2001 Ford Laser LXi KQ 1.6L petrol


The auto 1.6L is underpowered & poorly insulated from road noise, but is VERY RELIABLE


Valve body changed on the transmission. Cost was $600. Not a big issue.

Premature wear on the edges of the tyre (much more than any other vehicle I have owned over the past 25 years). Some time ago I read that this is not unusual for this car. Considering the repairs over the course of my ownership have been relatively low, I really don't mind changing two front tyres prematurely at 30,000 - 35,000.

Just a comment regarding the ignition coils. One of the other reviewers here said they changed the ignition coils at 185,000km. The previous owner had also changed the ignition coils just before I bought it at 178,000km. Not too far from the other reviewer, so I am guessing that might be a common life span of the coils on these cars. They sit right on top of the head/cam cover, and get pretty hot. You see, heat reduces the lifespan of any electronic product, so I am not overly surprised.

General Comments:

It does leave a bit to be desired in a few areas (as I will explain), but this no frills basic car is one of the most reliable cars I have owned.

BUILD: It has a relatively solid solid "well built" feel that I like. More so on the inside, but externally as well.

ECONOMY: Not too bad with fuel consumption. 10 to 10.5L litres / 100km for the auto 1.6L around Melbourne suburbs. Highway is about 7L/100km, but only if you are consistently using higher octane fuel.

ENGINE; feel/ power, etc:

- I don't know if this is just my car, or if they are all like this, but mine is a bit gutless below about 4,000 RPM, but has very good acceleration after that. That low torque at lower RPM makes it a bit impractical for city driving sometimes. I suggest a manual, or the 1.8L version.

DRIVING EXPERIENCE, handling, etc:

- I just LOVE THE HANDLING for a stock car. Handles well around corners.

- The cabin has VERY POOR road noise filtering. Especially noticeable driving on the highway.

- Blind spots are larger than other cars I have owned, but have finally got used to it.

- I have become used to the seats after 3 years of driving, but when I first got it, they left a lot to be desired when compared with the high quality seating of my last car. If you do long trips, you might want to look at a different car for something more comfortable. It is not really that bad. Perhaps more like a 6.5 out of 10 than a 6.

- Steering wheel position is more comfortable than other cars. Some other cars require you stretch your arms out, but this car is different. It allows the arms to be more rested when cruising. It is really a personal matter. Some people seem to prefer their arms stretched out.

Every other car I have purchased, have all had upwards of 150,000km on the clock (this one 178,000). I would say that overall, this has been a very reliable car for me.

I am considering what car to use for converting to electric. If it were not for the road cabin noise and not so comfortable seating of these cars, it would have been a serious candidate.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th August, 2013

2001 Ford Laser LXi 1.6 FI straight 4


Very easy car, underrated, and a lot of potential


Ignition coils failed recently, had to be replaced.

Very slow oil leak (barely noticeable).

Driver's door lock jammed - fixed with WD40.

Front boot latch stopped working.

General Comments:

This car is massively underrated.

Electrical and mechanical reliability is top notch; the ignition coils were the only fault with engine.

The engine is excellent, my dad thinks it's slow, but I've found once it gets above about 4200rpm, you get a jolt of power; must be something in the ECU.

This model has a lot of potential. Handling wise, currently it understeers when it even looks at a fast corner, but it has independent suspension all round, and new springs, shocks and roll bars would turn it into a weapon.

Power wise, also a lot of potential. There's a perfect space for a cold induction with pod filter, and it's a DOHC, so a mild camshaft or turbo would get it moving quite nicely. It's a very common design, so there's probably Lancer parts out there that would fit.

Everyone who's driven this car, including me, has said that it's the easiest car they've ever driven. The gearbox is top notch, and engine isn't lacking, but won't kill you either.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th March, 2011

25th Aug 2013, 06:40

I have the same 1.6L, but instead, I have the automatic transmission. I also find it slow at lower RPM. Picks up really well above around 4000 RPM.

If you do any of your own mechanical work such as changing cam belts, I can recommend something to you if you would like to shift the torque to the lower RPM.

I recommend this ONLY for manual transmission cars, and if you don't mind shifting before about 4,000 or just a bit over that mark. It might even save you fuel if you drive it the right way (only for manual), but LOL, you might enjoy the extra power too much to take advantage of it.

Basically, you need to shift the intake camshaft by 10 degrees, so that it opens earlier than than the factory timing.

Some people also advance the exhaust to open earlier, but I did not. I followed in the footsteps of a racer who preferred the torque characteristics on one of the Honda i-VTEC or VTEC engines by focusing more on the inlet. Even with an auto transmission that robs a fair bit MORE power than manual transmissions, the torque improvement was pretty good. It works for me, except the auto wants to keep going to high RPM when I sometimes need it. Hence I only recommend this for manual cars, and also why I would say do not touch the timing of the exhaust camshaft.

Ford Lasers = great value.