1995 Renault Espace Helios 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland
Expensive to maintain and very unreliable
At 66k, had to get the clutch replaced.
Door handle broke on the interior side twice.
Head gasket blew at 72k.
Very cheap weak plastic interior.
Leak in the power steering.
Radio/tape player does not work anymore.
Electric windows both failed.
Sunroof handle snapped.
Seat adjustment handle snapped.
Various bits of trim are loose.
Radiator failed at 75k.
Cam belt went at 68k.
Carpet worn on driver's side.
Petrol tank split causing a leakage.
I have had an outstanding amount of problems with this car, including the engine's unreliability, and the cheap trim and carpet that wear and break easily.
The driving position is terrible, and so is the handling. Overall this is a spacious 7 seat family car with very comfortable seats.
I would advise you NOT to buy this car if you are planning to do so. I would recommend a Toyota Previa instead.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 5th October, 2008
21st Aug 2009, 16:14
My 14 year old 240,000 mile Espace is great. Driving position and comfort are not the best, and some trim and other minor issues (I had to replace the radio), but 10p a mile in diesel costs (Aug 2009), faultessly reliable, tows our caravan well, and all the versatility you expect. My garage thinks it will last at least another 2-3 years. Oh - and cost me less than £500. A superb vehicle!!!