2005 Renault Laguna Expression 2.0 dCi 130 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland
Barge like... yes, French... yes!!
"Check injection" light periodically came on along with "check emissions".
One keycard wouldn't start the car.
Rear brake disc seized on after cable needed degreasing and freeing.
Auto lights stayed on permanently.
Auto wipers inoperative.
Piece of French crap? Maybe!! But a good ole workhorse!!
I only bought this as a car as a third car to stuff the dog in the back so our other two didn't get messed up. Bought it for £900 on an 06 55 reg from a trader with a year's MOT on it and a recent service, and managed to sell it for £995 a few months later!! It did about 42 MPG running around locally, and to be fair, apart from the annoying check injection light always coming on, it was pretty much fine.
From reading online, the check injection light was probably just injectors that needed cleaning, and is typical for a Renault of this era.
I found it a very comfortable French barge; it had reasonable in gear pull due to lots of low down torque, and good refinement levels. It handled pretty crap, as in plenty of body roll and breakaway levels in terms of understeer not very high, along with fairly poor damper control, but I didn't buy it for that anyway, that's why I have my other car! Oh, and it was shockingly bad for grip levels in the wet, but that was probably more down to the absolute pants Autogrip tyres fitted to it, which had tons of tread left so I never bothered changing them for something decent like Michelin Efficientgrips.
So if you want a big, cheap to buy, comfy barge with reasonable economy, reasonable performance, and pretty crap handling that has zero street cred and possibly questionable electrics, get one of these!! I should mention that applies to many old rep mobiles you'll be looking to, but for 900 quid!! :D
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th May, 2015