Red6 months ago

The noteback in the Duster’s glovebox has filled quickly with comments – some good, some not so. Here are the highlights…

petHead5 months ago

Very presumptuous about my appendages and totally untrue!  I'll have you know that I have to buy large gloves ..... damn the extra expense.  I wish I did have little fingers, it would make other things look bigger 

Fireboy4 months ago

It's not just Dacia, my Fiat/Vauxhall van has exactly the same issue, to the extent where I've raised a safety issue with my bosses.

Pete_W4 months ago

It's possible that as time goes on and I get more accustomed to it (had the van since may but never had to drive it in the dark till now) I'll have less accidental switch offs but I reckon the rotating switch is too loose.

Col Minessota4 months ago

Handling – not so impressive. The Duster doesn’t handle in the traditional sense of the word. Relations between the steering wheel and front axle are cordial at best, and there’s plenty of kickback but no feedback through the helm. Wallow, heave, pitch, roll and dive – they’re all there the moment you twirl the wheel.

Pete_W4 months ago

Nope, what has me swearing is the hard plastic moulding on the driver’s door, housing the window controls. It’s both perfectly positioned and ideally shaped to dig into my knee no matter how I position my right leg. Dacia clearly doesn’t employ tall test drivers.

Pete_W4 months ago

It’s a pity that when one uses the word ‘cheap’ these days, most listeners silently add the words ‘and nasty’. Because while the Duster is cheap, it’s certainly not nasty. Yes, anyone stepping out of an S-class would take issue with the refinement levels, the quality of materials and the lack of pampering goodies. But for the majority of motorists who rattle around in five-year old Euroboxes, the Dacia is a compelling proposition at the price.

Gary19964 months ago

Austerity Europe has warmly embraced Dacia – it’s been Europe’s fastest-growing car brand for eight years on the trot. And now, understandably, cash-strapped UK seems equally keen for a dash of Dacia.

Porker4 months ago

Hi Never noticed any problem with the switch on my Duster Access 4x4 , may be just a faulty switch,

Bri19874 months ago

Too many people have reported this issue for it to be a user problem. I have had some scary moments recently when this same thing has happened to me with my Duster. It is definitely a design fault. I shall be speaking to my dealer.

MechExp4 months ago

Somebody posted recently about having similar problem with the rotating part of the switch being too easy to turn, might just be that some switches are looser than others, might be a difference in driving style too.

R2_Amazeballs4 months ago

I played with this today to see the problem that some people have .... it is not a fault of the switch from my understanding of playing with it .... bare with me:

Fireboy4 months ago

You can move the sound focal point to the desired area of the vehicle and adjust the bass, midrange and treble levels with the intuitive settings interface.

Matchmaker14 months ago

Quackers - a Lauréate 4WD

Porker4 months ago

I'm afraid you must have very small fingers because any contact with the lever touches the protrusion .and causes it to rotate..thus suggesting the switch turns too easily .not enough friction on the rotating part.....quality control issue!!!!

Fireboy4 months ago

I ignored the cabin’s blandness and appreciated instead its hard-wearing functionality and space. Despite the best efforts of children, dogs and muddy bikes, it stood up well to a lot of punishment. What the hard plastics lacked in tactility they more than made up for in ruggedness. It didn’t have a generous list of goodies, but it ticked the must-have boxes with Bluetooth, air-con, central-locking and iPod-ready audio.

MDG Ltd4 months ago

I too have done this and wondered WTF happened there plunged into the dark ages .

Col Minessota4 months ago

The Dacia Duster is having a significant impact on my driving style. With its supreme ability to lose speed quickly and gain it back very slowly, maintaining momentum on the rat-run race to work and back is absolutely vital. Which means looking much further ahead than I would normally do, keeping my eyes fixed on my mirrors for looming outside-lane morons – why do slack-jawed 320d drivers love the Duster’s rear bumper so much? – and keeping the car in its 70-80mph sweet spot at all costs.

R2_Amazeballs4 months ago

If you read my last half-dozen reports you’d think I wasn’t enjoying the Dacia. It takes a very generous soul to call it a looker. Frisky slugs would leave it for dead. It’s noisy at all speeds. It wallows through corners like a heavy liner in a hefty swell. And it has neither cachet nor recognition.

Mary4 months ago

Refinement – sorry, what did you say? The engine clatters on start-up, is gruff in the mid-range and wincingly loud at the top end. Add generous helpings of wind and tyre noise and the Duster’s cabin is a pretty rowdy place at anything above the national speed limit. Good for ensuring my clean licence stays clean. Not so good over long distances.

Fionas_Boy4 months ago

I’m warming to the Duster’s white-label functionalism. There’s something appealing about driving a car that, on our brand-obsessed roads, is all but invisible. Other drivers let me in. They don’t cut me up. And they don’t take personal umbrage if I overtake them – although with a natural 75mph motorway sweetspot, that rarely happens.

Porker4 months ago

Has anyone noticed how easy it is to accidentally switch OFF headlights when only trying to dip?.The problem is the small raised part on the stalk turns too easily as the lever is pulled back and the headlights are turned off. Very scarey and dangerous.DACIA TAKE NOTE!!

Gary19964 months ago

I don't think it is a problem, more of a process aligned with what 'Fits and Posner' eluded to..... It's just different, so needs only a small amount of time to get used to its differences to another vehicle.  I had the same problem with a car once ... every time I indicated I put the wipers on .... doh ..... oh and my phone, the new one had slightly different operating buttons/operations ...... the wife didn't like the message meant for the girlfriend   

Mary4 months ago

Its never happened to me either. Although I do that thing where you mean to flash the main beam and they stay on.

Matchmaker14 months ago

So, not a good start but I soon realised that to correctly appraise The White Car calls for a distinct shift in the usual CAR criteria. Judge it against its performance, handling, design and desirability and on the CAR stage, it’s an embarrassingly quick and unceremonious exit stage left.

MechExp4 months ago

Are you sure that keyboard is a normal size? just sayin'

FordOwner4 months ago

It’s not that the Duster is that slow, it’s just that I really loathe slowing down only to then try and regain that lost speed.

R2_Amazeballs4 months ago

Windscreen wipers – appalling. The Meccano-style wipers are diabolical. Small and lethargic, they sweep the front and rear screens with little skill and even less enthusiasm. Yes, this is a car undoubtedly built to a budget, but  in the safety stakes, shoddy wipers are a false economy.

FordOwner4 months ago

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Red4 months ago

For leftfield Korean hot-hatch to cut-price Romanian SUV. There’s a cultural shift for you. The Duster is the third model from Dacia – say ‘datcha’ – to go on sale in the UK, along with the Sandero and Logan. New here, but under Renault dirt-cheap Dacias have been on sale in Europe since 2004. Unsurprisingly they have been selling like, well, really cheap cars.

petHead4 months ago

This is in no way a criticism. I don’t expect my fridge to wash my clothes, and I don’t expect the Dacia to do anything else other than move me about.

Pete_W4 months ago

Anyway, to better equip myself when answering the inevitable stream of questions from those with piqued interest whenever I park up, I did a bit of digging about Dacia – and in particular, the Duster – in the UK.

FordOwner4 months ago

Dacia Duster switches fault

Last week I covered 45 of the 51 miles between home and office before I had to brush the centre pedal – some purple-haired dear made a rather rash decision to meander her Micra into the fast lane when she was travelling anything but.

MechExp4 months ago

UK-bound Dusters are assembled in India. A long way from Dacia’s native Romania, but that’s automotive globalism for you. And the line workers at Chennai seem to know their stuff because after just short of 7000 miles our Duster feels rock solid. Nothing has dropped off, nothing has gone wrong.

MechExp4 months ago

So after 10 months and just over 16,000 miles the Duster has driven off my driveway for the last time. Will I miss it? Well, yes and certainly much more than I thought I would when it arrived. Frankly, the honeymoon period with the Duster – immediately christened The White Car – lasted up to the moment I first drove it.

Corrie19994 months ago

It speaks volumes that in the 2015 Driver Power survey, owners put the Duster, the very epitome of a budget SUV, one place ahead of the premium Audi Q5. In 91st place overall, the Duster may have dropped 30 places from its 2014 finish, but it still ranks highly in key areas of running costs, reliability, ride quality and practicality. Conversely, owners strongly criticise its build quality, performance, handling seat comfort and ease of driving. A tale of contrasts, then. 

Corrie19994 months ago

Whilst Patrick Moore sat fuming under West Country cloud cover and the nuns in the convent we stayed in cowered under their chapel pews fearing the arrival of the Devil himself, I stood next to the local priest on a sun-baked hill-top in Transylvania and, through a welder’s helmet, watched the entire, astonishing spectacle unfurl.

Corrie19994 months ago

Maybe it's because it’s white, angular, rugged and (relatively) cheap. Whatever the reason, I’ve adopted a uniquely emotionless approach to the Duster, the first time I’ve done so with a long-term car. In much the same way as a fridge does its job of keeping produce cold, so the Duster carries out its role of moving me from here to there.

MDG Ltd4 months ago

In other news, my wife has declared the Duster to be her favourite of all my long-term cars. Surprising, given the C-class, MX-5 and Clio Trophy that have gone before. She loves the raised driving position, and, well, that’s enough to rocket the Duster to number one.

Watergirl4 months ago

So I’ve devised the snappily titled home-to-work-without-touching-the-brakes-and-if-you-do-you-have-to-listen-to-The-Archers-on-the-way-home game. It’s one worth winning. If I time it right, I can leave home, chug through our village’s single traffic light, past local schools at snail’s pace and then onto the A27 and then the A3 without my right foot ever leaving the accelerator.

Corrie19993 months ago
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