1991 Ford Laser Reviews - Page 2 of 3

1991 Ford Laser 1.6L from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1991
Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.6L Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired150000 kilometres
Previous carHolden Gemini

Summary:

Great little car, perfect for lots of modifications, highly recommended

Faults:

Not many problems have come from the Laser. My head gasket has blown once, but that was a result from driving in a bad way (burnouts).

The dash started to crack at about 180,000kms, but was easily covered up with a dash mat which I glued to the dash.

General Comments:

To start off, I am a person who thinks looks should come first and power should come second.

This car is a fantastic little car, there is lots of potential for modifications to be done.

I replaced the stock suspension with lowered Pedders suspension, and it handles even better than the stock setup, even though the stock springs are very good.

To improve handling around corners and for a better look, I have put some 18" wheels on the car and now it handles like it's stuck to the road.

The stock engine is very economical, however it does not have too much power in the lower RPM's, so I am currently fixing this problem by installing a supercharger. This will fix the lag the stock setup has when taking off from a stop.

My next venture into modifying the Laser will be a body kit. The car doesn't really need one, but it would look better with a little more style to its shape. I have only seen a few Lasers with body kits, and they stand out from the crowd, unlike the Skylines and other performance cars these days.

Once the car's body is done, the next step will be paint. I am thinking black as most 91 model Lasers have black door trims. I have tested this look with a can of black spray paint on one side of the vehicle, and was surprised at how much better it looked.

At the same time the interior is a little bland and not very interesting. I am changing the interior to hold two front bucket seats, custom back seats, re-trimmed doors, painted console and dash with inbuilt custom gauges.

As you can see, this model Laser has lots of potential and I have only listed a few of the modifications that are possible with the Laser.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th May, 2007

6th Nov 2009, 10:07

All of the mods you have listed can be done on any car. Also, why spend so much on such an old car? A supercharger would probably create more lag on the engine in the lower revs, as it restricts the engine at first.

1991 Ford Laser GL 1.6 ltr from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1991
Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.6 ltr Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired43000 kilometres
Most recent distance58000 kilometres

Summary:

All in all, it’s a great little car

Faults:

Absolutely nothing, as you could tell with the 58,000 Km’s on the clock, its like brand new!

But can be quite annoying to sit there and wait for it to warm up on cold mornings.

General Comments:

This car handles really well, and when you put your foot to the floor (literally I might add) It has awesome pick up, I’m 17 and when I’m in the car by my self, its quite quick.

I have put a Sony CD player in it, and also Sony 6x9’s in the back.

With the Km’s being extremely low, at just 58,000km’s – The original engine when it was brought brand new by my Grandfather – kept in the family since new.

Could do with a 4spd Auto, But I guess its all right, I had a 92 Laser GLI Hatch (1.8ltr)

And have moved down to this 91 Laser GL Sedan (1.6ltr) Both Auto’s, and really this is just as quick as the 1.8, but not when taking off, I miss the 1.8 for that.

With the Air on, the engine seem to struggle a little, and loses power, not much, like it’s about to break down, but you can notice it.

Petrol it quite good, cost’s about $55 (AU) to fill it up – depending where you go.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th July, 2006

10th Nov 2006, 22:30

On the 91' I think the front speakers are in the dashboard, they take 4" speakers, with my car I got the under dash off a 93' model which doesn't have provision for speakers and put 5.25's into the door (this is a much better place imo), you mite be able to fit 6's into there.. then with some 6x9s in the back sounds it wicked.

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 8 reviews