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post #11 of 38 (permalink) Old 3rd October 2005
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You will be very pleasantly surprised by how much better the Laguna is than your present Astra, mine was a 1.6i estate and I always fancied the two litre Astra. I just hope the Laguna is as reliable though.
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Originally, I got saddled with my first Laguna (2.0 RXE) when the rep who had it before me left and the lease ran out on my Mazda 323F. I knew from day one that I was going to hate it... I was wrong.

It had its faults, not least of which was only having electric front windows. Prior to the days of air-con (which this car didn't have) I loved blasting down the motorway with the sunroof and back windows open, and the Mazda had let me do that. But the Laguna had plenty of toys, including the voice and the trip computer. It was very comfortable and I learned to like it. In fact I liked it a lot.

Then when it came time to replace it, the usual argument took place. My boss wanted to downgrade me to a roller-skate as usual. My best game plan was that I already had a 2.0 RXE and I wanted another one like it. They'd made some improvements (including four electric windows, now that I didn't need them because there was climate too) and I'd got used to the comfort of the car, which from my experience exceeded even a certain propellor-badged rival, even if the 'quality' was only skin deep.

The same this time around, although they'd stopped making the RXE and the Privilege seemed to be the nearest equivalent. I tried to put in the squeeze for an Initiale, but ended up with the Priv + sat-nav.

And finally, I was going to make a change, but the only thing that caught my fancy was the 407 Exec. Even then it wasn't perfect: I prefer a hatchback as a good compromise of security and versatility, and was a bit miffed at having to go for the estate version (I considered the saloon but quickly rejected it.) It is also inferior to the Renault in other respects, not least of which is interior storage. But it does have looks to die for which, let's face it, the 'facelifted' Laguna doesn't. But the Pug wasn't going to happen, thanks to the ludicrous lease costs, and dropping down to the SE Lux pack meant losing too much. I could have a Laguna 1.9dCi with a much better spec for well within my budget, so I went for it.

And while it may not be a deal-clincher, I do still like to have a tilt and slide sunroof, even with climate control. It's surprising how difficult they are to come by as factory spec these days.
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Well, when i bought the Espace it all down to the 's

A freind of mine works for at Renault UK dangled a huge carrot, and I bit his hand off, lol. Having said that we (the misses and I) had narrowed it down to 2 cars anyway, one of which was the Espace.

As for the Clio, i've owned 2 V6's in the past, love the car, and I know for the money there are quicker cars, but it's the looks and the way it delivers the power that does it for me. Plus its going to become quite a rare site on UK roads in the future. Oh, and then there was the discount to, but that was just a bonus coz I would of bought one anyway.
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well my dad works for renault so there was a nice discount for me. the way the megane looks grew on me alot since it first came out. its got a very different styling to most cars. its marmite. you love it or hate it. the 1.9 derv engine coupled with a remap and simple panel airfilter from green makes it a very drivable car, whilst the economy is still good. on a stint from northampton to sheffield on the motorway sitting at 2600rpm'ish in 6th (work that one out) it returned 59.1mpg. ive lowered it 35mm just to make it a bit better round corners and eliminate a bit of roll. its got comfort and looks. im going to find it very hard to part with it. but thats a while off yet!
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Renault's were never my dream car during my formative years.

In fact I was a volkswagen fan for many of my early driving years running a very early golf mk1 gti, scirroco, polo, and a cal look beetle complete with porsche block.

Having settled and raised a family comfort and safety became my priority. I owned an old Renault 25 which I picked up for a song and found that my driving style became more laid back as I relaxed into the airchair soft drivers seat. Reliability was above what I had experienced with the various VW's and so I began to realise the benefits of driving a renault.

I moved onto an ex company Laguna Phase 1 from the R25 and drove around for two hassle free years before things like the heater matrix started to go wrong.

I really liked the shape of the Laguna II when it came out in 2001 and also the level of equipment as standard on the higher spec models.

I picked mine up again as a used ex fleet vehicle with full history.

Xenon Lights, Assisted Emergency Braking, Bipolar Climate Control, Quality Audio, Half Leather, etc etc etc.

Since then I have to admit to being strapped for cash with the cost of parts when things do break and lack of breakers that have 2nd hand parts available and dismayed at the lack of proper care the local dealership seems to employ when trying to solve faults.

Thing are imporving though as the new shape and technology is nearly 5 years old now parts are more easy to get hold of. Also the tyre dealers now how to change the tyres without breaking the pressure sensors !!

This forum has also helped to point me in the right direction with problems.

My next car ?

Probably a GT205 when they start appearing on the 2nd hand ex fleet car market.

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