We purchased this 2.2 dCi Renault Espace (the Race model) from new in 2001. To date it has been back to the garage approximately 40 times. We have had two holidays ruined when the car broke down. The EGR valve shuts down and the car loses all power - pretty hair-raising when you are driving in the fast lane of the M6! There have been so many minor problems: the airbag warning light is on all the time, the catalytic convertor had to be replaced after two months, the doors stick or don't lock, the indicators not working, air-conditioning unit not working, both sunroofs leak when it rains - the list is endless. The fault with the EGR has been ongoing, and has been so bad that Renault gave us an extra year's full warranty cover. This week was the last straw when we had to hire a trailer to tow the car to a garage to get the EGR fixed again - it had been previously replaced in late June. We have just ordered our next car and after years of driving Renaults we have decided to go for reliability and have ordered a Skoda Octavia.
Pluses: Great family car (owned Espaces since 1994) - have 4 kids 15, 13, 2x11. Lots of space though eldest now running out of legroom in the back.
Very comfy and quiet, especially for long distance - ie we drive to France from Glasgow no bother.
Servicing costs OK. Renault as a company trying hard to achieve realisitc customer satisfaction (will get another Espace)
Negatives: car now with 58,000 has had 2 lots of front discs and pads (Renault paid for parts both times - even when out of warranty), failed catalytic converter, faulty electronic dashboard (Renault paid 75%) and failed B11 computer (£550), broken door mechanism (£300+)
Suggested improvements: Speakers in the very back row for passengers in the boot Better spare wheel locating device - prone to rust and seizure 3-point seat belt for middle seat
Summary Would buy another Espace - still best in class for us
Have regularly read comments on the engine power but for us this has never been an issue even with 7-up and roof-box can still keep up with traffic. Do not agree with comments. (previous car was BMW 635csi so do not expect same performance, other car is Honda Civic and Renault is still rated as being OK)
I love this car, from its stylish bullet-train look to the total comfort in the inside, it's fabulous.
I read all the reviews from the internet before I bought this MPV and must admit, they were not very good.
I have not had any problems at all in the nine months I have owned this car but I do know that spares are not cheap.
It drives like a top-of-the-range executive car, it is very spacious for me the wife and our four children, diesel consumption works out at approx 75 miles for every £10, and that includes towing a caravan.
There is plenty storage space in the Grand model, including tables and cup holders for the kids.
Don't be put off buying one of these superb MPVs but do keep it serviced regularly. Look after it and it will look after you.
I purchased this at 82,000 miles with FSH. I ran it to 98,000 miles over 14 months.
The seating and storage space is excellent. It has comfortable seats, which easily house seven adults. The rear two seats are not particularly suited to adults. Access to the back seats is better by climbing through the boot. Boot space is superb.
Equipment is great, including a six-disc changer and driver-accessible remote controls for the main stereo functions. The digital dashboard display takes some getting used to but proves very easy to monitor.
Running costs are high. The 2.0-litre petrol engine is fuel-hungry.
Reliability has been awful. During the 14 months of ownership, the vehicle has broken down five times.
I've needed two clutches (requiring two new master and slave cylinders during the first 12 months costing £250 parts + £250 labour each time), two fanbelts. I've had an unidentifiable electrical problem, which even the Renault diagnosis systems could not resolve.
In addition to the above, it has suffered from a major oil leak, high oil consumption (over three quarters of a full oil tank in a 6-8 weeks (approximately 1800 miles), and ABS problems.
Maintenance costs are high, and it is not a good car for mechanics to work on. Limited space in the engine bay renders accessibility difficult. Three reputable garages refused to work on it for anything other than standard wear and tear repairs.
Overall, this could have been a very good car were it not for some s
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