2001 Renault Laguna Dynamique 1.6 16V Review,Start Up, Engine, and In Depth Tour
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Family cars with flair are a Renault speciality, and the handsome Laguna is no exception. Despite being six years old, the Ford Mondeo rival remains a popular buy in the UK market, with 110,000 examples sold so far.
Generous kit and a carefully engineered accident protection system -- it was the first car in its class to get a fivestar rating in Euro NCAP crash tests -- mean it's luxurious and comfortable.
Of course, buyers should beware of potential pitfalls, but a good Laguna is a cracking used buy. Whether you pick the five-door hatch or the stylish Sport Tourer estate, here's the lowdown...
High-mileage early Lagunas start at only £3,000, but aim to spend at least £5,000 to secure a 50,000-mile car on a 52-plate. Shop around and you can get a 1.9 dCi for less than an equivalent 1.8 petrol -- we found a 54-plater with 35,000 miles for around £8,000. For £10,000, you can buy a facelifted year-old car with around 10,000 miles.
What to look for
Despite the appeal of the turbo 2.0T, petrol Lagunas aren't generally as desirable as the diesel variants. And given how good the dCi units are, anything running on unleaded makes little sense. Choose from Authentique, Expression, Dynamique, Privilège and rare Initiale specs. Buy at least a Dynamique, but make sure everything works properly -- the more complex options there are, the greater the risk of problems.
Sept 2001: Tow ball mount may crack on Sport Tourers built Nov-Dec 2000. Mar 2002: Engine speed control issue. Mar 2002: Engine may cut out on cars built from Oct 2000-June 2001. Mar 2002: Concerns over fuel leak and emergency brake assist. Nov 2002: Surge on 1.8 16v petrol cars built from May-July 2002. Sept 2003: Unintended acceleration on 1.8 16v and 2.0 16v models built from May 2001-Oct 2002. Sept 2003: Unintended acceleration on 1.6 16v from Jan 2001-July 2002. Nov 2004: Erratic engine revs on cars built from Sept 2002-June 2004.
Katherine and Steve Redfern from Droitwich, Worcs, bought their 2003 Laguna 2.0 Initiale when it was six months old, and they're smitten. Katherine said: "Our Renault was great value for money, and it's practical and economical -- the best car we've ever had. It's been very reliable, and we're now looking to buy a V6 version. Even if we don't find one, our next car will definitely be another Laguna."
* Electrics: there are a number of potential problems with the Laguna's electrics. Check sunroofs, windows and climate control systems thoroughly, as well as the tyre pressure monitoring system. A used car warranty will provide peace of mind.
* Gearbox: transmissions can also cause problems; clutches fail prematurely, especially on diesel cars. Meanwhile, second gear can become quite noisy on models with six-speed manual boxes -- so take any buy for a decent test drive.
* Lights: Xenon headlights were offered as an optional extra on the Laguna range, and they are particularly effective, especially if you live in rural areas. However, the self-levelling system sometimes plays up, so make sure it's working properly.
* Wheels: poorly surfaced roads and speed bumps are bad news for wheels. The more adventurous designs in the Laguna's pretty alloy range can buckle, leading to a juddering steering wheel and uneven wear of the tyres.
* Engine: sluggish performance on 1.9 dCi diesel variants could be due to a sticky Exhaust gas recirculation valve -- which eventually leads to the destruction of the engine. It's a fairly common problem, so keep an eye on this or you'll be facing a hefty repair bill.
While service intervals vary according to the engine, schedules alternate between minor and major attention on all models.Service intervals: pre-February 2005 Lagunas need attention every two years, but later cars are required to visit the main dealer every 12 months -- mileage allowances vary, so check with your local franchise. A new cambelt is needed every 72,000 miles or five years, and all models have one, except for the 2.0 dCi.
Service costs: according to Hylton Renault in Worcester, owners should budget on £215 for a minor service and £370 for a major check. Replacing a cambelt will set you back around £350.
Euro NCAP | Renault Laguna | 2007 | Crash test
http://www.euroncap.com/tests/renault_laguna_2007/309.aspx Frontal Impact takes place at 64 Km/h, 40% of the width of the car striking a deformable barrier. In the side impact, a mobile deformable barrier impacts the driver's door at 50 km/h. In the pole test, the car tested is propelled sideways at 29km/h into a rigid pole.
2006 Renault Laguna 2.2 DCi INITIALE AUTOMATIC Full Review,Start Up, Engine, and In Depth Tour
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There was a time when the medium car segment looked set to challenge the Australian large car as the most popular fleet and family car segment when the Toyota Corona, Ford Telstar, Holden Camira, Mitsubishi Sigma and Nissan Bluebird/Pintara were all built in Australia and offered big savings in purchase price and running costs.
Apart from the Toyota Camry 4, this segment featured imports only as it slumped to an all time low of 5.4 per cent of total sales in 2002. Small cars had grown physically to such an extent that they performed the same function as a medium car at an average saving of around 40 per cent in purchase price.
This decline has reversed to such an extent that the medium car segment has been running at over 8 per cent market share for August, September and October 2006, perhaps even higher as several medium-sized imports are classified as prestige models. As small car sales level out, medium car sales have arguably growin at the same rate that the large car segment has declined.
When Renault's most successful years in Australia were built on quirky, front-drive liftbacks with flexible cabin space and low running costs priced the same as a larger Australian family car, the latest Laguna II 2.2dCi Liftback may generate the turnaround marque has been chasing in this class.
Keen pricing has slashed the solid $57,990 ask for the Laguna Privilege V6 auto discontinued in 2005 to just $46,990 for the single fully-equipped turbodiesel auto that has replaced the entire Laguna range on the local market.
This keen new price is even $2000 less than the first Laguna V6 launched in 1995 as an addition to Volvo showrooms before it was dropped in 1996.
The latest Laguna II is a major facelift of the all new Laguna that was relaunched in March 2002 by the current Nissan-Renault factory network based in Australia. Renault distribution in Australia prior to the current arrangements was like a revolving door which killed sales and resale. This wildcard is now in the past.
In a move that parallels the hugely popular R16 of 40 years ago, Renault buyers can now choose a fully-equipped Laguna diesel for the same price as a mid-range Australian large car. By specifying only the latest four-cylinder 2.2-litre direct injection turbodiesel from the pioneering Espace people mover, Renault has ended any confusion as to whether the Laguna was a four-cylinder or V6 luxury car.
After claiming that this new diesel engine offers better economy than the petrol four and is as quick as the petrol V6, Renault saw no point in continuing with either petrol engine. Sleeker styling has slashed the Cd back to 0.29 while providing a Renault corporate look that can make it look too much like a Megane if you are trying to impress neighbours with your Renault flagship purchase.
Why has it taken so long to identify the Laguna's niche? As Europe swung over to diesel, most European companies diverted their resources into perfecting their diesel models. Because these high-tech new models wouldn't run on 'dirty' Australian diesel, importers like Renault had to buy time with petrol engines that were the poor relations in Europe. This changed dramatically in 2006 after the standard for Australian diesel fuel was aligned with Europe for new Euro III emissions standards.
Alas there was a further wait as manufacturers developed state-of-the-art automatic versions when European diesels are mostly manuals. Like Peugeot and Volkswagen, Renault can now really strut its stuff in the diesel arena.
Thus the Laguna is the first of a new diesel range that will extend to the Megane and Scenic models early in 2007. While the new Laguna diesel is a compelling combination of economy and performance, it won't deliver enough savings at the bowser to cover the extra $10,000 in purchase price over the best small cars.
The mid-range Ford Focus LX auto hatch at $26,990 is exactly $20,000 cheaper. It is 4341mm long, 1840mm wide, 1443mm high on a 2640mm wheelbase with a 2.0-litre petrol engine that delivers 107kW @ 6000rpm and 185Nm @ 4500rpm. Its 1300kg kerb weight contributes to a combined fuel consumption figure of 8.0litres/100km and spritely performance if you rev it.
The Renault Laguna II is 4576mm long, 1783mm wide, 1429mm high on a 2750mm wheelbase with a 2.2-litre turbodiesel that delivers 102kW @ 4000rpm and 320Nm @ 1750rpm. Its 1495kg kerb weight contributes to a combined fuel figure of 7.7lt/100km despite its diesel engine. While Laguna performance is much stronger in the low to mid-ranges, its gains might not be enough for some drivers to justify the $20,000 hike.
Sick G Laguna Crash 2009
Sic G crashes on Hwy 58 on the way to Laguna Seca MotoGP. He and the bike were fine and he continued the ride.
Crash Test 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air VS. 2009 Chevrolet Malibu (Frontal Offset) IIHS 50th Anniversary
In the 50 years since US insurers organized the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, car crashworthiness has improved. Demonstrating this was a crash test conducted on Sept. 9 between a 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air and a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. In a real-world collision similar to this test, occupants of the new model would fare much better than in the vintage Chevy.
"It was night and day, the difference in occupant protection," says Institute president Adrian Lund. What this test shows is that automakers don't build cars like they used to. They build them better."
The crash test was conducted at an event to celebrate the contributions of auto insurers to highway safety progress over 50 years. Beginning with the Institute's 1959 founding, insurers have maintained the resolve, articulated in the 1950s, to "conduct, sponsor, and encourage programs designed to aid in the conservation and preservation of life and property from the hazards of highway accidents."
A decade after the Institute was founded, insurers directed this organization to begin collecting data on crashes and the cost of repairing vehicles damaged in crashes. To lead this work and the Institute's expanded research program, insurers named a new president, William Haddon Jr., who already was a pioneer in the field of highway safety. In welcoming Dr. Haddon, Thomas Morrill of State Farm said "the ability to bring unbiased scientific data to the table is extremely valuable." This scientific approach, ushered in by Dr. Haddon, is a hallmark of Institute work. It's why the Institute launched the Highway Loss Data Institute in 1972 — to collect and analyze insurance loss results to provide consumers with model-by-model comparisons.
Another Institute milestone was the 1992 opening of the Vehicle Research Center. Since then, the Institute has conducted much of the research that has contributed to safer vehicles on US roads. At the anniversary event, current Institute chairman Gregory Ostergren of American National Property and Casualty summed up a commitment to continue what fellow insurers began in 1959: "On this golden anniversary of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, we celebrate this organization's accomplishments toward safer drivers, vehicles, and roadways. We salute the vision of the Institute's founders and proudly continue their commitment to highway safety."
Car test Renault Laguna III
"What we want is for our customers to come and try it...That's all we want, that's all we can ask them to do. We are convinced that when they try it, they will like what they find with this car."
Crash Test 2004 - 2009 Volvo S40 (Frontal Offset) IIHS
2004-09 models mfg. after Feb. 2004
FRONTAL OFFSET TEST
OVERALL EVALUATION: Good
Structure/safety cage Injury measures Restraints/dummy kinematics
Head/neck Chest Leg/foot, left Leg/foot, right
Good Good Good Good Good Good
Important: Frontal crash test ratings can be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.
The Volvo S40 was redesigned during the 2004 model year (the new design entered production in January 2004 and the earlier design, which is classified as a small car, remained in production into February 2004). Note: information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on or near the driver door. To assure that the S40 is the new design, look for vehicles manufactured in March 2004 or later.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has evaluated the crashworthiness of the redesigned 2004 S40 in a 40 mph frontal offset crash test into a deformable barrier.
Restraints/dummy kinematics — Dummy movement was well controlled. After the dummy moved forward into the airbag, it rebounded into the seat without its head coming close to any stiff structure that could cause injury.
Injury measures — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.
Citroën C4 EuroNCAP Crash Test
Citroën C4 EuroNCAP Crash Test: front, lateral and pole.
Results: 35 points in adult occupant protection and 5 stars EuroNCAP.