I am still mulling over the idea of getting an Espace,but to answer a few previous questions.....
The auto is a no-no for me,too troublesome and it's the one thing I can't fix myself.
Parts for the V6 aren't that difficult to hold of,you just need to know where to look.
(although if all the V6's are autos I won't be getting one).There are lots of V6's appearing cheaply on
with gearbox faults,so maybe if you want to run a V6 then you need a spare one to rob bits off of it and also a recon gearbox sat in your garage ready to swap over.You could have three V6 Espaces for the price of one 2.2 diesel so it does make sense,although if you spend as long trying to fix everyones elses cars as I do,coming home and fixing your own soon looses it appeal.
I will be maintaining it myself,I don't have much of an excuse not to I'm afraid.
And as for the Grand vs Standard Espace discussion,I'd still like a Grand although I'm sure Mrs.Lag will struggle with it.That may be a blessing in disguise though,the less she drives it the less it will cost us so a Grand it is.
A silver Grand with a manual transmision and either a 2 litre 16 valve petrol or 2.2 dti engine it is then......if we decide to get one.