2003 Renault Laguna Dynamique from UK and Ireland - Comments

22nd Jan 2006, 17:19

I Purchased a Renault Laguna II in New Zealand it is a 2002 V6 wagon. Exactly the same story as the last person. Wish I had have found this site first, would not have purchased one... When I test drove vehicle it had a surge/hold back when driving. Part of the agreement was that they serviced vehicle and fixed this issue, then I would proceed after final drive. Car drove fine so proceeded with purchace. After a week or so the surge (surge feels like it is skipping a heart beat and then catching up) came back. Went to Renault, they did tests, re-programmed computer etc. Got car back after 3 days. Fine for a week or so and then surge comes back. This has gone on now for about 5 times. Now getting told by Renault Auckland that it is in my head, nobody can feel it, but me - What ever!!! They have also replaced coils and don't seem to know what they are doing. Does any body else have pinking/surging with V6, Mainly city driving. I have had car 3 months now.

2nd Mar 2006, 18:52

To the last commenter on the "serge" issue. It could be the "Throttle housing" which controls the response from the accelerator. I have a Renault Megane (1997) and the only serious problem was a chugging or tugging while driving. Very annoying. Finally got Renault to replace the part (400EURO) and no problems since then (2 years later). Maybe it's a Renault thing, don't bother getting it cleaned a 2nd hand one just get a new one.

Am about to trade in the Megane (80K Mls on clock, still smooth but electric window clapped up last week) and checked out a Laguna 2003 at a Renault dealer last week. Very impressed with the interior and the short test drive felt good. However, most of the comments seem to point to buying other peoples problems. My alternative is a 2001/2 Saab 9-3 which is probably better built, but not as economical, but I'd rather pay a bit more on fuel (sorry Green party people) than constants fixes.

9th Jul 2006, 12:34

I'm the owner of this review.

Now over 3 years old its on 18k.

Its running fine apart from the door locks and electric windows packed up on the n/s front door, got sorted under warranty.

There is a recall for the clutch master cylinder.

13th Jul 2006, 08:59

I have owned my Laguna now for two years, and have to say with the exception of service and wear and tear (Tyres etc) I have not had any problems. My car is the 1.8 Petrol Tourer and has covered 136k to date, and I am very happy with it I intend to keep it until 200k. I will post another report when we get there. Happy days!

25th Jul 2006, 07:22

Have a 2002 Renault Laguna V6 Estate.

My car has recently begun surging under acceleration and idles around 800 revs. The situation deteriorated critically within an hour to a point where it seems the car is running on all, but three cylinders. Following a call to my local dealership have been told that it is likely a coil problem, but some of the 'other symptoms' would suggest otherwise... time will tell.

Along with numerous other electrical and fit and finish problems during ownership, like many other posts on this site, I only wish I'd come across this website earlier. I believe I may have been otherwise deterred from the purchase - acknowledging my purchase and now subsequent problems... are entirely self inflicted.

After many trouble free years of Japanese motor vehicle ownership my I'm forecasting a short lived love affair with French cars... they should stick to what they're good at - making wine.

11th Oct 2006, 09:13

I also own a 2002 Laguna II V6 with 15000km and have had the same surging problems, like 1st gear, 2nd and then back to 1st.

Idle has also been a problem since I bought the car, very stumbly and never stable even though I use 98 ron fuel. My dealer says the diagnostic check came up with nothing, twice checked, so who knows.

Other than that great car, fast, smooth, refined, classy looking, good fuel economy, but too light in the steering and the auto left in D has no idea what its doing, best to drive it in sequential mode.

Would I buy another Renault? Probably.

5th Dec 2006, 04:48

Renault Laguna 2.0 Dynamique 2002 52 plate.

I bought this from a local dealer with 84000 miles- full Renault history (including lots of warranty work!). I thought that any faults MUST have been sorted, but within a week I had warning lights, misfires, poor idle, infact all the common faults discussed previously. The dealer has had it in 3 times, replaced plugs, coils, run diagnostics ("we can't say whats wrong sir-the computer is reading too many faults!!". I have had it 2 months now and have had enough. The dealer has passed me on to another 'specialist' in electronic faults-whose comment was 'they seem to have done all the usual things already'. I am booked in this Thursday and expect to hear a lot of techno babble about EGR's, sensors, computer brains etc and then have to haggle over the costs ('since the car is still technically running the warranty does not cover you...'). I am seriously looking to offload this to another dealer in part exchange hoping they don't test drive it!

Anon (in case any dealers are looking!!)

8th Dec 2006, 06:57

2001 (51 plate) Laguna 1.9 dci Dynamique, purchased April 2005 (42000 miles), mileage now 68000.

Lovely car to drive and travel in, economical (average 45mpg), good kit; but (and it’s a BIG but) cost of repairs are horrendous.

Since purchase the front suspension has been partially replaced, new front brake discs, two sets of rear discs and rear wheel bearings, rear suspension rubbers replaced; and the big one replacement turbo, intercooler and associated pipework. Thankfully the last was covered under the warranty.

The final straw was being told that the steering rack will need to be replaced before the next MOT; too much play at the straight ahead.

The dealer service has been patchy to say the least; they noticed the turbo problem, but not the steering, even when asked to check for excessive play. You have to book well ahead to have any chance of a replacement car, even if yours is off the road for a week.

Would I buy another Renault, not if it was the last car on earth.

9th Jan 2007, 19:37

I purchased a Renault Laguna II, V6 2003 Model. I have a problem adjusting the Clock. I've checked the owner's manual that comes with the car and nothing. Anyone knows how this could be done?

10th Jan 2007, 13:26

I am a owner of a 2002 v6 Laguna.

It has problems mostly with the front suspension, but also with the auto side of the gearbox. It can never figure out what gear to be in. I'm hoping change the car soon.

2nd Feb 2007, 14:02

I bought a 2yr 9m old Laguna V6 Dynamique Sports Tourer with 15k on the clock. I really like the look of the car and it is very easy to drive. On a good run I can get over 33mpg. After a couple of months the front passenger window stopped working. A rusty!! corroded cable was to blame and the garage replaced this. Approx 6 months later the Water pump for the windscreen needed to be replaced. 1 month after that the temperature gauge was went off the scale and resulted in the complete instrument panel needing to be replaced.

All the above was replaced under the warranty from the Garage. However, the following was not covered as it was outside the warranty period. Boot release and catch as the boot wound not open as the components were corroded!!!. I have also had 3 out of the 4 ignition coils in the engine fail in the space of 4 weeks. The Renault dealership is very friendly, but never is a loan car available.

The car is only 4 years old.

If you get a good one I am sure it will be great, but I have run out of patience with mine. Good Luck.