I am looking for a cheap economical diesel car (under £1k) as I will shortly be giving up my company car and commuting 70+ miles a day.
Working in a Renault dealer is enough to put anyone off ever owning a Renault. I do like the brand and some of the products they have produced over the years but there is no getting away from the fact they can be problematic cars. Aside from that, everyone I know who has owned a Renault of the era I am looking at (2000-2006 ish) has had lots of trouble, said they would never own one again, and advised me to avoid.
However a car that I have always liked ever since it was launched has come up.....a MK2 Laguna. The one I am looking at is a 2005 Renault Laguna Expression 1.9 dci.
Having spoken to the mechanics at work (they after all are the post positive about Renaults than anyone) they have all advised to stay clear of the Laguna 2, and look out for a Clio or Megane 1.5dci instead. I understand common faults with this model are
-chargers, gearbox issues (lay-shaft bearings), key card issues, clutch hydraulics, windows etc.
I would like to hear experiences from anyone that has owned a Laguna 2, particularly with the 1.9dci engine. Are they that bad? How much for example is a replacement
, where can it be purchased, and are they easy enough to do? I am capable with cars.
I dont really want an old Clio - I like bigger cars. The Megane is nice but I cant stand the look of the back end.