Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Renault Espace MPV?
Renault doesn't have the best of reliability records, and information supplied to us by Warranty Direct shows that the Espace is one of the worst performing cars in any sector.
For starters, its digital speedo is prone to problems and costs a fortune to fix. Heater leaks are also common, the 2.2-litre diesel engine may need an expensive rebuild at some point, and both the suspension and ABS have been known to fail.
This all makes a full service history a must, as do the many recalls that have been issued on the car over the years.
The potential faults that led to these recalls range from relatively minor problems such as the possibility of the spare wheel coming loose to far more serious concerns. For example, there was a fire risk on cars built between March and August 1999 because the exhaust manifold and fuel pipe had been positioned too closely together.