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Thanks for all your usefull advice, it is really apprieciated.

I was hoping to have a look at the car this weekend but didn't get a chance, I did however seek advice and costs from a mechanic and again, would really appreicate your help.

The niose when turning seems to be a ball joint on the drivers side steering arm, I have seen it and it has collapsed and a lot of play is present. It didnt expain why the problem was heard on the other side of the car but I suppose that may be impacted by taking the load of the turn?

The gear box problem was described as the clutch. It makes sense as the mechanic informed me if I pressed real hard in the cluth, the gears go in easier, however the problem is still there and no matter how hard you press on the clutch, reverse is very difficult.

Anyhow for these two problems, 500 + in the mechanics sky rocket is the quote. Seems a lot and I was suspicious after the messages in this post.

I have jacked up the car and checked the linkages, one arm is solid but another is loose, with a small amount of play. I asked a firend to change gears and I could just see a rubber bush mishaped and not looking quite right. It may be this is the shape for any such device but without the knowledge, cannot be sure. Apparently, the gear box is the same a 4 wheel drive renault 25 (Espace is the old Quadra (4 Wheel Drive model) but the drive shaft is not there, making it 2 wheel drive).

I would really appreicate some help on this one before I get ripped off or spend money in the wrong place.

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the heater problem could be a blocked heater matrix or even something as simple as the controls not adjusted properly.(cables could have slipped!).I had this on my espace.cold heater and was ready to do the matrix had already flushed it and made no differce.when i was undoing the dash to get to the matrix i found the heat control cable had slipped in the clip at the heater.try the cables and flushing it first..
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Unhappy I'm having the same gearbox problem - only worse

hello mate
I bought a 1993 espace helios from e-bay in August - to use as a general vehicle, plus transport for disco equipment and I love it. There's plenty of space, with the seats folded/removed and I would certainly buy another. The only immediate problem (apart from some scratches and bumper damage) was the clutch required a lot of pressure to engage. I've now reached the stage where I can't engage reverse without a lot of grinding and the other gears are getting very sticky. What was the estimate for the clutch repar only - any idea?
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Sorry to hear that your having probs with your Espace. I've owned a 97 Laguna now for six months & have experienced many, many faults, nocks, rattles & running faults. I bought it with a FSH & low mileage. Anyway my gearbox symptoms sound very similar to yours, I tend to put it into reverse before I start the car, to stop the noise. If your vehicle is parked on a slight incline & your car rolls back slightly before you engage reverse, this will also help to alleviate the prob. I've found in time you can learn to live with the sluggish gearbox, mine gets slightly better when the car warms up.

Regarding your front end noise, have you checked your front pads? Your front brake piston may be seizing, I've experienced this prob with another make of car & it turned out to be a seizing front brake piston. More of a scraping noise though, than a banging one.

Not totally sure on the blower prob, have you flushed the radiator & changed the antifreeze? That was one of my first jobs.

Good luck.
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espace heater

Hi, i had the same problem with the heater ( hot would blow luke warm ) my mechanic told me the the heater matrix could have a leak. so i put some rad weld in and now i have all the heat i need. As the gears go, i have the very same problem and still trying to sort it out.
hope this helps
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