Ford Tempo Fanatic
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6/4/18
12:34 PM
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Nah. The V8 F-150 gets 23MPG, I seent it. There’s a reason it’s the best selling vehicle in North America, and sales of the Accord are slipping. High gas prices may impact it, but not in the way it did a decade ago when they were still getting 14 to the gallon. Times have changed. A modern truck or SUV from Ford gets Read more

6/4/18
12:31 PM
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Yep. It blew my mind taking my mom’s 2017 F-150 with its big old V8 out for a road trip, and averaging 23MPG. And I was by no means hypermiling. The days of my 351 Windsor and it’s 11MPG are long gone.

5/30/18
1:01 PM
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How many models can Jeep possibly need right now? How many times can you make a Patriot-like model before its redundant? I get this shift towards larger cars now that the tech is such you don’t have to compromise fuel economy, but still. Kinda sad.

5/30/18
12:58 PM
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I’m definitely of the belief that the 80s were the most innovative era in car design apart from the Model T era, maybe. The leap between the Tempo I drive and the Fairmont it replaced, for example, is remarkable. Almost overnight, one car brought in fuel injection, front/all wheel drive in a wind tunnel designed, Read more

5/30/18
12:56 PM
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My fear is that we eventually move to a per mile tax. Which is going to be brutal for rural folks like me. I’d be okay with a per mile tax for densely populated regions, where it makes some sense. But its still going to punish people who have long commutes for work. I’m already paying my fair share for roads in my Read more

5/30/18
12:54 PM
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You don’t bleed them dry right away, obviously. Guess what; regardless of what the income tax was, the rich have stayed rich for generations. Even back in the 50s when the taxes were highest; we still had the 1%. Seems you can raise taxes on the wealthiest, and contrary to conservative belief, the rich don’t just Read more

5/29/18
4:31 PM
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Trucks are even more egregiously fat these days, in my opinion. I have a few old Ford trucks, from 1971-1990. The ‘71 is admittedly quite large, but my Bricknose era F-150 (1990) is a Half Ton Superleggara compared with any modern truck. Its ridiculous parking next to a new Toyota Tacoma and feeling small. Why anyone Read more

5/29/18
4:12 PM
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I resent the implication that older compacts were that bad. I have two; a 1989 Ford Tempo AWD and a 1993 Tempo LX. The latter with the HSO version of the standard 2.3L I4, and the latter with the optional 3.0L MPFI V6. The V6 was good for 135HP that year, more than enough to move the lightweight Tempo, and a good 29HP Read more

3/4/18
5:28 AM
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1989 Ford Tempo AWD. “Found” it in my grandparent’s barn during a visit. I was told I could have it if I could get it to started. This was when I was just 13 in 2006. Long story short, I still have the fully loaded, Graphite Metallic Tempo. It got me through high school, college, 3,000+ mile road trips, and it’s

2/5/18
6:25 AM
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The first family rides I remember were these two. My dad’s 1999 F-150 XLT (4.6L Triton/5-speed manual) and my mom’s 2001 Caravan SE. Before them, they had another F-150/Caravan pair, but I don’t recall them as I was too young. My dad still has that F-150 he bought new from Lombard Ford in Connecticut. It’s at over

1/29/18
6:36 PM
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The 1980-1996 Ford F-150s were the smallest of the breed, so they’re somewhat of a poor example. All pre-1980 and post-1996 F-150s are huge compared with your 1990 example. Relatively speaking, the new Ranger is very small compared with the current F-150.

5/1/15
11:46 PM
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Is it really embattled, or is it just new jet bugs? I mean, I have to figure most jets have various bugs to work out when they’re ground-up new.

4/27/15
4:25 PM
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A lot of good trucks here (excluding the Blackwood). Especially that Lightning. Still the best sounding stock truck out there imo.

4/22/15
5:24 AM
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What kind of cash would it have fetched in ‘69? lol. Maybe as much as my ‘89 Ford Tempo would have gone for in 1991?

4/21/15
12:11 PM
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Well yeah, this is Jalopnik. On any of my university’s social Facebook pages though, cyclists are pretty brutal about cars. I’m in Oregon though, which is a notoriously bike friendly hell. Half the cars around here have handle bar height scratches along their sides. Not mine though. I have towing mirrors to thank for Read more

3/17/15
7:47 PM
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This is though. I haven't owned many cars. The two I've kept the longest are a 1990 F-150 and a 1989 Tempo. Both have had their engines replaced, and both needed extensive work for the first 2-3 years of ownership. Once I ironed out the "common problems" they have been nothing but reliable, with very few visits to the Read more

3/12/15
5:12 PM
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I like it. I'm not a big fan of the two large chrome strips in the grill. I prefer more simple grill designs. But over-the-top grills are all the rage with pickup trucks these days.

3/12/15
5:07 PM
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Good on GM. Its not really their fault some owners can't tell when their car is on or off, but I'm still glad to see they're going to come up with a fix.

3/12/15
5:05 PM
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Old trucks are extremely rare in Alaska. Its almost impossible to find anything older than 1970. Which is unfortunate. I think 50s/60s trucks were some of the best looking designs for a machine that was still very utilitarian, and not aimed at mall crawling.