2002 Renault Laguna Dynamique 1.8 from UK and Ireland
A luxury cruiser for small hatchback cash
Remote central locking didn't lock front passenger door when new.
Slight buzzing from stereo.
Dealer quickly sorted out.
I thought long and hard about getting this car. Especially as I had my heart set on a Golf - but really glad I did.
Not only do you get much more room and electric toys to play with, but the auto box is a lot smoother and gives you the option of semi auto - which is fun on bends.
The spec is much much better than on the Golf I was looking at - and the design is well thought through - with more places to put things.
Unlike VW dealers, Renault main dealers are happy to talk discount. There are also some really good deals around at the car supermarkets - although some are Irish spec. Do your own jokes!
My advice: contact a UK car broker like Carfile (see back of What car) and get them to quote you a price. Then either order through them or play that off your local dealer.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 17th November, 2002
2002 Renault Laguna Privilege 1.9 dCi turbo diesel from UK and Ireland
This car is so unreliable it is dangerous both to the driver and other road users
I purchased the car on 01 March 2002. After one day (on 02 March 2002) and 274 miles the fuel injection warning system activated and the car went into "Limp Home Mode" - that was nice on a busy motorway, with my family in the car.
This "fuel injection warning" then came on every couple of days, making me late for business meetings, social events and work.
After 18 warnings, the type pressure sensor faulted as well.
It is also very uncomfortable with loose, creaking seats.
This car had been returned to the dealer on 6 separate occasions between 01 Mar 02 and 01 Jul 02 and they were completely useless. Now they deny that anything is wrong and have deleted my records from their computer system so that they don't have to say how often I had been back for repair!
The car has not been used since early July 2002.
I took deliver of a brand new Renault Laguna dCi on 01 March 2002. It broke down on 02 March 2002 - and continued to break down 17 times more before I stopped using it.
I have just received my "independent engineers report" and it clearly states that Renault Technical Department are fully aware that a batch of Renault Laguna dCi models were delivered with a major fault.
There has been no recall notice and Renault have kept this fact secret from the General Public. I think this information should be made known to the buying public - so they don't get stuck with a pile of junk, as in my case.
Needless to say, the dealer, the HP company and Renault UK Limited are all "keeping house". So, my solicitor is proceeding to take them all to court to recover my money.
If you want to know the outcome of the court case, please let me know.
You are welcome to view any or all of my supporting evidence.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 26th October, 2002
12th Jan 2003, 17:14
I have had a very similar experience to Simon. My Renault Laguna is the same model and it has been plagued with minor faults. Renault Customer Service do very little apart from making the odd sympathetic noise and sending a few "dealer vouchers" to use at their overpriced outlets.
27th Jan 2003, 12:41
Thank my lucky stars! I was choosing between the Laguna and Primera. In the end, I chose the Primera T-Spec - the wife is happy I don't annoy her now :-)! Lots of toys to keep me occupied! Maybe the site operators should consider sending these comments to Renault in France. So many customers all complaining of poor dealership service can't be wrong!