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I bought my 04 reg Renault Espace 18 months ago. It ran fine until it decided it wanted to go at 10mph. I limped it to the Renault garage that said on the first day it was a glow plug costing £244. The second day, the EGR valve. The third day, the turbo. By this time the bill had gone to £500 without the turbo repair I told Renault they were taking the mick, ringing up every day with different faults. My car now sits in my drive, rusting away.

Asked on 24 January 2009 by

Answered by Honest John
They thought they were tackling the cheapest problem first. The EGR could have starved the turbo of lube oil and led to its failure. If you leave it on your drive and do nothing you are cutting off your nose to spite your face, and in 6 months it will be worth buttons so you will lose everything. Another reader who runs Espaces as taxis had a similar problem and eventually found that the root of it was the brake light switch sending the wrong messages to the ECU and causing loss of power and cutting out.
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