Considering that complete engine removal
is required to pull the head on an Espace, CHF 2000 sounds quite reasonable!
"As a very much Ex-Espace owner I have first hand experience with this dreadful beast. Yes, engine has to come out as there is not enough room to remove head in situ, (Gallic Flair they call it.). You will have to remove the radiators a) to give you room and b) so as not to damage them although you will probably find the cooling system rad is knacked anyway. Take the opportunity with the engine out to renew EVERYTHING ; Cam belt, tensioner and guides, water pump, oil pump and chain, big end , mains bearings and thrust bearings, clutch and hydraulics. While you have the engine out replace the cabin filters once you have removed the wiper mechanism and give the heater matrix a wash through. Also carefully check the condition of the steering rack as the engine has to come out to change it (Gallic flair again) so if in doubt do it now. Dont even think about doing it on your own, on your drive, you need a two post lift. I wasted several hours trying to extricate the engine without removing the rads and suspension before realising that you cant get it past the radiators and removing the suspension makes it easier still. I then had the ignomy of gearbox failure a few weeks later so traded it in. Shame because the package is brilliant, best MPV on the planet let down by bad engineering caused by spotty kids on a CAD machine and too many bean counters compromising the quality of materials. Oh and its French!
All the best!"