1998 Renault Laguna Executive 2.L 16v from UK and Ireland


You have been warned!!


The air conditioning unit failed due to several leaks in and around the condenser.

The ventilation fan burnt out completely for no apparent reason.

A vibration (probably common in numerous cars) in the dashboard has started to occur.

The front offside wheel bearing? has been replaced which is almost double the price if you have ABS.

When the air con is in use, the power decrease is annoyingly noticeable. The car almost coughs and splutters.

The front windscreen mists up very quickly when raining and the only way to clear it, is to turn on the sceen heater, which automatically turns on the air con.

All faults which I have had rectified have been extremely expensive.

General Comments:

The ride is generally comfortable and acceleration is reasonable.

Seats are comfortable and there is plenty of passenger space as well as a good size boot.

For an "executive" model, it should have cruise control and an interior boot release, instead of a trip computer mainly full of useless information.

The boot lid is also quite heavy and cumbersome to lift.

Engine reliability (touch wood) has been excellent, however driven at the higher end,it uses an icredible amount of oil.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 12th August, 2003

13th Dec 2003, 05:21

I have a Laguna Executive, I have noticed a puddle of water in the passenger front and rear foot well... Is this the same as what happed to you? Could it be related to the AC?

Your help on this would be very much appreciated.

28th Apr 2005, 16:09

I have a 2.0 16v RT sport, 1 previous owner, 49k miles with Full Renault service history on an R plate (1998)

Good points: Smooth, roomy inside, nice looking and nice to drive, you can get a lot of car for little money.

Bad points: Fuel pump, water pump, starter motor went within 2 weeks of each other. Not complaining as car is 6 1/2 years old. Went into dealer when airbag light came on to get fixed, 2 weeks later and it is back on again! Lots of electrical faults, dealers tend to be unhelpful.

2nd Feb 2007, 04:54

I have a Renault Laguna Dynamique 16v estate, and I keep having the same old problem with the boot. I cannot open the boot or the rear window, and have had to keep taking it back and forth to an engineer to fix the problem.

11th Feb 2007, 09:45

I have a Renault Laguna 1.9 (2002)

In the first month I had to replace the key (£140) and found out that the emergency key unlocks you car, but will not lock it again. I considered spending all night in the car, but eventually decided agaist it.

Second Month Power failure while driving along the motorway. Took it to the dealer and paid £512 to fix it. Next day same problem took it back to the dealer who told me he had fixed it. Two days later same problem again. Now waiting for it to back in for the third time tomorrow.

22nd Mar 2013, 19:25

I had the puddle issue also. I cleared the channels in the sunroof that drain off any water that gets through the sunroof seal, and this solved the problem.

1998 Renault Laguna RTSport 2.0L petrol from UK and Ireland


Outstanding car with patchy reliability


Windscreen washer pump failed at 70,000 miles, the same as my previous Laguna.

The water pump failed at 110,000 miles.

The auto transmission failed at 120,000 miles.

General Comments:

The car was very quiet, comfortable and economical at speed.

The ride, handling, roadholding and brakes were outstanding, far superior to my present Honda Accord.

The 1998 engine is a big improvement on the 1995 engine and again is equal to the Honda VTEC engine with 20% better economy.

The headroom is excellent both front and back.

The visibility, like most cars, did not meet my hopes.

If the auto had not failed, I would have driven it to 200,000miles.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 14th January, 2003