1997 Renault Laguna RT 2.0 8v from UK and Ireland


Just goes on and on! Great!


Rear brake cylinders leaked after 156k, cost £60 to fix including rear drums.

Ignition coil went resulting in a misfire, cost £40 to fix.

Heated screen stopped working due to burned out wire, piece of cake to repair.

Failed MOT on drivers side ball joint, which cost £8 for the part then I fixed it myself, (with the help of a mate!)

Apart from that, no other faults for a car I have owned and used daily for over a year, even with the high miles!

General Comments:

This car has been great for the time I have owned it, starts first time everytime with no effort at all. The above faults didn't break the bank at all, and the car just seems to go on and on!!

The engine and gearbox are still running fine, 2.0 engine is nippy and quick when you need it to be (unlike unreliable 1.8 engines). I change the oil every 4k just to keep it sweet!!

All electrics work as they should, apart from the heated rear screen (which I hardly use anyway), but this was easily fixed with 20 minutes - two wires meet at a junction box in the boot, they had just burnt out where they meet, so I cut the ends off, and reconnected them using a block connector, job done.

The cabin is roomy and attractive with a good layout of the controls. It's a very comfortable car, so comes in handy for those long journeys! The boot is massive and there's plenty of room in the back.

All in all, a very good car, far better looking than the Vectra, Pug 406 and Mondeo, would definitely buy another.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th July, 2006

31st Mar 2007, 12:58

In spite of not disliking the Laguna, I have to say that the 406 Peugeot is a nicer to look at.

You have to agree on that,no?

1997 Renault Laguna RT Sport 1.8i 8v from UK and Ireland


I love driving it!


Nothing unusual - Radiator leaked at 85000 or so miles.

Both rear brake pistons leaked, but this was at over 100,000 miles.

The thermostat stopped working at about the same time as the radiator leaked.

Both drain plugs for the sunroof clogged up so water leaked into the cabin.

Wiring for the front fog lights gave a small bit of trouble.

General Comments:

It is a quick car. I've gotten 128 mph from her! I do about 105 miles a day so this keeps it lively.

114,000 miles and its not burning/using any oil between services.

Its very comfortable and as far as I know the original shocks are still on it!

It's a well speced car, remote central locking, ABS, electric windows, sunroof & mirrors. 6 disc cd changer with finger tipped controls on the steering wheel.

I still get about 41/42 mpg from her.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd March, 2006

26th Jul 2009, 08:47

I have a 1998 rti 2.0 sport, my fog lights do not work, have checked the fuse and bulbs, in what manner has the wiring given you some problems, I tried to look at it myself but I'm built like a small country, not made for fiddling in tight engine bays.

26th Jul 2009, 17:38

Have you tried taking the actual foglights out and cleaning the connections?

They can be removed from under the front bumper; I had the same problem on my 2000 Clio 172, they're an absolute bugger Renault lights for collecting muck on the contacts and cutting out. Had the same problem with my rear numberplate bulb.

1997 Renault Laguna RT 1.8 from Italy


Comfortable cruiser if you can live with handful of minor malfunctions


Water pump produced strange noise, and was replaced at 27 Eur total cost, when it was 160000km on the clock.

Back door leaks still present. However, when back door window is slightly open, water goes somewhere else, but inside the car! Might consider drilling the hole in the door...

Central lock broke after few months, door lock rotates few times prior to catch. For some reason the engine is not coded, hence lock issue does not bother turning on.

General Comments:

Comfortable family car was a must, and this turned to be great purchase.

After 70.000km in last 2 years (218.000 on the clock) there was no major problem. Wonder for how many more kilometers though :-)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st December, 2005