Gary19966 months ago

In the land where they still point at aeroplanes, however, the man with his own wheels is king. And I can only assume that the arrival of the new Duster must have been greeted with levels of astonishment more usually reserved – in, say, Frankfurt – for the arrival of a UFO. But, memories of dreaded Daewoo still reverberating, will what’s sauce for Gherla seriously serve as sauce for Glossop?

MDG Ltd5 months ago

A few weekends ago I had a 12C Spider on my driveway. We’d tested it against the 458 Spider in Wales, and I drove it home to Chichester on Friday night before taking it to Woking on the Monday. It was a good weekend.

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.

Col Minessota4 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.

Matchmaker14 months ago

Any ideas / experiences? Do I need to go back under warranty for this?

Matchmaker14 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.

Gary19964 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.

Matchmaker14 months ago

Well... Having had to go back to Sewards Renault / DACIA of Milton Way, Portsmouth, for a warranty issue (the wipers were not working properly!) I am now banned from their premises. Or I will be if they have the guts to actually put it into writing.... as being a car dealership they give an 'implied right of access' to the public, which must be rescinded in writing.

Pete_W4 months ago

When on position 'B' the wipers start to go up, then just stop half way up the windscreen. If I do nothing they stay there. If I flick to 'A' then back to 'B' with the lever again, they then go to a full up-sweep and stop again. Another flick and then halfway back down and one last flick before they finally return to almost rest position. They are fine when I use the wash/wipe function - until the lever is released, then they stop dead wherever they are on the screen..... 

R2_Amazeballs4 months ago

Since New Year’s Day Dacia has shifted just over 10,000 units in the UK. The Duster accounts for 5500 of those, with sales set to peak at 7500 by the end of the calendar year. In fact, on a global level, the Duster – whether badged Dacia or Renault – is Renault’s best-selling car.

Fireboy4 months ago

The cause can be either a mechanical or electrical fault.

MechExp4 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.

Fionas_Boy4 months ago

Is the Duster a cut-price Evoque for the financially challenged then? Not by any means – but it’s no forlorn excuse for one either. Keep remembering that price tag, and you’ll continue to be quietly impressed.

Watergirl4 months ago

Engine – good, with promise of better to come. Between 2000-3000rpm the 1.5-litre turbodiesel engine delivers a decent slug of torque, enough to make for relaxed – never anything but relaxed – progress. Economy has improved as the engine loosens up, climbing from last month’s figure of 41.6mpg to 45.7mpg this month, nudging 485 miles between refills.

Gary19964 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.

MechExp4 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.

Red4 months ago

On all types, you will retain all the original features, including the "one-touch" feature, where a single touch will close the window. This includes the built-in "anti-pinch" safety feature.

Bri19874 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.

petHead4 months ago

If your vehicle is already equipped with it, you will also retain the "total closure" feature, whereby all open windows will close automatically, on double clicking "lock" on your remote.

Red4 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.

Gary19964 months ago

Problems may be experienced on any, or all, of the nearside or offside, front or rear door electric windows.

Gary19964 months ago

Honesty. It’s the word that I think sums up the Duster perfectly. There’s no pretence about this car. No aspirational marketing spin, no trickle-down glow from halo models. What you see is what you get. And the more I drive the Duster, the more I’m liking what I’m getting. It wasn’t that long ago that there was an inverse relationship between affordability and desirability. Daewoo, anyone? The Duster does a pretty good job of reversing that.

Pete_W4 months ago

They seem to work fine (even on a dry-ish screen) on 'C' full wipe mode and 'D' faster wipe mode. 

Fionas_Boy4 months ago

But oddly enough there was no letdown going back to the Duster. Why? Because the Duster is all about conveyance, and nothing about driving. It’s about rationality, not emotion. It’s a car designed to deliver a single goal: affordable transport. And I think this unwavering focus means it achieves this goal more effectively than any other budget car to date.

Fireboy4 months ago

Many Renault owners have experienced a problem with one or more of their car's electric windows. Vehicles affected include the Renault Megane, Scenic and Clio.

Matchmaker14 months ago

The QDI "mini-cube"™ module does away with the connection to the car's computer, and the troublesome electronics of the original, but still retains full control of the window from the door switch.

R2_Amazeballs4 months ago

Sean Perry (from the annoying Sewards Man advert) seems to have one rule for staff, another for customers. He openly supports the Sales Manager telling me that "If it seems like I'm passing the buck, that's because I am!" when I was having major delivery issues, (to the point I nearly cancelled my order) and refuses to pull him up on that, but had a go at me for my Mum's genuinely valid comment! 

Matchmaker14 months ago

Cheers BRS - I thought as much - Never had a car with 'intelligent' wipers so the thoughts were the screen was too dry, and it was sensing friction and stopping. 

Fionas_Boy4 months ago

While prices for the Duster start at a meagre £8,995, we’ve opted for the flagship model, the diesel-powered Laureate with four-wheel drive, weighing in at £14,995. For that you get the pick of the range and pretty much everything you need – switchable 4x4, aircon, Bluetooth, alloy wheels, anti-lock with traction and stability controls, leccy door mirrors and a decent iPod-compatible audio system. All that, yet it’s still the UK’s cheapest 4x4 by far.

petHead4 months ago

Checked the paperwork from the Finishing Centre in Sunderland this morning, (They left it in the car, so I swiped it!) and funnily enough they didn't appear to bother doing these checks...... Just a line through that part of the blue tick sheet! Hmmmmnnn Now that's what you call good service.

MechExp4 months ago

The missus and the children think the Duster ‘okay’. That’s it; ‘okay’. And even its keeper, Ben W, discusses it more in terms of White Goods than a car to be evaluated in the context of rivals. All of which would be just fine if the poor thing didn’t cost £15,000. Would you rather have this than a 28,000-mile Skoda Yeti for £12,495? Didn’t think so.

Col Minessota4 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.

Red4 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.

Watergirl4 months ago

Dacia Solenza window motor fault

If, for any reason, you are unhappy with your purchase, simply return for a full refund within 30 days.

Red4 months ago

Ride – impressive. The Duster rides with a relaxed and lolloping absorbency that makes it a boon on West Sussex’s pitted and potholed roads. Ruts and ripples that shook and shuddered their way through my previous Hyundai Veloster are effectively sponged away.

MDG Ltd4 months ago

Mechanical failure can often be rectified by replacing a snapped steel cable, or plastic clip, or else the complete regulator assembly. There are numerous after market suppliers able to supply these at reasonable cost.

Fireboy4 months ago

If you prefer to keep your vehicle's original comfort features, you have the option of purchasing a refurbished original Temic module from our associates, QER Ltd.

Fireboy4 months ago

Bearing that price in mind, I realised I could live with the modest performance from the 109bhp 1461cc turbodiesel engine, and its so-so 41.9mpg economy, by focusing on its decent mid-range shove and using it to maintain momentum. I could live with the heavy-and-wallowy driving dynamics because I adapted my driving style accordingly and instead enjoyed the truly absorbent and relaxed ride quality that laughed in the face of potholes.

Pete_W4 months ago

The QDI Mini-Cube™ is manufactured in-house by our experienced technicians. We use only top quality components, and we encapsulate the whole assembly in fire-resistant, moisture-proof, epoxy resin.

Mary4 months ago

Often after a period of erratic or intermittent action, the window simply stops working, quite often in the open position.

Matchmaker13 months ago
This problem has been solved

- see solution here