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Ive fallen for the 3.0dci

Good lick with the 2.0 I think ... Ive gone mad

I've read all the horror stories and Im still being pulled strongly to a 18 month old sub 10k mile 2008 Espace 3.0 dci from a Renault main dealer.

I was considering downsizing from our '06 Seat Alhambra 140 Stylance to a 5 seater estate car ... we're doing a lot of long distance trips these days and the firmness of the Alhambra gives great handeling but it's too tiring over long distances.

After endless trawling and research my short list was a 4 year old A6 Avant ... and a slightly more expensive newish Skoda 2.0TDI CR vRS ...

Then the Espace caught my eye ... its probably what I should have bought last time but the Seat was SO much cheaper and more fun to drive. The Espace now looks too much of a bargain to overlook and is now 10K cheaper than the only direct alternatives I can think of (Audi Q7 and Merc R Class)

It would be nice to hear from anyone who has had a great experience with a 3.0dci ... but I suppose that most people wouldnt come on here if they didnt have a problem

So I might be letting myself into a lot of trouble and a financial money pit so how do minimise the risk?

A long comprehensive warranty to fend off financial risk ... are there any pitfalls I should watch out for here? Can I get a Renault Extended warranty from the dealer?
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Haha, I'm glad you like it, I certainly do, I now can't believe I was seriously considering a 2004 model with double the mileage and a service missing for just 3k less, specially as this is still covered by the Renault Warranty until March next year! Now if you really wanted to see it you'd have to promise not to point out anything that might be wrong with it, I'm having a honeymoon period and woe-betide the man that makes a sharp intake of breath and says "oh dear mate, yer humgrummits worn and that floggle-toggle is outside the manufacturers recommended limits"

I couldn't believe I got a ticket to Sheffield for 28.50....that's a bargain! Now, I know I was excited about the car but a tiny part of me was a little disappointed I didn't get to take the train home...I might favour a petrol car but there is something about that high pitched diesel whine that makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end.....still, I don't think the 32.50 for the un-used return was wasted as I went knowing I could walk away if I wasn't happy as easily as if I were buying from just up the road!
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oh its always worth the return fare mate!!!
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