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3 litre diesel Espace - when did they get ESP?

Hi all,
I am about to move to UK from NZ in a week. I want to get a 3 litre diesel Grand Espace secondhand. My reasoning is that they dont use much more fuel than the 2.2 (with my heavy foot, possibly less) and I would hope that the 3 litre Nissan motor is more reliable than the 2.2 Renault motor.

In NZ Espaces are hen's teeth

I want to spend 6000-10,000 pounds, low mileage (50-60k), and want max safety features for the offspring.

When did Renault add all the bells and whistles such as ESP, traction and understeer control to the range?

How much better is the optional panoramic roof?

When did the curtain airbags to all 3 rows of seats become standard?

Any helpful advice is very much appreciated. i am a petrolhead but fairly Renault-ignorant - NZ is full of Jap stuff and big Aussie sedans

thanks in advance , Al, NZ
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I'm pretty sure the 3.0 dCi is an Isuzu unit, not a Nissan, although that should speak similarly for its reliability.

That said, the 2.2 dCi seems to be a fairly solid unit - I wouldn't say its incidences of turbo failure exceed that of most other modern common rail diesels, unlike the 1.9, and the only really common fault appears to be the cracking intake manifold, which is comparitively cheap to sort.

Is the 2.0 dCi 150 or 170 not available in NZ? Because that really is a fantastically smooth engine for a 4cyl, seems very durable and should be a fair bit more economical than the 3.0 in either form.

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The 3.0 V6 Isuzu engine is not as durable as you'd think. Saab used it in their 9-5 Tid and had a litany of warranty claims for new engines, it had a bad habit of dropping a cylinder liner on no 6 cylinder and flooding with water. It was dropped after 20 months on all 9-5 models.
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