1990 Plymouth Laser Reviews

1990 Plymouth Laser RS (non-turbo) FWD 2.0L from North America

Model year1990
Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 2.0L Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired134000 miles
Most recent distance156000 miles
Previous carDodge Dakota

Faults:

- Factory front brakes finally fried at 153,000,

- Factory power steering belt and serpentine belt needed to be replaced at 154,000.

- Factory front struts went bad at 155,000.

- Both factory front CV axles and driver's side wheel bearing have went out at 156,000.

- Rear defogger tabs need to be repaired (only a couple).

- A/C clutch needs to be replaced + A/C recharge.

General Comments:

I love this car and couldn't trade it for anything. The handling is great and it rides super smooth. It's such a fun car, and I get lots of compliments about it from friends and strangers.

"Wow that is such a nice unique looking car you have there, they sure don't make them like that anymore" - random older man.

This car is going through a rough period right now (22 years old), minor repairs to the front end, but nothing bad engine wise so far (knock on wood). I've heard lots about people saying these cars blow head gaskets easily or burn oil, but I have never had that issue, mainly because everything is stock on my car.

Gets great gas mileage; 27 city, 32 highway.

It's just been a great car ever since I bought it only for $275. It needed a new paint job, minor cosmetic repair, and some rust repair on both fenders and rear tire wells. Also a minor interior cleanup/fixup when I first bought the car, which I did all the repairs myself to save $$$.

The car is still running to this day, with no problems inside the car. Just little fixes outside the underneath of the car due to Michigan weather, road salt, and old age. Undercoating all of it this summer.

The only thing this car needs to be that much better would be cup holders and more leg room in the back seat.

Excellent daily driver car, has never left me stranded!! Please bring Plymouth back and the Plymouth Lasers!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th February, 2013

1990 Plymouth Laser RS 2.0 turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired170000 miles
Most recent distance178000 miles
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

A great car for a backyard mechanic to dink around with

Faults:

The ign. coil went out at 172000 miles.

The timing belts wear quickly, so I changed it even though I didn't need it for another 25000+

New water pump/ alternator/ balance shaft belts installed same time as timing belt around 175000.

New thermostat at 178000.

General Comments:

Overall I absolutely love my car. I bought it from a co worker for $500. It hadn't been started in over 2 years. I put a court of oil and battery in it started right up. But the only problem I had with the car was the alternator belt started squealing REALLY badly, so I replaced it. I snapped 2 more less than 2 weeks apart on way home from work.

About 30 miles away from home, one of the tensioners broke and they were out ragisly expensive. The parts for Mitsubishi are so expensive and I've noticed a lot of you users are having your belts squeal even though they are tight. Well I'm going to let you in a on a little DSM secret: get some candle wax, and while the car is running take a piece of wax and rub it on the bottom of the belt where the grooves are, and I will guarantee you will never hear another squeak again unless it gets wet. I did mine about 6 months ago and haven't heard a single squeal yet.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th October, 2008

1990 Plymouth Laser 1.8 from North America

Model year1990
Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.8 / 10
Distance when acquired110000 miles
Most recent distance134000 miles
Previous carHyundai Tiburon

Summary:

A great, reliable, first car for a first time driver!

Faults:

Had to replace master and slave cylinder at 120,000 miles.

Valve guide seals bad when I got the car. Leaks oil like no other.

Had to replace fuel pump assembly at 133,000 miles. ($700)

Had to replace ball joint to pass inspections at 133,000 miles.

Trunk struts are bad.

Only one head light goes down.

Passenger window rolls up fine until it gets to the top, then it pops out of track.

Had to replace the thermostat. (Which was cake about 5 bucks and 5 minutes of time)

General Comments:

I have no general complaints about this car. Since I've had this car I put over 20,000 miles on it in less than a year. With as much as I drive it and how old it is I'm surprised that's all that went wrong. You might be thinking this car is junk. But for what it's worth I got this car at 17 years old.

So far only two major things went wrong with it. The fuel pump assembly was a bit much, but the master and slave didn't cost over $200.

It shifts amazingly and takes corners like a dream.

The back seat isn't very roomy, unless you're a girl then it's not that big of a deal.

Overall it's very reliable and if you're a busy body like me, this car is perfect considering they last to over 200,000 miles.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th September, 2008

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 23 reviews