I've had this car since new, just over 2 years now. My advice if you are considering buying one is don't. The reliability is very poor. Where else would you invest over 30 grand for something that doesn't work correctly. The most recent problem is that I can not open the boot or split tailgate. Ok well the dealer can fit me in in 5 days, and they need the car for the whole day. But it's not that simple, 2 kids of 4 1/2 to 1 school and a younger one to nursery, so I need the car, this is one of the reasons I purchased it I've never been so cheesed off with a car. The problems are 13-14 miles per gallon Boot not operating Glass roof does not go back. Alarm sometimes sounds on opening rear doors (been in the garage 7 days in total, only not to be rectified). Rattle under car (sorted once, but same rattle back again) In the summer the air con can not cool the entire cabin, how did Renault not know that in testing? The cooling is all very blustery and loud but the actual effect is like an asthmatic mouse trying in inflate a ballon. Thats it for me. I think that consumers are getting a raw deal from Renault. These are very expensive cars (does the price really matter?) and they should work without fault for many years. I've had German, Japanese & Swedish prior to this car and they've all swept the floor with reliability compared to this car. I am unable to recommend Renault atall. I will probably buy a Ford or merc next time around.
I have owned this company car since March '04 and although I really love it, it has not been without its problems: The heated seats work intermittently, the heater only gets hot if you set it at 26 C and I've had the air con fail on me twice. Other joys have been the 3 turbos it's had. This means the whole front of the car has to be dismantled and the engine taken out. Renault will only supply a reconditioned turbo on warranty and this lasts approx 1 year. This repair takes from 2 weeks to a month to fix since Renault has to authorise every single part. I do about 15000 miles a year, mostly town driving and get 18-19 miles to the gallon. The best I have seen on a long run is 26mpg. Service items have included 2 sets of discs and pads front and back, 3 sets front tyres, 2 sets of back, and a new battery. The service is every 18,000 miles. All this apart, I love the keyless ignition, the electric handbrake, the way it locks itself, the ride and handling for such a big car are superb and it's pretty quick too. The light steering, the sat nav, the room inside, the Xenon headlights, the digital speedo, the excellent cruise control that even works at 30mph. Would I buy one again? Only if I was getting my petrol free, otherwise, it is too expensive to run.
I purchased a 2.2 Privilege on a 55 plate from new in January 06 and I had nothing but trouble with it from day one. ECG valve replaced 5 times, new gear box, new turbo, 3 injection faults, tyre sensor faults on each wheel. It also has to be said the service recieved from Renault W3 has been the worst I have ever had; infact just as bad as the car itself. I would not recommend this car to anyone. I now drive a Chrysler Grand Voyager which I admit is more expensive to run but worth it as I haven't had any problems as yet, when it's done 41,000 miles. I repeat do not invest in Renault Espace if you are a high milage driver or you will regret it as I have done.
I bought this car secondhand. It's a great car and has got loads of boot space. In EuroNCAP this car scored 5 out of 5 stars for safety. Reliability is ok but my zafira had better reliability. Would buy this car again.
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