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Good solid workhorse if a bit of a plodder


Solid, dependable, motoring on the cheap .  Good size particularly estates

Slug slow, can be thirsty if rushed

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Look away now if you want exhilarating performance..............

But if you want a good solid workhorse that wont break the bank, read on.

FIrstly, I only buy cheap runarounds. The only criteria for me is that they must be less than a grand to buy, have an mot and some tax , I can fit my tools in, are cheap to insure and they will do 40 plus to the gallon. I usually either scrap them once I have run them to the end of the mot or bung them on ebay as spares or repair! (Usually every six months or so).

It's a policy that keeps my business costs down and, so far, has worked well. But it is a risk, so buying a car that has a reasonable reputation and will do the job is important. As I have found one here, it is only fair to share my findings......

I would'nt normally shout about anything from Renault. This is one exception.......

So, how about a 95 Renault Laguna 2.2D RN? A dud or a well kept secret?

Actually, it's the latter. As with a few of the older Renaults, they are slow and a bit uninspiring, but they are far better than the latest offerings, by simply not breaking down as often and are thus cheaper to keep on the road. As a general rule of thumb with Renaults, the less there is on the car to go wrong...... Once Renault start to try and get clever with their cars it starts to go a bit awry!
The 2.2d motor is a slug, only putting out 80bhp, try to rush it and it will only cost you at the pump. Accept that things will take a little longer and be thankful you don't have a turbo overtaxing the engine. In fact, the turbo versions of the 2.2 td 12v engine can retire early, whilst the non-turbo can live almost for ever with the right care!
One thing Renault seem to consistently get right is making gearboxes just as long as they are manual. Auto's should be avoided, in any guise. As should the Laguna 2 (But that's another story). Fortunately, this non-turbo engine is spared the embarrasment so you will be too.
The 12v 2.2d engine is used by Renault for some of its vans, a job it handles well. In a car, well, as I said, if it's performance your after, look elsewhere. This car is really for those who are'nt fussed about all that speed nonsense. Having said that, when you do eventually reach the national speed limit you will be pleased that the car handles well in the corners; just put it in fourth and hope to keep up the head of steam you have developed.
It's reasonably well put together and is quite tough.
It's also good that it is comfy and reasonably well specced, in a grey plastic french sort of way. At least the longer journey times will not cause problems with your piles or lower back.
Plenty of space, both with the seats up and down, estates are a real good buy if you can find one at the right money. (probably best to avoid the 1.9dci as well, bit of a lemon).
Renault Zinc coated their cars so rust is not a major problem, they are better at resisting the old tin worm than contemporary offerings from Mercedes Benz! (I owned an 98 E class, rusty and with a lot of surprising faults....)
There are quite a few mk1 Lagunas still bombing around so it should be perfectly possible to find one that will still have some useful life left in it. (People get rid of them then wish they had'nt).
Bad starting could just be down to glow plugs, but if it smokes after you get it going walk away. Gearboxes will be a bit sticky as the synchromesh gets lazy, but as I said before, if you don't rush it, it will be like that passed the 200,000 mile point and beyond.
First job, if it has'nt been done, is change the cambelt and the auxiliary belt or it will let you down.
Okay, I hear you say, what's the downside?
Front wheelbearings are a common failure, in fact the front suspension and steering will cause problems at some stage. If it is rattling over potholes, which is most of the road network in the UK, (another reason to run an old cheap car!) then it is probably the anti-roll bar droplinks. Lack of oil changes will cause problems with the hydraulic valves rattling, but it will still run and you probably wont notice anyway! All relatively straightforward and cheap to repair if you are so inclined. Heaters are a bit dire. Check the radiator and cooling system. There will be some oil around the cylinder head, just keep topping it up!
That apart, they will just keep plodding along, if that's all you need, the old Laguna will suit you nicely. It did me, I bought another one......

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Teddytail 29.03.2010 13:48

All pros and cons well explained. A good old tub for what you need it for. I once had an old sierra with a 2.5 Peugeot diesel "lump" and it also was "bomb proof" good old motor.

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Renault present the Laguna Dynamique 2.2 dCi 150 Hatchback with 6 Speed - (Man) / 5 Speed - (Auto), Front (FWD) run...

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Body Type Hatchback, Saloon
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Available Trims Dynamique; Initiale; Privilege


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