I bought this car at 100k having had a V6 Petrol I thought this might be a bit less expensive.... Huh dream on !! It is now 15 months on I have had a new clutch ( 2nd one to be fitted as the first was fitted incorrectly by the dealwership in colchester, a new gearbox not under warranty as the baring were deamed to be wear and tear, 4 new injectors at different times to rectify "loss of power"( Common Fault )New Inj Pump to rectify "loss of power" 3 new alternators (Two were faulty on arrival but fitted anyway ) 2 EGR valves to rectify "loss of power".... Again,this must now be a Health and safty issue as I read about it on every forum I visit. currently the turbo has gone pumping oil into the intercooler rad and cat £1500. total nearly £6K spent in 15 months only help from renault was for 1 injector as in warranty, Renault do not want to know you after 65K warranty period. getting rid asap buying a kia seddona...100k unlimmited milage warranty. goodbye blues I have used 5 dealerships in the midlands area and would not give you tuppence for all 5 together.
Over the four years we've owned this vehicle, there has been no maintenance cost except for normal interval servicing, so in terms of reliability it's been excellent.
I still love the space-age dash with the speedo in the middle and my wife makes full use of the massive chilled glove box. The only downside is the kids monitoring your speed from the back.
The ride is smooth, especially on motorways. On one occasion I drove six adults from London to Manchester and back, and to my surprise I received lots of positive comments on both comfort and space. Having said that, I'd have needed the Grande if they had been carrying any luggage.
On the negative side, it rolls about a bit on bends, so it has to driven in a gentlemanly fashion, and some of the plastic fittings have not lasted the course.
I'd definitely buy another.
Where do you start! Never again will a renault sit on our drive!
We had worst 18 months ever after purchasing a 2002. It had more or less the engine rebuilt very slowly week by week. EGR valves, we just lost count how many times they were replaced. Clutch cylinder head broke just 2 days after collecting vehicle. Airbag warning light, continually needed resetting. Had new computer system in the end. Seat belt warning light, never did get to the bottom of that one, on continuously for 18 months.
Sun roof, great for in car shower - although never leaked in the dealership. Needed an umbrella on rainy days.
Needed a mobile cash point alongside this car. Yes most of it done under warranty, but no extended warranty available due to poor car history!!!
Buy one at your own risk.
I bought this car new in 2001 having enjoyed my previous Espace, a Mk2 1.9D, which had 1 fault in 6 years
The first few months were great, driving it was a pleasure. It zoomed along, spacious for all occupants, great stereo, I thought it was perfect. I was disappointed then, when I pressed down the clutch and the slave cylinder went pop. This was the 1st of many faults. As previously mentioned, the EGR valve has a habit of failing. Random warning lights don't inspire confidence but they never register with the car’s computer. I mention them when having the car serviced and they always say “nothing recorded”. Wheel alignment has been a constant annoyance: un-even wearing of tyres has driven me mad, at £130 a tyre it’s no joke, but even having the alignment checked and corrected every 6 months I still need to replace tyres far sooner than should be necessary. (on my Mk2 Espace, wheel alignment was checked regularly but never needed adjustment once in 135,000 miles). A really stupid thing is that in order to replace a nearside headlight bulb, both indicators and the entire front grill have to be removed to get the headlamp out.
I’ve done 82,000 miles in this car, and for the majority of those miles I have been fretting over “Will I get there without another fault?” I can do without the stress and so I’ve just ordered a Mazda 5, and frankly I just hope nothing else happens to the Espace whilst I’m waiting for it to be delivered! I would not recommend this model.
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