1994 Renault Laguna Reviews - Page 3 of 5

1994 Renault Laguna RT 1.8 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.8 petrol Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.2 / 10
Distance when acquired54000 miles
Most recent distance65000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Nova

Summary:

Good family car if you can find a reliable one

Faults:

Heated rear windscreen has packed up.

Petrol gauge does mot work.

No hot air from blowers, although the thermostat works and both in and out pipes are full of hot water.

Very dodgy alarm and immobilizer.

General Comments:

The car is lovely to drive, and is very comfortable, the boot is spacious and there is plenty of front and rear legroom. However there are too many faults to list, and the spares are expensive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 18th December, 2002

9th Feb 2005, 04:30

Had the same problem with it not blowing hot air. Had the matrix replaced (at £270!) and it packed in two months later. Hard to find people that will fix it cheaply, and properly!! There is no valve to jam on the heating matrix so it's possible to flush it, which is what I'm about to attempt. Let you know if that solves it.

1994 Renault Laguna RT 1.8 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10
Distance when acquired65000 miles
Most recent distance112000 miles
Previous carRenault 5

Summary:

A good looking comfortable car with reliability problems

Faults:

Reconditioned gear box at 70K miles. (£900).

New clutch at 70K miles.

Two new wheel bearings at 100K.

New steering rack at 110K miles. (£800)

General Comments:

A lovely car to drive and the comfort level is very good.

The boot is very large and the interior is very roomy.

The 1.8 engine is a bit sluggish from the mark.

The main problem with the car is the expensive running costs. Faults seem to occur on a regular basis and Renault parts are very expensive making repairs very expensive. If only the car was more reliable then I think it would be a class leader.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th September, 2002

1994 Renault Laguna RXE 2.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired27000 miles
Most recent distance105000 miles
Previous carNissan Primera

Summary:

Well built, solid car

Faults:

Gearbox completely jammed at 105,000.

Air flow tubing at 85,000.

Alternator at roughly 75,000.

Driver's seat split along edge.

Display bulbs blown to speed-o-meter.

General Comments:

My second Renault, the first whilst at University was a E Reg' 5. I liked this car and still do except that the gearbox has completely failed.

Car is a soft ride so has a lot of body roll, but means that it appears to float.

Performance was quite good - although has now dropped off dramatically.

Seats are softer than I would like.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st May, 2002

14th Mar 2004, 19:24

It 2004 And its just up on the 76K miles mark.

My dealer seam way too high priced, as a major service price of 260 didn't include the cam kit? which was a 273 bang as well. There is a little noise form the OS drive / running gear. but it all seams OK. ABS gives a warning over bumps.

I wish I had read reviews before I made my buy.

I get the poor heating, but my water cooling is full of dirt, why? this must assist the cooling / heating problems.

Mileage is poor and well as the engine power.

Overall a nice car, but its out-weighted by the cost of ownership.

1994 Renault Laguna RXE 2.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.0 / 10
Distance when acquired62000 miles
Most recent distance88000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin 200

Summary:

Good riddance!

Faults:

Rust appeared on the rear wheel arches.

Lacquer started coming off the rear spoiler.

Seal around the sunroof started to perish.

General Comments:

Local dealer not helpful.

Comfortable and roomy.

Good sized boot.

It feels at home in town or cruising on the motorway.

I think I might have bought a 'Lemon'. I haven't noticed the problems I had appearing on other Lagunas I have seen.

Poor mpg. Expensive and frequent servicing.

I was pleased to get rid of it, but value depreciates quickly.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th February, 2002

1994 Renault Laguna RT Sport 1.8 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.8 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired93000 miles
Most recent distance100250 miles
Previous carVauxhall Cavalier

Summary:

A very comfortable car but expensive to run

Faults:

Starting problems with cold engine (finally traced to the starter motor when it packed in eventually).

Failed National Car Test (Ireland) due to perished front brake pipes.

Clutch pedal deteriorates resulting in sticky gear change, especially 1st and Reverse.

Thrust bearing worn (vibration in clutch pedal), so this probably explains the above fault.

General Comments:

Good Points:

The Laguna is an extremely comfortable car to drive. With leather steering wheel/gear knob and firm, wrap-around seats it really is a joy to drive.

On the road it is very quiet, fast and smooth over the bumps and I'll really miss the comfort if I sell it.

Bad Points:

There are 2 large blind spots covered by the front roof pillars and large door mirrors.

The wind screen wipers will always allow streaks to run down the windscreen as they don't pass the 90 degree position.

New Starter motor was expensive (IR£210) when it failed without warning, but the Customer Service at the Renault garage was excellent.

The 1.8 Engine is not economical with figures like 25mpg (urban) and 30mpg for longer journeys.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 9th January, 2002

Average review marks: 6.3 / 10, based on 15 reviews