15th Mar 2007, 05:26

The sponge is a good name for the Renault Laguna. I have a 2002 1.9dCi Sports Tourer Privilege, which has cost me over £2000 in repairs since the warranty ended. I bought the car after it had been the local dealer’s demonstrator and thought all the problems would have been sorted out. I have had it serviced by main Renault dealers since I bought it.

However, out of warranty and in the last two years it has had.

New front discs and pads (pads not previously changed)

New clutch and clutch master cylinder

New Inter cooler (twice, the replacement failed after 15 months)

New front ball joints and steering arms

New Rear Bushes

Driver’s electric window (three times, part is £200)

Front suspension spring broke and damaged a tyre.

I have been quite lucky in that my dealer has been quite supportive and given discounts where possible and they do have a scheme for Renault/Nissan’s between 4 and 7 years old, which gives half price labour and parts discount. Funnily enough they don’t offer this on all the other makes they sell. A local tyre fitter sells those sized tyres for £62, whereas the dealer was quoting £90.

Renault Customer Services have passed my comments onto the appropriate department and offered me £1000 off another Renault, I think they must have a sense of humour to think I will ever buy another Renault.

3rd Aug 2008, 04:56

Hi. I have a Renault Laguna 1.8 16v Privilege 2002, hatchback, done 27848 miles. The air bag light and service sometimes shows. It also has a rattling sound when idling (like a diesel car). If anyone has some ideas, please HELP!!!


20th Feb 2010, 11:56

2003 Laguna 1.9dci Privilege estate.

I bought this car in 2006 with 39000 miles. One previous owner. Great load lugger, interior space and good on fuel economy, but that is that.

I had the car in the garage 6 or 7 times in the first few months for engine problems, causing the car to jump as it was being driven at 30mph in 3rd gear. Still not sorted.

Rear suspension bushes replaced 2 years ago, and with 20,000 since having them fitted, they need to be done again.

The front track rod ends need to be changed every year, and the brake pad and discs will need replaced soon.

This car is a "money pit".

I would never buy another Laguna.

6th Aug 2010, 10:08

I bought a Renault Laguna 2 2002 1.9 DCI in July of 2006. The car was owned by a mechanic, and was well looked after, and I am a mechanic. The car was for my wife, so here's the last 4 years of cost so far for parts only.

The turbo - £1254.

Diesel pump reconditioned - £500.

2 window regulators - £160.

New card reader - £300.

2 new cards and reprogrammed - £360.

3 front shocks and springs, which went through the tyre and nearly crashed twice. Very bad design how a broken spring can uncoil out towards the tyres - £400 + tyres, £200.

And now the gearbox, flywheel and clutch kit - £2000.

Total cost £5174 and other smaller problems, too many to list, £750 easy. Take that with your running costs of services; ball joints, bushings etc.; one hell of a expensive car to keep running on the road.

Thank you Renault. Yours and never ever again, Charlie XXX.