What should I look for in a used Renault Espace MPV?
Diesels can be prone to trouble, so watch out for excessive exhaust smoke, listen for noises that indicate the turbo is on its last legs, check the condition and level of the oil, and ensure the engine responds cleanly and progressively across the rev range. If there are any signs of overheating, walk away.
Clutches can be problematic, too, especially on diesels, and minor electrical glitches are also common. The symptoms can be wide-ranging, so check anything electrical works as it should. Pay special attention to the electric handbrake, which can stick.
Tyre wear is heavy on the Espace, and a set of fronts can need replacing after 12,000 miles, sometimes less. So, give the tyre tread depth a good look to see if you might have a big bill not too far round the corner, and watch for uneven wear, which could indicate suspension trouble.
The interior trim is pretty tough, but inspect it for any signs of abuse from hard family use or constant load-lugging duties.