2002 Renault Laguna Grand Tour Initiale 3.0 V6 from Netherlands


Very good car for a great price


Surprisingly (if I look at other reviews), very little has gone wrong with our car. On two occasions, the remote for the radio didn't work after starting the engine. Restarting it fixed that.

There have been a few rattles and squeaks, but they've all been sorted out.

Engine doesn't sound as good as it used to, but this will be looked at in the next few days. I still performs as it should (acceleration and fuel consumption are fine).

General Comments:

Overall we have been very satisfied with this car. Build quality is acceptable, though not really up to German standards.

Handling is OK for a sedan. It doesn't really seem to like corners, but is a nice traveler's car.

Biggest letdown is the somewhat quirky automatic, which sometimes has a hard time making up its mind when to shift gears. Presumably this has something to do with it adapting to your driving style, but it doesn't always work that well.

Performance is very good and fuel consumption has been pretty good for such a large engine. It hasn't been hard at all to return less than ten liters for every hundred kilometers, something which can't be said about any of our previous V6-cars (or our Volvo 5 cylinder, for that matter)

Reliability has been perfect and the dealer has been incredibly helpful in resolving the minor issues we've had.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd October, 2004

2002 Renault Laguna Dynamique 1.9 dCi 120 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


Well equipped car, spoiled by poor reliability


Engine management light comes on with limp home mode, stopping the car and restarting usually fixed this (this has been fixed by replacing the glow plugs, 3 of which were faulty).

Starter motor spins noisily without actually turning the engine (has only done this once since the above repair).

Tyre pressure monitors... say no more! Apparently Peugeot use an identical system, but theirs works!

Gearbox (6 speed manual) failed at 34,000 miles, replaced under warranty. The differential collapsed, pushing a drive shaft out, which also damaged a brake disc & brake caliper. That explains why the ABS light came on and the brake pedal fell to the floor when the gearbox failed! The new gearbox has now completed 32,000 miles and is starting to whine in 3rd, 4th & 5th gears. Dealer says there is nothing wrong with the gearbox...

Clutch pedal developed a mind of its own by constantly changing the bite point, usually while stationary in gear waiting to pull away. Eventually the clutch pedal goes flat to the floor; just got car back, having had the clutch master cylinder replaced.

Intercooler cracked (air side, not coolant side) causing a loss of power; it was replaced under warranty.

Keycard failed, replaced under warranty.

Alloy wheels buckled on the inside; these wheels do not like potholes! Also, two different tyre dealers have commented that the wheels (undamaged ones) appeared to be 'oval'. This was observed when balancing them, this doesn't appear to affect the car at all.

General Comments:

I have a 2002 1.9dCi. Fortunately for me it is a company car because it has suffered many faults.

Although I have experienced some really inconvenient breakdowns, some irritating minor faults and some poor dealer service, I like the car a lot.

I chose it for its safety features, its low CO emissions (= low BIK tax), its power (3.0 V6 equaling torque plus 50+ MPG can't be bad), its generous equipment (equivalent spec Mondeo was £2K dearer), and it is a handsome car. I like the way it handles, and its space and comfort.

One thing about frequent visits to the garage is that I have had plenty of opportunity to drive other cars. I must say that I always enjoy getting back into my Laguna.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th August, 2004

7th Jan 2005, 15:16

My experience with my 1.9dci more or less mirrors this. I have had mine for two and a half years and covered 98000 miles. I love the comfort and styling, but reliability has been a major concern. 6 tyre pressure sensors, new turbo and intercooler, new throttle potentiometer, rear suspension bushes, front exhaust, engine management light has come on approx 9 times and all power is sapped... the list is endless!! Just as well this is a company car! I am now up for renewal and have chosen the Toyota Avensis T3X - utter class and unrivalled reliability.

8th May 2011, 15:39

These cars are a nightmare. Avoid at all costs. You have been warned.

12th Jun 2011, 04:59

Does anyone know why I am getting black soot out of the exhaust on my Renault Laguna hatchback 1.9 dCi, and what causes over fueling?

Need help.