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Renault Espace - Buyer's Guides - Upside / Downside

Hi All,

I shall soon be taking the plunge......

I am going to be buying either a Grand Espace 2.2 DCI Auto Privilege or the Initiale ( used ) depending on the price. I have around 18000 to spend although I would go higher for the Initiale.

Of course I want the earth (insomuch as having all the extras) and want to pay the least for it.

What in your experience should I watch out for, insist on, check for, demand. It will almost certainly be a main dealer purchase.

Are there any downsides to the GE?


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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 7th November 2005
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Information Courtesy of Honest John..

What's Good

Radical new Espace with new Renault corporate look established on Avantime and Vel Satis, launched late 2002. Three year UK warranty. 120bhp 1.8 DCi; 150bhp 2.2 DCi and 180bhp 3.0 V6 DCi engines. 245bhp 3.5 V6 has bags of performance even with 7 people and their bags aboard. FIVE START Best NCAP crash safety rating yet achieved, in June 2003. Rated Top MPV towcar 2004 by The Caravan Club.

What's Bad

Now steel bodied and much heavier. 3.0DCi has high CO2 of 252g/km. Understeers heavily like Previa and doesn't like S bends taken quickly. Have been problems with electric parking brake and clutch system on 4 cylinder diesels. On 1.9DCIs EGR valve should open to allow carbon dioxide, which acts as a cooling gas) into the combustion chambers when the engine is under load (>30% boost). This allows the combustion chamber temperature to drop and thus the temperature of the exhaust gases. If it sticks in the closed position the exhaust gas temperature will rise causing a) the turbo bearings to fail and b) engine oil into the induction system. This will cause the engine to go on running until it has consumed all its oil and then it will go bang.Problems with EGR valves in Renault dCi engines are often the cause of rough running when the valve is stuck in the open position as well. In several cases turbos have blown but the
EGR valve has not been replaced. Inevitably the new turbo unit will
not last long. Espace/Grande Espace 2nd bottom model in 2004 JD Power Customer Satisfaction Survey.

What to Watch Out For

Helpful hint: To change the digital display from mph to kmh and back again do the following (from Dutch handbook): Have the Renault card ready in your left hand but don't insert it yet. Press and hold the computer function button on the end of the wiper stalk. Insert the card and start the engine. The speedo will flash for about 3 seconds. When it stops flashing, release the computer button and the speedo and the cruise control switch to Km, though all other functions remain in miles. Simply repeat to change back to miles.


18-7-2003: 359 Espaces recalled because electronic parking brake may not be fully effective. Parking brake computer software to be reprogrammed.
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FWIW I hear that the items in biggest demand at the breakers are automatic gearboxes from the Espace and Laguna.
Buy a manual transmission
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Originally Posted by Dexter View Post
FWIW I hear that the items in biggest demand at the breakers are automatic gearboxes from the Espace and Laguna.
Buy a manual transmission
dont buy a 2.2 dci . cousin is a renault mechanic and he reckons he changes a 2.2 dci from a laguna or espace at least once a week for the same reasons as forementioned in recent thread . i would also say dont bother with 3.0 dci as i "drive" an espace 3.0 dci and its been in the workshop more than ive driven it. latest drama...engine replacement.
apparently its a known problem where water ****es out from coolant bottle from over pressure so ending up with overheating. havent seen car for 4 weeks now...
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Bought a 2.2DCi 2004 3 months ago (Renault to Go) Very Very happy so far.
several long trips with 3 adults/ 4 kids - bags of room.
3 trips with our caravans - supurb tow car!!
No problems, Yet
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