"I have owned tempo's and topaz's for 7 years now. the first one I got was a 94 topaz GS. got 30 MPG and was quick for my young age. with nothing but maintenance work, the car lasted 4 years, and over 50000 miles of abuse that I put it though.
since that car, I have owned 6 other tempo's, ranging from parts cars to sellers to my Daily driver, and none of them did I pay over 700 dollars for. For the price, they are a great car."
"I have a '92 tempo. Old and beat up, I got it about a year ago to use as my first car. Not much power behind it and I wouldn't drive it passed 70mph too much. Reliable, only let me down once engine wise, and I do abuse it more than I should. Bought it with 92,00 miles, now has 101,00ish. Fairly ugly, didn't want to buy it at first because of that, but I needed something and I was limited on money. Would prefer better mileage than it is getting as I drive to school (30 minute drive one way), then some days I also go to work after school (30 min drive from house in opposite direction of school). It would serve you good if you are limited on money, or as a first car, but I wouldn't buy another one if I got the chance, and would really like to get something newer w/ better mileage (Escort)."