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Renault Laguna with endless problems

I bought a Renault Laguna 1.9 DCI from a garage in Glasgow and during the very first week I had the car, I noticed that a yellow warning light began showing on the dash.  Soon things got a lot worse and I ended up with a lot of black smoke and loss of power.

I decided to take my Renault Laguna back to the garage where I bought it from as there was clearly a problem and the car shouldnt have been sold in that condition.  Later that day they said they fixed the problem, so I picked the car up the following day.  On my way home from the garage no less, the same fault reappeared.

I began what seemed like a continuous cycle of going back to the garage each day, picking the car up when it was fixed, only to discover that it hadnt in fact been fixed.  This went on for approximately two weeks when they advised me that they had installed a new inter-cooler and that the problem had originated there.

A wrench - Renault Laguna with endless problems Okay, brilliant I thought. Theyve finally managed to solve the problem at last.  A few months later however, the problem surfaced again, so back to the garage it went and they had my car for quite a few days this time.  When I next picked the Laguna up everything seemed fine at least it was for another couple of months until the familiar yellow warning light blinked on.

This time however, things were a bit more serious as there was an awful dragging sound coming from the engine.  I had to pull over and I discovered oil all over the engine.  I called a local mechanic out and he said there was a hole in a pipe (near where you top up the engine oil) and it looked like someone had attempted to fix it with duct tape.  The real issue however, is the fact that the turbo has become damaged due to this bodged fix!

Renault Laguna - two months warranty left

The warranty for my Renault Laguna had about two months left before it expired.  Maybe a coinsidence, but I am really beginning to wonder whether or not the garage had decided to bodge the job so that when the warranty finally ran out, they could fix the problem then as a non-warranty job and Id have to pay through the nose.  I have no proof of course, but one does wonder whether or not SOME garages operate in this way.

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I have 2002 laguna it cuts out while driving can some one help me with that to fixe the problem tnx

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Mohd - 7-Oct-14 22:34

French cars are over-designed, over-complex, pretentious pieces of crap.

Buy German or Japanese in future to avoid these problems.

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Friday Lunchtime - 9-Dec-13 18:17

I got my laguna 51 plate sport tourer (19 dci) just after the warranty had finished, after around a month the management light came on and it went into limp mode. it did this a few times then seemed to stop . a few months later it started doing it again (forgot to mention stopping and restarting took it out of limp mode ) any way to cut a long story short diagnostics pointed at numerous things , It turned out to be the wiring loom the cover on the engine had been rubbing with the vibration onto the loom and apparently it was quite a common problem (but not according to renault ) I was advised to get a 2 nd hand loom but thought better of it and had a new one fitted by Renault and it as been fine since up till this week the inter cooler is leaking so for all those folk with spurious management faults get the looms checked and throw the engine cover

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mrg666 - 9-Dec-13 17:19

My Renault Laguna '03 has also been a real pain in the a***e since day one - never again!!!!!!

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scotswummin - 1-Oct-13 17:57

I love. It is my opinion that all cars suffer from the same problem. Most mechanics have little or no diagnostic knowledge. They just swap used parts for new ones until "Bingo"

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boblet - 22-Sep-13 14:44

I also need to add, that in my experience 1 in 10 RAC engineers know what's what with a Laguna. They suggest fule pump, sensors, battery, ignition, etc., etc. all were wrong! One engineer however got it spot on with the engine breather unit not working - he was the 1 out of 10! The problem with Lagunas is that yes they do indeed develop numerous problems but it's the poor or little knowledge by those who say they know what's wrong that adds to the problem.

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I love my Renault but! - 22-Sep-13 00:34

Arnold Clark St Helens Merseyside sorted the problem of the engine cutting out. I had tried a few garages - all thought knew how to solve problem. Whilst I can be quite cynical about dealerships, etc. Got to be fair, they did the job and it's without doubt an excellent garage.

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I love my Renault but! - 22-Sep-13 00:28

Never ever buy another Laguna, de-phaser unit, suspension bushes, window regulators, key-card, and for almost a year now the engine cuts out for no reason -can be dangerous when cornering as you can't steer and have no brake servo, but the diagnostics cant find a problem so don't know where to start??? Good looking, big comfy heap of crap!!!

Oh, and what brainiac came up with key-card? eh?

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Jim Bob - 4-Jul-13 15:21

RENALT LAGUNA DCI ESTATE
WILL NOT START
ALL LIGHTS AND RADIO COME WHEN CARD IS INSERTED ON BUT ENGINE WILL NOT START
LIGHTS GOOF OF AFTER PUSHING BUTTON TO START, AND RADIO COMES BACK ON
ANY IDEAS WHAT THE PROBLEM IS

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ISSY - 20-Sep-12 13:29

5 renaults 90,000 plus and still running little problems.
3 vw,s and bank balance on floor poor again.
2 audi,s problems problems problems ??????

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happy man - 1-Jul-12 21:14

Had my 2.2D for just over 2 years and must of spent about 2 grand on repairs. Its In the garage again today for a new auxiliary belt/altinator tensioner bolt. Bag of s**t!!

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Chris - 21-Jun-12 07:59

'Not Another Frenchy' is spot on. The Auto Express yearly surveys of all the cars available in the UK always sees the three French makers right at, or very close to the bottom of the pile when it comes to reliability and good service. The French are very good at making desirable-looking cars which are in reality poorly constructed, glitch-prone rubbish. They may, if the buyer is lucky, last for about 2-3 years before the problems begin and then, when they do (and they will) the agents may try to help, but the factories will do that French shrug thing and you'll get nowhere. As a matter of interest, the most unreliable second hand buy in the UK right now is the Renault Espace, with a guaranteed 74% per annum likelihood of breaking down (and probably expensively). I have a Peugeot and this is the last French car I'll ever be suckered into owning. Skoda or Honda next time, they're always top of the polls in reliability and dealer service. If more people were made aware of this French car issue, less sales would be made and the factories' 'who cares' attitudes would soon be rethought.

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pierrejay - 10-Jun-12 23:03

I had a 3l v6 laguna. Went through two alternaters in seven month bag of crap they are on thing that works and not saying there right is the warning lights for some it they never off

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franky - 6-Jun-12 22:33

have 52 reg 2lt 16v driving along stopped at junction went take of fnothing no noise no grinding, took garage thought clutch, new clutch, no differences garage then says oh gearbox common fault of blowing up thought strange as no noise no signs of problems, so second hand gearbox later still no drive, can go through all gears fine clutch works, engine starts fine no noises, any one got any ideas before i break it, and possibly with a sledge hammer.

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karl - 5-May-12 17:39

"because they said the car needed a new hand break (sic) cable coming in at £560, for a cable!! "

Recon calipers are very cheap, typically £100 a pair or less.

New handbrake cable available on internet or motor factors from £12 to £25 approx.
Or breakers about £10 to £15

Are we supposed to believe this tosh? £560?

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Stalag 14 - 8-Apr-12 13:39

Had a Laguna 1.9dci 56 plate for last two years, had nothing but problems, won't bore you with them all but latest, no power, getting light on dash saying check injection, hazard switch is broken got it held down with a hair clip, couple of days ago had it booked into my local arnold clark for break fault they said it needed a break caliper, got the car back all faults above were not fixed, didn't have the correct diagnostic so they said, could not fix a new caliper because they said the car needed a new hand break cable coming in at £560, for a cable!! Got rid of it yesterday. DON'T BUY ONE OF THESE CARS IT WILL COST YOU A FORTUNE.

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Lordberniebouffant - 8-Apr-12 08:12

Bought a 2002 Laguna 1.9 cdi in April from a service centre near maclesfield that has looked after me well for 2 or 3 years. The main mechanic who is the brains behind the operation said he had checked it out and with an extra £400 of repairs and replacement parts on top of the fair sale price, he gave me a pretty nice car. 6 months of motorway driving later, the clutch went, along with flywheel, £1300.

As a self employed decorator, no vehicle, I also lost 2 weeks off work while it was sorted. Nearly sunk me. Radio code was lost when repair was done to clutch, then random stuff failed, ie the fan went, alarm going off for no reason. But at least I was working, and it was driving, and the heater does work, just doesnt blow, so didnt get too bent out of shape.

Then driving along the motorway at Christmas, the red light came on STOP. The engine just cut out, that was scary. Pulled on hard shoulder, waited a minute, thought give it a try, engine started, off we drove. No discernible issues. Got home, normal service light coming on, so didnt drive it for a while. Couldnt afford to repair it.

Last week the car started, drove literally 10 yards and it cut out and wouldnt start. RAC came out, said there was no fuel pressure. Got it started with a manual pump. Ran a diagnostic and came up (hopefully) old codes for busted flywheel. Reset computer, and left. Within an hour of driving, the Service light reappears. Engine fine, but on way home, cut out 4 times when driving, so we just manually pumped the rubber ball under the hood and got it home.

Booked car in to be serviced, they screwed me around another 2 days never came to pick up car. Today had no option but to drive to work, 30 miles in traffic, no problems, just service light coming on. Garage picked up car, could not replicate the cutting out either, just dropped it off, no explanation of anything, service light still flashing. I drove home, runs OK, but I am really not happy wondering if engine going to just die on me for no reason.

When I say it runs OK, it has patchy pickup in low gears, rattles like a non turbo diesel in low revs. This car could literally bankrupt me if I dont get some sort of closure, cant afford to sell off, cant afford to keep if it is a pup.

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Laggy - 30-Jan-12 23:56

If you want a -good- Laguna, buy the older models. I have a 1998 (1.5) RXT Grandtour, owned since new, -very- few problems... biggest issue with it ever was the waterpump failing. Also, don't go to dealers for repair... they overcharge and don't know crud about how to actually assemble/disassemble things...
Once I had the airbag light come on. The dealer couldn't connect diagnostics to the computer and told me I needed a new computer for ridiculous amounts of money cause it won't respond. Took it to an independent tech, he cleaned the obd connector and immediately everythign worked... turns out the seatbelt fastener's plug under the seat had come loose... I left the guy 10 quid as he didn't ask for any money for fixing it...

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Rattanee - 6-Sep-11 18:15

I would doubt it Mick but I really am looking forward to some of the replies you receive. Why don’t you print of a copy of the WG & take it to show your garage? In fact I would recommend all owners of foreign cars who have griped to do the same.

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Boblet - 4-Aug-11 21:48

My Renault Dealer Told Me that My Laguna Diesel Could take off if I did Not get the intercooler cleaned out and Pressing the stop/start button would not stop it and if I pressed the clutch the engine would blow up is this true ??

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mick - 4-Aug-11 21:19

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