Hi, I'm the other Espace hunter.
I'm guessing you've been trawling all the review sites etc. like I have been. Can I ask your view on the the whole Renault reliability thing, especially the diesel turbos? I think I've spent so long finding peoples gripes I might have lost sight of the bigger picture?
This is one of the reasons for my post on here - I was hoping to find lots of Espace owners who are happy with their cars. Generally people use the internet to vent their frustrations about unreliable cars which can lead to a distorting view. Certainly I know that when you look at Mercedes you will find hundreds of posts about rust, and there are a couple of years to avoid due to reliability.
I don't think that my answer is much help as I am pretty much in the same boat as you