2nd Generation (1989—1994) Tempo Problems

Tempo owners with a 1989—1994 model year have the most problems with the engine (50%), fuel system (15%), and the cooling system (11%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below. The full list is available on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Vibration 1 complaints at an average of 9,500 miles in the 1993 Ford Tempo.
  2. Stalls Out While Driving 2 complaints at an average of 108,500 miles in the 1992 Ford Tempo.
  3. Fuel Pump Keeps Failing 2 complaints at an average of 151,000 miles in the 1993 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 1993 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
1994 3 1 63 0.81
1993 9 2 67 1.9
1992 6 2 57 1.06
1991 4 1 42 1.0
1990 1 2 41 0.15
1989 3 1 36 0.77

Keep Up with Everything Tempo Related

Get FREE email alerts from CarComplaints.com anytime something new pops up about the Tempo. Simple as that. Learn about the news before others. Impress your friends. Be a hero.