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Extinct Renault


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OK, so where did all the Espace's go???

 

Haven't seen 1 on the road in at least 12 months...and that even excludes the Horrid Mk3 ones!!!!

Would have thought being Galv chassis and plastic body they'd be around longer than cockroaches!!!

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for my sins i've owned 2 mk2's...1 petrol which spent 9 of the 12 months i owned it off road, 2 fooked driveshafts, then engine mounts..was a nightmare..

then had a diesel which wasnt too bad ( in a relevant way)

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They are inhabited by school-run parents and sticky children, and consequently the engines are all shagged, the gearboxes don't any more, and the interior looks like an explosion at Nestle.  Not to mention the thousand parking dents and the fact that no-one has washed one, ever.

 

All big people-carriers lead a very hard life.  Early Galaxy SHAAAARAAAN and Alhambrahambrahambras are also basically all gone now too.

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I thought the Espace had a bit of a future in Mk1 form but as above, they were wasted on the school run.   Back when I had a job involving corporate bollocks we took a load of customers out for a blether around an "activity" track - mini-hovercraft, quads, that kind of thing.    Anyhoo, a fleet of "luxury" cars was laid on twixt hotel, restaurant and mud pool which included a 7 series, Series III XJ (it was in olden times) and I think a Senator.    A  brand new Renault Espace made up the numbers and it was this everybody wanted to ride in.   It was the first one most of us had seen and it looked properly out of place amongst the other barges.

 

  It was all beige 80s shag-pad inside but the view, the ride and the general feeling of Tomorrow's World (Judith Hann stylee) made a good impression on me as well.  Pity indeed they all ended up being sick-ed in and stinking of mongrel and nappies.   

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If they were anything like the Scenic, the order in which the car was assembled probably meant it was a nightmare to change anything. The Scenic production line looked something like two strings hanging from the ceiling in the middle of the factory. Onto those they tied the front lights and then assembled the car around them. This is why you have to take all four doors off*, strip the interior out*, then wings and front panel off, just to change the fucking headlight units.

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I would say the most critically endangered Renault here in the UK and in France is the R14. Easily explained by Ferrous Oxide!

 

Followed in the UK (although less so in France) by the R20 and R30. - are there even half a dozen left running over here? They were very very rare even by the 1990s, and I haven't spotted one on the road since probably 2002. What's happened to them all??

 

I would expect that the R18 might be getting thin on the ground too, although I think the saving grace there was the Turbo versions, which are still a fairly common sight.

 

I imagine the Velsatis will be a rare beast given another 10 years too....

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I have got a customer with a late mk1 that he still uses to go back and forth to his house in France. It doesn't give much trouble but getting parts for it is now really difficult. There are a lot more about than you think really. I had a 4x4 a couple of years ago, there are a handfull of those left and they were the rarest of the lot. 14's are probably the rarest but as they are worth bugger all and really know how to rot so it won't be long until they are extinct. I expect the Laguna 2 and megane 2's to become close to extinction soon enough as they are total shit.

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They are inhabited by school-run parents and sticky children, and consequently the engines are all shagged, the gearboxes don't any more, and the interior looks like an explosion at Nestle.  Not to mention the thousand parking dents and the fact that no-one has washed one, ever.

 

All big people-carriers lead a very hard life.  Early Galaxy SHAAAARAAAN and Alhambrahambrahambras are also basically all gone now too.

 

Weirdly the Mk1 Zafira seems to be the great survivor. Plenty of those around less attractive parts here still.

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One of our neighbours owns two. Both sit on the drive, one never moves so I guess it’s a donor. The main one is white, slightly shabby but solid. He runs it on chip fat pretty successively by the looks of it but boy oh boy does it stink. Since we’re on the topic of extinc Renaults. How about the Renault 21? They are mega rare. We had one years ago in turbo diesel form (same as Espace I take it) and it was just fantastic. It had bags of character. Wouldn’t mind another of those but they just don’t turn up.

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There’s a mid 90s Espace in my local area, but I don’t think it sees much attention. Haven’t really been looking out for the Espace... but then again I totally forgot about the 206, thinking that they were no longer popular in everyday traffic... then today I looked out for them and they’re still everywhere! I’ll look tomorrow

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Would that be in Birstall? If so it was mine, scrapped a rough silver one and sold my nice blue one last year...

 

Not exactly sure, just round the corner from Smile Essential dental practice...sure Google maps can find it.  On my phone just now so linking to stuff is a pain...

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