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Re: Espace 2.2 dci privilege manual

Hi, everyone has varying opinions but in my view that is going to be a lovely car. I also have the Privilage version by the 3.0 DCi V6 which is very comfortable and I've found the fuel economy to be not that bad at all.

From a practical point of view, I would certainly recommend the longer wheel base 'Grande' Espace if you are moving more than three adults or children about as they will have far more leg room in the two rear seats plus more boot space for luggage and / or pets. I have the Grande version and have noticed what a difference this extra space makes. In fact, I have the first row of three rear seats facing backwards towards the two rear seats. My children love talking to other people in the back while facing directly at each other. The 'Grande' versions are visually distinguishable by the longer pane of glass in the side rear of the car.

It's great the car has full main dealer service history. I would take a note of the registration number and call Renault to ask if the car has been in for any diagnostic checks recently and if so, what was found. It's also worth checking through all the old MOT's and the work carried out including viewing the MOT advisories (if present). Also, because it has full dealer history you will be able to tell from the service stamps and MOT that the mileage has not be tampered with (the digital dashboard display has a known problem on numerous Espace's and when replaced the mileage returns to 000 miles). It is worth checking for receipts to see if the digital dash display has been replaced. Doing it yourself costs about 100 (available on ebay ) but getting Renault to do it is about 700!

As you car has done about 60,000 miles it will be due a service and cam belt change very soon. I had mine done at about 68,000 miles coupled with a main service. My cam belt change cost 600 including VAT at a good independent garage so it's not cheap. (I can recommend an excellent, cheap independent Espace specialist garage if you live anywhere near South East London).

Are they offering an warrantee? If so, check to see if it includes wear and tear items etc. Check out the WHICH guide to car warrantee's for more detailed information and advice. Follow this link:

Finally, its worth noting that when I was searching for a family people carrier I read lots of horror stories about the Renault Espace but when I looked in to other similar types of cars they were fairly similar in terms of problems. People who are unhappy will always tend to make a point of writing a compliant on line yet people who are very happy rarely ever do. To put things into perspective, Renault sold thousands of these cars worldwide and the majority are probably very reliable indeed. I can testify that to date, I've had very little go wrong with mine (touch wood) but then again its only done 78,000 miles and very well looked after. Like with any second hand car, it's all a game of luck and reducing your chances of buying a lemon by ensuing you check out the vehicle and its history with due diligence.

I am sure you will receive further advice here soon on the forum that will be far superior then mine but I hope this helps you a little.

One thing you can be sure of is that if you do buy the Espace there are people on this forum who will offer fantastic help, guidance, advice and support.

I wish you the very best of luck and hopefully you will enjoy the new Espace as much as I love mine.

Kind regards,
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