2005 Renault Espace Big end bearing

  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • 102,000 MILES
I have a 2005 Renault Grand Espace Expression 1.9dci with 102,000 miles. It has been well serviced, infact serviced at a higher frequency than the minimum requirement, and always by the Renault dealer that sold the car new to me. Recently, for no apparent reason the big end bearing went, and the Renault dealership wants €7,500 for a reconditioned engine. I have asked how this could possibly happen given that the car is well maintained and was not low on oil. The answer has been 'just one of those things'. However, any mechanic that I have spoken to has said that there is always a reason. I went back to the dealership to ask the question again and they tried to find a reason in my service history (i.E. If I ever had someone else service the car. But of course they were never going to find an excuse there because they have done all of my servicing, and I have never missed one).

I have always used Renault for the servicing, paying far over the odds so as to avoid anything like this. The irony is that had I used a back-street mechanic for all the work carried out (and boy there has been a lot!), I would have enough saved by now to pay this bill!

What should I do?
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Sunday, September 5th, 2010 AT 9:54 PM

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Hi there,

Yes there is always a reason why, some time its easy to see others are often a deep mystery, but time is money and you can spend a considerable amount of time trying to track these things down, my guess would be a fault with the original bearing, this is often the case if just one bearing has failed, but if most bearings show signs of a failure you have to start looking at oil supply problems as this will affect all bearings unless there is an part blockage in one bearing feed, but as I sad it takes time to hunt these down, if you want to spend extra on a detailed diagnosis, I am sure that they will be more than willing to take your hard earned $$ to do this.

Mark (mhpautos)
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