1990 Laforza Laforza 5.0 V8
Laforza SUV, built like an Italian tank
This Italian SUV needed an engine rebuild at 140,000. Other than that, everything has worked properly.
It has proven to be an extremely reliable, rock solid vehicle.
The Laforza has turned out to be a true Italian tank. It goes through any snow, and I do mean any. No other 4x4 has been able to compare with its snow/ice abilities. I've had to pull my friends with new Dodge, Ford, Chevy and Range Rovers out of snow banks in the past.
Additionally, the shear bulk of the Laforza on the road is evident when cruising. People do move out of the way when they see it coming down the road in their mirrors. Which is a good thing, since it was the only vehicle to break through the crash test barrier during DOT approval.
Laforzas are without a doubt one of the best kept SUV secrets in the U.S.. Some ended up landing in the hands of people who simply didn't understand what they were or how to care for them. Those are the ones that are either abandoned or running around in poor condition. Thankfully, many other Laforzas ended up as part of ultra exclusive auto collections. These Laforzas only come out in the winter or tow their stablemates to shows, races, etc.. Given that these SUVs are in good homes, they will be around for a long time to come.
Bottom line, if you're looking for a Laforza, look for one that's been well cared for, as restoring a neglected one could cost a fortune.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th February, 2012