2002 Renault Laguna Dynamique 1,8i petrol


Brilliant drive


Heating in the right-hand mirror defective, fixed at no cost by the local Renault-dealer when the car was nearly 6 years old!

Tyre-pressure warning-system unstable. Fixed at no cost by installing new firmware.

General Comments:

Fantastic comfort - it makes a lot of way more expensive cars look kind of pathetic in comparison. Low noise level, even at high speeds. Dynamique-seats are very comfortable even for tall drivers.

Handling is brilliant, especially when the road is slippery (which is rather normal in the winter-months here in Norway). Efficient ESP-system.

The car is roomy and practical, and it is well equipped. The auto-lock for example is simply genius.

When the car also looks good (especially with 17" alloys.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th January, 2008

2001 Renault Laguna Dynamique 1.8


Comfortable and reliable motoring


The electric heating on the right hand mirror is defective.

Periodically the automatic unlock-sensors on the back doors are unstable. Never a big issue, as the front door senors always work.

Both faults fixed at no cost at my local Renault dealer, even considering the car was about five and a half years old.

General Comments:

When I bought this car, I was told from almost everybody I know that this would be a complete disaster. Luckily for me, no one told my Laguna that it was supposed to cause a lot of problems.

Because after nearly a year of ownership it hasn't caused much headache, despite the Norwegian climate (cold, wet) often can cause problems on cars loaded with electronics. And the few problems that have surfaced, my local Renault dealer have fixed at no cost for me. And they offer excellent customer-service, so I've become a loyal customer (I also have a Volvo V50 that I bought new from the same dealer).

Instead I've enjoyed excellent comfort, very good seats that fit my 187 cm long body perfectly, good economics, loads of space and a lots of practical equipment.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th November, 2007

2002 Renault Laguna Authentique 1.6


Nice driving, poor quality


1. Doors refuse to close when it's cold weather. (Door lock mechanisms replaced, but problem reappears)

2. Different interior details loosened, like ventilation knobs, seat chassis.

3. Corrosion on brake discs (probably due to absence of emergency braking after washing)

4. Injection valve broke

5. Seats and interior trim seems having been used a LOT compared to the relatively low KM.

General Comments:

Very comfortable, with long-journey qualities. Excellent seats, nice suspension, and a POWERFUL 1.6 110 hp engine, low fuel costs. Bad detail quality, and I'm not too confident with reliability. Twice I had to leave the car when it was impossible to shut the doors. The Norwegian dealer is, however, a great experience; next time I'll go for the Volvo, and have the same great dealer and workshop :-)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 30th April, 2005

3rd May 2007, 00:57

How does the car perform in cold weather (except from the door-locks)? I'm considering buying a 2002 Laguna 1,8, and I'm a bit insecure as of how it will deal with the freezing Norwegian climate.

I have a '06 Volvo V50 (great car!) and I share your experiences with the Volvo/Renault dealers, my local dealer is simply the best I've ever come across!

7th May 2007, 01:09

I wouldn't recommend a 2002/2003 Laguna II to anyone, even Renault recently admitted that especially the early Laguna II models are rubbish.

After 3,5 years and 85000 miles my Laguna II felt like it was 15 years old and did 1850000 miles. The very long service record could have been from a 300000 mile car!

The resell value was painful, but now I am happy in my not so sharp looking, but at least very reliable Toyota Avensis.