I have the 2000 model and have had great problems with the car.
When it comes to parts it can work out exspensive. I had to change the bonnet cable as it over streched and also had to change a very small piece of plastic that the bonnet cable attaches to.
Was shocked to find that this small piece of plastic was the most expensive part on the bill.
I have owned the RXE hatchback for a few months now and have found the overall drive excellent. It is nippy, easy to handle and the equipment spec is excellent.
These cars are now easy to afford. I managed to buy a full-spec 1997 R-reg vehicle for a measly £1050, this included six months' road tax and eight months' MOT, and that was from a dealer. The car is very near mint condition, and I am over the moon Jim about my purchase.
Cheap to buy second-hand with good levels of standard equipment.
The 1.8 engine is quite powerful (compared with my previous 1.8 Mondeo), and the driving position is excellent.
The fuel economy is quite good (better than the Mondeo). It has a high level of safety kit, with driver, passenger, front and side airbags.
Some trim is a bit flimsy and the tailgate fit on my car is poor (the catch keeps coming undone).
I found the service from Renault to be expensive - I use a local independent garage.
It's expensive to insure (again compared with equvalent Mondeo).
From my experience, I would buy another Renault.
My Renault Laguna RT 2.0 (petrol) was bought from a garage and not a dealership.
I have only had the vehicle for two months and have so far enjoyed owning this car.
However, the What Car? review pointed out the gearbox tends to become awkward after 70,000 miles. My car has 138,000 miles and I have definitely noticed gearbox trouble but not enough to effect overall safety.
At my age (a mere 18 and a half) I am still a 'babe in arms' and, the insurance companies have also recognised this. With a £2400 yearly fee for third Party F&T, this does not help my running costs as, the fuel the my 1997 mdel uses is atrocious.
The only electrical difficulty I had with the car was an immobiliser problem. The connection for the immobiliser had corroded leaving me unable to start the car but luckily for me, the garage had given me a month warranty and so fixed it free.
The handling is excellent, hugging the curves well. The fantastic grip of the Laguna makes me feel incrediably safe.
If I had to pay the fees for dealership repairs I would not have this car but, some can afford it more than me.
Overall, it's an excellant family car with few major problems at the minute and a safe car.
It's not a vehicle for the young of this country money wise but, an experience for those who can afford it.
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