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Renault Laguna (1994 - 2001)

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2litre 8 valve petrol laguna 1 estate

reviewed by mikeroch on 14 February 2011
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How it drives
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Fuel economy
3
Running costs
3
Cost of maintenance and repairs
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Experience at the garage or specialist
5
How practical it is
4
How you rate the manufacturer
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Overall reliability

Least costly, most reliable banger I've ever owned .... but now into its old age and ready for retirement.

Bought at auction for GBP 1800 to replace a Scorpio Ultima written off when a drunk piled into it when parked. Seemed a bit neglected, low and dirty oil and lots of dog hairs in the load bay so as soon as I bought it I changed oil and timing belt, fitted cruise for my regular 600 mile trips to Scotland and just used it. Gives 36mpg on runs, always starts, lugs loads OK and the oil remains as clean as a whistle between 5000 mile changes (my preference, I put budget oil in and change it regularly). Water pump changed when it started to 'tinkle', front suspension wore out (too many Highland potholes) apart from that it's just been routine things like tyres, exhausts, discs, pads, shoes and batteries. 123000 on the clock and a few concerns on the radar. We are still on the original clutch and there is some sort of sensor fault which causes it to stutter for 50 yards or so if re-started when slightly warm. Changed the MAP sensor but no joy .... might be the lambda sensor I suppose? One remote key has failed so I had the immobiliser disabled by a clever chap on the internet. A faithful old motor that has served me well, soon to be changed for a 3 year old Octavia Diesel estate. Cannot stand the dealers ... an arrogant and dismissive lot who look and the old motor and sneer. I've had this experience in both Leicester and Invernes. Dealer manner has been the least satisfactory part of the ownership experience.

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