2001 Ford Laser LXi 1.6 FI straight 4 from Australia and New Zealand
Very easy car, underrated, and a lot of potential
Ignition coils failed recently, had to be replaced.
Very slow oil leak (barely noticeable).
Driver's door lock jammed - fixed with WD40.
Front boot latch stopped working.
This car is massively underrated.
Electrical and mechanical reliability is top notch; the ignition coils were the only fault with engine.
The engine is excellent, my dad thinks it's slow, but I've found once it gets above about 4200rpm, you get a jolt of power; must be something in the ECU.
This model has a lot of potential. Handling wise, currently it understeers when it even looks at a fast corner, but it has independent suspension all round, and new springs, shocks and roll bars would turn it into a weapon.
Power wise, also a lot of potential. There's a perfect space for a cold induction with pod filter, and it's a DOHC, so a mild camshaft or turbo would get it moving quite nicely. It's a very common design, so there's probably Lancer parts out there that would fit.
Everyone who's driven this car, including me, has said that it's the easiest car they've ever driven. The gearbox is top notch, and engine isn't lacking, but won't kill you either.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th March, 2011
25th Aug 2013, 06:40
I have the same 1.6L, but instead, I have the automatic transmission. I also find it slow at lower RPM. Picks up really well above around 4000 RPM.
If you do any of your own mechanical work such as changing cam belts, I can recommend something to you if you would like to shift the torque to the lower RPM.
I recommend this ONLY for manual transmission cars, and if you don't mind shifting before about 4,000 or just a bit over that mark. It might even save you fuel if you drive it the right way (only for manual), but LOL, you might enjoy the extra power too much to take advantage of it.
Basically, you need to shift the intake camshaft by 10 degrees, so that it opens earlier than than the factory timing.
Some people also advance the exhaust to open earlier, but I did not. I followed in the footsteps of a racer who preferred the torque characteristics on one of the Honda i-VTEC or VTEC engines by focusing more on the inlet. Even with an auto transmission that robs a fair bit MORE power than manual transmissions, the torque improvement was pretty good. It works for me, except the auto wants to keep going to high RPM when I sometimes need it. Hence I only recommend this for manual cars, and also why I would say do not touch the timing of the exhaust camshaft.
Ford Lasers = great value.