1999 Renault Laguna Reviews - Page 2 of 5

1999 Renault Laguna Euroline 1.8 16v from Sweden

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.8 16v Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired65000 kilometres
Most recent distance70000 kilometres
Previous carCitroen Xsara

Summary:

High quality, comfortable and smooth

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong.

General Comments:

Interior design is light, spacious and both the front seats (both has adjustable lumbar support) and the back seat are very comfortable. It's easy to reach the controls and everything works well. Trip computer is easy to understand and gives good information.

The automatic climate control has so far worked very well, even when it has been freezing cold outside. The anti-mist defroster function works well. The controls for heated seats are positioned at the side of the seats and it's hard to reach when sitting and it's impossible to see them, thank God there's an indicator in the instrument cluster which tells the on or off status.

It's a smooth and comfortable drive and it gives good economy, under 7,0 l per 100 km on motorway, fully loaded with passengers and heavy trunks in the boot. Quite impressive for a car of this size. 120 hp/DIN doesn't make it a sports car, but it has enough power for safe overtaking. I've never felt it being underpowered. Engine sound is low. Overall the car is very quiet.

The factory fitted Philips CD stereo works, but the sound is a bit thin - especially in the bass. I'm thinking of replacing both the speakers and the electronics with better stuff in the future.

I'm very impressed with the car, it's enjoyable and relaxing to drive, has a spacious boot and roomy cabin. I have a "fully loaded" Euroline version, only thing missing is a cruise control. Everything works well and I'm very happy with my Laguna.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th March, 2005

1999 Renault Laguna RXE 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.9 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired58000 miles
Most recent distance80000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Golf

Summary:

It is a great all rounder

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

It's a limo a sports car a load lugger spacious comfortable and very economical. The seats are a little on the soft side, but the overall ride comfort is great.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd February, 2005

1999 Renault Laguna RT Sport 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 miles
Most recent distance75000 miles

Summary:

Puts more executive, expensive, larger engined cars to shame

Faults:

Break fluid leaked slowly over 1 month.

General Comments:

The only impression that is instilled in this car from older French cars is its charm and beautiful curves. None of the floppy suspension or subdued performance. A comfortable cruiser, composed in the city, in the country and on the wide open motorway. My Laguna is the envy of my friends, and its hard earned at the age of only 18. It was though, one of the few large cars I found it even possible to be insured on. Fuel too, is easy on the old wallet thanks to the cheap, though by no means nasty 1.6. The performance puts 1.8's to shame and satisfies even my fathers hard line 2 liter plus syndrome, even he sees this as no small time performer. Renault made a massive improvement on the pre-98 cars 8v engines when they introduced the 16v engines. The new 1.6 with it's 110bhp is statistically significantly faster than the previous 95bhp 1.8. Possibly with my little experience in motoring I'm easily pleased, but my Laguna is my pride and joy and isn't leaving my driveway for a long time to come.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th August, 2004

29th Dec 2006, 08:25

I have had a Laguna for a few years now. Yes, agreed things can go wrong, as can with any vehicle. My starter motor went and I purchased one from a scrap yard from a 1999 vehicle for £40 and it was fitted for £20. You have to shop around when repairing or replacing parts for Renault and if you buy one, ensure it has a full service history or you could be in for trouble. Avoid high mileage vehicles unless you know someone in the trade who can help with repairs etc.

21st Jun 2007, 19:38

My Laguna 1.6 Alize 1999 (T) also leaks brake fluid from the rear drum brake wheel cylinder, common.

I agree that it's a great car and despite a few faults (which other makes get as well as Renaults) it's a bargain car with good performance and great looks - I like its looks better than my Mondeo V6 I had before, It's a graceful, streamlined car, unlike Renault's latest offerings (ie the UGLY Megane - shakin an ass! and the even uglier Avantime and Vel Satis).

Insurance is a lot cheaper as well. (Group 11)

Don't under estimate the punchy 1.6 16v engines - they are better than you might expect - even in a car this size.

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