1990 Plymouth Laser RS 2.0 turbo from North America


An excellent car for the price


Original upgraded stereo melted at 10,000, good reason to stick in a deck and CD player.

Factory recall on timing belt at 30,000.

Replaced turbo at 69000 by dealership under warranty.

Brakes and rotors replaced at 155,000 miles.

Replaced turbo and timing belt at 160,000.

Paint is starting to fade, black is very hard to maintain on any car, the sun just eats it up.

General Comments:

Loved it since I seen it in a 1988 car and driver review column.

I haven't been able to find a car on the market, since, that has given me the same satisfaction, performance, reliability, gas mileage etc.

I still get 29 mpg driving 50 miles a day back and forth to work.

It still has the original Clutch.

I normally just gas it up, check the oil and go.

It is still one of the best cars I have ever driven in the snow.

I hope to drive it at least 2 more years before major engine overhaul.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th June, 2003

1990 Plymouth Laser RS 2.0 liter from North America


Loved it while it lasted!


Just had the computer replaced for about $750.

Paint finish is fading in several areas (not garage kept).

Transmission has been sluggish of late.

Needed some brake replacement work in 2000.

Fabric around the sunroof started drooping after about 10 years.

Hydraulics that hold open the hatch were shot after 1998.

Some of the interior bits (cheap to begin with) have broken on the sides in the rear "passenger" area.

Sunroof started to leak after about 10 years.

Those styled-steel wheels have always dinged pretty easily.

Acceleration has always been suspect, but I'm not using it as a race car.

Windows started to struggle going up a couple of years ago.

General Comments:

Having said all that, the car has basically been quite reliable over these 12-plus years. The most-expensive repair was the computer work I recently had done.

Gas mileage has always been great. The car fits me like a glove (in the front seats). The back "seats," of course, are a different story.

Has barely required any unscheduled maintenance since '90.

The car reads Plymouth on the outside, but, of course, all of the hardware is Mitsubishi, so we're really talking about a Japanese product here.

Who's kidding who, 13 years is too long to hold on to a vehicle, whether it's been reliable (as it has in my case) or not.

Hope I can get $1,000 or more for a trade.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 8th January, 2003

11th Jul 2004, 19:23

I have had my 1990 plymouth laser for 12 year. I have really enjoyed it, but did not know that if the timing belt broke it ruined the whole engine. Which I replaced at a huge cost. But considering buying a new car and the increasing prices of gasoline it all evens out. Even though the car is 14 years old it still looks brand new and is the most dependable car I have ever owned.

Yes the paint has faded, the head liner is sagging which I am trying to find a replacement.

I have had the brakes worked on three times. But this comes with age. The front end has had normal work for the ware the car has on it, 199,029 miles and still running strong.

For a car this old I have not many worries about getting in it every morning and getting to work.

1990 Plymouth Laser RS 2.0 from North America


Love it don't love the dealership


Transmission has a glitch. Sometimes when shifting into reverse I have to let the clutch out and it automatically goes into reverse. I bought extended warranty on the car when I bought it, it cost me 75.00 to put $5.00 of fluid in the transmission. The dealer I bought it from said they had a glitch in the transmission that year and I was pretty much out of luck. So the extended warranty I bought was pretty much a $1400.00 mistake. Gee whiz if they know it's a glitch why didn't they recall it? The seat belts were recalled and they replaced those!

Then my timing belt broke. Oh crap well with my spare money I bought an engine brought from Japan. Gee they have to replace those over there before our timing belts break. Oh by the way when I bought the car the timing belt was already replaced. I love the car and get a lot of compliments on it for being 12 years old its still cute. Looks brand new. But why when the dealership knows there is something wrong why don't they give a warning or at least try to help pay for their mistakes?

General Comments:

I love the car, Sorry I had to spend so much money on it with hidden costs. But now I'm kind of attached to it.

I think I'll buy a FORD and put this in the garage for my granddaughter's 16th birthday.

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

Review Date: 10th December, 2002

13th Jun 2006, 19:16


"But why when the dealership knows there is something wrong why don't they give a warning or at least try to help pay for their mistakes?"