Huge improvement over previous model
The series 2 Lagunas (up to 2008) looked great but were diabolically unreliable. If you didn't know how to pull it apart the car showed you how.
This all changed for the last of the Lagunas, the series 3. Renault, having had its fingers burnt by the reputation of the series 2 made an all out effort to address those concerns. Benchmarking the 5 series BMW, quality and engineering became priorities and this new model was a huge step up.
Sadly, the damage was done to the name, and it wasn't a success here or in its European home markets, which i...
Purchased in June 2015 for $10,200.00.
Worst car I’ve owned - Renault should be ashamed.
Purchased this car second hand 5 months ago with really low kms for its age (84000 for a 2005 model)...boy did they see me coming. All four rotors and discs I have replaced and the engine mounts (all 3) have to be replaced too (that'll be next month’s expense). These items I know are wear and tear but the engine mounts at 84000 kms I'm struggling with a bit. I replaced the thermostat too,that cost a bomb.
I read that this model has had a few electrical faults - glad mine is to form then. Sometimes I put the card in and the lights and control...s go haywire accompanied by an electrical clicking sound from just above my right knee. I remove the card, wait for the clicking to stop, replace the card and she's good to go again. I am also getting a transmission fault (a lovely English ladies voice telling me I have a fault and should consult my Renault dealer - doesn't make it any nicer, let me tell you). It then drives in a degraded state. If I park it for a while, it just goes away. There doesn't seem to be a rhyme or reason - it happens hot or cold. It spent two days at the transmission mechanics who told me it's an electrical fault. We're going to visit the auto electrician in a couple of days - can't wait for the outcome. The cloth trim on the doors have all come loose - cheap glue and not upholstered properly in my opinion. I have had to repair all four windows so far and am about to get the drivers door lock repaired - the actuator is broken. Seems the window mechanism is a poor design - cheap plastic parts keep failing. I got the first one from Renault ($386) and had it fitted ($120) but the rest I have bought the replacement repair kits off eBay for $30-$40 and fitted them myself. I had to wait a few weeks for the parts to arrive from Germany but that's a small inconvenience to save circa $400 a pop. When the car drives, it drives pretty well. It's comfortable and the V6 has a bit of guts to it. I'll probably appreciate the ride more when I don't experience the 'clunk' of the failed engine mounts. I get about 10l per 100km around the place which for a car this size and age I'm happy with. For a hatch, there is lots of boot space and the interior is quite roomy.
V6 coupe at bargain basement pricees
I have a 2004 Privilege LX, bought in 2008 for $12k. Great to drive, every option available and beautiful to look at. $12k for a V6 couple - absolute bargain!! Pricey to service - 2 x $400 per year and resale will be rubbish but a great car if you like cars. I've got 2 kids now so unfortunately will have to buy something bigger and blander - depressing thought!
Stylish, all leather, 5 ANCAP (the first car ever to get 5 ancap stars apparently), beautiful to drive.
Expensive to fix. I've had to replace 4 ignition coils ($1400), 2 electric windows ($900 from Renault for the first then $400 when I worked out a local mechanic can do it cheaper). In 4 years not bad though as these are "known" Laguna faults.
I have driven 6 used Laguna II V6s and looked at at least another 6 before and after buying one used in 2008, so have a fairly good idea of what they're like. I would not have been happy with one of these new, but having dumped enormously in depreciation they are a very good buy used, provided you go in with eyes open. You will not find another car for $10,000 its age, kilometres etc that has 5-star safety with side curtain airbags, ESP and TC, Xenon headlights, auto-dimming rear view mirror, etc (most of these in the top-spec Privilege or Priv...ilege LX models), but you have to be prepared to pay a premium in maintenance and repair costs for having those features. It is cheap to buy for a reason - it can be expensive to maintain. This is one car that you need to have a French car mechanic look over carefully, and try to avoid going to authorised dealer for servicing and repairs. It might still cost you a bit, but you'll have the safety and comfort and style of a really nice car. Just don't buy one if you expect it to be as cheap as a Holden to run - aside from excellent country fuel economy for a V6 - 7.5L/100km fully laden - it is not as cheap as a local car. Five-star safety. Laden with upmarket features (esp Privilege model, which is not really anymore expensive than the Authentique model, used). Comfortable ride, responsive 3.0-litre V6, excellent country-driving fuel economy. Looks good, esp the wagon. Thick, quality paint from the factory OE parts prices are high. Numerous wear/repair items you may not expect, such as coolant bottle splits, leaking rocker covers, main pulley cracks, engine mounts wear, tie rod ends. Timing belt requires replacement every 4yrs, costs $1100+.Interior plastics quality not as good as the new price suggests, dash rattles, auto transmission software poor - jerking changes. Fragile keycard 'key' system
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I have the 2002 Privilage LX model with sunroof and leather interior. I bought it for the safety aspect when we found out my wife was pregnant with our first child. It's a very roomy car, but not too big on the outside. It fits all of the baby stuff nicely and is very comforable on long journeys.
The xenon headlights take a bit of getting used too, but are very clear at night. The dual zone climate control is great, as my wife likes a different temperature to me.
I was a little disappointed with the lack of gadgets and features on board. ...There is a computer that tells you what you've done wrong, and a limited function trip computer, but that's about it. The rain sensing wipers have to be set up each time you start the car and the headlights don't turn themselves off. Being a French car, it costs a bundle to get serviced too. The 3L V6 engine is very smooth and has pleny of power. The car looks great, and is quite eye catching without being too showy. I find the auto transmission a little rough, and had a very costly transmission repair shortly after I bought the car (possibly just bad luck).
A beautiful car to drive. An absolute pleasure when it is working. Full of really cool features and oh so comfortable but the coils have a design flaw which has not been rectified and they cost $160 each. My warranty has just expired to the car is for sale and a new one has been ordered. I would never get another renault ever again. I just had a look at the new 2007 Laguna and it is utter rubbish. They have dropped the price by $10,000 but remover all the essential equiptment like electric seats and auto dimming rear view mirror. A full leather...interior is not an option any more. 2003 Model is full of features. Top safety rating and all the safety gear like ESP, electronic Brake distibution, traction control, ABS etc. A very confortable car to drive and great for long distance travel. 3.9lt V6 has more than enough power and provides astonishing econimy on the highway. I get 7.2lt/100km. I have never had a car break down before. Then I bought a Renault. I have had it towed to the workshop 3 times. I have had 21 coils put in the car, and aircon compressor, all 4 door switches have been replace multiple times, ever soft panel has been replaced, the drivers seat has been replaced twice and the seat motors and drive mechanism have been replaced on both front seats twice. They not only know he by first name and the service centre but also know my cars rego off by heart. I have never had such a lemon in all my life.
I've been happy with the car to date with no major problems. The finish could be alot better and the card keys are expensive to replace if damaged.
A great car to drive, I have the petrol version in a wagon. Excellent safety features, curtain airbags, ESP, etc. Great rear luggage access with the window or tailgate opening. A great feature of the car is the verbal warning system, eg: 'The rear left door is not closed' etc. Good economy I'm getting about 7.8 to 8.0 litres per 100 km on the highway with a car full of people. The car audio sy...
Bought this car from new and as yet have not had a problem with it. Veryb easy and smooth to drive and just fantastic on those long distance trips. It has plenty of room and the rear luggage space is enormous. Well worth a look along with these other statin wagons; VW Passat, Alfa Romeo 156/ 159, Citroen C5 and Peugeot 407. Easy to recommend.
Excellent safety and security features, curtain airbags, ESP, traction control, front, side, curtain airbags, keycard start up and so much more. A great car to drive and excellent fuel economy on this diesel.
Not the cheapest car.
Questions & Answers
How do i fix the top dash on my laguna 2005 which has lifted and come away?
Right rear electric window winder. The plastic part that attaches the glass to the winder has failed.
The part is worth probably $2 but have to replace whole mechanism $390 quoted, any ideas if the frogs make or sell the individual part or do I accept being ripped off. Peter
Im not much help here. My driver and passenger windows went and they both cost me $400 each to get replaced. Renault had quoted $900 ...
The only bit of advice I can offer is that if you are anyway handy, you can look at wreckers yards in the UK or on ebay but thats if you can fit yourself it and Im not handy myself - worth a try.
Also, just an FYI - I washed one of my keyless cards and it stopped working, renault australia quoted $600 but this guy will fix them for a fraction of that. http://www.keyrepair.co.uk/
Sorry I couldnt be of more help.
Thanks for your reply
I found the part (new) for the Right rear electric window winder on e-bay, have ordered it and await it's delivery to Australia
Cost $7.00 Au Including post from UK if I get it.
RENAULT Laguna window regulator repair kit / rear right
Kits also shown on this site for other parts
PS. I am a retired aircraft fitter
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