Big, comfy bus with niggling issues
Petrol tank warped, causing a leak in the sender unit housing seal.
Dash airbag warning light.
Tailgate locking mechanism.
My Grande Espace was bought in July 2005, specifically for the school run.
It cost £7000, but had just 20,000 miles on it, confirmed by MOTs.
The exhaust fell off (corroded through) on day two, and the front tyres needed almost immediate replacement.
The front brakes had been renewed 6 months before my purchase; the rear ones were replaced 6 months after.
Apart from these consumables, it has been pretty good.
Around April 2006, it started to smell of petrol, so off to the garage it went for its annual service. The warped petrol tank was replaced; cost £500.
It is a nice car to drive, big and roomy with space for 7 six foot adults and their luggage. Or six 15 year old kids and their school bags.
It has taken the family 2000 miles round France on holiday, and never failed to start.
The engine performance is impressive for a 2 litre in such a large car, pulling eagerly and returning an average 30 MPG.
It has niggly faults, but you get used to them, and overall it is a very good car.
Ownership is enhanced with access to the RenaultForums.co.uk website. Here the pooling of information can save a lot of time and hassle.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 17th May, 2007