Expensive to buy and expensive to maintain
Front brake disc's fractured. Three sets replaced within 20000 miles. Repaired under warranty.
Clutch hydraulic actuator failed. Repaired under warranty.
Power steering hose leaked. Repaired under warranty.
Electric window motor failed. Repaired under warranty.
Coolant header tank split. Repaired under warranty.
Diesel engine heater plugs failed. £180.
Alternator failed. £320.
Heater matrix leaked. replaced £800.
All outer door seal rubbers split. £?
Engine breather pipe split.
Gearbox gear linkage stiff when cold. £? Traded in vehicle.
The 3rd generation espace is comfortable, spacious, quite and very easy to drive.
Good motorway cruiser. (Keeps up with the rest, even when fully laden.)
In 5 years/50000 miles this vehicle has always started and delivered us to our destination. Just lucky? Last years service and parts bill came to £2500.
The only disappointment is the Renault dealerships with their condescending attitude to what appears to be common component failures on this vehicle.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 28th December, 2002