The Plmouth Laser is a joke. Nothing but problems. Everything from the headliner falling down to the - put it to you this way $#@^@&$#*$ valve job, 2 timing belts, electric fans stop, new radiator, electrical this, that, everything.
Alarm, powersteering pump, 3 starters, alternator, broken exhaust.
Great for the turbo, very uncomfortable. Wouldn't buy it or either of its sister cars.
The Plymouth Laser is no import!!! What are you talking about!!! An import is a car imported from another country. Hence the name import!!!
Mine is an 2.0L 5 Speed with turbo and it is the dream car to race this damn thing is fast!!!
91 2.0 non-turbo here. Great car with no interior defects, really strong engine. Until I hit 142,000 miles.
Front tranny seal blew, and was leaking tranny oil like crazy. That was not even 2 months ago. Since then I've gone through 3 output shaft seals on the passenger side, 4 on the driver's. 2 rear main engine seals, 3 oil pan gaskets, and well over $100 in fluids alone. Now the front tranny seal blew AGAIN.
I am a mechanic, and have never seen transmission problems like this car has. I personally have seen trannies have problems on 10 other DSM owners' cars.
Oh and FYI, this car is Mitsubishi to the core. Sorry to anyone who wants to believe it's domestic. Manufactured in Normal, IL along with the Eclipse, Talon, Galant, Stealth, and 3000GT from 90-94. The design is completely Japanese. That's why, on 90-94 Talons, Lasers, and Eclipses, there are no differences except for the badging.
I got my 1991 Plymouth Laser last year for my 16th birthday. It is a five-speed, turbo and all it is is trouble. every two weeks something else is wrong with it and now I have to buy a brain for it. It is so hard to find the right brain without having to spend a ridiculous amount. Parts for it should be easier to find and buy.
I just got a 90' laser turbo it is a 5 speed, its very
"fast and furious". the only problem is the headliner it won't stay up. and I can't get it out. if you have any assisting comment please leave a comment.
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I have a 91 Mitsubishi Eclipse and I think it would smack any stupid Laser. And as far as the guy who said that the Laser was an Eclipse to the core, if that were so then the car would be called an Eclipse not a Laser. I admit the Laser has some Mitsubishi parts in it, but that's because dumb old Plymouth couldn't come up with something of their own and anyway Mitsubishi is cooler than Plymouth and faster.
From: sk8r bill.
I have a 90 laser and I love it. Yeah it has problems, but so does every car out there. It has beaten a V8 before and when I get to about 120 on the highways things go by very quickly like all of the camaros and vettes I pass. My starter went out yesterday, but you people need to realize that it's a car, things go wrong. Don't say the car is a piece of crap because you are too lazy to put any effort into fixing it. That's all I have to say.
I'm the one who wrote the comment on the 91 laser with the blue pin stripes. My timing belt went almost a year and a half ago and no my engine or anything else was not damaged. I had the base SOHC engine and the belt snapping doesnt screw anything up. I had a fight with a mechanic over it, he tried to tell me I needed a new engine. I had to demand him to do some sort of compression test and guess what he was wrong. I sold it to my friend and its still running strong with 197,000 miles on it and guess what. I'm buying it back from her in a few months. So ill have a 93 Dodge Stealth (Mitsubishi also) and my 91 Laser home together. These cars are definatley worth your money if you take car of it.
I bought my 93 laser 2.0 and already I have had to spend $600 on my cooling system alone. I had to replace the thermostat, water pump, timing belt, and some other belt. now, less than a month after I got that fixed my tranny is going out. already lost reverse and 4th, and I can her my bearing going to. yeah this car has problems and that ain't nothing a little money can't fix, but it makes up for it in the speed and the acceleration.
I have a '90 Laser with the turbo. I had to rebuild the engine at 120,000 because of a blown rod-bearing, and luckily I could do it myself or the shop would have charged way too much. Ya, the headliner needs fixing, new paint, and new tires. But I only paid 900$ for it and since I did the engine it's the sweetest thing on the road... especially with that turbo! Definitely worth the work I already did, and I have to!
89-94 -- 1G DSM. People, please, stop speaking if you know nothing.
The Mitsubishi Eclipse, Eagle Talon, Plymouth Laser and Chrysler Laser are all the EXACT same car! There are ABSOLUTELY no differences. They ALL came in 1.8 SOHC, 2.0 DOHC and 2.0 DOHC Turbos. Would you like to know the differences? Sure. Badges. The badge on the steering wheel under a piece of acrylic, the badges on the front and rear bumpers. The front and rear bumpers were SLIGHTLY different on the Talon and Laser from the Eclipse.
89-91 Had pop up lights.
92-94 Had static lights.
Mechanically, there are no differences between the cars whatsoever.
1.8 Single-Cam engines are 100% NON-Interference, which means if your timing belt snaps, you DO NOT bend your valves!
92-94 2.0 Turbo engines (7 bolt) are prone to Crankwalk, but the 89-91 Turbos ARE NOT.
There is the answer to all your wrong posts, this is fact. That's life. Deal with it.
Heh heh here I am the same guy who originally made this review. I wound up totaling my 1993 dodge stealth back in 2004 which was sad. I got a 1994 Maxima afterwords which sucked. now I went back to my roots in December of 2004 and bought a 1995 Eagle Talon AWD turbo. You all have obviously read the above post and know that the talon is a sister to the laser. I bought it with 105,000 I have 150,000 right now and it rocks, BUT I still miss my Laser. My friend who I sold it to wound of getting into 2 accidents and it finally was donated for taxes at 207,000 miles. I have learned that this cars kick major butt and its soo messed up how nothing as small, sporty and powerful and economical will be made again. these cars are a part of history, I have no doubts my Talon will last to well over 200,000 miles. Mitsubishi motors rule!
I just purchased a 1991 Plymouth Laser, I am trying to figure ou what the problem is when the engine is cold the engine goes up and down almost like if there is a vaccume leak. Does any body have any idea what this might be?
If you go to any auto store and buy the roll of carpet they sell for 12.00-19.00, you can use that in your head liner; just get all of the foam rubber off first, then spray glue (3M works best), lay it on, then lift up a few times until you get a stringy effect, then lay it back down, rub it flat, cut your holes if you put a few stitches in the middle, and it will stay forever. It has in all of my cars and trucks, and it looks nice, but is cheap to do.