Renault Espace (2002 – 2012) Review

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Renault Espace (2002 – 2012) At A Glance


+Full of kit, comfortable and refined. Very versatile seven-seat layout. Excellent crash test rating.

-Not very agile on country roads. Diesels can give trouble. Transmission problems.

Insurance Groups are between 17–28
On average it achieves 91% of the official MPG figure

The best thing about the Renault Espace is the view. You sit behind a panoramic windscreen, broken only by two slim screen pillars. (The strength is in the pillars behind them.) And you look out over the most stylish instrument display of any car you can buy.

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Real MPG average for a Renault Espace (2002 – 2012)


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Average performance


Real MPG

22–45 mpg

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Drain and refill plugs for Espace auto gearbox
"Do you know where the drain and refill plugs are for the 2005 Renault Espace automatic gearbox? "
It is impossible to drain more than about 1/2 of the fluid from a torque converter automatic without removing the sump and you are strongly advised not even to try because an attempt could destroy the transmission. It needs the old fluid pumping out and new fluid pumping in by dialysis and a member of can do this for you.
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What can I replace my company Grand Espace with?
"I have been driving a company-funded Renault Grand Espace 7-seater, which is replaced every three years. I am due for a replacement in the Autumn and would have purchased the same model but this is no longer made. I particularly want something with the same number of seats and same luggage space in a similar length of vehicle."
The 8-seater Hyundai i800, Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Life or Chrysler Grand Voyager. There is a new Ssangyong soon to replace the Rodius, and that is quite big, and the KIA Sedona is roomy too. Otherwise it's a Citroen Dispatch/Peugeot Expert/Renault Trafic 8-seater.
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Which MPV has a comfortable driver's seat, large boot and accessories?
"Three of my last four vehicles have been Renault Espaces. As Renault no longer offers an Espace in the UK, and not being enamoured with the Grand Scenic, I am looking to change and downsize. My current mileage is 8000 – 10,000, of which 3000 is in France. Being on the large side, the driver's seat position is very important. Five seats are acceptable but I need boot space, goodies including climate control and front/rear parking sensors, and good access for a small Spaniel. Any suggestions? Current thoughts are Skoda Yeti or Volkswagen Tiguan, both in two wheel as I'm definitely not a 4x4 type."
2011-2013 model Mazda 5 1.6d TS2 or 2.0i TS2. Very big in the front with excellent access and, with its long travel suspension and Toyo J48 205/55 R16 tyres, the best ride quality of any car currently in production.
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Does my warranty cover a catastrophic engine failure?
"I have an extended warranty with Renault covering my 2008 Espace. Recently the engine has destroyed a con rod and big end shells resulting in the wreckage of the entire unit due to metal particles throughout including the turbo. They are talking about £10,000 to replace the engine ( which is more than the car is worth) What, if any, redress can I expect from the extended warranty? If none, could you recommend a reliable source for replacement engines?"
Depends on the terms of the warranty. If this was caused by timing belt failure after the belt should have been replaced, then no. Can't recommend a source of replacment engines for Espaces because this is a very common failure so demand for used Espace engines greatly exceeds supply and there are a lot of crooks in the replacement engine business. You might have to go to France to get one.
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