2.2diesel 98 model bought with 60,000 miles on the clock - it now has 180,000 - still running on original clutch despite much towing and still in good looking condition thanks to Matra's excellent design and build capability. The engine burns no oil the only cost has been a range of exhaust bits - adding up to a complete system, tyres pads discs etc. [though the rear shoes have never been changed]. I am now changing for a newer 02 race model with the newer engine as the old one is making a faint diff noise at about 80mph and I don't want to fork out for a new gearbox. Saying that it will probably last another 100,000 miles.
Unfortunately we became owners of 2.2tdi Expression 4 years ago. We were obliged to buy this as our 1st Renault Espace self-destructed at 79k miles and to cut a long story short the dealer had us over a barrel! In its favour it's a good drive and very roomy - although the seats are hard to take in and out. However it's been another catalogue of disaster: on-board computer failed shortly after purchase - too costly to repair; doors didn't lock - then they would 'stick'; clutch pump failed; windows got stuck in down position twice; in the last 2 months we have the same problem as many others on this site - engine cuts out on the motorway (great with 3 kids) - 4 different dealers cannot find the problem (although willing to carry out expensive repairs - changed valves, petrol pump) to no avail. We are just hoping this car will get to the garage to part exchange it for a Honda FRV. In the light of all the other reader's complaints Renault should take note - this is a potentially very dangerous car.
I actually own the left hand drive "Initiale" version but it's not that different. Costs; mine will give a return of just short of 8L per 100 km, whatever the driving; although hard motorway driving will see consumption increase. Go for the leather seat option as this is about as child-related mess retardant as anything I've come accross. Other than the series recalls which were all done under warranty, the only complaint I've got about the car is the battery. To prevent it totally discharging(the car failed to start after I left the lights on for 10 minutes, on another occasion, cleaning the car & listening to the radio saw the battery pancaked yet again!), take the car for a 30-40 minute trip once a week. The ability of this car to take everything my young children throw at it is commendable. The onboard SatNav can take some getting used to and can catch the unwary out with early turning instructions. I'm not impressed that there are no free upgrades and each Disc costs 35 quid plus!! Overall; love the car. Yes, it has niggles, but show me a car that doesn't.
I have had an R reg 2.2TD version and this was a great car no problems just kept on running.
Up graded to to a newer model the 2.2dci Y reg I say upgrade but it has less power than the 2.2TD it's smoother, no problems with the car for the 1st 11 months then driving down the M25 outside lane @ 70mph and the engine cuts out get to the hard sholder and resart the engine all OK for the next 50 miles then the same again. New fuel pump and filter 2 new injectors and £1500 still has same fault thining of selling car and getting somethingf else.
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