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Renault Laguna (2000-2006) Buying Guide

Renault Laguna (2000-2006)
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by Richard Dredge

It was the first car in its class to get a five-star Euro-NCAP rating, so the Laguna will look after you if the worst should happen. However, it may not look after you when it comes to faultless running, so check any potential purchase very carefully.

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Comfort
Equipment levels
Safety features
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Too many potential faults
Gutless small petrol engines
Key Dates 
12/00Second-generation Laguna arrives.
3/01Decreased power for 1.8 petrol brings automatic gearbox option.
4/022.2dCi reaches showrooms.
11/02Automatic gearbox now offered on 2.0 petrol, which gets a power reduction. Turbocharged 2.0 petrol engine also introduced.
2/05Facelift means a new nose and tail. 1.6, 1.8 and 3.0 V6 petrol engines are discontinued and 16" wheels generally standard. Power upgrade for 2.0T and 1.9dCi engines.
6/052.0dCi joins range.
11/05175bhp 2.0dCi 175GT available.
Checklist 
  • Tyre pressure sensors tell porkies.
  • All electrics and electronics can be temperatmental so check everything. Twice.
  • Electric windows and sunroofs especially prone to problems.
  • Heating and climate control systems pack in.
  • Aerial built into side window gives poor reception.
  • Exhaust gas recirculation valve sticks shut on 1.9dCi - leading to eventual destruction of the engine.
  • Second gear gets noisy on the six-speed manual gearbox.
  • Clutches can fail prematurely, especially on diesels.
  • Xenon lights' self-levelling system plays up.
  • Alloy wheels buckle.
  • Exhaust can crack on 2.2dCi models.
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