1999 Renault Laguna Reviews

1999 Renault Laguna RT Alize 1.6 16v from UK and Ireland

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.6 16v Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired83000 miles
Most recent distance86000 miles
Previous carFord Mondeo

Summary:

Great good looking car, with a superb engine that runs rings round the old 8 valve versions

Faults:

Brakes - Rear wheel cylinder now leaking.

Exhaust manifold gasket leaking slightly, and the rest of the exhaust is not much better. The catalytic converter still original and intact (8 years on).

Heater blower only works on Number 4 (a common fault on Mondeos as well).

Bonnet release catches, left and right side, have both seized, resulting in the bonnet not locking down - this is a very common fault - WD40 frees them, and then spray grease them, unless you want your bonnet opening and smashing the windscreen on the motorway!

General Comments:

It's a very good car for 8 years old, and the above points could relate to any make or model of this age. It's really comfy and good looking - why did Renault spoil these lovely lines to produce the new Megane?

It's a superb engine for its size - the best in its class at 110 BHP for a 1.6, and although it's no Ferrari, it will still reach 118 MPH (on the test track that is!!).

Mine has slightly noisy tappets now, so try Slick 50 to prolong yours, as this car will go on for ages, as the bodywork is still corrosion free (apart from the obvious bits in the underside).

Air-con is great, and all the electrics apart from the blower fan still work OK.

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

Review Date: 21st June, 2007

25th Mar 2008, 18:27

I have a Renault Laguna and I love it, but this weekend I was driving up to Inverness and the bonnet flew open smashing the windscreen and giving me a big old fright!! I was doing 70mph and I was lucky enough to stop without causing an accident. I would suggest to anyone out there with any bonnet catch troubles, to go to your local garage and get it sorted. This wasn't a nice thing to go through!

1999 Renault Laguna Concorde 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland

Model year2000
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired100000 miles
Most recent distance105000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Vectra

Summary:

Comfortable and high tech

Faults:

Front wheel bearing.

Front track rod end.

General Comments:

The faults the car had were sorted by the dealer as part of the purchase.

No new faults at all.

This model has all the bells and whistles, including the talking computer which I thought was a gimmick at first, but is really clever as it even knows when a bulb goes.

Very comfortable, not as quick as my old vectra, but I like this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th August, 2006

1999 Renault Laguna 1.8RT Estate 1.8RT from UK and Ireland

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.8RT Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired89000 miles
Most recent distance106000 miles
Previous carChrysler Xantia

Summary:

Excellent! Quick and economical-lots of toys :-)

Faults:

Very little! Once it went totally mad on start up -all I did was disconnect the battery for 2 minutes and it re-set the ECU - problem solved.

The back seats are very flimsy and poor quailty, but I can live with it.

General Comments:

Paid £2500 for a 4 year old car -has to be the best bargain on the planet (and it came with FULL renault history) 1 company owner. Very comfy and the 1.8 16v engine is very sweet. As a bargain run around it is perfect. Additionally it has all the toys you would ever need, Aircon, CD, Electric Roof etc. I had a look recently to replace it with a £5000 budget, but have decided that I shall keep it for at least another year.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 13th August, 2005

11th Apr 2006, 18:33

Just noticed your comments whilst going through the Renault pages and I don't understand... if you're so happy with the car:

1) Why the long face, and

2) Why would you not have another one?

1999 Renault Laguna 1.9 dti 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.9 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.2 / 10
Distance when acquired105000 miles
Most recent distance120000 miles

Summary:

Nice car to drive, but terrible design fault on the drive belts

Faults:

THE alternator tensioner failed, this caused the belt to snap. Taking the cam belt out as well!this caused lots of damage. About £900 to repair!

Annoying as I replaced the cam belt and tensioners only 2000miles ago.

General Comments:

The car drives nice, quite comfy, but handling is a bit soft. Brakes are very strong.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 20th May, 2005

11th Jul 2005, 13:05

I agree with the auxilliary belt problem, although my Laguna is a 1.8 RXE... back in Feb 04 I had the cam belt changed, and the auxilliary belt was inspected, and looked fine... 3 weeks later, part of the belt stripped off, got caught under the cam belt, and threw it out 2 notches... 8 new valves, and £500 later, it worked fine again.

Today, 16 months later, the new auxilliary belt again partly broke, and part of it went under the cam belt cover... engine died and wouldn't restart...I'm waiting to hear the news, but fearing the worst... : ( (

Definatly my last Renault...

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 22 reviews