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Re: Which year 3.0DCI Espace to buy?
Renault changed the 3.0 dci engine in 2006 from an Isuzu built unit coded P9X to a Nissan derived unit, the code of which I'm not sure of.
The P9X is actually the more technically advanced but there are a number of known reliability issues. The later Nissan unit is not without it's detractors but there seem to be less horror stories than about the Isuzu lump.
Of course the 3.0 dci is not as quick as the v6 petrol but has better pulling power and much better fuel economy.
Currently in d'espace between my ears's garage: