonus Of Awd By Greatman

It is not a very fast car but this one might be the fastest Tempo in the area I live in. Easy to work on. Parts are cheap to buy.No matter how much this sits around my place if another car is giving m... Read More

It Gets The Job Done By Ryan

Slow, ugly and amazingly fun to beat the crap out of and not care because luckily these cars practically go for free! 2.3L engine with a 3 speed auto wasn't cutting it though. It could have been bette... Read More

1990 Ford Tempo Reviews

Nice Car By Janetkenion

It will get me to point a then point b, but it takes it time changing gears. A mechanic said some of the governor gears were striped out. And it starts to run hot when sitting still to long, the fan s... Read More

Tempo By Ben

My 1990 Ford Tempo is and all around beast. It is a very good runner and can do minor burnouts. Its is worth about 500 dollars but it is worth more than that to me. It is very fun to drive around a... Read More

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