1998 Renault Grand Espace RXE 2.2dTi from UK and Ireland
Essential family transport
This is an update to previous enter.
As well as the faults reported below is an update.
At 1st service 10k miles the front discs had to be replaced and new pads. The discs had warped. I see some other people have had the same. These were replaced under warranty.
The rear window seal was fixed, but has since come loose again.
Dash rattle went away, but just recently a noise from the passenger side dash has started. Wiper blades do not last long. The paint has come off the tailgate wind hinge and the hinge is corroding. Headlining came loose at rear hatch. Tyres last 18k on the front and 25k on rear. I cannot get original fit Michelin Pilot and use Pirelli P6000 as these are reinforced. After 35k the front pads and discs were gone again. 125 pounds to fix. Plastic exterior trim broke between front and rear door on passenger side. Fixed with adhesive. No other major problems.
Car has been great for the family of 5. Comfortable and loads of space. Long distance trip eg 500 miles in 1 night are a breeze even with bike rack and roof box.
Fuel consumption around 30mpg.
Generally I am happy with the car however there are some quality issues and tyre and brake wear is expensive.
I have seen the details of the new Espace and it looks terrific. Interesting that Renault have decided to make it themselves instead of Matra. Also new car is not a composite body, this maybe a down side as I am sure if my car was metal I would have many dented panels by now!!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 23rd October, 2002