1996 Renault Laguna Reviews - Page 5 of 6

1996 Renault Laguna Baccara 3.0 24v V6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.0 24v V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired86500 miles
Most recent distance88500 miles
Previous carVauxhall Cavalier

Summary:

Comfort and Power in One!

Faults:

Nothing yet... Touch wood!

General Comments:

This car is a true executives car, an extremely comfortable and well equipped vehicle with all those essential toys.. ie. Climate control, Cruise control, electric seats - electric everything!!

An true motorway muncher! Sports mode helps when showing up those boy racers!

Only issue is that due to old engine design this 3.0 V6 is not providing the best power and fuel economy for it's size.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th June, 2003

1996 Renault Laguna V6 Baccarra 3.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.0 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired92500 miles
Most recent distance93900 miles
Previous carFord Scorpio

Summary:

A real 'wolf in sheep's clothing'

Faults:

So far the only faults are with the electric front windows, which only raise or lower by an inch at a time. This may be an easily rectified fault (or not!). I've yet to investigate it fully.

General Comments:

This car surprised me.

I did not realize that they were so fast!

It also stops well, and is very smooth at speed.

The leather seats are very supportive and comfortable, and with all the other standard fittings makes for a very well appointed car.

Far more to these top of the range Lagunas than I ever imagined.

The second hand values are now really low, and therefore they are a bit of a bargain!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th May, 2003

6th Jun 2003, 03:38

Had the same problem with my Laguna Baccara V6, the windows that is... Was fine until I changed the battery, problem lasted for a few days then sorted itself out..

But all in all the best car I've owned, superb car.. will be holding on to this one.. ;-)

2nd Feb 2004, 12:51

I have had my Laguna V6 (R registration) for eighteen months and find it a car on a par with my previous Saab and Volvo vehicles. It has superb comfort with the leather seats, and there are so many electronic features that I am left with only two short - heated front seats and headlamp wipers. It is a very powerful car indeed, but expensive to have serviced and naturally, I imagine, spares are dearer. One of its endearing features is its voice which tells me of any fault or if I have left the lights on. A thoroughly good car. It might be heavier on fuel, but its comfort is well worth the extra expense.

1996 Renault Laguna RT 1.8 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired110000 miles
Most recent distance111000 miles
Previous carSuzuki Santana

Summary:

Comfortable cruiser with a few niggles

Faults:

Usual puddle in the rear foot well.

Faulty brake light caused the dashboard lights to come on when braking and the engine to continue to run if you turned off the ignition with the brake pedal down. Only cost £1.30 to fix, though.

Clock stopped working.

Probably had an earthing fault somewhere.

General Comments:

Really enjoyed the car.

1.8 went pretty well, much quicker than my 1.8 Mondeo.

Electrical niggles.

Comfortable drive and you can keep a goldfish in the back.

Changed it for a Laguna 2.0 RT auto - not as quick off the mark, but tighter suspension. Are there any cheap ways of getting the serv light to go out?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th March, 2003

1996 Renault Laguna RTi 1.8 8v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.8 8v Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired90000 miles
Most recent distance98000 miles

Summary:

Solid family car with looks at a good price

Faults:

Not much in the 8 months of ownership has gone wrong.

Bonnet cable stretched, absolute nightmare! Required taking a high proportion of the front bodywork off. Renault Dealer wanted £65 for two new lock mechanisms. Breakers did it for much less.

Clutch will soon need replacing, which requires the engine to be taken out to get to it.

Clutch cable is stiff and has to be well greased regularly.

General Comments:

The car in general is good. The unrefined engine is the one part that lets it down. The acceleration is quite slow, and the engine has very little poke. The 8V version has a great deal of torque however.

The handling is pretty good for this size of car, it holds the road quite well, although a little stiffening up would be desirable.

Most suited to long motorway driving where this car really feels at home. Very comfortable to do long distances in.

Average fuel economy (Low 30s in town driving - Motorway is good at 45-50mpg).

Renault dealers are overpriced, stick to finding parts and getting work done elsewhere.

DIY on this car is not easy, and everything seems to need something else taken off before you can get access.

Not sure that Renault build quality is the best, certainly no match to the other two household Audi's.

Looks good for a family hatch, although the interior does look rather dated.

Lots of boot space as well as ample room in the back for 3 adults make this a cheap family car.

Used prices are rock bottom. Certainly a LOT of car for your money.

It's worth hunting for the RT spec, as Air conditioning is a godsend when stuck in traffic jams on hot days.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th August, 2002

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 25 reviews