1997 Renault Laguna RN 2.2RN from UK and Ireland


A reliable mile muncher


One of the coolant hoses failed and all the water emptied out of the radiator within a couple of minutes. This was 1 week after the car was serviced (by a non-Renault dealer) It turned out that the hose was too near a sharp piece of metal and this eventually burst the hose. Renault hoses are not simple "pipes" and this hose assembly had 4 outlets and cost £45 + VAT!

Bonnet catches were worn and had to be replaced. They originally had plastic inserts that would wear out, but the new versions have been modified and are all metal. Bonnet catches are not cheap either and there are 2 (one on each side of the car). These can only be reached from underneath the car and only one is readily accessible. Luckily, the "easy" side failed and the garage repaired the car in around 4 hours.

Paintwork is easily scratched.

General Comments:

The non-turbo diesel engine is economical (but rather slow) and I regularly achieve 550 miles or more on a full tank.

The RN specification is the basic model, but the car still has an RDS stereo with remote volume control etc on the steering column.

The door mirrors provide excellent rear visibility, but they do protrude a fair distance from the side of the car. I've had a driver clipping my mirror when I have been parked in the street (so I sometimes fold them back when I'm leaving the car for any length of time).

The steering and clutch both have a nice weight and "feel" (not too light like some cars).

Even after 122,000 miles, the engine feels sound and there are no rattles in the cabin.

Only bug is the car seems to lose power after 1000 miles of gentle driving and blows soot out of the exhaust. This was only noticed when the "low sulphur" diesel was introduced. I now have to use a fuel additive at every fill-up to stop this happening or drive the car at 4,000 RPM for 10 seconds to clear out the soot.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th April, 2002

1997 Renault Laguna RT 2.0 from United Arab Emirates


High performance, comfort and reliable as long as you do not take it to the Renault Service Centre


Peeling-off paint.

Bumper repairs.


Return to customer condition.

General Comments:

Bumper paints won't last for three months.

Authorized Service Centre in United Arab Emirates gives very poor quality service and lacks observance to the original condition.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 15th January, 2002

1997 Renault Laguna RTi 2.0 16v from UK and Ireland


A lot of car for the money


The driver's air bag is faulty.

The rear door rubbers tend to leak in heavy rain.

The boot fit is poor.

General Comments:

The car is very comfortable.

The boot space and seat fold down variations are excellent and allow a lot of large gear to be carried.

Although 0 - 60 time is not blistering, it will keep accelerating for ever.

The car handles well despite being big.

The electric extras are both excellent and well put together.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th January, 2002

1997 Renault Laguna RT 1.8 from UK and Ireland


Superb long distance cruiser


No major problems.

Did have a leaky rear door which I tracked down to the seal not quite fitting at the bottom. Rather than paying for a garage to look at this, I lifted the seal at the bottom and put in some tape to lift the seal up a bit.

Paint easily scratched.

General Comments:

The gearbox can be a bit of a pain - hard to get into first / second gears sometimes. Also clutch (at least on mine) has very sharp biting-point.

For long distances in summer, the car is brilliant - just turn on the air-conditioner, sit back and cruise; the miles disappear very fast. The boot is cavernous - great for camping trips into Europe.

Fuel economy in town isn't brilliant; but then this is quite a large car.

On the whole though, a difficult car to beat - and slightly more distinctive than the Mondeos/Vectra competition.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd June, 2001