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Re: Buying advice and reviews please.

Please don't be too critical of poor response - some of us have had severe storms/powercuts to contend with!
I had a standard length Mk3 Espace 2000reg at 5 years old. The car did what was asked of it and behaved well, it was a 2 litre RT-X. When I bought it the main item I was told to watch for was a failing dashboard but since those early days various companies have appeared here that do a cheaper fix than Renault's offering. My car did not develop the problem and I had that car for 5 years. Prior to trading the car (for a Mk4 Espace) I had learned from another owner that the clutch master & slave cylinder repair was a nightmare and costly to fix. Again, I did not encounter that problem. Several other people I know had latter Mk3 Espace cars which gave excellent service with many of the owners have numerous kids and undertook an annual holiday to France in their Espaces. Of those owners only one did not replace their Mk3 with a Mk4, of those who did replace with a Mk4 the only disappointed owner was one who had many problems with a pre-owned 2.0 petrol turbo .
When trying the car for size ensure rear seat passengers remain fully comfortable as the rear seat area floor is a good 3-4 inches shallower than the front seat floor area.
Hope this helps in some way.
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Re: Buying advice and reviews please.

Originally Posted by mrsflopsybunny View Post
Does'nt anyone own an Espace and wanna help me here?
24 views and not a sausage of a reply...

Although the poll wasn't particularly inspiring when 35%+ of you wouldn't buy a Renault again.

Maybe I shud just go get another Galaxy.........I did love the last one!!!
You could have tried the search facility too.....

buying espace 2001

Just one of a number of threads about buying an Espace 3.

Oh,and just to add,the V6 petrol is a fantastic engine mated to a pretty awful gearbox (auto only).Maintenance costs on a V6 can be a nightmare too,check for cambelt change history as replacement is monsterously expensive.

Personally the 2.2 dCi would be the one to go for,although injector problems aren't uncommon and the engine does tend to confuse people as it has a few strange foibles.
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I have owned my 2002/02 Mk 3 Grand Espace for over 7 years now (43k miles in Nov-04, 102k miles now) and it had it's problems initially, the usual diagnosis of EGR valve failure combined with a useless main dealer in Slough.
However after having 3 of the injectors replaced under warranty (at 4 years old, 63k) there have been no engine problems since, only useful main dealer and it went bust (Bridges of Reading).
Tend to service it myself now, brakes and soon to be front shocks and springs.
The most useful car you can imagine, 7 seats that all recline and slide, enough room for 7 (5 adults, 2 kids) and luggage or a big pram or 2 German Shepherds in their travel cage, for longer trips, just add a top box and have even more room inside and if your into DIY, you can even fit multiple sheets of 8'x4' ply, etc in the back, (with the boot open).
It also handles well for a big car and can be quite nippy, (has exceeded 120mph,) and can get round the twisties like a pro, even handled itself well in the snow. However most of this could be down to the driver?
Depite buying out of neccesity, it has served us well.
Currently looking for a newer car, but as a family car it's hard to beat. However would not consider the mk4 due to the styling.
Will probably keep this as the family car and buy a sports car for my own amusement.
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Re: Buying advice and reviews please.

The Espace is fantastic value for money. But the corollary is that it can also empty your wallet very rapidly.
Because the Espace has a reputation for unreliability it is silly cheap. So an equivalent Espace will sell for loads less than a Sharalaxy.
But this makes it a second hand joy.
What you save on buying it you are unlikely to spend on repairs so you get more car for less.
In particular the petrol models in practice do minimally less MPG than the diesels yet sell for lots less.
A 70 reg Grand Espace with everything kit for 3500 or less has to be one of the bargains of the decade.
I love my Espace - it doubles as a van - tows anything and is quiet, modern, effective and little hassle.
This is the fourth Espace I have had- tried a Galaxy and a Voyager and hated them.
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