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Thanks guys, all the suggestions most welcome. I will go with the suggestion that it's the sticky rod since niether side of the door releases at all and the handel is "floppy" as if it is not connected to something.
I am worried about the torq screws or rather the lack of them under the red fog lights either side of the number plate. I have a 20mm(ish) blanked central hole with three pop rivets around it in both these recesses. I won't start drilling out the rivets until the door is open and all other fixings are removed (I don't expect i will have to) but it means my construction is slightly different (Damn!)
How many fastners do you guys recall I have located the 2x8mm bolts - top near blind, 4xmedium torq screws one in each corner of panel. Is there more? Shaun listed (7?) if thats the case then i think I'm a bit short.

He He yes I will leave panel off for a while as well and/or look to drill a small hole which i can actuate the lock through.

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grand espace 98 rear door

There are 8 fasteners on my door, one at each corner of the panel of which the bottom 2 are accessible with the door closed while the top 2 need the door open.

Behind the foglights in the centre of that 20mm hole there is 1 torx screw each side. If you have no screws behind the foglamps then someone else threw them away. [And that suggests a previous problem in that area, does it not]

On the TOP of the panel, just behind the lifting tabs for the sunblinds you should find 2 plastic
'buttons?'. Prise these out because the final 2 fasteners (torx20?) are about 6" down the holes now opened. These screws only need to be slackened off [DO NOT REMOVE OR YOU WILL LOSE THEM] They act as jamming cleats when tightened down.

So for you you the count is 8 but with 2 already gone from behind the foglamps

OOP! I forgot to mention that the pulling handle at the bottom nearside has to be removed but you would know that ? lol

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Originally Posted by andy Shackcloth View Post
Hi Shaun,

I have exactly the same problem, sporadic non opening of the tail gate, the central locking is sounding is if it is working but the "handle" feels loose is if it is not connected. With no internal means of opening the tailgate it has become a major problem.

Whatever you can summerise to help most appreciated.

Thanks Andy Shackcloth.

Contact me direct if you want on if you want.

I have a digital camera and will happly up load some shots if I can get as far as opening and removing the fascia panel.
Andy,Ihave a 2000 Espace Alize with a tailgate that wont open at all.As the door is shut i have an extra problem.However i thought if i knew the position of the lock i would cut an inspection hole..unless you have any other suggestions,Melvyn
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Re: 1998 Grand Espace RXE Boot Door LOCK!

I had this problem only last week but each time i tried to get it open it just wouldnt. So in the end i cut a 6 inch slit from the inside right near to where the lock should be and pulled the cable(bar) and hey presto she opened.... The only problem i could find was that the solinoid was sticking so out came the grease and ten mins later working as good as new... You wouldnt even know i had cut it as it fits snug back in too..
I did take the solinoid of but as you say it took a while to get the inner cover off(although i didnt take it right off)About an hour from start to finish..
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Re: 1998 Grand Espace RXE Boot Door LOCK!

Hi. I am having this problem on a 1999 Espace 3.0 v6.

I cannot no matter how many times I try to get the tailgate to open.

Is my only option to cut a hole in the back panel and try to manually activate/move the switch?
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