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FORD LASER Used Car Review

Pros

Cons

  • Practical, good-quality interior for class
  • 1999 model improved Laser in key areas
  • Base models had limited features
  • Later models imported from Japan rather built locally
  • Torque steer of front-wheel-drive TX3
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.
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Overview of the Ford Laser

Overview of the Ford Laser

FORD LASER GENERATIONS (SINCE 1994)

1994-1999

1999-2002

RUNNING COSTS

Fuel Consumption

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.

Servicing

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.