1992 Ford Laser GL 1.6 carby from Australia and New Zealand


Worth the $3000+ about to be invested


Cooling system failure - cooked the original engine.

Second engine now leaking oil - getting replaced with a BPT 1.8 ltr manual.

Transmission previously replaced by the original owner since new (to select reserve I first need to select Park) - replacing it with a G series to suit the new BPT turbo conversion.

Outer CV boot split (OK for a 22 year old car).

Carby issues.

General Comments:

Despite all the problems I have had with this car, which are partially due to lack of maintenance, it refuses to die! I have to say it is one of the best and most reliable cars I have owned.

The car had been professionally lowered to the point that it feels like a go-kart, and the new body kit and mags I purchased make this car tough looking but reliable.

Built Ford Tough.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th August, 2014

14th Aug 2014, 19:53

...by Mazda. It's a sister car to the Mazda 323/Familia/Protege.

1992 Ford Laser GL 1.6 from Australia and New Zealand


Great first car, love it to bits


The previous owner only drove it to & from work; I think he may have neglected it a bit. Have had to spend a bit of cash to get it into its current shape.

The heater takes a while to heat up, & is not so great when on the head/foot setting, but the head & foot separately settings are great.

General Comments:

Got a service on the car at I think 170***, & found out the brakes were nearly gone & the air con needed re-gassing, so got the brakes replaced (dodgy job); they started failing a month later, got them fixed.

Air con got re-gassed, but a different mechanic confirmed that car had previously been hit; the air con had a massive leak. Got that fixed.

Got another part replaced (can't remember what it was).

Recently found out from family that it has serious leak, so have to use coolant daily; getting it fixed soon.

High beams don't work; getting them fixed soon.

Light on the left side of the dash works most of the time; it's just loose.

Blew a fuse, but have no idea how it happened. Got it fixed.

Low petrol light doesn't work.

Got a flat a couple of months ago, but the spare tyre worked a treat until I got a new set the next day (spares are supposed to be permanent). But I hate the jack that comes with the car.

Even with all this, I love my car.

I travel interstate on a monthly basis & never had problems; fuel economy is absolutely brilliant. But I do prefer manuals.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th August, 2013

1992 Ford Laser GL 1.6L from Australia and New Zealand


Fantastic little car


Only thing I have encountered in the 7 months of owning the Laser, is the carpet in the passenger footwell has come off the floor. Easy fixed with mats.

General Comments:

After the trouble I encountered with my previous car, I had chosen to get something smaller. Have not been disappointed once with this car. Has been brilliant.

It has got plenty of pickup for a little engine (1.6L). The air-con works beautifully. Can't fault them.

My only regret is not buying one of these instead of the EF!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd June, 2013

1992 Ford Laser GL 1.6L carb from Australia and New Zealand


Good little car. Ideal as a first car


Timing belt replaced.

Auto serviced.

Brakes replaced (front hoses and discs also rear drums).

Drivers seat has rip in it, and is starting to become uncomfortable.

Minor oil leak.

Tappets are a little noisy.

Fan belt etc a little noisy when cold.

Auto choke is a little bit difficult.

General Comments:

Although there are many faults, this car runs well.

I purchased this car cheaply without looking at it, but it handles well.

Good on fuel.

Lots of room inside the car.

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

Review Date: 19th August, 2010

1992 Ford Laser KH 1.6 from Australia and New Zealand


Great all round car


It was good when I first bought it, but it needed CV joints, but as time went on it needed maintaining, as I don't think it got it from its last owner:

Front brakes

CV joints

Fuel tank pulled down and cleaned

New radiator

Ring gear and starter motor

Timing belt

And just recently it got a gearbox service and modulator on gearbox fixes, and got a second hand carburettor

General Comments:

This is my first car, and I have owned this car for the past 2 1/2 years. It's been a good car to me, and it has never broke down!!

It did need a bit of work in the first year of having it, but I think that's down to the last owner not maintaining it!! The work it has had done on it would have been not that much, but for crappy mechanics stuffing the car up and me getting it back worse off than it was when I brought it in. This has caused me to spend more to fix the dodgy mechanic's stuff up!!!

It's excellent on fuel; it uses $30, which is half a tank in a fortnight. It's quiet and drives smooth like a new car!!! It beats my mum's Ford Laser 90 model manual all the time; it's got a lot of grunt for what it is!!!

Handles well in all weathers. and doesn't miss a beat on long trips!

All the interior is like new. The only thing I can fault it on is the paint job. It'd had a respray before I got it, and it's shoddy so it's got crows feet on the bonnet, but that's it.

All in all it's a fantastic car. I love it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th November, 2007