1997 Renault Laguna RT 1.8 8v petrol from UK and Ireland


Owned since new, pleased with it overall


Water pump replaced at 30,000 miles

Rear exhaust box joint fractured at 40,000 miles.

Rear wheel cylinders leaked, replaced at 50,000 miles

Water temp sensor failed at 50,000 miles

Crankshaft oil seal leaked, damaging cam belt at 75,000 miles

Front bonnet catch replaced at 80,000 miles.

Front disks replaced at 85,000

Front wheel bearing replaced 90,000 miles.

General Comments:

Generally reliable car.

Very comfortable over long distances.

Handles well.

Reasonably quiet.

Engine lacks power, worse with the air con on. Switch off the air con to overtake!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th October, 2002

1997 Renault Laguna RT Estate 2.0 from UK and Ireland


Nice looking bag of rubbish


Heater blower resistor blown=£70 (fitted myself).

Tailgate catch worn (door would not shut).

Immobilizer light flashing continuously (car would not start, this happened twice so far, expensive!).

Rear fog telltale light comes on when indicating right and braking.

Rain leaking into rear passenger foot wells.

General Comments:

Although this car had done a lot of miles when I bought it, it is the lowest mileage car I have owned and have had more trouble and expense with this than all of my other cars (Fords and Vauxhalls) put together.

This was my first Renault and definitely the last.

My local Renault dealers are the most arrogant people I have ever had to talk to. They never ring me back, they don't let me know when the car is ready to pick up. They don't do what they charge you for, then charge you for things you don't need. The invoices are full of errors (i.e my name and reg number).They accuse you of not giving them your phone number instead of admitting they lost it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th September, 2002

10th Dec 2002, 08:17

My 1997 2L Laguna Estate leaks badly at the back, both doors. I have complained to Renault and to 2 dealers and been fobbed-off by them all. According to them no one else has complained about leaks with the Laguna so I'm on my own to sort it out. Why are Renault dealers so arrogant and unhelpful. Must be their Gallic heritage!

13th Feb 2006, 09:47

I recently purchased a used Renault Laguna Estate that was first registered in 2001. Where do I begin with the faults?

1.Battery packed in within a month.

2. Passenger side tyre constantly showing fault, despite having been repaired by Renault Dealer!

3 Dashboard having to be replaced at a cost of £564.94!!

4. Driver's side electronic window having to be replaced at a further cost of £114.00 plus labour!

Extremely disappointed with all aspects of this car. Would not recommend this type of car to anyone. Also, what's the point of a warranty when everything that goes wrong never seems to be covered by it.

1997 Renault Laguna RN 1.8 from UK and Ireland


Top value 7 seater, but dodgy electrics


Generally electrics to rear - middle brake light, rear light clusters, boot light (arcing on the contacts, repeatedly).

Central locking to boot.

Also clock electrics failed.

Steering wheel stereo volume control.

Generally noisier than previous older Cavalier.

Position of stalk and other controls means you can't see them past the steering wheel.

General Comments:

Great value for 7 seater.

Great versatility for holidays, yet far cheaper to buy and run than M P Vs.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd September, 2002

1997 Renault Laguna RT Sport 1.8 from UK and Ireland


A dream to drive


Touch Wood - I haven't had any problems with the car. It was in excellent condition from the dealership.

General Comments:

Very good family car.

Spacious boot.

Fast and reliable road handler.

Good cockpit design.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd May, 2002

1997 Renault Laguna RT Sport from UK and Ireland


Comfortable cruiser, but no power


Back box needed replacement as it was dragging on the ground!

Annoying continuous squeak from some belt or other under the bonnet.

On a very rainy day, Wellington boots are required if sitting in the back seat on the windward side.

A bolt on the left hand side of the driver's seat was missing. I removed the bolt on the left hand side of the passenger's seat and brought it to a Renault dealer and ordered a new one. It was then that I found out that the inner and outer bolts are of different sizes (Doh!)

General Comments:

For a 1.8 engine, it's very sluggish.

Wouldn't beat Del Boy's van at the lights!

Cruises nicely.

Nice cabin controls - electric s/r and door mirrors, radio controls on steering column.

There is no obvious damage or wear on the rear door seals, but you could have an inch or two of water on the floor on a wet and windy day.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th April, 2002