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RENAULT GRAND ESPACE People Carrier 2003‑2012
21 owner reviews for RENAULT GRAND ESPACE People Carrier 2003‑2012
Better for purpose than its competitors......size, space, comfort etc
RENAULT GRAND ESPACE 2.0 dCi Initiale 5dr Auto (Review date: 8th February '13)
I am a father of 4 young children (ages 1-7) who needed a vehicle that was safe and practical to fit them, their buggies and toys in, for day to day practicality and also for holidays. The experience to find the right vehicle cost a fortune, in he past 3 years I have owned 10 cars, including large 4x4's such as the audi q7, mercedes gl, real monsters in size but not space, tried the vw sharan also, but none match the grand espace for space and practicality or are anywhere near as fit for purpose. We have had the initiale 175bhp auto box for 2 years, which is a great combination of power, economy and smoothness on the road, but admittedly has just gone up for sale as it has been replaced by a merc viano extra long wheelbase to accommodate our 2 recent additions (newfoundland puppies, not kids this time), however, as a day to day vehicle the Renault wins hands down, easier to park, economy etc and to be honest the perfect vehicle for a family of 5 or 6 (great flexibility, and seats are removed/replaced in seconds)offering great interior space and a huge boot, the only reason for change, is that we have simply outgrown it. Great car, don't even entertain the galaxy or sharan for looking after the family, the grang espace does it much better.
RENAULT GRAND ESPACE 2.2 dCi 140 Dynamique 5dr Auto (Review date: 2nd February '13)
Bought 2008 2.2dci auto grand espace 6 months ago £10'000 23mpg £253 for 6 months tax nice drive on a motorway around town forget it constant drone from the auto box and seats rattling and it only had 32.000 miles on clock just sold it. £5600 to online company because no one else would never again would I buy a renault now driving toyota avensis 2.2 t spirit 2008 less space less hasel
If only it was reliable
RENAULT GRAND ESPACE 2.2 dCi Expression 5dr (Review date: 1st February '12)
After two very reliable Mk III Espaces we decided something newer was in order. We needed the space and versatility for our family excursions and the Mk IV Grand Espace is probably the best there is in this respect.
It's very nice to drive and without the rear row of seats in has plenty of space for all our weekend kit. Certainly not the most economical MPV out there or the most practical around town - not the easiest to park in a multi-storey - but you have to expect that if you want all that interior space. I can live with that!
Like a fool though I was taken in by the practical side and ignored the feedback from other disgruntled owners that I had read prior to parting with my cash.
Ours was a relatively low mileage (45k) 54 plate and I'm afraid to say that we've had all the reliability issues that other owners have encountered. The turbo went very soon after we got it, various sensors in the ABS/traction control area have failed and the Renault main dealer couldn't work out what was wrong (so no Traction control now...), the very expensive water-cooled alternator has been replaced, we had a bad oil leak that necessitated taking the engine half apart etc and of course the dashboard blackout has happened. On a cold day the tyre pressure sensors play up as well but as soon as it warms up they're fine.
We're now up to 70k on the clock and have probably spent about £6k on the various repairs to date. The only reason we still have the car is that having spent so much I keep hoping with each repair that the problems are finally behind us.
The independent garage that services our car tells me my experience isn't uncommon - in fact he had a couple of very good Mk IIIs and a very unreliable Mk IV himself. So when it comes to my next purchase I won't be looking at a Renault, which is a shame - it could be so good but it's just not built well enough.
RENAULT GRAND ESPACE 2.0 dCi 150 Dynamique TomTom 5dr (Review date: 20th January '12)
Spacious, economical (40mpg) and space behind the rear seats to put your luggage. Ride a bit harsh but reducing the tyre pressures helps.
Part leather interior, well made and good value. Paid £21.5k for a brand new one. 5 kids means that Galaxy/Sharan/Alhambra too small
Buy one before Renault stop selling them in March
Great on long journeys
RENAULT GRAND ESPACE 2.2 dCi Expression 5dr (Review date: 19th January '12)
The G. Espace is a great practical family car. We have 3 kids and it swallows up the family and luggage with ease. The car is great on long journeys and very quiet on the motorways. We easily get 36+ MPG on long runs. Renault garage costs are high and parts expensive. Beware of electronic dash that dies (easily fixed for £100 if you know where to look).
Grand Espace 3.5 V6 Privilege Auto
RENAULT GRAND ESPACE 3.5 V6 Privilege 5dr Auto (Review date: 21st December '11)
The 2005 55 plate of ours really is the best family transport money can buy. This vehicle is the best version given it's mass : the Nissan sourced 3.5 litre petrol V6 (same engine as fitted to the Murano) mated to the Aisin automatic gearbox is a vast improvement on the last version I had.
The Renault (PRV) 2.9 V6 was a good vehicle and no slouch but this 55 plater is a bit of an experiment : just a bt of a shame Renault discontinued it in favour of the unreliable diesels.
Be careful if you're tempted to save the planet and believe the green lobby hype : you need to have a very well cared for diesel, pay particular attention to the diesel/auto and if it doesn't have an extended warranty to cover these expensive components make sure you negotiate hard....and check out the vehicle with the servicing garage. You'll be amazed at how many owners of diesels have had £5000 engine/gearbox replaced at around 65-70k miles......
The 3.5 V6 no longer has a cambelt to worry about instead being chain driven and the Aisin gearbox shifts smoothly and has no inherent design faults like the Renault sourced 'box.
The drive train has heaps of power, empty or fully laden with seven passengers, the performance is exceptional.
The panorama sunroof is a luxurious feature and I've had none of the often mentioned electrical problems : all the electrics work perfectly and the aircon rapidly cools the whole cabin. The Pioneer HiFi is one of the best in any vehicle.
The load carrying is legend and effortless.
All in all, I'd say consider paying the extra for the petrol especially if you do few miles but at 24mpg on the motorway at 70-90mph makes this a real competitor if you're transporting a big family across long distances.
Straight Talking Terry
RENAULT GRAND ESPACE 2.2 dCi Privilege 5dr (Review date: 6th December '11)
We brought this car as we had 3 children all requiring car seats, and many cars can not truly cater for this. It is very easy to get children in and out, and its safety record is brilliant (not including breaking down on the motorway with your kids in the back)
The car is excellent if you want comfort while driving long distances and aren't worried about fuel costs. Very quiet, comfortable and excellent all round vision with such big quantities of glass.
Running costs including reliability are dreadful and we would not purchase another Renault as it spends more time in the garage then on the road. A new turbo (£1700 at the dealer) after 68000 mile was the nail in the coffin
AVOID LIKE THE PLAGUE in real terms as the bad points outweigh the good points by a long way
Family man with small family but with big aspirations!
RENAULT GRAND ESPACE 3.0 dCi Initiale 5dr Auto (Review date: 18th October '11)
I bought the 3.0 dCi Initiale recently and am very pleased it.
I have read both horror stories and accolades about Renaults and of course Grand Espace's, however, you need to take each case on its merit and would say that these cars are only as good as the service history and the way the owners treat them!
I spoke to an ex-main Renault Dealer head mechanic and he said the Isuzu engine from the 3.0 dCi won awards in the US when launched, hence can not be that bad...
The Grand Espace is lovely to drive and excels on the Motorway with the air suspension.
MPG of course could be better but I only do approx 6k miles pa.
The PAS pump light was on when I bought from Independant dealer which they sorted out (this can be expensive approx £1.5k)
There is a lot of tech on these cars, so check out everything before buying.
I like the, 'Captain Seats' as other most 7 seaters do not have this level of comfort. Yes they are heavy so plan ahead if you need to remove all for a 'rubbish tip run.'
Try and go for a pre 2006 if you can as the 3.0 dCi will set you back £460 pa for road tax! At under £7k these cars are good value.
I WOULD recommend to anyone to buy a 3.0 dCi Initiale (if you can find a good example).
Mother of 4
RENAULT GRAND ESPACE 2.2 dCi Privilege 5dr Auto (Review date: 9th October '11)
I bought this car over 3 years ago. It is fantastic for space and comfort I have 3 children in car seats, but as reliability and cost goes it has cost me over £4000, it is constantly in the garage and doesn't do very good mpg. I would NEVER buy a Renault ever again!!!!!! The turbo went, numerous sensors, egr valve, water pump, injectors went and it is in the garage with the camshaft gone which could cost upto £1600.
Hauls well for a big car, but with comfort for 7!!
RENAULT GRAND ESPACE 2.2 dCi Initiale 5dr (Review date: 29th September '11)
Owned this car for 12 months. Done around 10,000 miles. This is the wife's daily commute, school drop of vehicle. We have 3 kids and we looked at Zafira's, numerous 4x4's and even Honda's FRV. Nothing competes for space, we can take out the 2 rear seats (proper seats, not the pull up ones out of the boot) and have filled the boot with all the stuff you take on holiday. When the wife has friends or their kids, its only our car that can provide the transport. We have now had a towbar fitted and use it for towing a 5 berth, single axle caravan. Panoramic sun roof is awesome and initiale spec is full leather, electric seats, heated seats etc. It's no sports car, but accelerates well on motorway slip ways and happily sits at 80mph on the motorway. Had no reliability issues, aircon needed re gassing in the summer and that was it.....Recommended for families, caravanners, cyclists, canoeists....it does the lot : )