Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Renault Laguna estate?
Renaults score low marks in the What Car? Reliability Index and the Laguna shows why. While its engines and running gear last well if looked after, the list of annoying and expensive problems grows as it gets older.
Immobiliser and alternator faults are common, while the heating system can rust and leak into the footwells - which is time-consuming and expensive to put right. If air-con is fitted, check that it blows cold and that the system is leak-free.
Check all the warning lights work, too, because replacing blown dash bulbs is tricky and many owners don't bother.
Auto and manual gearboxes need a rebuild at any time after 60,000 miles, although some soldier on for years without needing work. Power steering systems are also likely to leak.
Finally, tailgate locks can break and the cable operating the bonnet release can seize or snap.