I own a 4 year old Renault Espace, which is just out of warranty, it is not a bad car to drive, the seating is good but leaves no space for anything else, shopping etc.and it is not an easy task to get the children into the back seats. So we had to take the middle seat out of the second row. It is terrible for pulling away, totally gutless, but I have to say it is very good once you get moving. I was on the way to the garage for its service, when the car started smoking, the revs increased and the engine ran away, I had no control of the accelerator. I could not stop the car or turn the engine off, I just held my foot on the brake and the clutch as its speed increased. The car was filling up with smoke and my children were petrified. The engine then destroyed itself and eventully stopped. I called the AA who said we are very lucky that the car did not burst into flames. It will now cost us £6600, for a new engine to be fitted, plus we still owe £5000 bank loan for the car. This was supposed to be the first decent car we have ever had after runnning around for years in old ones, as we were after reliability. We can't afford to pay for the repair, so still have the loan to pay but no car. I won't be able to get my children back to school (we do not live within walking distance). I don't think I would ever get into a Renault again.
Stephanie Hazelden, Kent, August 1st 2008