1991 Plymouth Laser Reviews

1991 Plymouth Laser 1.8 liter EFI SOHC I-4 from North America

Model year1991
Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.8 liter EFI SOHC I-4 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired84000 miles
Most recent distance115000 miles
Previous carMercury Grand Marquis

Summary:

Just a great car

Faults:

Started went bad.

Leaked oil.

Valves sometimes leaked oil into cylinders, especially when under hard acceleration.

Radio went bad.

Rear struts failed.

Rear defroster died.

Headliner fell.

General Comments:

I loved this little car.

I got it cheap, and it had some problems for sure. But like any car, especially an older one, if it had been better taken care of, it would have lasted.

I picked it up cheap, and I did most, if not all, of my own maintenance. I'm mechanically inclined, but despite the tightness of the engine bay, it's fairly straight forward to work on.

I had the base engine, which didn't make a lot of power. But I think the O2 sensor went bad at the end of its life and got stuck in an open loop, because it was dumping a lot more gas into the engine to compensate. It wasn't great for the car, but it moved faster. That probably was what killed it.

I drove this car everywhere. I never felt bad about taking it to school in Detroit or to visit friends in Lansing.

In fact, when it died, the rear main seal went on my way to MSU. I didn't know this at the time. So on Sunday, I filled it back up with oil and drive 90 miles with almost no oil. This thing was like an old arthritic dog whose last mission was to get me home.

It was the only car I was ever really attached to, and I miss it. I would get another one, but here in Michigan, people ask way too much for their secondhand cars, and the ones that do exist are usually "pimped" out by some kid who wears Puff Diddly clothes or whatever, and who has usually driven the car into the ground.

But overall, I'd recommend the car. Take care of it, and it'll take care of you.

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

Review Date: 16th July, 2013

1991 Plymouth Laser from North America

Model year1991
Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired208000 miles
Most recent distance276000 miles
Previous carPlymouth Grand Voyager

Summary:

Gas saving awesome machine

Faults:

Alternator went out @ 250000 miles.

General Comments:

Best car I have ever owned as far as service and MPG.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd May, 2008

1991 Plymouth Laser 1.8 EFI from North America

Model year1991
Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.8 EFI Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance112000 miles

Summary:

Overall, a good car

Faults:

The starter went bad around 100,000 miles.

Radio went bad at 85,000 miles.

General Comments:

I really enjoyed the Plymouth Laser. Overall, it handled amazingly well, had decent gas mileage and was the most comfortable car I've ever owned.

It did lack power, but I don't expect much from a 1.9-liter engine. Besides, I bought the car for economy, not speed.

I'm over 6 feet tall, but this is the only car I've had that allowed me to stretch out my legs.

The car did have a few problems, with the major problem being oil leakage and burning. However, I attribute this to the fact it has been sitting for over one year (which is why I will not list these as defects of the car). However, it still ran well. The rear main seal went at 112,000 miles, but again, if it had it been taken care of, I think it would have lasted longer.

I picked it up my mother's friend for only $400, and I more than got my money's worth. I would recommend the car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th May, 2007

1991 Plymouth Laser RS 2.0 from North America

Model year1991
Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.0 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired76000 miles
Most recent distance198000 miles
Previous carOldsmobile Ciera

Summary:

Great!!!

Faults:

Transmission went out at 198,000 miles.

General Comments:

This was a great car. I wish I still had it. It was quick, sporty and got noticed. It was as reliable as they come was well.

After 198,000 miles the transmission went, and I figured it was not worth the cost in fixing it. It's a shame they don't make all the Diamond Star cars anymore, or Plymouth for that matter.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th August, 2006

1991 Plymouth Laser from North America

Model year1991
Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1991
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance82000 miles
Previous carPontiac Fiero

Faults:

Faulty air sensor.

Spark plug blew out twice.

Broken piston or cracked cylinder.

General Comments:

Reliable car for over ten years.

Only had faulty air sensor after about five years..easy fix.

Started to go bad after the first time the spark plug blew out.This happened a second time. Then it died. Mechanic was not sure if piston broke and cost to take apart/fix was as much or more than car was worth.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th June, 2005

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 22 reviews