Clutch problems seem to be a problem with a lot of newer cars. I think it affects
diesels mostly - as "tight fisted" manufacturers can't be bothered to upgrade the clutch components to allow for the extra torque from a
diesel. To save a few pennies they fit standard "petrol " engine clutch components. Peugeot/Citroen have problems with clutches, I know - we had to have a new clutch at 30,000 in the Pic "ass"o. I have driven hundreds of thousands of miles and this was the first time I have ever had to have a new clutch.
cav - is it a wise move to buy an older car with unknown history and a dodgy clutch! If the clutch assembly has been replaced recently it either wasn't done properly or wasn't done. Why else would the clutch still be iffy?
I know you fancy an Espace but you would probably be better off waiting rather than changing just because someone can do you a "deal".
You don't say what engine it has, mileage,service history, overall condition etc so it's difficult to comment on a possible value for it.