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Interesting Facts about the Ford Tempo

  • Like GM's GMC and Chevrolet vehicles, the Ford Tempo had its twin, the Mercury Topaz. Both were built and were discontinued on the same year (1984-1994). The Ford Tempo succeeded the much bigger, Ford Fairmont, while the Mercury Topaz succeeded the Mercury Zephyr-and yes, the Ford Fairmont and the Mercury Zephyr shared the same characteristics and were twins.

  • After the Ford Tempo was discontinued in 1995, the Ford Contour took over its market segment. Meanwhile, in the Mercury line, the Topaz was replaced by the Mercury Mystique. The Contour and the Mystique were both mid-size sedans and shared the same characteristics-making them twins-following the line of the Fairmont and Zephyr, and the Tempo and Topaz.

  • Globally, the Ford Tempo and all the other vehicles that came before and after it is known today as the Ford Mondeo. Ford Mondeo is known as the Ford Fusion in the U.S.

  • The Ford Tempo (and the Mercury Topaz) was as one of the best selling Ford vehicles and one of the best selling cars in the United States in its era. The most successful year for the Tempo was in 1984 when there were more than 400,000 units sold. The Topaz added 100,000 units in the same year. All in all, there were more than 2.7 million Ford Tempo vehicles sold in the United States.

  • The reason why the Ford Tempo was discontinued was not because it was a fluke. In fact, as was said, it was one of the best selling vehicles of its time. The Tempo was discontinued because Ford decided to replace it with a new platform to respond to the new and higher safety standards.

  • There is a group called the Tempo and Topaz Owners Club you can find online. Another group is called the Tempo-Topaz Car Club of North America. Both are a forum-based site that brings together owners of both the Ford Tempo and the Mercury Topaz to interact among each other and share information about their vehicles. In these forum sites, you can ask questions and answer questions regarding the two vehicles.

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  • Ford Tempo Problems

    The Ford Tempo is one of the most successful models Ford has ever made during the time that the automotive industry is overhauling itself to respond to the market's growing demand for fuel-efficient cars. After its run that started in 1984 until 1995, Ford had sold close to 3 million Tempos in the U.S. The youngest Ford Tempo is almost two decades old. With aging comes lots of problems-this is actually what Ford Tempo owners experience firsthand. Below are some of the most common problems that owners experience:


    Some Ford Tempo models simply don't start regardless if it is a 2.0 L or a 2.3 L, if it is new or old, or if it is model year 1984 or 1995. No, the solution isn't as simple as replacing the spark plugs or tuning the engine. Websites suggest that a manufacturer's or design flaw is causing the Tempo to not start or intermittently start. The fuel pump and other parts that are involved in making the vehicle start have to be replaced.


    Somewhat related to the ignition problem, the Ford Tempo has a reputation for stalling, even at highway speed. The car simply dies. Thankfully, it can restart. Still, it can be dangerous to drive around in a vehicle that appears to have a habit of dying in the middle of the road.


    Drivers complain that the Ford Tempo dies at idle without warning. Also, some owners complain that when the vehicle is in park or neutral, the idle speed goes really high, which creates the impression that the vehicle is controlling itself. These problems can be solved by replacing a few parts such as the idle control sensor.


    The transmission isn't the best thing when driving the Ford Tempo cold. In many cases, drivers complain that shifting to second gear from the first is impossible. This causes the engine to rev up. All too often, the driver has to stop and start the engine just to shift the transmission to second gear. The transmission problem goes away once the engine reaches its operating temperature.