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Old 14th January 2014, 09:55   #3526
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^^ you can not disable the passenger airbag- there is no such switch
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Saw this advertisement in the Times of India today. Looks like a decent offer for people who are willing to purchase a Renault Duster.

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...... The measurement is done using blocks of wood measuring (200x50x100)mm, which translates to 1,000,000 cubic mm..... So if the Honda City sedan is rated at 506 litres VDA, it simply means that it can fit 506 blocks sizes measuring (200x50x100)mm in its trunk.

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The Airbag cannot be disabled on the fly. The switch is on the dashboard panel towards the door. It can be accessed with the door open.....
Thanks HillMan for the valuable info.

Buxx, can you confirm about disabling airbag? I need to disable passenger side air bag whenever my kid is in front seat.

Had a test drive of Ecosport recently, found the suspension a bit hard for me, also didn't really like it's door locking system (Could be opened from inside even locked). So back to duster again...
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I need to disable passenger side air bag whenever my kid is in front seat.
Not supported in Indian Duster
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.. also didn't really like it's door locking system (Could be opened from inside even locked). So back to duster again...
You sure Duster doesnt have this problem? Remember my friend telling me that front passenger door can be opened without unlocking. Not sure if that was a feature or an issue.
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Had a test drive of Ecosport recently, found the suspension a bit hard for me, also didn't really like it's door locking system (Could be opened from inside even locked). So back to duster again...
Even if centrally locked, the front doors on Duster can also be opened from inside without unlocking. This is a safety feature seen in most cars now.
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Even if centrally locked, the front doors on Duster can also be opened from inside without unlocking. This is a safety feature seen in most cars now.
Very true Hillman, comes very handy when one has kids at the rear. Irony is when this same Duster was launched, people ridiculed this central locking feature with the central lock switch on the dash.
Now its like neighbour's envy, owners pride.
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Now its like neighbour's envy, owners pride.
Yup. Cant agree more. The vehicle is built to last. The features look awkward initially, but then you realize the usefulness. There is a lot of thought thats gone into its design.

The remote control stalk behind the steering wheel is so intuitive and always at the same location no matter if you are taking a turn or parking. You can immediately pick your call or mute your radio without fumbling for switches.

The ORVM adjustment below the hand brakes help with much precision adjustments with you hands resting steady on the lever.
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You sure Duster doesnt have this problem? Remember my friend telling me that front passenger door can be opened without unlocking. Not sure if that was a feature or an issue.
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Even if centrally locked, the front doors on Duster can also be opened from inside without unlocking. This is a safety feature seen in most cars now.
I didn't check by pulling the lever but I assumed that since another lock lever is present on the door, pulling the open lever won't work. If else what is the purpose of that lever? Need to find out.Duster owners can someone confirm?



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^^ you can not disable the passenger airbag- there is no such switch
Thanks guys wish it had that feature...
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Need to find out.
its a safety feature so that the occupants can easily comeout incase of an emergency. Most of the times that will get screwed up as it works on power and the only way out is to break the glass for which the occupants wont get enough time to do or not in a position to do

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I didn't check by pulling the lever but I assumed that since another lock lever is present on the door, pulling the open lever won't work. If else what is the purpose of that lever? Need to find out.Duster owners can someone confirm?
The door lock lever on front is for visual. So you know the door is locked or not. The door can not be opened from outside when in lock position.

When locked if you pull the door handle from inside, it will bring the door lock lever to unlocked position. The door handle is slightly rigid in this case. You can feel that you are opening a locked door.

Also unlike many vehicles with central locking, locking the driver door does not lock rest of the doors. You need to operate the dedicated switch on the dash for it.

The rear passenger can manually unlock and open the door when centrally locked.

Duster does not give any audio queues when locking and unlocking. The turn indicators blink.

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its a safety feature so that the occupants can easily comeout incase of an emergency. Most of the times that will get screwed up as it works on power and the only way out is to break the glass for which the occupants wont get enough time to do or not in a position to do
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The door lock lever on front is for visual....
When locked if you pull the door handle from inside, it will bring the door lock lever to unlocked position. The door handle is slightly rigid in this case. You can feel that you are opening a locked door....
Duster does not give any audio queues when locking and unlocking. The turn indicators blink.
Thanks CMS & Hillman, so you are saying we could open the door just by pulling the handle without pulling the lock lever first. Here goes my safety feel about my kid being seated in front. Also need to be careful when in any modern vehicles... Never thought about such an issue till now.

Is there a way we could bypass this method?
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The s/w ver is up to date. Just did one recently post a notification on navi extra. I had posted this issue on FB on the Renault India page. Pretty good response came up from their customer care with the issue trickling back to the local dealer's SA. He seemed to have heard of this issue for the first time. Then he did a check on at least 4 other vehicles and came back saying that is something "normal" and the audio works only on the left speaker. Seems to be a design issue. Any other observations from the existing owners would help. I agree it seems to be a software issue which can be fixed.



All speakers work fine when connected on BT for streaming music. When a call call is ON, the audio settings (or anything else for that matter except volume) cannot be altered. So I kept in on the audio setting beforehand and then made a phone call; the speaker settings/status remain unchanged.
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This seem to be a common feature on many vehicles. This is what I found all over the net.

Voice call Audio only on Left speaker is wrong. The audio should work on both front speakers or right side. Looks like the Media Nav has software suited for Left Hand Drive. Get an update done.
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Its not an issue but actually a feature. Also, it is the headunit which decides which speakers to route the incoming BT audio to. The phone has no control in this.

Since the microphone is placed somewhere near the driver's seat it is primarily the driver and maybe the front row passenger who are supposed to be involved in the phone conversation. The handsfree feature is not for the passengers in the rear seat.

In Ecosport/Fiesta, the Fade/Balance settings are automatically adjusted for the audio to be heard only in the front speakers. It goes back to its previous settings once the call is over. Try seeing the audio settings screen while a phone call is ongoing in your Head Unit and you might actually notice the same.
An update - Regarding speaker specific outputs - this is resolved by the Renault service where they re-programmed the Media-NAV for "India". The drop down option was incorrect. The speaker next to the driver (Right) works now.

There was another strange issue which came up regarding blue tooth connectivity. Both my phones (Blackberry & Samsung S2) stopped connecting to the Media-Nav. Infact all other phones too when tried out showed similar issues i.e. though shows 'connected'- neither phone calls or media playing was working. After hours of diagnostics, the dealer acknowledged this and agreed to replaced the hardware itself! Thanks to Renault.clap which he did in about 15 days.
But the story remains the same. Only difference - the SA was able to successfully demonstrate his own mobile phone (HTC I think) functioning with the car system except my phones devices. ! Surprising, other phones seem to work except mine! to no avail. No phone book display, no calling list and no media play.
I have even reset my android phone. don't trust the blackberry too much, hence haven't tried. BTW, I have a Jabra car phone and both these phones work fine with it. Any expert views ?
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Thanks CMS & Hillman, so you are saying we could open the door just by pulling the handle without pulling the lock lever first. Here goes my safety feel about my kid being seated in front.
Is there a way we could bypass this method?
Yes there is, please place your child always on the rear seat. Its an offence in western countries to have a child on the front two seats of the car, a precautionary safety measure.
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I need help
Recently a biker, who had his helmet hanging on his arms came too close to my Duster
and was driving carelessly. End result, his helmet him my rear right fender and left some paint (green color).
I don't see any damage to my cars paint (woodland brown). No scratches too.

How do i get the green paint off safely. Should I take it to some specialist places like 3M?
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