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Ford Tempo #5272925 11/20/19 05:40 PM
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This Ford Tempo has been on this car lot for a couple years. Think it's a mid 80s? Terrible car compared to today's but if I had the room I'd add it to the stable. Like the baby blue, dads f150 was similar color.

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Re: Ford Tempo [Re: Eric Smith] #5272931 11/20/19 05:47 PM
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At the time of its introduction, its 60-degree windshield rake and wrap-around A-pillar door metal were state-of-the-art.

Tempo was supposed to be the replacement for the Fairmont. In fact its 4 cyl engine was the 200-6 with two cylinders lopped off.

And its anticipated customers were already used to mediocrity. laugh

I wonder what this dealer's long-term plan is. Why not jump at the next offer to come along?

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Originally Posted by Eric Smith
This Ford Tempo has been on this car lot for a couple years. Think it's a mid 80s? Terrible car compared to today's

Might be an 84 but I think it's an 85. 86s had aerodynamic headlights. Terrible car for the mid 80s. Fairmonts were slugs but more reliable.


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The "turbo" (turdo?) Tempo, Ford's replacement for the Pinto... I never had one, but friends/co-workers did, they were typical Ford economy junk (coming from me, who owned THREE '80s Escorts, an '81, '83', & an '85 1/2)! Guy probably thinks it's a collector's car! LOL


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There were a TON of them on the roads back in the day. The fuel injected versions didn't run too badly as I recall along with the 3spd auto.

My parents had a 1986 Mercury Topaz version. It had a plush red velour interior that was surprisingly nice. LOL I remember the transmission exploding on it atleast once out of the blue on a cold day.


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We had one of these in the fleet at work years ago.
It survived 186K of abuse and indifferent maintenance by the totally incompetent tech we then had.
This looks like a clean example.
A nice one, as this one appears to be, would be kinda fun to have.
A survivor from the era.


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Nothing good can come from this. Find another Festiva.


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Oh yeah, I'm pretty sure the 85s were carbureted. Bet it won't start.


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We had 2 growing up. Yes, my parents traded a Tempo in for a 2nd Tempo. The second one we had was the sporty GLS 2 door 5 speed. Its how I learned to drive a manual. That car had a ton of miles and still ran good. What send it to the junk heap was those stupid a$$ auto/sliding shoulder belts that broke. I hated those things.

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a friend had the rare v6 model.. it went pretty good.

I remember (this was 15 years ago) it came those dice valve stem caps on and they siezed solid.. I ended up dremeling them off.

Take dremel carefully cut most of the way to the valve stem threads.. crunch it with a pair of vice grips-- gently.. poof they are off.

you couldnt unscrew them they would actually make the valve stems turn eventually.


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I had a new '88 Tempo, 4 cylinder. It was for people who couldn't afford a new Taurus at the time.
Compared to the truly awful Chrysler K-cars of the day, and Chevy Cavaliers not much better, this thing looked good back then. It had an airbag!


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Had close to half a dozen over the years including two 4x4's. Would always get looks blasting through snow covered roads back when 4WD only came on trucks. Had an '88 with an optional airbag, one of the first domestic cars to have that.

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Originally Posted by Eric Smith
This Ford Tempo has been on this car lot for a couple years. Think it's a mid 80s? Terrible car compared to today's but if I had the room I'd add it to the stable. Like the baby blue, dads f150 was similar color.

Is it a tempo? It looks like a smoothed out Ltd 2. Edit....sorry I mean fox body Ltd not Ltd 2.

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I grew up working on those. They were absolute garbage! No room to work on them at all. Belts, power steering lines and radiators were downright miserable on them.


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