8th Aug 2003, 07:00
I have just swapped a Toyota MR2 Roadster for a Renault Laguna Initiale. Being 8 months pregnant it seemed the safest/most practical thing to do. However. I was driving home just now, and got a warning that the Fuel Injection System was faulty - changing gear to pull away at the traffic lights, there was intermittent power from the accelerator and I had to stick my hazards on and pull over.
I "rebooted" the car and the problem seemed to clear. Can't really do that on a motorway!
The car had only just been safety checked and warranty repaired by a Renault dealer. Luckily it's a company car so all the repairs etc. are taken care of as well as courtesy cars - but first impressions are so far not good : (
Think I would be better off squeezing into my MR2. At least I know it won't cut out in the middle of the motorway!!
13th Sep 2004, 09:04
I own a Renault Laguna 1.9 Diesel. It has a high mileage (140,000) on it and it is very reliable. How many cars do you know that have done this in 3 years? Cruising along in 6th gear is a great benefit. Well done to Renault for designing a great car.
22nd Sep 2004, 10:47
I had a Laguna sport tourer 51 plate it had so many problems that it would take all night to list, IE air con not work, fuel injection tire sensors, inter-cooler black smoke resulting in a warning from police, Renault finally changed the car at 72000 after pressure from the lease company, I now have a 53 plate and tomorrow we start all over again back to Renault with clutch problems, trim falling of, heat shield lose windscreen rubber falling of, these are all problems that happened on the first car I would have thought that Renault would have tried to rectify these problems, but no, the worst problem are the dealers who appear to no nothing about the car.
6th Oct 2004, 08:30
I have a Laguna II 1.9CDI diesel which now has over 80'000 miles on it and I never had a problem.
Very comfortable and reliable car.
Great power out of the diesel engine and loaded with extras.
Definitely can't complain.
17th Nov 2005, 11:43
I have a 1997 Laguna 1.8 Petrol Phase 1. Absolutely, without doubt, the worst car I have ever owned, and I've had some real bangers. I've had it two weeks, so far the front wiper motor has had to be changed, the thing is permanently misted up (unless I open the driver's window full and turn all blowers off - not really suitable for the winter!), turning left results in a terrible screeching noise, and the gear box is as smooth as a tractor's.
Please, for your own sake, do not buy a Laguna!
6th Jan 2008, 08:39
03 Laguna Initiale.
My 'current' problem is that the boot and spilt glass won't open, except when you crawl into the boot and flip the catch with a small screw driver.
Mines done 133K miles now and the only major problem was a leaking cylinder head at 101K.
Key Fob problems. These can be fixed quite simply. Both mine eventually failed, and what goes wrong is there are 2 little pressure switches that lock/unlock, which detach themselves from the mother board inside. You could hear mine rattling!!! I cut around my plastic key on three sides with a junior hacksaw, peeled the front and back of the key apart, repositioned the switches, and held them in place with cellotape. I then taped the key back together. End of problem!
26th Oct 2008, 11:18
Hi all I have a Renault Laguna 1.9D, Fuel Injection Light coming on. Best thing about it; I put it on the machine and it would not speak to the computer. Lack of power oh, the fun of it. I am lost, can anybody think of anything apart from burning the car alive!!! LOL.
15th Jan 2011, 15:38
We've had our Laguna 2 Sports Tourer 3 litre V6 for eight years now. Overall, it's been a good car. Nice quiet, powerful engine. Good safety features - we reckon the tyre pressure monitors could have saved us on at least two occasions when we've been alerted to screws or nails in the sidewalls, which we would never have spotted otherwise.
Good sound system. Cruise control. Child locks. Auto wipers work well.
On the down side, it's thirsty around town. Goes through front tyres quite quickly (due to heavy engine?). Has burnt out four coils (starts with misfire - best to replace all three rear ones once one goes to save labour costs). Needed new rear suspension bushes twice. Key cards have been OK though.
Cost of Renault dealers is an issue, but we've found an independent Renault specialist, who doesn't over quote and uses alternative parts where appropriate (fine for coils, brake pads, etc. I wouldn't do this for the suspension bushes though, as the Renault ones last much longer).
I don't know what other Laguna variants are like but despite a few problem like most cars, we've found the Laguna to be a really good car - don't know why it gets such a bad press. Perhaps we've been lucky! I'd be interested to hear other V6 Sports Tourer owners experience. Anything else I need to look out for?