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.
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.
Why is it hard to start my Ford Tempo?
One thing to check right away when you're having difficulty starting you car is its starter. Due to the high current that flows from it, the starter will wear out or get damaged over time. Or it can also be your battery. The chemical reaction between the sulphuric acid in the battery generates the electricity that is needed to start your car and to power up the electrical components in it. Because of the battery's function and its day-to-day operation, it is inevitable that the battery plates inside it will wear out. When the plates are worn out, the chemical reaction becomes less effective, thus the battery is not able to provide the right amount of current needed by your car.
My Ford Tempo shifts hard? What could be the problem? Any idea?
One of the most common causes of hard shifting is low transmission fluid. To check if you have enough transmission fluid, all you need to do is to use the dipstick for the transmission. The best time to check the fluid is in the morning before you turn the engine on. While checking the level of the fluid, make sure to check it also for discoloration and debris and if it has an unusual burnt smell. The color of the transmission should be pink and clear. It should also have low viscosity. If it turns to dark purple, you have to change it. If the transmission fluid is low, it is likely that there's a leak in the transmission. Most leaks are commonly found on the input and output shafts because these are where most of the movement happens. You can replace the rubber seal around the shafts, or you can add transmission sealer to the transmission fluid.
My engine keeps on overheating. What should I do?
The first thing that you should do is to identify the root cause of the problem. There are several causes of engine overheating. The most common is coolant leak. The coolant can leak from the radiator, radiator hose, water pump, heater core, freeze plugs, cylinder head, head gasket, and transmission oil cooler. To identify where the leak comes from, a pressure test must be doneAnother reason is incorrect coolant concentration. The right coolant mixture is 50% antifreeze and 50% distilled water or depending on the recommended concentration of the manufacturer. It can also be because of blocked coolant passageways. Rust, dirt, and small debris can find their way into the coolant passageways and block them, impeding the proper circulation of the coolant. A faulty water pump can also be the culprit of engine overheating. If the water pump doesn't work, there won't be pressure, which is needed to propel the coolant through the entire system. If this isn't the cause, then it's either a loose or broken belt or a bad radiator fan. The fan helps in reducing the heat of the coolant. If it is damaged, it can't do its job.
Ford Tempo: 10 Solid Years of Design Revolution
Credited to be one of the first Ford vehicles to feature the jellybean styling, the Ford Tempo is the downsized successor to the Ford Fairmont—one of the brand’s last box-styled cars. The Tempo was sold as a coupe and a sedan for 10 years from 1984 to 1994. Aside from introducing a new look for Ford vehicles, this car is also credited as one of the brand’s initial efforts in creating modern cars that were more environmentally friendly and fuel-efficient. It was one of Ford’s ways to compete with import cars from Asia that were slowly getting their footing in the American car market. Here’s quick look into the Tempo’s solid and decade-long run.
Late 1970s: Design and development
The creation and development of the Ford Tempo came at a time when the company was adapting a new design philosophy—to create more ergonomic, efficient, and aerodynamic cars. The change in the brand’s philosophy was due in part to its aging vehicle platforms and the emergence of import cars in the market. To start the revolutionary change with its cars, Ford released three model vehicles—the Thunderbird (1983), Tempo (1984), and Taurus (1986). The Ford Tempo was created based on the front-wheel-drive Ford CE14 platform, which was also used with the Ford Escort. Unlike the Escort, however, the Tempo was equipped with a newly designed body.
1984-1994: First generation
The first generation of Ford Tempos was introduced to the market in 1984, and it was made available in two body styles—a two-door coupe and a four-door sedan. It was also available in five different trims—L, GL, GLX, LX, and AWD. Veering away from its previous vehicles with long wheelbases, the Tempo is said to be Ford’s first compact car. Its front windshield and rear window were set at identical angles—60 degrees—and the trunk was positioned higher than the windows for better air flow and fuel efficiency. A closer look the Tempo reveals that it shares a lot of design aspects with the European-released Ford Sierra that preceded it by a year. And in terms of its powertrain, the Tempo was equipped with a 2.3 L HSC inline four-cylinder engine that had a one-barrel carburetor while it was driven by a standard four-speed IB4, five-speed MTX-II manual transmission, or a 3-speed FLC automatic transmission.
1988-1994: Second generation
In 1988, the second generation of Ford Tempos was introduced to the market and it was still available in five trim levels. Design-wise, the new look of the Tempo was very similar to that of the Taurus. But aside from that, the model received major design upgrades and transformations. For instance, it was furnished with a new grille, rectangular headlights, and flush-mounted tail lights. After ten years in production, the Tempo was finally dropped from the Ford’s vehicle lineup with the emergence of a new platform that would elevate the brand’s safety standards and innovation.