1985 Ford Laser Reviews

1985 Ford Laser GL 4 cylinder petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1994
Most recent year of ownership1995
Engine and transmission 4 cylinder petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 kilometres
Most recent distance125000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Corona

Summary:

Reliable basic car

Faults:

Electrical system problems- required new points, sparks plugs, alternator and battery.

Noisy engine, and low to ground.

Lost brakes once on a busy road, had to drive on gears only.

Seats had lots of wear and tear.

General Comments:

I liked this car, despite its faults as it was very reliable motor wise, and quite zippy. It also had quite good handling, and most of the time it got me where I wanted to go.

The fuel economy was OK as well.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 17th May, 2009

1985 Ford Laser S Twin Carb 1.5L 4 cylinder 8v SOHC from Malaysia

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1985
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.5L 4 cylinder 8v SOHC Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Most recent distance351000 kilometres

Summary:

Built Tough

Faults:

Because of it's age, the suspension, especially the shock absorbers, bushes, joints, etc needs to be check and replace.

The fuel system, twin carburetor also needs to be replaced (Consume lots of petrol) :- (

Rear old tyres need to be replace too (185/60/R13 <<--- 175/70/R13).

Steering wheel a bit loose, needs to be checked.

General Comments:

It's a reliable car and the engine is powerful too.

No major repairs till now.

My only concern is the RIDE and The Fuel Burning Efficiency.

Decides to convert the rear drum brakes to disc brakes for better braking especially when driving at high speed and also when in an emergency situation.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st November, 2005

1985 Ford Laser KB Ghia 1.3 carburettor from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.3 carburettor Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired245600 kilometres
Most recent distance252800 kilometres

Summary:

Nimble mountain carver

Faults:

I broke the front engine mount because of undue force.

The car has just been fitted with a new steering rack and lower control arm.

Tappers are loose and the tapper gasket is getting replaced today.

The car blows a little bit of smoke when you really get into it.

General Comments:

My laser in particular is very nice to drive.

The interior has had a re trim in black and blue to match the blue sparkle paint.

Because the laser is a such a small car and has such wide wheels (15x7 inch) it handles like a go-cart.

Could use an extra 50 horsepower.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th April, 2005

1985 Ford Laser Ghia 1.6 EFI from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6 EFI Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired246000 kilometres
Most recent distance255000 kilometres
Previous carFord Laser

Summary:

A compact limousine, at an affordable price

Faults:

Rear disc pads needed renewing.

Rear handbrake cable on one side binding and needs replacing. They are expensive at $150 each to buy new.

Thermostat needed replacing, but this is a cheap and easy job for the owner.

Rear engine mount needs replacing, also fairly easy for an owner to repair.

General Comments:

We bought this car for our 18 year old daughter when she got her licence. We wanted a small economical car with good availability of spares, both new and second hand if required. The Laser fits this bill admirably.

Being a Ghia, it has everything, EFI motor, aircon, 4-wheel discs, velour interior, full instrumentation, and a lot of other luxury items.

Lasers are very simply designed cars, which is important when they get to this age because it means they are easy to repair. This means that an owner can do it himself and save money and frustration, or if you pay a mechanic to do it, the work generally costs less because of the simplicity of the car.

As for the car itself, this one is a beauty. Even though it's 18 years old, everything works, even the A/C, and the body has no sign of rust.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th June, 2003

Average review marks: 6.7 / 10, based on 4 reviews