Chrysler Laser Reviews

1984 Chrysler Laser EX 2.2 turbo from North America

Model year1984
Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 2.2 turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.7 / 10
Distance when acquired40000 miles
Most recent distance42000 miles
Previous carBuick Regal

Summary:

Fast and low!

Faults:

Fuel pump keeps going bad. This is the 3rd one since I've owned it, and now the brand new one refuses to turn on with the key (currently hot wired to test). Has anyone found anything out on this item to fix it? I see it in a lot of posts.

General Comments:

Love the car. The ride and power is great. Just want to keep the fuel pump going to enjoy it more.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th August, 2012

1986 Chrysler Laser Base 2.5L non-turbo from North America

Model year1986
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.5L non-turbo Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired122000 miles
Most recent distance135000 miles
Previous carDodge SRT-4

Summary:

A great, very underrated high performance vehicle

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong except normal wear and tear for a vehicle that is nearly 23 years old.

General Comments:

I love the Chrysler Laser! I bought my first one new in June of 1985, and kept that one for five years. It was base model with a 2.2L turbo and 5 speed manual transmission. (Z-28 owner's of that era with auto tranny's feared me. I could always kick their asses.)

I traded it in for a 1989 Dodge Daytona Shelby. I wanted my Laser back so badly, I tracked it down 6 years later and bought it back. It now awaits restoration.

With my original Laser, I'm now on a total of four. A 1986 Laser Base with 2.5L non turbo engine and 5 speed (my daily driver), a 1986 Chrysler Laser XT with T-Tops, 2.2L turbo and 5 speed, and my rarest one, a 1985 1/2 Laser XT with 2.2L turbo and 5 speed (Yes, the XT was originally offered as a mid-year addition in March or April of 1985 as a 1985 1/2). It was then continued that fall as a 1986 model with very few, if any changes made.

If the Laser turns out to be a classic, I could very well be a very rich man someday.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th October, 2008

28th Feb 2011, 00:41

I have an 86 base with the 2.2... I think I have a pretty bad lifter tick, any suggestions? Is that what it is?

Other than that, the car runs amazing.

1986 Chrysler Laser XT 2.2 turbo from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1986
Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.2 turbo Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.7 / 10
Distance when acquired96000 miles
Most recent distance96500 miles
Previous carFord Falcon

Summary:

Terrific piece of American auto making

Faults:

Broken windscreen wiper arm.

General Comments:

I have found the Chrysler Laser XT a very nice comfortable car to drive. The interior is of a high standard.

It handles extremely well for a right hand drive converted car, that has been here in Australia and its harsh climate since 1990.

It turns heads everywhere it goes. People just don't know what it is, and come over and have a good look and ask plenty of questions.

Only problem would be getting parts for it here in Australia, as I believe it is the only one, so no one supplies spares, as no one knows what it is.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th October, 2007

25th Oct 2007, 09:36

- There are many parts sources in the USA for this car. Go to http://www.google.com to find them.

1986 Chrysler Laser XT 2.2 turbo from North America

Model year1986
Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1986
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.2 turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance198500 miles

Summary:

Insanely fun, but very high maintenance

Faults:

The head has been replaced 3 times, but block is perfect. Last time the motor was completely rebuilt with a new alternator being installed as well.

The transmission (525 manual) has been replaced 3 times, and we can't seem to get it to stop leaking fluid, even with multiple gasket replacements.

Clutch replaced twice (1st time = operator error, 2nd time replaced with Borg Warner, no problems since)

Original fuel pump finally gave out at 198,000 miles.

A/C hoses replaced due to leakage.

Clutch cable, CV joints, oil pump replaced around 180,000.

All new OEM fuel injectors installed around 185,000.

E-brake cables replaced multiple times.

Automatic Idle Motor (AIM) has issues, but they are no longer made.

Missing across whole engine around 187,000, stumped more than one mechanic, finally started replacing electrical parts and found out it was a faulty distributer cap.

Various other things, most of which are to be expected of a car with this many miles.

General Comments:

The Chrysler Laser is the luxury version of the Dodge Daytona. It was built from 1984-1986, and there are very few of them left.

The Laser is fun, very fast, and it handles like a dream. The front seats are the most comfortable of any car I know of. It is also way ahead of its time as far as technology. Many of the options on it are hard to find even on today's cars.

The bottom line on this car is that it has one major downfall... high maintenance costs. Other than that not-so-minor detail, it would be hard to find a better car.

***It would only be fair to note after all the mechanical faults listed that the car still has the original turbo charger, as well as the original exhaust system, among various other mechanical things.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th November, 2006

26th Aug 2007, 23:41

It sounds like your doing some very abusive driving on this machine, she should have came stock with a self adjusting clutch and to wear one of these out is, well, wow. You should look at the way you are shifting and the way you are working the clutch (don't ride it...) Also, buy a shop manual (if you don't already have it), and adjust the shift cables.

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 27 reviews