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Potential Espace buyer - Advice please?

Hi all. I'm on the market for a MPV and am looking at my options based on my meagre 1500 budget. Obviously there's a range of manufacturers to choose from but to my mind the Mk 3 (1997 - 2003) Espace is the best looking of the bunch by a mile. Reports suggest they're good to drive too. However, I've read a variety of horror stories regarding the model - in particular, expensive mechanical failures. The diesels seem to suffer from repeated turbo and cooler problems and the petrols tend to blow head gaskets, gearboxes and all sorts of other nightmare scenarios. Therefore I wanted to pick your brains as to the most reliable Espace model. Which engine (petrol or diesel) would be the safer bet in terms of reliability and which engine size? In terms of diesels I think there was only a 2.2 so I guess my choices are limited there but is there a particular year during the Mk 3 before / after which reliability was better? I'd appreciate any pointers. Many thanks.
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