1991 Ford Laser GL Liftback 1.6 litre SOHC from Australia and New Zealand
A great little city car despite its age - and a bit "feisty" despite being a 1.6 litre SOHC
Nothing at all. Slight click from an outer CV joint (right) - nothing to worry about.
For a 1991 model with only 117,334 km, it is a very good find. Auto air conditioning is perfect, in fact too cold. Manual steering - less to go wrong and leak. Interior almost factory new. Ratty sound system - retro fitted radio/sound from the Falcon. Laser speakers "had it". Will find better speakers and fit them.
Front seats were mounted a bit too low. I raised the rear of the front seats two inches with proper spacers and high tensile bolts; now perfect.
No leaks, no drips - nothing wrong at all.
The 1.6 litre SOHC engine is actually a "feisty" little unit despite being the lowest rated engine for the KF Laser series. Perfect for an old codger.
Check in twelve months and see how things are.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 27th November, 2014
31st Jan 2015, 12:11
Update on the '91 Laser I bought in November after 1,000 km.
What has gone wrong - nothing.
Drips - drops - leaks - none.
Enjoyment to drive factor - 9/10 (easily pleased I suppose). Yep, it puts me in mind of the '79 Mazda 323 auto wagon I bought new and kept 15 years - indestructible.
Did manage to fit a set of 6 inch Pioneer speakers where the little 4 inch speakers were in the dash.
Let's see how things are at 5,000 km.
26th Apr 2015, 13:03
2,000 km since I bought the Laser (Mazda 323 - who cares what you call it).
Problems - none.
Leaks - none.
Failure to proceed (hah, Rolls Royce) - none
Alles in ordnung ist!
12th Aug 2015, 07:18
How did you go with replacing the speakers? There are some 6.5" Pioneer speakers for sale at SuperCheap Auto I'm eyeing, as mine are SHOT.
BTW, I have a 1991 1.8 EFI model with just 104,000km on it, one old lady owner etc. and it's a gem.
25th Aug 2015, 13:36
It's fiddly but not overly difficult to put larger speakers in.
Remove the end plates at each end of the dashboard, and the screw is there. Gently dislodge both end plates, usual plastic clip things there. There are about four or five screws in the lower part of panel under the steering column, one up in the coins etc box. Drop the panel and out with the old small speakers. You may have to do a little "surgery" on the old speaker mounts.
New speakers much bigger; the only way to put them in is part sideways and held by (looks bad but it works) cable ties. Make sure the speakers are "buffered" by hard plastic foam or similar to stop rattles.
The left hand speaker requires removal of the glove box lid from memory. Quite easy.
I know the job looks a bit thrown together, but that is about the only way to put the new larger speakers where they "should" go.
Unfortunately there's no room at rear of larger speakers to mount a box or similar.
Sound quality is OK I suppose, but sadly missing a lot of bass.
Thinking of trying again for better sound, but the Laser does not have much room under the dash to work in.