2002 Renault Laguna Privilege 3.0 V6 petrol from Australia and New Zealand


This car is an unreliable lemon!



Smart keys (3 replaced), smart card ignition sounds like a ticking bomb.

Electric seats becoming very noisy.

Battery (replaced 3 times).

Parking sensors (don't work).

Engine mounts.

Oil leaks.

Brake pads.

Cracked seals.


Engine belts.

Coils (5 replacements).

The engine makes a grinding noise when going over bumps.

Thick black smoke has come out of the exhaust pipe on some occasions, and basically everything else mechanically has been replaced.

General Comments:

The car looks great and CAN sound great with a lot of grunt.

However, after almost $12,000 of repairs the car still has problems which are not acceptable. If this is what is happening to the car at 79,000 kms, I am going to hate to see what it will be like after 100,000 kms. The car is unreliable and is basically a lemon!

We are getting rid of it and thinking of buying a Volvo Cross Country (which we should have done in the first place). The car holds its value like a cheeseburger

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 14th January, 2009

2002 Renault Laguna Dynamique 1.9dci from UK and Ireland


A good all rounder


Electric window motor twice, and heater blower once.

General Comments:

My Renault Laguna 1.9Dci Dynamique estate/tourer of 2002 vintage was from day one used as a taxi. It was sold this year 2008 with 160k miles and is still going strong. I changed its oil every 6k miles using decent quality oil, and drove it all weathers with only two electrical glitches: the passenger window motor failed, and the heater blower, all repaired under warranty.

If a car can stand the test of time, then taxi work is probably the best test of the reliability of a vehicle. I only wish my previous car, a Peugeot 406 HDI, were as reliable. I think it's down to how you look after a car; a local dealer said a lot of people buy a car thinking it'll run without proper maintenance, which I think is true.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th November, 2008

2002 Renault Laguna Sport 1.6 from UK and Ireland


Lovely car, but too many problems


2 ignition coils went.

Alternator and fan belt replaced after 50000 miles.

Traction to be done every 3 months.

Steering problems all over; still trying to solve.

Shocks are being to go on the front.

Climate control unit replaced.

On board computer telling my I have 97.4 mpg, and fuel reading goes up; only can use the level to see the level of fuel left.

General Comments:

This is the worst car Renault made in years; even my old Megane 01 was much better, and it had 130000 on the clock.

I have a loan taken on the car, so I can't sell it yet, but in a few months will be trading it in for a Mondeo or Passat. I really wanted the Laguna to work out better, as it was a dream car of mine, but I was disappointed. Now I am stuck with it. Don't buy one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 6th June, 2008

2002 Renault Laguna Dynamique 1,8i petrol from Norway


Brilliant drive


Heating in the right-hand mirror defective, fixed at no cost by the local Renault-dealer when the car was nearly 6 years old!

Tyre-pressure warning-system unstable. Fixed at no cost by installing new firmware.

General Comments:

Fantastic comfort - it makes a lot of way more expensive cars look kind of pathetic in comparison. Low noise level, even at high speeds. Dynamique-seats are very comfortable even for tall drivers.

Handling is brilliant, especially when the road is slippery (which is rather normal in the winter-months here in Norway). Efficient ESP-system.

The car is roomy and practical, and it is well equipped. The auto-lock for example is simply genius.

When the car also looks good (especially with 17" alloys.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th January, 2008

2002 Renault Laguna Dynamique 2.2 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


Let down by poor reliability!!


Drivers side electric window packed up. New regulator fitted.

Intercooler split open, resulting in a lack of power. New intercooler fitted.

Both offside and nearside bottom ball joints and track rod ends wear out very quick.

Key card stopped working.

Car has now developed a tendency to wander and pulls badly to right when accelerating. Told this could be the steering rack. Great!!

General Comments:

What a shame, could be a great car. Very comfortable and a nice car when all is OK, but let down very badly by expensive faults.

Sorry Renault, I won't buy another.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 9th January, 2008