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Renault Espace - Purchase And Subsequent Refund!

We have been trying to acquire an MkIV Grand Espace for the last few weeks. We missed a few and then ultimately had a "sod it" moment and agreed to get a 53-plate car from a dealer almost 200 miles away without as much as kicking any of the proverbial tyres upon which it stood (spotted on Autotrader/ eBay listings). We're buying the car, getting cambelt/aux timing belt and waterpump changed and having it delivered. Hopefully this week. And they're taking our existing vehicle away as P/X. The (independent) dealer has provided six months "Autoprotect" warranty (Silver Cover) and it will have a Renault 25-pt healthcheck before making it's way to us. Total outlay about 6k (less our car).

The Espace is the 3.0 V6 Diesel variant, a Privilege and appears to have been looked after. Described as "Stunning" but we know it probably won't be, it's had five or six services up to 75,000 miles - which is the current mileage and looks to be unmarked.

So, although this is not the ideal way to purchase a used car, we've done it and so now I'm worried about what I need to be checking when it gets here over and above Renault's glorified 'oilcheck'.

Awaiting advice with much anticipation

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The main thing is that you're getting the cambelt changed (which is costly) and you've got 6 months decent warranty on the car. I would urge you to extend this though, as it will pay for itself as soon as something complex (like air con etc) goes wrong.

Best advice to a diesel owner is to get it serviced regularly, I would say every 9-12k (not 18k as the service book may say) as the Dci (particularly on the 1.9dci engine) has a tendancy to eat turbo . But that is down to not being serviced regularly enough.


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I read up on the engines on here and elsewhere and wouldn't have touched the 1.9/2.2 DCi models at all. The 3.0 isn't without it's problems but appears to be sourced somehow from Isuzu(/Nissan?) and appears to be a better option all 'round anyway as the fuel economy isn't massively worse than the 2.2 but with much more grunting power. If we get around 35mpg from it on a motorway then it'll be on a par with our existing 1.8 petrol-engined getaround. Obviously we've taken a risk though in buying this 'long-distance' and I am a tad worried about anything we should have asked or should look at when it gets here.

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To cut a long story short, we drove about 30 miles in this car after taking delivery and the display said "Stop - engine in danger of overheating".

Despite passing the Renault Healthcheck only a few days earlier it now needs a new engine as the cylinder linings are buckled. The new cambelt/waterpump had been fitted incorrectly and the muscle part of the car was getting next-to no cooling. I stress, Renault themselves (a main London dealer) passed the car as essentially okay only a few days earlier.

The warranty company were prepared to source a replacement/recon engine and fit it but we've opted for a refund. I don't suppose Renault would have been embarrassed enough to heavily subsidise a new engine in the circumstances (would they ?).

If anyone wants me to make that short story long then I'd be happy to oblige.
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jeez unlucky mate! I guess thats why long test drives are recomended, getting everything up to temp etc

at least your getting the money back mate!

Renault cant be held responsable for a incorrectly fitted cam belt can they?

Was the renault dealer a renault dealer, or a franchised dealer?
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