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    I'm currently considering a Laguna II (2003 onwards) as a second car, which would mostly be used for commuting to work. The Laguna is appealing as it would be relatively cheap to buy, has good safety features (curtain airbags and esc essential) and would be versatile. Poor fuel economy would only be a minor draw-back.

    On the other hand, I'm aware that the Laguna II has reliability issues, and so would be concerned about high servicing costs to keep it running.

    Any advice appreciated.

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    Owners will be able to comment with more accuracy, however I'm led to believe that the early Laguna II's did have a few reliability issues (electrical?), and over time there were mainly sorted out...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mac View Post
    Hi All,

    I'm currently considering a Laguna II (2003 onwards) as a second car, which would mostly be used for commuting to work. The Laguna is appealing as it would be relatively cheap to buy, has good safety features (curtain airbags and esc essential) and would be versatile. Poor fuel economy would only be a minor draw-back.

    On the other hand, I'm aware that the Laguna II has reliability issues, and so would be concerned about high servicing costs to keep it running.

    Any advice appreciated.

    Cheers,
    Mac
    Mac,

    I bought a Lagina II in November last year, a 2002 Auto Laguna Privilege wagon to be exact and apart from a dodgy battery connection which made me late for work one morning, I haven't had any problems yet. It had very low k's and was such a bargain, I couldn't walk away from it.

    I use it on a daily basis, to work and back home and loves going on long trips, but the fuel economy is pretty average when driving around the city. It's a very comfortable car to drive, nice and smooth, plenty of room and has great safety features too.

    I was a bit worried about buying a Renault myself, I'd heard of some reliability issues, but I think it's like with every car, some times you get a good one, some times you don't and that applies especailly with any used car you'd buy.

    Haven't had to get any servicing done yet, so I can't say much about that just yet.

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    Hi James and Europa,

    Thanks very much for your replies. I'll keep thinking about this, though I'm leaning towards the Laguna as a good choice for the reasons above.

    Much appreciated,
    Mac

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    Arent coils or something an issue? They can end up costing?

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    Coils were an issue on many cars back a few years(Cit/Pug/Ren & others). New replacements have mostly fixed lots of issues so IMO, if you bought a s/h Laguna these days, any of those issues and likely most other problems have been sorted by now.
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    I were thinking of a Lag II at one stage as a second car. My preference was the 2.0 4cylinder expression model.
    Better economy and i believe not as many issues ?? I may be wrong.
    Not too many around i found.
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    The 4 cylinder Lagunas use the DPO 4sp auto, which has a less than spectacular reputation - avoid if possible.

    The V6 Laguna has the Japanese made AisenWarner 5sp auto which is much much better.

    Common faults are;

    coil packs dying,
    Premature wear/failure of ball joints, control arm and rear suspension bushes, and engine mounts
    cam cover oil leaks can be an issue
    myriad of rattles and squeaks in the interiors
    key card readers can die early, as can climate control displays
    central locking modules and window regulators in the doors have also been known to cause trouble.

    A good car overall let down by some electrical issues and some underspecced service components. Learn to love your specialist parts importers (ie Carrevelle Imports 98909061) and the intertubes for parts (ie stay away from the dealers, sorry Rick) and service costs shouldn't be too bad.
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    Icon7 Second car purchase & use - Laguna II

    My Laguna II is about 192,000 k its probably close to be relegated to second car status which would slow down the number of kilometres it does each year.

    It needs the rear bushes done, LH is rattling a bit.

    Front Ball joints probably require replacement (tyres rounding off the edges slightly) - these were lst replaced by Renault at their cost under a check and replace program during regular maitenance at about 50,000 km - so the replacements have done well.

    Rear brake discs need replacement - will probably buy the discs with bearings already fitted - choice between aftermarket and genuine parts.

    Needs at least one new top link bush (supplied complete)

    New set of filters

    Change transmission fluid and oil fluid

    Sort out fuel pump issue. (have parts) (need time) (runs o.k. on a mostly full tank!!

    Get rims checked for flat spots before having new tyres fitted. (soft rims don't like hitting big potholes)!

    Slight windscreen leak on passenger side (new windscreen fitted after damage) only in heavy rain and limited to a few drops (sealing issue I think)

    Once these are sorted, will probably buy three of the newer style coils with the white epoxy tops for the front bank of the engine (rear bank already kitted out with them) though the much cheaper coils from Caravelle seems to be going o.k. But you tend to blame them at the first sign of any hesitation/miss.. so its a confidence thing.

    Everything else seems sorted. Happy to use it as a second car. For those mechnically able you can do your own tinkering, plastic lock parts can be fixed, and electric contacts (left rear taillight) enhanced with a clip tune up now and then to ensue all is working correctly.

    Happy with both Renault Dealers, parts supply and also using non dealer repair outlets, to keep costs in check - your choice really and you also have Dave Cavanagh as an alternative for secondhand parts at reasonable prices.

    Car itself is great to drive but at high k's you would be a mug not to accept that as in any cars of any breed, things can die unexpectedly. How well previous owners have maintained could be an issue.

    I've always regarded it as fairly economical for a V6 and its size and comfort - perhaps people crave higher km - we run aircon in City and Country and don't notice that much difference.

    I guess its what you were used too.


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    Whats wrong with the 2 litre manual? They have the nice reliable renault engine with out the unreliable renault auto?
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    haakon, no offence taken. I have a feeling when my car come due for timing belts ect I will get my own parts. everyone wants to make a dollar and everyone wants to save a dollar depends if you are the buyer or the seller
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mac View Post
    Hi James and Europa,

    Thanks very much for your replies. I'll keep thinking about this, though I'm leaning towards the Laguna as a good choice for the reasons above.

    Much appreciated,
    Mac
    Not a problem.

    I was lucky in that I'm the second owner and the owner that I bought it from kept in really good condition. I've got all the books and service book and it was serviced at every interval, plus anything that has been replaced, I've got all reciepts for them too.

    Like HONG KONG PUGGY said in his post, make sure you get all log books and check it's service history.

    All Laguna II's that I've come across, all seem to be well looked after!
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    Hi all,

    Thanks very much for your advice on this.

    I would be interested to know if the electrical issues (coil packs etc) were resolved for later releases of this model (e.g. 2005)?

    Otherwise, it might be worth spending more for a Laguna II phase II (2.2 dCi), though not many of these around.

    Cheers,
    Mac

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mac View Post
    Hi all,

    Thanks very much for your advice on this.

    I would be interested to know if the electrical issues (coil packs etc) were resolved for later releases of this model (e.g. 2005)?

    Otherwise, it might be worth spending more for a Laguna II phase II (2.2 dCi), though not many of these around.

    Cheers,
    Mac
    Would be interested to know where you are going to put the coils on the DCi?

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    Get a diesel no coils and very good fuel consumption even around town. My daughter loves her's.

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