2001 Renault Laguna 1.9 dCi turbo diesel from France
Don't let the good looks fool you, it's junk!
Electrical faults, turbo issues, leaking injectors, passenger window quit working, both key cards quit working, door locks work when they want to, passenger seat non adjustable. Rattles and squeaks.
I recently moved to France from the USA, and needed a good family car. The Laguna looked like a good deal for the money. It's a clean, beautiful car with great styling and plenty of features. Unfortunately, it's the biggest piece of crap I've ever owned.
Rides great on the highway, but around town it feels like a bucket of bolts. Goes into limp home mode whenever it wants to, and nobody can figure out why, Renault or independent mechanic.
I should have done more research before buying it, but was in a hurry to get some wheels. I am going to have to lose money selling it now, because my conscience is greater than the guy's who sold it to me. I saw on the news the other day that Renault was laying off factory workers and sending their jobs overseas. Good, they deserve it if this is the best they can do! Lazy jerks!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 19th February, 2012
17th Jun 2012, 14:33
Original reviewer here. Finally got the limp home mode problem with the turbo fixed. I cleaned all of the pipes that connect to the turbo and EGR systems, replaced the EGR valve, unplugged the MAP sensor, went for a short ride, and plugged the MAP sensor back in. The warning light has not come back, and the car runs fine now.
The key cards still won't lock/unlock the doors, and it still rides like a bucket of bolts around town, but at least it goes now.
I forgot to mention before that the front seats won't recline. As I understand it, they never did, because Renault installed a batch of incorrect seats on these things.
Also the stereo quit working until I got the code from the dealer, and the passenger side mirror fell out for no apparent reason.
I still wish I had bought something else.