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Reliable Used Ford Laser Cars
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The Ford Laser is a great starter car for students and young professionals on a budget. The models were manufactured from the 1980s up until 2003. Restyled from the Mazda 323 after Ford acquired a stake in the company in the late 1970s, the Laser quickly outsold Mazdas in Australia, and came to be seen as reliable and affordable sedan or hatchback cars.

The KN Laser, introduced in 1999, was the final new shape produced and the most likely model to be found in used car markets at the moment. Closely based on the Mazda 323, it resembled the KE model that was released in 1985. Although the Laser hatchback replaced the Escort in the early 1980s in Australia, the sedan was known as the Meteor, and marketed as a separate vehicle until the introduction of the KE.

In 2001, the KN became the KQ when a new grille and chrome moulding, new headlights, taillights, a new palette of exterior colours and new interiors were added. There was also the addition of the top-spec SR2 to the line-up, which was a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder sport Laser available in hatchback only.

The Laser SR2 was upgraded in 2002. The LXi model was fitted with a 1.6-litre engine, the GLXi and SR had a 1.8-litre engine and a 2.0-litre engine was fitted in the SR2. The Laser’s reliability, longevity and economy gave it a good reputation in the marketplace, paving the way for the Focus, which would go on to become a top-selling Ford, in Australia and around the world.

The Ford Laser continues to be available in used car listings where it’s possible to buy variously priced Lasers in excellent condition, from dealerships as well as private sellers.