2001 Renault Laguna Expression 1.6 petrol from Greece
Excellent handling / comfort, but very poor build
The side mirrors control button died at 1,000 km.
The air conditioning temperature sensor presents frequent problems so I have to switch to manual. It has been "calibrated" twice with no results.
The power steering lost all of the hydraulics at 25,000 km.
The tachometer malfunctioned at 20,000 km.
The whole instrument panel presented problems at 23,000 km. It has been fixed twice, but is has just died on me again.
The ball joint of the front left wishbone was replaced at 37,000 km.
There is some play of the rack & pinion.
This is a very comfortable and safe vehicle. I drive fast & turn hard everyday going to work and back and the Laguna simply flies! It corners like a sports car without the hassle. It really handles like it's on rails, much better than my previous Peugeot 306.
The quality of build though is very poor. At 38,000 km, 18 months of ownership and absolutely no accidents, the car has been in for service for a total of ten working days, which is in my opinion unacceptable.
It feels better than the Peugeot, but if it goes on causing me trouble. I'll ditch and and never buy any French car again.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 23rd June, 2003
5th Jul 2003, 14:27
Complete PANTS my friend... that's Renault for you, i WILL not be repeating the process... we have a Scenic, and it too has had all the faults, is it really worth it? buy a push-bike instead!!
23rd Jul 2003, 07:06
OK, I'm the owner of this Laguna with news.
The dealer kept the car in for 3 days and finally replaced the whole dashboard panel due to a faulty chip. Even though the car was out of warranty, they covered it because the fault had appeared within the warranty period.
They also replaced the other wishbone too because that ball joint had a problem as well. Also for free.
A new problem now! They steering wheel lost the hydraulic fluid again!!! I am taking it in to the dealer later on this week once more...
The Renault people are friendly, but this car is starting to give me the creeps...