1996 Renault Laguna RN 1.8 8v from UK and Ireland


Reliable family car that's easy to live with


Power steering pump went 1 month after buying the car, but was easy to fix with pump from a written off Laguna.

Water pump went with style at about 130,000 miles.

Had the cam belt changed at 140,000 miles by a Renault specialist for £220 all in. Renault wanted nearly £600 saying I needed a special kit for mine? Um yeah right.

Judders occasionally, but I think it is the distributor cap that needs changing. Mine has a single coil, not the 4 pack.

General Comments:

Extremely reliable and comfortable car. Loves the motorways; cruise's at 90mph and is near silent with a bit of road noise.

I fitted the leather interior purchased from eBay. I would never go back to cloth seats; the leathers are just too comfy. With 3 different electric adjustment controls, they can be moulded into any position.

I use my car everyday, and I do find it a bit thirsty round town, giving about 30mpg, but as soon as she's on the motorway, WOW. I had 49Mpg @ 85mph. 130 miles on a tenner's worth of juice, but this was when fuel was 87.9p/litre.

It has most of the modern refinements; electric windows, spacious interior and well laid out dash.

The RN model is bottom of the range. I did own an 2.0RT which had electric windows, sunroof and mirrors, but I found the sunroof made it a bit noisy, plus it broke during the winter; frosted up and snapped the runners.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th January, 2008

31st Oct 2011, 07:00

I have just put a deposit on a 1996 Laguna 1.8 8v RT, and was hoping to find some comments on this model - ie, good points/bad points???

As I have owned Fords for many years, I thought it is time for a change... I do know that the Lagunas were in British Touring Car Championship during the 1994-1996 seasons, and did very well, competing against Ford, Volvo, BMW... hence my interest in this car!!!

1996 Renault Laguna 2.2D 2.2 diesel from Lithuania


A wonderful diesel!..


Power steering belt and motor worn out.

Interior lights (computer, climatronic) not working.

Front suspension knuckles worn out and loose.

Interior materials unstuck.

General Comments:

I bought the car from France with a purpose to sell it. I am a car dealer. :)

Though I had a chance to use it just for a few days, I fell in love with it immediately.

First - the comfort. I've driven Mercs, Beemers, Audis, soft American Chryslers, but none of those impressed me as much as Laguna. Except for the Safrane, it's the most comfortable car of this size, year and price I have ever come across! The suspension, the sound insulation, the fat and soft velvet seats... it's just amazing. You could rest better driving this car than sleeping!

Secondly - the engine. It was a 2.2 litre diesel, no turbo. Power about 80-85bhp (don't remember exactly). It's a sweet engine. When I first got into the car, I thought it had turbo! The performance was almost equal, except the blowing sound. This Renault engine is great. The economy, the power, the torque, the reliability, when everything sums up, it doesn't end up anywhere, but great. Believe it or not, I did almost 120mph with it! (3 people inside)

The electrics of course is not a proper place to talk about French cars... But in this one, there was nothing serious, exept a few burned out interior console lights.

Performance is not worth talking either, because it was not built for this. You have to be an idiot to take it to the track, or the bad boy night street drags with Calibras, Beemers, Civics and Golfs. Though I out dragged a Mazda 323F with 1.5/1.6 engine. :) Talking more seriously, the car performs well. You can feel where it's going, it goes where you point it.

All in all, it's a quite reliable, comfortable, spacious, cheap to run, quite good looking car that can be used in various situations.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th November, 2007