1996 Renault Espace Alise 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland


An extremely comfortable and reliable vehicle that I have enjoyed owning


Driver's side electric window failed at 125,000 miles.

Radiator burst at 129,000 miles.

One driveshaft replaced at 75,000 miles.

General Comments:

This car is so reliable as to be almost unbelievable.

It has handled well from day 1 and after 140,000 miles the engine still runs sweetly.

I am still using the original engine, clutch and gearbox.

The suspension is beginning to feel tired and has just started to knock a bit.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th April, 2003

1996 Renault Espace Alize 2.2 petrol from UK and Ireland


Two months in the garage with no end in sight


Heater matrix had to be replaced, twice.

Automatic gear box, cost to replace £1,700.

Engine management computer blew up, £800 to replace.

New fuse board required, including tracing fault, cost £300.

Front wheel collapsed, two months later, still waiting for a part from Renault UK - none in France, either.

General Comments:

Renault appear unable to supply parts and do not seem particularly bothered about the extreme inconvenience and ongoing costs.

Will never, ever, buy a Renault again!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 13th August, 2001

24th Oct 2001, 07:34

As the owner of this vehicle, would like it known that it is now four months since this car was towed to the garage. Our Espace has not moved one inch in that time and Renault have informed us that the part is still not available and cannot even advise of a delivery date. Cannot say this loud enough - DO NOT EVEN CONTEMPLATE BUYING A RENAULT!!!

17th Dec 2001, 10:59

Follow up to the original review dated 13th Aug 01.

Car broke down in June 2001, needing a new drive flange. Has taken Renault exactly SIX months to supply this part and the car is only 5 years old! Only a letter to the Managing Director himself actually got the part delivered, all previous contact having been ignored.

In the two years we have owned this car, it has cost £7000 in repairs.