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Espace capacity

I'm looking at selling my rover saloon and getting an Espace as I need the capacity of a people carrier for work (as an alternative to buying a small van). My friend has a Chrysler Grand Voyager and all my equipment just about fits in it with all the seats out.

However, I've been warned against getting a Voyager as I've been told the'yre unreliable and the parts are expensive so I'm looking at the Espace as an alternative. Can anyone give me an idea how the two compare in interior size and what the Espacve is like for reliability (either diesel or petrol).
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I'd be looking at a VW Sharan, Toyota Previa or Ford Galaxy if you want reliability to be honest
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As someone who previously worked for Ford's Customer Service Division - I would steer well clear of the previous shape Galaxy/Sharan/Alhambra.

They have well-documented water ingress issues (featured on Watchdog), which plays havoc with the ECU . Also, they are prone to air-con failures, both of which are very expensive & troublesome to fix.

Personally speaking, I'd be inclined to narrow the searching to MPVs which have folding seats - otherwise you'll need a garage to store them when removed, and you'll probably slip a disc or two when lifting them in and out.

Something else to consider would be pick-up (either single or double cab) - I don't know what you'd be carrying, but at least its not as exposed as it would be in an MPV.


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Thanks for the replies guys. The Previa was recommended to me but they're quite expensive - I only have a budget of about 2000 max which is why I thought the Espace may be suitable but if they're not too reliable, I guess I'll stay away from them as well.

The internal capacity is the biggest issue so I don't think the Sharan would do. As I mentioned, my equipment only just fits in the Voyager - the biggest item (a table) is just over 6ft long so my new vehicle has to be able to take that. I don't mind taking out the seats if it gives me a bit of extra room (and saves fuel!) though.
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The MkI galaxy can fit more in than the 1997-2000 espace.

The espace derv lumps are VERY expensive to fix and parts on the espace are HUGELY expensive in my experience.

Water ingress happens on most cars, but the galaxy certainly is easier (IMO) to repair yourself.

I was warned of the chrysler due to repair prices etc.
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