1997 Renault Laguna Reviews - Page 3 of 6

1997 Renault Laguna RT 2.0 from UK and Ireland

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.6 / 10
Distance when acquired20000 miles
Most recent distance130000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Vectra

Summary:

Best car by far, gives BMW a run for their money and probably even better

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

My dads actually bought this car in 2000 and it's been a god send. It is coming up to it's 10th birthday next year and there are no signs of rust or scratches. This has been a great car and never broken down. My dad cleans and polishes this car every Sunday and the results are brilliant. It averages about 37mpg which is very good for an engine of this size (2.0). Also acceleration from 0-60mph is about 8 seconds, also I have heard that a car of same spec can keep up with 1.8turbo Audi tt. Pretty impressive with a car of this size. Also great for traveling and towing. If you want a reliable car which features comfort and a real head turner, then this is the car for you.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th May, 2005

18th May 2005, 09:52

The only place a 2.0 Laguna will get near a TT is in your dreams.

You are about a second optimistic in your 0-60 statement. It's actually just over 9 seconds.

BMW's build quality is in a different universe to Renault's.

Hope this helps.

10th Oct 2005, 06:23

This car is very quick and I totally agree with the keeping up with other Audis. This is an understated car and 0-60 is really impressive.

1997 Renault Laguna rt 1.8 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired52000 miles
Most recent distance53000 miles
Previous carPeugeot 106

Summary:

Absolute cracking machine

Faults:

Clutch had just started to slip, but its the original clutch and its now done 53,000 miles. Downpipe on exhaust and leaky fuel filter. Nothing else as yet and nothing unexpected. The things I've come up with are just total consumables... to be expected.

General Comments:

What a car!!..Absolutly stunning to drive, like a sofa on wheels. Complete silence inside, floats through the gears like the were feathers and even returns good mpg. Not too bad on the power ratings either, drop it a gear and it'll deliver!The brakes are lethal! just breathe on them and your stopped.. I often have to give it a rev when its standing still just to hear its still running, its so quiet.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th November, 2004

1997 Renault Laguna RT 2.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired96000 miles
Most recent distance99000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin Rover 214

Summary:

Comfortable Drive

Faults:

The heater matrix pipe had a crack, also the bleed valve was to be missing!

Airbag light won't switch off on the dashboard.

The smell of petrol was everywhere in the car if you drove with your window wound down. This was coming from the boot of the car, where the fuel pump is.

SERV light was flashing on the dashboard, looked in the hand book regarding this error, to find I must contact a Renault dealer immediately. Later on I disconnected the battery then connected it again, this solved the problem.

General Comments:

Very comfortable drive. The car handles well on fast country roads, the horse power is definitely there when overtaking cars.

It's a bit sluggish on startup, but once the car is running, it's a very comfortable ride and always starts first time.

This car is a bargain for what I paid for it, only small niggles here and there. Overall I'm delighted with the car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th May, 2004

17th Sep 2005, 15:41

My seat (the drivers) was broken, so I paid £30 for one off a scrap car. I also had the same problem with the airbag light staying on. I had it reset for £30..

1997 Renault Laguna RT Sport 1.8 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired40000 miles
Most recent distance49000 miles
Previous carFord Fiesta

Summary:

Excepting the heater matrix, a well screwed together car

Faults:

The rear door seal developed a leak shortly after taking ownership.

The heater matrix started to leak after 3000 miles, this had clearly been bodged previously by someone with Rad-weld. Sadly i didnt pick this up when inspecting the car, and this was not covered by the warranty. Cost £191 to replace, including fitting and VAT

The gearbox is notchy.

There is an unidentified oil leak on the engine from one of the pipes. I personally feel this is a ring problem, but the dealer will not acknowledge this.

General Comments:

Considering many peoples comments about the performance of the 1.8, I feel it is quite sprightly. Good for 120 MPH and it accelerates well. Driven normally it returns 35 to 37 MPG. I have no problems towing my caravan with it, though it requires a degree of clutch slipping in order to avoid clutch judder when setting off with a large weight being towed (1200 Kg).

The car is extremely comfortable , and whilst the cloth trim is wearing slightly on the drivers seat edge everything else is working and performing perfectly.

I was quite disappointed by the lack of cup holders in such a large family saloon (none), and also by the failure of the heater matrix at such a low mileage.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd December, 2002

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 27 reviews