We have a 1992 Ford Tempo with about 80,000 miles (yes, 80k, not 180k). It
has lately shown tendencies to suddenly die, even within traffic, and take
some coercing to recrank. Sometimes when it recranks it can die again within
a couple of minutes, or it can recrank and then carry on as if nothing's
It isn't running hot, the battery is fine, the alternator is fine, oil is
fine. So I don't know what else this could be--except maybe the control
module, as I once had a Mercury Grand Marquis that did much the same
behavior and that was the problem. There was one difference--once the Grand
Marquis exhibited that, it would studder home every mile, it wouldn't
"resume as normal" unless you gave it a good ½ hour or more to "cool off,"
whereas this Tempo only needed 5 minutes, and then it would pick up 100%.