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1st Post on proposed purchase of Renault Espace

I am at the stage of virtually signing on the dotted line to purchase a 2005 Grand Espace 2.2dci Auto.
I enquired at the local main agent nearest to me on the cost of a service and I was told £300-£400.

Surely this chap is not right ?
He was the salesman admittedly, and he said he wasn't sure. Talking to the actual service dept, they don't want to speculate as the car is not owned by me yet (I'm buying it from elsewhere) but they think the above figure "is unlikely"

So what are the typical costs of the 1st two services 18000 miles and the other one later on.

MUST they be done by a Renault main agent to keep warrentry valid?

When out of warrentry, are these cars really so complicated now that you really have no choice but to use a garage ?

(Over the last 30 years I've done virtually every job possible to do - except rebuilding gearboxes)

Its the garage costs that are franckly making me hesitate.

(Why buy a dear vehicle and then moan about service costs you may ask - well its had various disability modifications done, and its the availability of the modifications which dictates the choice and make of vehicle purchased)

Hopefully thanks in advance
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welcome to the forums follie.
if the car comes with a warranty,you can use an indipendant.providing genuine renault parts are used,it will not invlidate your warranty,as for price of servicing you are best to shop around,or maybe take advice from other members,the modern engines today are designed so the diy'er cannot do so many repairs themselves,by the time and cost of specialist tools,it would be easier to book the car in for servicing and repairs.if you decide to sign the dotted line,good luck, and enjoy your motor


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OK thanks for that. I found the official Renault site does not tend to be forthcoming over issues like that <smile>

If anyone else finds themselves in the same boat of needing disability adaptations it seems they don't invalidate the Warranty either.
I wrote to Renault and had a letter back confirming this. Obviously, as they pointed out, their Warranty does not apply to the modifications.

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The servicing may seem quite expensive but they don’t need doing very often – 18,000 miles or 2 years!! Having said that, the general consensus seems to be that the service intervals is too long to go without changing the oil , if you do a search you’ll find more info on that. Obviously from your post this is something you would be more than capable of doing yourself.

I’ve just found the bill for the 36,000 mile service on mine (2.0 Turbo Petrol) – total cost £254+VAT – here’s the breakdown

Labour £129.79
Environmental Charge £4.00
Oil – Excellium 5W40 £41.25
Oil Filter £5.97
Screen Wash £1.42
Washer £0.91
Air Filter £15.46
Spark Plugs £32.32
Fuel Filter £14.83
Wiper Blade £8.94

I’m not sure what the cost of the 18,000 mile service was.

All said and done the Grand Espace is a fantastic car, I was sorry to see mine go in some ways but I wouldn’t keep it without the manufacturers warranty. But that’s no reflection on Renault, to be honest that would apply to every modern car for me, they are way too complex now and when the Gandis which I bought to replace the Espace is three years old that will be going too!

Good luck with your purchase and welcome to the forum, hope you’ll stick around.

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