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Old 29th January 2013, 12:27   #2011
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Has anyone here faced problem during registration of the Duster? Usually, the registration is done by the dealer if you are residing in the same city. But in places where the dealer is not present, the vehicle owner himself has to get it registered. Yesterday, I went for the registration of my Duster in Hassan RTO. The Motor Vehicle Inspector came to verify the Chassis no and the Engine no. She took a look at the Chassis no and asked where the engine no was. I looked searched for it for sometime and then called the dealer to ask them where it was. Then the dealer told me that the front casing will have to be removed to see the engine no. The person also told me that it will have to be done by the dealer himself or if I can get hold of a local mechanic, he will advise him over the phone.

I informed the inspector about the situation, but she was unrelenting. She refused to validate the engine no mentioned in the invoice unless she saw it on the car. The RTO agent asked me to search if the engine no was mentioned anywhere else on the car. So, then I found a sticker where the VIN no and the Engine no was mentioned. I showed this to the inspector and after some persuasion by the agent, she finally validated the no.

Has anyone faced such a situation while registering their car (especially in non metro cities)? If the inspector was adamant on getting the Engine no impression, I would had to drive all the way back to Bangalore to get it done by the Renault service center or I should have risked getting it done by a local mechanic.
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This is perfectly normal. I also was worried but then noticed that it is common. It shows that immobiliser is doing its job.
Thanks a lot acroback for the confirmation !

But I am still concerned about its affect on the battery. Have you noticed any effect on the battery if the Duster is left idle for a couple of days?

Here is our Duster resting.

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A woodland brown duster is for sale at manjeri in a used car outlet. If it is an owner going abroad case due to being a gulf belt, it might be a good deal.
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Thanks a lot acroback for the confirmation !

But I am still concerned about its affect on the battery. Have you noticed any effect on the battery if the Duster is left idle for a couple of days?

Here is our Duster resting.
Many luxury cars (the accord comes to mind) does have a similar light like that blink in the dashboard every now and then. no big shakes me thinks.
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Thanks a lot acroback for the confirmation !

But I am still concerned about its affect on the battery. Have you noticed any effect on the battery if the Duster is left idle for a couple of days?
Yes, it does tell upon the battery if left for a long time without usage. This is what I do if I'm going on a long vacation: lock the car manually with the key inserted into the fob on the driver door. That way it stays locked, although the alarm stays disabled.

If the alarm is enabled and you have the flashing light on the dash, the alarm system will warn with loud beeps if the battery is draining out.
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Whether you lock the Car from remote or from the key, the moment you take out the key from ignition, the immobilizer is activated. (This is why the immobilizer is present)

This is what I have been noticing. Is it different from Cars (manufacturers) to Cars (manufacturers)?

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It seems folks in the UK have recently been able to test drive India made Dusters with the new dash. Pics in the links below. The european versions they saw before had the old Dacia dashes.

http://www.daciaforum.co.uk/topic/89...-photos-taken/

A few interesting observations

1. No rear disk brakes - it seems some goof up in the specs sheet and brochures
2. The rear camera option comes with a distance indicator
3. First reports and folks seems reasonably happy with their purchases in terms of ride, comfort etc

Also some tech details on the engines posted on this forum. Ours will probably be one version behind, the UK K9K engines are an advanced version that have DPF and support ESP.

http://www.daciaforum.co.uk/topic/33...pecifications/

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What is the purpose of this bar as it has already got the skid plate? It lowers the GC & approach angle by a bit no. Is it available as a 3rd party accessory here?
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What is the purpose of this bar as it has already got the skid plate? It lowers the GC & approach angle by a bit no. Is it available as a 3rd party accessory here?
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This small front bar is known as a "Dog Bar" and its purpose is to prevent small animals from damaging the car. It is normally used in countries like Australia where there are a lot of wild animals on the roads. Not a very Humane approach though.
(Personally, I am not in favour of any bull bars/ dog bars)
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Seems completely unnecessary, its looks to be a part of the curiously named 'styling pack'.

Imho these kind of accessories can make a simple slow speed accident into a dangerous life threatening one, imaging running into a pedestrian or dog with this. Not good.

http://www.dacia.co.uk/vehicles/duster/accessories/
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Yes, it does tell upon the battery if left for a long time without usage. This is what I do if I'm going on a long vacation: lock the car manually with the key inserted into the fob on the driver door. That way it stays locked, although the alarm stays disabled.

If the alarm is enabled and you have the flashing light on the dash, the alarm system will warn with loud beeps if the battery is draining out.
We tried locking the doors physically with the key. But that light is still blinking. Wish there was a way to disable it. Would be bad if the car doesnt start after being idle for a few weeks.
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We tried locking the doors physically with the key. But that light is still blinking. Wish there was a way to disable it. Would be bad if the car doesnt start after being idle for a few weeks.
That's news to me! In my Ertiga, when I manually lock the alarm stays disabled. Probably your RASS should be able to help or try and find out the supplier of that security system. For MSIL cars it's usually Nippon Security System.
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It seems they are using continental cross contact tyres in the UK. I wonder how our MRF Wanderes compare. Pics from daciaforum.co.uk. Link below

http://www.daciaforum.co.uk/topic/89...-photos-taken/

The fully loaded 4x4 version is 14995 pounds in the UK which is 12.60 lakhs and this includes the 17.5% UK VAT!

Given the current pricing the India 4X4 top end would be at least one lakh more so 15-15.5 lakhs!

Not only does that look ridiculously overpriced but its a whole 3 lakhs more than the UK, a country not known for low costs. Not good for us.
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We tried locking the doors physically with the key. But that light is still blinking. Wish there was a way to disable it. Would be bad if the car doesnt start after being idle for a few weeks.
What's the time that you are looking to be away. I have read reports of people keeping the car locked for atleast 2 weeks and having no problems.

If you are not comfortable, why don't you disconnect the battery? It should NOT be a problem right? Or worst case, you just need to buy a jumper cable, connect it to another car in your apartments and jump start it.
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What's the time that you are looking to be away. I have read reports of people keeping the car locked for atleast 2 weeks and having no .
Well, I had kept my santro idle for 2 weeks and it re started with first self. Now I am going for leave for 2 weeks and am bit jittery about how Duster behaves.
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