PLEASE NOTE: ALL THE INFORMATION FOLLOWING RELATES TO STANDARD MANUFACTURED MODELS
Roy's Matra Enthusiasts pages
FAQ's: Frequently Asked Questions
Since these pages have now grown considerably, I have made an index with links to take you straight to the relevant page and answer. If you have a query that is not answered here, email me and I will see if I can provide an answer for you. I will then include it here for others. The questions and answers are in no particular order, simply as they came to mind!
If you have a modified car, then some of the details may differ. e.g. engine size or type may have changed.
Rough index (please read full descriptions below):
- Page 1: Murena myths
Page 2: Buying a Murena
Page 3: LHD or RHD & Torsion bars
Page 4: Chassis numbers explained
Page 5: Colour codes & more
- Page 6: Brakes & pads
Page 7: Cooling system
Page 8: Battery, 2.2 Sump leak
Page 9: Head lights
Page 10: Various
- Page 11: Spares
Page 12: Clutch & Gearbox
Page 13: Carburettors
Page 14: Espace remote locking
Page 15: Fuel & 2.2 Pump
- Page 16: Tyres & Wheels
Page 17: Murena engines
Page 18: Steering & suspension
Page 19: Buying an Espace III
Page 20: Espace III diesel trouble
First FAQ page (new page July '21)
Second FAQ page (page updated August '21)
Third FAQ page (page updated April '21)
Fourth FAQ page (page updated April '21)
Fifth FAQ page (page updated April '21)
- Some facts on the Murena seem contradictory. What is the truth? Murena myths
- What are the true power figures for the Murena? Specifications.
Sixth FAQ page (page updated April '21)
- I have an M530. What were the original colours?
- I have one of the UK officially imported Bagheera. What were the original colours? Bagheera colours
- I want to respray my Murena. What were the original colours? Murena colours
- What were the original colours and paint codes for the first Renault Espace? Espace I colours
- Can I use a Tagora 2.2 engine in a Murena 2.2? Alternative engine
- Important points when working on a 2.2 engine Important facts
- Can I fit a 2.2 engine in a Murena 1.6? Upgrading a 1.6 Murena
Seventh FAQ page (page updated April '21)
- What should my cars weight be, for the M.o.T. annual test?
- The rear brakes of my Bagheera/Murena/Espace are sticking. What can I do? Sticking brakes
- The hand brake of my Bagheera/Murena or Espace (with discs at rear) is very poor
and/or has no reserve travel. What can I do? Poor hand brake
- What are the brake pad part numbers for my Djet/M530/Bagheera/Murena/Espace? Brake pad numbers
Eighth FAQ page (page updated April '21)
- If I drain the Murena 2.2 cooling system, how do I refill it and get all the air out?
- 2.2 Cooling System Improvements
- My Murena 2.2 seems to have problems staying cool or
cooling down when in traffic. What is wrong?
Nineth FAQ page (page updated April '21)
- I need a new battery for my Murena. What type do I want?
- My Murena 2.2 sump gasket is leaking. How do I change it?
Tenth FAQ page (page updated April '21)
Eleventh FAQ page (page updated April '21)
Twelfth FAQ page (page updated April '21)
- My Bagheera/Murena headlamps are very slow to come up or won't lift at all; or
Both my dip and main beam come on together. What is wrong?
- The car/engine seems to struggle to reach the higher speeds/revs. What is wrong? Engine holding back
- I have various electrical problems. Where do I start? Electrical problems
- My Murena oil level warning light flashes all the time even though the level is correct.
Why is this? Oil level light flashing
- My wipers have slow and fast speeds plus a 'flick wipe' operation but no intermittent setting.
I have noted other Murena have an intermittent operation. Why doesn't mine? Wiper intermittent
- The air from the Murena interior vents is always warm even when I select full cold.
How can I rectify this? Heater won't switch off
Thirteenth FAQ page (page updated April '21)
- My Murena electric window(s) doesn't work, or only lifts very slowly. What can I do?
- My gear lever has broken and I can't get gears. What should I do? Broken gear lever
- I cannot get 5th and reverse gears; or I cannot get 1st and 2nd gears.
Should I adjust the linkage? 'L' shaped bracket too tight?
- I have changed the clutch master cylinder or slave cylinder (or both) and now I cannot bleed all the air out of the system.
Is there a special procedure? Bleeding clutch (new)
Fourteenth FAQ page (page updated April '21)
- What carburettors were fitted to the Murena models? How do I adjust the 34CIC on the 2.2?
- My Murena Weber/Solex downdraught carburettor is worn out. What can I do? Worn carburettors
- Can I fit twin side-draught carbs. to my standard Murena 2.2? Fitting twin side-draught carbs.
Fifteenth FAQ page (page updated April '21)
- I have a (Matra) Espace (series 1, 2 or 3) and the remote central locking doesn't work
with one or both keys (plips). Can I have my keys (plips) re-programmed?
- My infra-red plip doesn't work. Is there anything I can do? Repairing Espace remote controls
Sixteenth FAQ page (page updated April '21)
- I have a Matra Djet, 530, Bagheera, Rancho or Murena. What fuel do I use?
- The fuel pump on my 2.2 Murena is leaking. Where can I get another? Murena 2.2 fuel pump
- My fuel tank sender unit has corroded/broken. I can't get another, so what do I do? Murena gauge replacement
Seventeenth FAQ page (page updated July '21)
- What are the Bagheera and Murena wheel and tyre sizes, pressures, fixing hole specifications, and bolt torques?
- Why are there differences to the radial fins on some Murena alloy wheels?
- What current tyres are available?
Eighteenth FAQ page (page updated April '21)
- My engine is difficult to start and/or runs poorly. What should I look for?
- This item and description also provides details about the 2.2 of which you may not be aware.
Nineteenth FAQ page (page updated April '21)
- My car wanders and needs constant correction to keep it running straight. What should I look for?
or... The steering on my Murena seems very stiff or heavy. Should it be like this?
- My Murena has the 'S' sills. How do I fasten the bottom of the front wings?
- I need to remove the rear semi-trailing arms. Any tips?
Twentieth FAQ page (page updated April '21)
- I am considering buying an Espace III. What information can you provide? Information for buyers.
Including essential parts now unavailable for an Espace III, e.g. clutch hydraulics!
- I have an Espace III petrol and have engine starting difficulties, misfiring or running problems. Can you help? Petrol problems.
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- I have an Espace III diesel and have engine starting or running problems. Can you help? Diesel problems.
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This was last updated 30th August '21