1993 Plymouth Laser Reviews

1993 Plymouth Laser RS Turbo AWD 2.0 DOHC turbo from North America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.0 DOHC turbo Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired127000 miles
Most recent distance142000 miles
Previous carNissan 240SX

Summary:

Sporty looks, great performance and handling, great car for the money

Faults:

Alternator went out at 138,000 miles.

Back hatch actuators are prone to failure, so the hatch won't stay up.

Headliner is sagging badly.

The factory paint job isn't that great.

General Comments:

This is a very quick, fun car, and the best handling car I've ever driven.

Very comfortable for two people... back seat is practically unusable, though, except for small children.

Takes premium gas..can be an expensive car to drive!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st October, 2005

1993 Plymouth Laser RS 2.0 turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired94000 kilometres
Most recent distance123000 kilometres

Summary:

She is a good little car, sporty and fast

Faults:

The water pump blew at 109, 000 kilometers.

The timing belt was replaced at 109, 000 kilometers.

The coolant temperature sensor was replaced as well at 109, 000 kilometers.

The pipe from the turbo is leaking due to corrosion.

General Comments:

This car is fast and the horsepower is there when you need it.

The all wheel drive along with the turbo is an unbeatable combination.

The cabin is comfortable and the seats are as well.

Excellent handling.

The engine compartment is a little tight, but I have fun working on it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd April, 2003

1993 Plymouth Laser RS 2.2 from North America

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1993
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.2 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance126000 kilometres
Previous carPlymouth Horizon

Summary:

A lemon with moderate performance

Faults:

The car is dark green; the paint on most horizontal surfaces has oxidized so badly, the car appears to be green and white now.

There is a large rust spot on the back left quarter panel and small rust spots all over the roof.

The electronic idle motor failed and that was very expensive to have repaired.

The pulley that runs all the belts is a two piece pulley; it broke and then broke the timing belt cover. Both had to be replaced.

The hydraulic cylinder in the clutch failed.

The car was delivered with a dent in the left rear quarter panel; the dealer sent me to a body shop in Calgary that was out of business.

When I took delivery, the low gas light was on - I had to buy gas just to be able to drive it home.

The switch on the driver's side to activate the interior light when the door opens has not worked properly since I bought the car - it usually sticks and requires manual intervention to activate it.

I do not smoke and rarely use the cigarette lighter; it is only used to power a hand held ham radio. Recently, I noticed it was loose and I discovered that it had literally fallen apart. (I would like to meet the engineer who designed the location of this device; it must have been quite a party).

The power mirrors quit working within months of the warranty expiring.

The screws have become loose on the trim along the driver's side door.

General Comments:

I have written to Chrysler several times and have been ignored every time.

My wife drives a Maxima and it is a truly wonderful car.

I will never buy another car from Chrysler.

Turning on the air conditioning as I drive down the road feels like I pulled on the emergency brake.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 25th March, 2003

31st Mar 2003, 11:24

This is my 17 year old daughter's first car to get her back and forth to college. Purchased it privately for $850 less than a month ago. It broke down 40 miles from home. Stopped running and wouldn't start. Sounds like it is going to start, but doesn't. Pushed it to a nearby shop a couple of blocks away (thank god it's light). Mechanic says we need an MPI Control Unit which refurbished costs about $500-$600. And, yes, we were told it is a Mitsubishi and would cost a whole lot more from the dealership. We are now looking in Salvage yards where it should cost us about $325. Apparently, the Idle Speed Control Servo is bad (costs about $100-$200) and that is what caused the MPI to fry. I think we are going to get it fixed and pray for the best. Overall though, my daughter loves her little Laser RS!

4th Apr 2003, 19:31

Hmmmmm...I have a 94 RS and I love it. It has cost me a few bucks here and there, but no more than any other car I have owned. This car has really been a lot of fun for me to drive and I will be keeping it for a longgggggg time. I guess cars are a lot like people... most are good, but you get the odd bad apple (lemon) once in awhile. I am sorry to here that you are having so much trouble with a car that I think is really great. :o)

Tony.

4th Jul 2003, 02:42

I have a 94 rs with 200'000 miles on it. I have owned it for a year and do a lot of driving I traded into the car about a year ago and since have put about 75,000 miles on it and replaced a starter throttle positioning sensor and a tierodend much less than any other car I've owned. I will definitey keep this car for a long time.

18th Mar 2004, 14:45

Hey man, don't blame Chrysler, Mitsubishi is the company who makes all the mechanical parts for the Laser.

Average review marks: 6.2 / 10, based on 8 reviews