1990 Plymouth Laser Reviews - Page 2 of 5

1990 Plymouth Laser RS 2.0L from North America

Model year1990
Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.0L Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.3 / 10
Distance when acquired57000 miles
Most recent distance68000 miles
Previous carMercury Grand Marquis

Summary:

Great car if you don't get ripped off.

Faults:

Many things have gone wrong with the car that unavoidably needed to be fixed. I needed to rebuild the transmission after the transmission mount broke, the clutch needed to be replaced three times, the engine was replaced with a JDM engine after oil nearly burned off from the old. The timing belt was also replaced to avoid any new problems from developing.

General Comments:

Unfortunately, I was sold a lemon. The car however was fast and fun the few weeks I have been able to drive it. Parts are also plentiful because it is more or less an Eclipse. In my opinion, the Laser is much sleeker and looks far better than the Talon or Eclipse. If you want speed and wish to hug the pavement, this is the car for you.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 9th April, 2005

1990 Plymouth Laser RS 2.0 from North America

Model year1990
Year of manufacture1989
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.0 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired40000 miles
Most recent distance115000 miles
Previous carMercedes-Benz 240D

Summary:

I wouldn't recommend it beyond 50K miles

Faults:

1st Engine blown due to timing belt slip.

2nd Engine leaks profusely and burns oil.

1st Automatic transmission would no longer go into gear after 100,000 miles.

2nd Automatic transmission (used) would not go into 2nd or 4th gear (OD) after 115,000 miles.

Brakes leak fluid.

Headliner has fallen.

Hatchback shocks stopped working at 50,000 miles.

Replaced struts at 70,000 miles (need replacing again)

Power steering leaks.

Replaced alternator 3 times.

Rubber molding on exterior keeps falling off.

General Comments:

Handles really well.

Affordable.

Interior is very sporty and comfortable.

Fun and looks great.

A great car for the 1st 50,000 miles or so. After that the car became a disaster. I spent more money in upkeep than the car was purchased for at 40,000 miles in excellent condition.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd February, 2005

1990 Plymouth Laser RS 4 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1993
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 4 cylinder Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired19000 miles
Most recent distance100000 miles
Previous carPlymouth Laser RS

Summary:

It is the car you wish was still around!!!

Faults:

The timing belt broke twice and of course the cams bent. I'm not blaming that on the car it was completely my fault. I should have changed the belt.

The interior was good when I got it but now it's great.

General Comments:

This car is the funnest car I have ever driven. I have never lost a street race, and the car handles sooooo perfectly. The only thing about the car is when its modified you get a lot of dirty looks.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd September, 2004

1990 Plymouth Laser RS 2 Liter non-turbo DOHC from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2 Liter non-turbo DOHC Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired104515 miles
Most recent distance106200 miles
Previous carEagle Talon

Faults:

Nothing Yet, I replaced all belts.

General Comments:

Replaced all belts including timing and balance belts. Have a Talon I drove for 12 years, but rods bent due to timing belt disaster! Should have replaced belts after about 50K, but 145K did my baby in. REPLACE BELTS!

Clean, smooth, quick, and no engine knock!

Crude touch ups, but for $700, hey.

AC Cold, radio works, new trannie 18 months ago, nice aftermarket wheels, factory sunroof and best of all manual crank-up windows (my power windows on Talon used to go off track alot)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd August, 2004

1990 Plymouth Laser RS 2.0 liter from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 liter Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.7 / 10
Distance when acquired190000 miles
Most recent distance190500 miles
Previous carHyundai Sonata

Summary:

Love my "new" Laser!

Faults:

I just bought this car from a dealer that got it as a trade in.

The head liner is drooping, and I've had to pin it up as I am rather tall.

The paint is fading. I'm wondering what others have done for the paint... buff it up occasionally?

The back seats are a little crowded. My tall friends may be uncomfortable.

General Comments:

I feel like I got a really good deal on this car.

It looks awesome even though the paint is fading, and someone did a bad job on tinting the windows.

They were asking $1500 for it, I talked them down to $1100. I feel like I got a steal.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th August, 2004

1990 Plymouth Laser RS 2.0dohc turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0dohc turbo Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired142000 miles
Most recent distance167567 miles
Previous carChevrolet S-10

Summary:

I would recommend this car for anyone that likes power and speed that has money to do something

Faults:

I traded my s-10 for this car. I have to say that it has performed like I thought it would. I have wound it up to 140 mph and the only thing I could find was that it started getting a little light in the front end. a year after I had it the head gasket blew out. I didn't realize that laser parts were so expensive. for what I put in the top of the motor, I could have bought a newer motor with only 30,000 miles on it. the problem that I am having now is the clutch pedal assembly is just a bit difficult to work on. I am having to take apart the dash and the stirring column to just get to it. but over all I like the performance in the car. it comes stock with 192 hp. and it really moves when you tell it too.

General Comments:

The only problem I have is there is not a lot of room. I am 6" 2" and this car was not designed for a tall person. there is plenty of head room and the seats are comfy.

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

Review Date: 13th July, 2004

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