This car is AMAZING to drive. You would not expect such performance from a small car. FUEL EFFICIENT
The only things wrong with the car have been normal wear and tear.. The muffler got gutted and fell apart.
Small oil leak from transmission.
Reverse gear is a little tricky to get into. A tip would be to always test the reverse gear in Ford laser GHIA models as they have a special synchro for that gear that may be worn out. This just makes the transmission "Click" when you try and put it into reverse.
The Ford Laser was surprisingly good to drive. It has great performance, and the engine is really quick and pretty strong in the higher rev ranges. (1.8 liter EFI)
I must add that the car does lose significant power with the air conditioner on.
Handling is good in normal conditions, but you have to drive like a grandma in the rain or the wheels will lock up as with any older car (no sharp turns etc). It does suffer from under-steer at speed.
The interior can get a bit worn out, as my door trim snapped off when one of my mates tried to close the door too hard, but then again, some of the glues used are like 20 years old.
Fuel economy is AMAZING! I have driven 480km on a full tank, and this is with "enthusiastic driving" such as changing gears at 6000 rpm and constant hard acceleration (the car really gives you a kick).
The hatchback is SO SPACIOUS... I have thrown 2 tonnes of fire wood in the back with the seats folded down... moved a small fridge around... too easy.
Overall you will be VERY surprised when you drive this car... You would not expect such performance from a little Ford Laser, and it really opened my eyes when I first put my foot down in gear 2.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 27th November, 2009