1995 Ford Laser Review

1995 Ford Laser Lynx 1.8i DOHC from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.8i DOHC Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired69000 kilometres
Most recent distance87000 kilometres
Previous carNissan Pulsar

Summary:

An excellent fun car

Faults:

CV boots have split on both sides. They are expensive to fix as the drive shaft cannot be removed from the hub due to rust on the splines.

Otherwise, faultless.

General Comments:

This car has a great engine, 123HP @6000 161NM at 4000 flexible and torquey for a 1.8L. Goes hard when revved.

Rear vision is full of blind spots due to the spoiler and the size of the back window.

Easy and fun to drive, light clutch, easy gearshift, light steering.

Fantastic brakes, ABS works well, has already saved me!

Great air con (made for Australia), freezes my face off.

Needs taller gearing or better, a 6th gear. Engine does 3100rpm at 100km/h.

Cheap to run, $7 per 100km in the city (Sydney).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th January, 2002

19th Jan 2002, 04:45

A 1995 laser has ABS? I'm amazed.

2nd Dec 2002, 06:37

Yes the 1995 model Ford Laser Lynx comes standard with 4 wheels disc brakes and ABS.

13th Dec 2003, 17:24

Well it's time for a update on the Lynx.

AT 126,000km I have had a few more things wrong on it.

1.The left hand CV joint needs replacing, this is from the split boot 30,000km ago

2.100,000km service, leaky water pump so that was replaced.

3.Engine pinging badly, esp when hot and under load, fuel injectors cleaned -seems to have solved problem. (Now living in Queensland, tropical here least 7 months of the year - didn't help pinging)

4. Front brake disc's machined, had a squeal (present since buying car) and a shudder. Both problems gone.

5. Gearbox oil changed, was starting to crunch going into second.

Apart from that, the Laser has been a very reliable car and in light to how it's driven it has done well. All these things seem to be down to wear and tear.

Still have the same tyre's on it from 69,000km. Yes theres still tread on them, longest lasting set of tyre's I have had. Tyres usually only last me 14-15000km!

Average review marks: 6.0 / 10, based on 1 review