1994 Ford Laser Reviews

1994 Ford Laser Liata GLX 1.8 DOHC from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.8 DOHC Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired4300 kilometres
Most recent distance204900 kilometres
Previous carMitsubishi Galant

Summary:

High performance granny car

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong, ever. Despite having taught three teenagers to drive.

General Comments:

Top of the line model that has survived well. A spirited performer that can still get up and go, or cruise gently all day long.

Handling not up to current standards.

At 6'2" I find the drivers set not the best for getting in or out, but it's comfortable for driving.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 8th August, 2008

1994 Ford Laser KH GL 1.6 Carburettor from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.6 Carburettor Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired112800 kilometres
Most recent distance175300 kilometres

Summary:

It is a well built and well optioned, great looking car

Faults:

Nothing Major has gone wrong with the vehicle. Most common problem are small overheating issues, which were easily fixed. Had the water pump go about 20000km's ago. Thermostat went about 15000kms ago ($60).Pipe for coolant to run to heater got hole ($12). Radiator Cap ($15) stopped sealing properly therefore lost compression. Plugs on radiator (plastic) fell apart, replaced with copper ones ($2.50).No oil leaks, hardly uses any.

Gearbox failed on me completely, my fault as I drove it hard being my first car and did not service box.

Replaced front seats as side padding collapsed (mainly drivers seat). livable for a while, but got hold of some nice Nissan seats for nothing which fitted nicely.

Replaced CV joints about 50000 kms ago and boot about 10000kms ago. (cornering to hard)

General Comments:

For a 1.6 with a three speed auto she has go a lot of go in her.

Handles very well around corners.

Interior is simple, but nice. I have put some silver appointments on dash to modernise and sports steering wheel.

Interior roomy for small car and boot has got plenty of space considering size of vehicle.

Economy is variable. On a trip with for laser club to Ballerat and Sunshine area. I got 750kms out of a 55 liter tank. Best I ever got. Averages at about 500kms city and highway combo driving.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th March, 2006

12th Nov 2007, 05:47

Hi just wondering you said that your gearbox failed did it give you any warning before hand? many thanks Tanya.

1994 Ford Laser GL 1.6ltr 16v Carbi from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6ltr 16v Carbi Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired113500 kilometres
Most recent distance120000 kilometres

Summary:

A fast fun car to drive

Faults:

Fuse blew which caused the cooling fan to malfunction therefore causing engine to overheat mildly. Wire connection on engine block blew so communication between temperature gauge and cooling fan broke therefore another minor overheat. She is a Bit of a cold starter.

General Comments:

Car is in very good condition and goes very well, for a carburettor. Interior room is good for a relatively small car and the interior shows no sign of wear on anything. It is a quick car and has very good handling.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th April, 2003

1994 Ford Laser KJ Liata Ghia (5dr) 1.8 petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.8 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired55000 kilometres
Most recent distance125000 kilometres

Summary:

Reliable, fuss-free motoring

Faults:

Slight noise when using driver side power windows (present with previous owner)

Catalytic converter changed at 90,000 kilometres.

General Comments:

The car is OK for fuel efficiency with a figure of about 9L/100km in the city and returns about 7L/100km on the highway.

Both left hand and right hand headlight bulbs (standard beams only) went within a week of each other. What I see as an indication of good quality control of the bulbs more than anything.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th November, 2002

Average review marks: 8.1 / 10, based on 4 reviews