1993 Renault Espace Reviews - Page 2 of 2

1993 Renault Espace txe 2.0 from UK and Ireland

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired150 miles
Most recent distance150 miles
Previous carVauxhall Vectra

Summary:

Value for money

Faults:

Temprementel heater selection only likes 3rd and 4th when it feels like it!!!

Rust on petrol cap.

Lighting intermittent (inside)

Oil pressure saying low on oil when its fine on dipstick.

Roof badly faded.

General Comments:

For the amount of money and age I expect to get niggles, but seem to be minor things I need to spend a little time resolving, all in all it seems to drive and handle well.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 7th September, 2005

1993 Renault Espace RN 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10
Distance when acquired145000 miles
Most recent distance160000 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

Put up with less flexible seating and buy a Toyota Previa instead!!!

Faults:

Numerous cooling system failures including 2 hoses and the radiator (water pump was new when I purchased the car - I should have taken more notice!), I was informed by the AA patrolman who rescued me that increased pressure due to leaking head gasket was probably causing all the bursts, and there was a slight sign of mayonaise in the oil filler cap.

Exhaust system had to be completely replaced, including the downpipe from the manifold - which resulted in a broken stud in the manifold that then couldn't seal properly ever again!

Petrol tank (plastic) split causing a slight leak.

Fuel return pipe on fuel rail started leaking.

Windscreen wiper mechanism was so worn that the wipers were hitting the bonnet.

Both bonnet hinges sheared off due to rust (the replacements started rusting within days of fitting - so ensure they are well greased) and they are a pig to replace as the massive door mirrors need to be removed to replace them!

Fuel gauge over read by half a tank - luckily the low fuel light still worked!

The resistor in the heater blower broke, so the blower worked on full or nothing - required a lot of stripping down of the heater unit in the hard-to-work-in engine compartment.

Rear brake cyclinders started leaking.

The front suspension ball joints and steering joints (inner and outer) were very worn and needed replacing.

CV boot "pin-holed" - leaking grease.

Various bits of interior trim broken or missing.

Rear lock mechanism broke and only so the hatch couldn't be opened (luckily a very hard whack opened it so I could fix it!)

Bonnet release catches very worn/broken resulting in the bonnet not opening either - but as luck (!!) would have the it the hinges were both broken so it was forced open from the back and a jab with a screwdriver released it!

Clutch was very heavy (from my previous experience with Renaults this is only fixed by replacing the entire clutch).

Roof lining all came unstuck and fell off in front of me while driving!!

General Comments:

Very comfortable and versatile seating especially in the back with any combination of zero to 5 seats was without rival.

Being able to be a seven seater bus one day and as good as a small van the next is something I will miss.

The performance was good and quiet with the 100bhp+ engine and even with 160000 miles under its belt it didn't use a drop of oil. However with a suspected head gasket leak (alloy engines with "wet" liners are prone to failure by leaking into the cooling system) I didn't want to risk failure and an uneconomical repair - so I sold it.

Getting my many kids in and out was easy and the seats were safe and 4 of the rear seats had full 3 point belts.

Visibility is good, but the mirrors are manual and hard to adjust the passenger one without an assistant.

The adjustable/removable roof bars looked useful, but I never needed to use them.

The car had central locking, but no remote and no alarm etc.

From what I have read about other Renaults this car is doing well for these failures to occur so late in its life, but that doesn't help me or my credit card!

I won't recommend one of these cars as they are just too unreliable and poorly put together to allow trouble free motoring - it's a shame as the seating is more versatile than the Toyota Previa (a FAR better car) that replaced it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 21st May, 2004

25th Aug 2005, 13:18

I'm no Renault fan either, but I think you are expecting too much of a car that was 10 years old with 145k on the clock when you bought it.

1993 Renault Espace RN 2.1 turbo diesel from Belgium

Year of manufacture1993
Engine and transmission 2.1 turbo diesel
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10

Faults:

Wheel alignment problems, short circuit causing complete electrical system to be replaced, poor inside material quality (carpet).

General Comments:

I love this car because of it's driving properties and the Mono-volume concept. Expensive versus quality.

Good to excellent 2.1 turbo diesel engine. Poor finishing. Being a DuPont employee, I had my fellow employees refinish the car using our water-borne Cromax* quality. After 2 years this finish proved to be much superior in gloss, appearance and chip-resistance versus the original finish (supplier unknown).

The quality of the carpet and other materials inside does not meet the price of the vehicle.

Driving this car everyday is somewhat as having vacation every day, but this is a very subjective judgement.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 31st December, 1998

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 5 reviews