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
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
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
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.
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żadnych przygotowań. Samochód jest z wypełniony bagażami ma
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głód olejowy, powodowany jego niskim stanem, co w połączeniu z
przeciążeniem daje taki efekt. Opony RE050A 225/45 R17. Brak mocnych
dohamowań powodowany najtańszymi klockami, które przestają hamować po
maksymalnym rozgrzaniu hamulców.
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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
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
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
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.