I bought a RENAULT LAGUNA 2 TOURER on a 51 plate, just over 2 years ago, and is the worst car I have ever owned.
First of all, I bought this car from carcraft, and would not recommend my worst enemy to go there. This car is lovely to drive and that is it. In just over 2 years, I have replaced 2 back windscreens, n/s/f wishbone arm, headlamp washers, o/s & n/s rear calipers, new key card, rear axle bushes, the clutch is slipping, the clutch master cylinder is leaking, and the turbo has gone.
And I am somebody who looks after my cars, I do my oil and filter every 6 months/6000 miles, which ever comes 1st and every 12 months/12000 I do a major changing all my filters, checking all brakes etc.... And this is the way my RENALT LAGUNA 2 repays me.
I had the washers & o/s/r calippers under warranty, the rest I have had to pay myself. Calipers cost £280 from main dealer, but managed to get remanufactured £100 +vat, rear bushes cost me nearly £300 including fitting, not main dealer, wishbone arm cost £100, key card cost £130 including programming. I rang renault for a quote on clutch and it was £1,600 so there's my review. I hope nobody is as stupid as me, and buys a RENAULT LAGUNA 2
We bought this Renault five years ago and sold it three years later. Until this car, I had never kept any car for longer than eighteen months. I had owned BMWs previously, including a very good 5 Series, but I had never become so 'attached' to a car as this one. Perhaps I wasn't expecting too much from it and it exceeded my expectations?
It drove very well, the engine was responsive (if a little thirsty), the handling was perfectly adequate and the ride was unbelievable. It was so comfortable and well-specified, and looked great, even with the few dents we gave it. The interior was attractive (but not high quality) and nothing broke - ever.
We replaced it with a new shape Espace, two years ago, as our family was expanding, and felt completely at home in that because of our time in the Laguna. I think the new shape Laguna has had some reliability issues but I can honestly say that I have never had any problems with my Renaults. I love them.
Although when we bought this car its geometry was wrong and it had some other problems, now it's a pleasure to own.
Its fuel consumption in particular is wonderful and there have been no other problems.
I own the 1999 1.6 Alize. Generally the car has been fine, but I too had a problem with the bonnet release when the car went in for a service.
When the garage came to open the bonnet, the release snapped. The repair involved taking off the front bumper in order to gain access to the engine bay. It wasn't so much of an expensive job with parts, but was expensive for labour. Car was about 3 years old at the time, and so well out of warranty.
The car has generally been fine to drive. I have had little/no problems in the first 5 years of ownership, but it is beginning to creak a bit now. The air conditioning has now failed, and so have some of the other electrics (clock display, radio controls on steering wheel). Still drives fine though, and have consistently got over 40 to the gallon in the 78k miles I have done to date.
Would recommend Renault again, though I am highly suspicious on the Renault dealerships.
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