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Laguna Sports Tourer purchase

Hi All - I have seen a 2003 Dynamique 1.9 DCI with 65k miles on the clock, 2 previous owners(private - second car), full main dealer service history and the Turbo has just been replaced. The price seems good and I am keen to buy the car. However I have been on to some review web sites and the majority of the reviews seem to state that the car is to be frank - somewhat of a liability. So instead of hearing any more I have decided to actually ask the people who know what they are talking about. I have driven the car and to be honest it seems really good with no obvious issues.
I am due to pick up the car next week so any advice would be really welcomed and appreciated.
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Re: Laguna Sports Tourer purchase

As long as the car has a full service history and you regularly change the oil with a good quality synthetic oil every 9k miles rather than the stated 18k miles the 1.9dci should behave!.

The 1.9dci is not with out its problems and most people only use forums/review sites etc to complain about their cars. Very few actually use them to say how good/reliable their car is.

Also make sure you get some sort of warranty or purchase your own independant warranty to give you that bit of piece of mind.

At the end of the day it is your decision and if you are happy with the deal/car then go for it. Personally our 1.9dci laguna was trouble free for the 4 yrs/54k we owned it.

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Re: Laguna Sports Tourer purchase

there a good car i've not had any major issues, the problem is people will complain more than say how good they are. but saying that all cars have there problems.

but as sporttourer said make sure the oil has been changed on or around every 9k, check its MPG on the test drive and if its poor (32.5mpg ish) get the garage to clean the EGR value as this is a part that tends to cause poor mpg, smoke, and many other little faults, (new ones are 170ish) but a good clean and there fine.

check for wear and tear, the common area's ive notice is the rubberised plastic parts on the drivers window switches, the centre console hazard warning button area, as well as your normal areas pedels, stearing wheel, gearknob ect. i only say this because if your like me these items will bug you if there a little tired looking.

if you have a sunroof check the drivers foot well for damp spot as some not all can leek. i hope this helps
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Re: Laguna Sports Tourer purchase

Hello and welcome to the forum.

Common faults include...

Window regulator failures.
Rear axle bushes de-bonding
If the car has 17'' Silverstone wheels you must check them thoroughly as they do have a habit of bending.
Tyre pressure monitoring system (if fitted) faults.
On your car make sure the cambelt has been changed,it is due at 72k OR 5 years,the last bit is the part that often gets over looked although a main dealer should be aware of this (some are more reliable than others).
It's already had a new turbo ,try and find out the circumstances behind the failure.If the engine started to run on it's own oil then engine failure could be just around the corner.
Make sure you get a spare keycard with it,if the cards give problems then it doesn't neccessarily mean an expensive repair as there is a company that can repair them,but if you only have one it will mean that the car will be out of action for a few days whilst the card is sent away.

The Laguna 2 can be a troublesome beast,but at least now all the common failures are well known and there are now cheap fixes to many of the faults.Cards can be repaired (as said above) meaning that paying Renault 200 for a replacement and programming is usually replaced with having it repaired for 25,at one stage if a front lower suspension joint went it required a complete wishbone but now aftermarket joints are available for a fraction of the cost,window regulator repair kits are available for much less than the 150 Renault used to charge for a complete replacement etc,etc,etc.

There is a bucket load of info on the forum,a quick search should show up a number of threads on this subject,but as said in the posts above,not many people join the forum to sing about the virtues of their car,it's usually just to try and get an answer to a problem.

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