Overview of the Ford Laser
FORD LASER GENERATIONS (SINCE 1994)
1.6L 4-cylinder: 7.0 to 7.8 litres per 100km
1.8L 4-cylinder: 7.7 to 8.3 litres per 100km
2.0L 4-cylinder: 8.1 to 8.7 litres per 100km
= Highly economical.
= Good economy.
= Average fuel use.
= Heavy consumption.
SIMILAR MODELS TO FORD LASER
WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR: FORD LASER (1999-2002)
The very last Ford Laser went from a locally-made car to an imported one using mostly Mazda 323 mechanical parts.
As such, it's actually quite a reliable car although any vehicle as old as this one must be bought on its own merits - and making broad reliability statements is a risky business.
So, make sure the engine starts easily, idles smoothly and doesn't blow any smoke. Manual-transmission versions should shift cleanly and smoothly with no crunching between gears (especially first and second).
Neither manual nor automatic Lasers should shudder or vibrate during a take-off from the lights and the clutch shouldn't slip in a higher gear going up a hill at highway speeds.
Make sure the temperature gauge stays in the safe zone during the test drive and listen for clicks and clunks during full-lock U-turns as a sign of worn CV joints in the front driveshafts.