1st Generation (1985—1986) Tempo Problems

This generations ranks 9th out of 102 Ford generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (50%), fuel system (50%), and the We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Shuts Off When Idle 1 complaints at an average of 70,000 miles in the 1986 Ford Tempo.
  2. Needs to Be Primed to Start 1 complaints at an average of 147,000 miles in the 1985 Ford Tempo.

What Tempo Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Ford model years.

Watch out for the 1986 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
1986 1 1 25 0.35
1985 1 4 21 0.22

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