Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Renault Laguna hatchback?
There's plenty that can go wrong on this generation of Laguna. And, Warranty Direct tell us that axle and suspension problems are the most common complaint.
The coolant system can also be iffy, so make sure your test drive is a long one to check for any signs of overheating. Water pumps on the diesels have a tendency to seize, too.
The petrol models seem to be quite hard on gearboxes, and they have been known to give up the ghost after around 70,000 miles. Make sure your chosen car shifts into all gears, including reverse, smoothly.
When looking at the service history, check that certain recall work has been carried out. Three were issued, one for cars made in 1994 for a possible lock-up of the transmission, and some cars made in 1995 suffered problems with an airbag warning light. Some 1996 cars also suffered from an overheating exhaust manifold.