2001 Renault Laguna Dynamique 1.6 from UK and Ireland


Worth buying if it runs OK


Sensors broke on wheels.

Back brake calipers broke.

Engine stopped, but as far as we know, the cam belt is OK.

Stopped at traffic lights, pulled away in 1st gear, not doing more than 5 miles an hour, and engine cut out, all lights come on, but no rattling noise from the engine. We would like to know what the problem is? So many people say it's different things wrong with it. I was quoted £2000 from a mechanic, but that's more than the car's worth.

General Comments:

It's a really comfortable car; even taken it abroad. There are so many things we like about the car; we don't want to get rid of it. It's more comfortable than any English car we owned.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 3rd July, 2010

2001 Renault Laguna Dynamique 1.9 from UK and Ireland


This car is not built to last!!


Tyre pressure sensors always on.

Wheels buckle.

Over revs on start up and sticking throttle.

General Comments:

The Dynamique was made with poor alloy wheels. I had flat spots on two alloys. This is commonplace, according to my local tyre company.

It now has a throttle problem, and will over rev on start up disabling the car. The problem comes and goes.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 16th February, 2010

2001 Renault Laguna Dynamique 1.9 dCi turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


Woudn't buy another


A smart looking, top of the range car, which was amazing to drive. 125mph top speed took me all over Europe twice, approx 50mpg when driving sensibly, loads of toys on it, and a sunroof, which was just great.

But reliability, my god!!!

I owned the car three and a half years, and during that time, it went through two key cards, two burnt out heaters, both times in the middle of winter.

All the suspension replaced, track rods, a burnt out clutch, just ate tyres. Hated the cold; obviously built for the South Of France!!

Loved the look of it; all my friends thought it was beautiful. The body was pristine, but not one of them wanted to own it.

It cost me approx 3k in bills, and even after all that, there was always a sensor light flashing; either tyres, engine management, overheating warnings, the little car diagram suggesting lost wheels or servicing needed, even if just done. This flashing without reason just drove me bonkers!!

The garage just gave up trying to fix it. Every time I took it in, they just said buy Japanese or German mate, so in the end I did.

General Comments:

Two key cards.

Four springs.

Wheels bearings x four.

Track rods.

Burnt out clutch.

Heater x two.

Broken bonnet lock.

Sensors always flashing.

Deformed tyres.

Collapsed suspension.

Lovely to drive when working.

Very quick and responsive.

Felt safe.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th February, 2010

21st Mar 2010, 10:02

I have, to my great regret owned a Renault Laguna for a number of years. The reason I have held on to the car is that from literally day one expensive faults emerged, and I felt stupidly that I would wait until everything was sorted out, before replacing it with a proper car.

The current fault has my garage perplexed, and they seem to adopt a trial and error approach, despite having the latest electronic diagnostic equipment. This is a very expensive model of automotive repair, but I do not blame the garages attempting to keep Renault vehicles on the road.

I have not listed all the faults here as they are legion and already well recorded.

Last year the suspension collapsed, which could have had serious consequences. The RAC mechanic attending attributed the fault to the fact the car was a Renault.

Nothing else to say, other than that the model should not have been inflicted on the motoring public.

2001 Renault Laguna Sport 1.9 DCI turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


Totally unreliable piece of overly complicated, undependable junk


- Radiator replaced

- Intercooler replaced

- Airmass regulator replaced

- Front shock assemblies replaced

- 4 new tyres required due to broken spring gouging tyre

- Anti-roll bar bushes and links replaced.

- Ball joints done

- Fuel injectors replaced

- Other problems - tyre pressure sensors faulty, passenger electric window faulty, driver's side electric window faulty, key card door opening malfunction, car will not lock in certain places due to radio signal interference, various leaks.

General Comments:

Anyone who reads the above problems and then looks at the mileage on the car when I purchased it, will probably think "well, high mileage etc". I agree, however, with a full service history, a guarantee, and having been checked by a mechanic, I thought, nice car, bit of work required no doubt but worth the trouble. My attitude was partly a result of having known of many people who bought high mileage, well serviced diesels, which then went on to last for years. How wrong I was!

This car has been a complete nightmare, and in less than 8 months, 8000 miles driven has cost me as nearly as much in problems as it did to purchase the car in the first place. It is overly complicated, extremely poor build quality, mechanically and electrically disastrous, and it will break your heart if you buy one. The other reviews show that lower mileage is no guarantee of reliability at all.

Renault, like Peugeot and Citroen, are smart alec show-offs - "look at our great technology, look what we can do", the trouble is, the quality of the parts and mechanisms is too poor to be reliable in the long run.

I will never buy a French car again - and I feel pretty stupid because I always heard French cars were meant to be dodgy, but I thought maybe that's just unfair stereotyping - well it's not. These cars should be allowed to be sold unless subjected to rigorous fault-finding testing that the manufacturers should be forced to pay for (not that that's much good because they'll just transfer the cost)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 28th April, 2008

10th Jun 2008, 00:38

I agree completely with you. This is the worst car I have ever driven. I rented it -it was new: less than 2000kms- and had to change it for another car. It was terrible. Badly made. Pieces fell off spontaneously. Renault did better with the R25, and others R12 in the '70s, etc.

5th Aug 2008, 16:20

We had a Renault (Scenic) yes... it was also ABSOLUTELY RUBBISH, it fell apart.. literally.

I like your 'break your heart' Looks wise FAB, but that is.

Good luck.