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Old 4th March 2014, 18:46   #3736
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U made me restless. So I made a couple of calls to Methord Automotive banglore and they confirmed that K&N Filters is available for duster 110 ps and the one i am using is a genuine one. So the case is solved and closed !
Thanks for clearing the smoke. To find whether its a genuine is by registering at their site, also this is required for warranty.

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Have anybody thought of putting after market beading to the doors? I think they will really help reducing noise and possibly the smell of outer world. I don't know if they will compromise the door safety and locking.

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Test drove the 85 PS yesterday. Found the gear shift a bit notchy, as compared to my Esteem. The sales guy said it's so because it's a badly abused test vehicle, which is perhaps understandable. What is the general opinion of the other Duster owners on this front? Haven't found this mentioned anywhere in the various test reports.
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Have anybody thought of putting after market beading to the doors? .
Do you have any details of such beading ?
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Test drove the 85 PS yesterday. Found the gear shift a bit notchy, as compared to my Esteem. The sales guy said it's so because it's a badly abused test vehicle, which is perhaps understandable. What is the general opinion of the other Duster owners on this front? Haven't found this mentioned anywhere in the various test reports.

These were my exact words after I test drove the Duster 85PS back in October last year. I posted the same question and got these replies:

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My impression is that clutch travel on 85 is shorter than 110 and feels lighter. However the gear shift of 110 is smoother : )

I like the way 85 gear slots in with a click feel. There is no play.
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I own a 85PS since April. I have completed 10600 Kms. I test drove both 110 and 85 before buying.
I didnt feel any difference when it comes to gear shift or handling of the vehicle. Obvious difference i felt was 110 lag and hard clutch.

Gear shift is notchy and sometimes 2nd and reverse gear are hard to shift. I prefer my SWIFT gear shift even now over duster. Even 110 gear shift should be notchy.
I have been driving the Duster since 4 months and 8500kms now and I can say that the gear shift isn't the smoothest one you'll find, but you'll get used to it in a while. It's a bit rough while slotting into the 2nd gear but that's about it.
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Just an update about my Duster (85), which is currently at the service center in White Field, for his 20,000 km service.

Only service cost : 6,000/-
I hear the sound, that is caused by break pads. As I suspected, they want to replace both pads, and drum/wheel. Together some 8,000/- (ie: 6k+8k).

I know if I approach a local service center, I need to spend only for the pads(ie:8k will come down to 2.8k) I have done that for my WaganR. But this Duster, I was driving at high speeds and few real hard breaks, and other abuses. So, I think I should pay for my sins, and spend 8k.
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I hear the sound, that is caused by break pads. As I suspected, they want to replace both pads, and drum/wheel. Together some 8,000/- (ie: 6k+8k).
By drum / wheel you are referring to rear break shoes or front discs? Did they mention break up of cost?
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What is the general opinion of the other Duster owners on this front? Haven't found this mentioned anywhere in the various test reports.
At 7000kms on the Odo, the gear shift doesn't feel any different from day one. The gears are stiff compared to diesel cars, but they lock in precisely without any slip at any point. If you will use Duster as your primary car, you will get used to it pretty quick.
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Thanks Abhinav and Hillman. Yes it will be my primary mode of transport. I am sure I will get used to it.
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^^ Regarding the gear shifts: I just the love the way the damn thing is so sure slotted. Never faced any difficulty in gear changes- they are a bit notchy just like the ones on the Swift and noisy too. But just feels great !
The gear knob is a little slippery- sometimes, it slips from my hands while I am changing gears. maybe , thats just me.

Regarding the issue with the stereo: it was indeed a blown fuse (15A)
Thanks @Waxeloquent !!

Found it a bit strange as the manual says that the front 12V socket has max rating of 10A. but is linked to a 15A fuse.
The technician swapped it from the spare in the fuse board and all izz well.
Got a "foocat" 15A fuse from them as well.

the SA told me that the chargers (with their metallic contact points) need to be aligned with the socket ; otherwise it results in "earthing" and the fuse being blown.

Tested the Emporis Air compressor with the Rear 12V socket after this and it works fine. No fuse tripping this time. I intend to use the compressor only in case of real emergencies anyways.

another thing: the Blinker on Door (ORVM) is a genuine Renault accessory now - available for 3150 + 500? labour charges. as also the puddle lamps , I think.

Anyone found out whether we can get the front guard of the Duster Adventure edition as a genuine accessory from Renault?
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Anyone found out whether we can get the front guard of the Duster Adventure edition as a genuine accessory from Renault?
The entire cladding is now available with the Renault dealers. With paint, if you want, it costs more than a lakh. Was shown a silver coloured cladding on a black car. Looks pretty neat.

The only difference with the Adventure is that the front fog lamps wouldn't go into this after market cladding.

You can go for the entire thing or also pick and choose, like just the back spoiler or front nudge guard etc (which was your original query).
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Amazon green colour looks awesome on duster adventure edition. It gives military vehicle feel. As per my understanding, its only for 110 model. Costing is also high approx 14 L.
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Hi Everyone,

Our Duster RxE has clocked 12,000 kms so far and the second service was done at 10,000 kms around a month back. Since the last week, there has been a squeaking or grinding noise coming whenever the brakes are applied.

As far as my understanding goes, such a noise generally appears when the brake pads have worn out. Considering the car has been largely driven in a sedate fashion by my uncle and not crunched many kms, could this really be the source of the problem? I definitely plan to get it checked from the service center but any advice before hand will be much appreciated.

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Amazon green colour looks awesome on duster adventure edition. It gives military vehicle feel. As per my understanding, its only for 110 model. Costing is also high approx 14 L.
I agree the Amazon green color looks very nice. Went to a local Duster showroom. Got to look at the Adventure edition today. Looked nice.
I asked about the 2014 facelift Duster. The SA informed me saying it is not due in showrooms until 2015. Is this true?

Asking since web articles speak about a 4x4 Duster being introduced in India sometime mid year 2014. The 4x4 will be the new 2014 facelift Duster, I assume. Please share any other information anyone may have on the 2014 facelift Duster timelines for Indian market.
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I asked about the 2014 facelift Duster. The SA informed me saying it is not due in showrooms until 2015. Is this true?
This is what Renault has told all dealers - no launches in CY14 except for the Koleos and Fluence facelifts already launched. I had also checked with a Renault rep at the Auto Expo and they confirmed that the Duster facelift wont be launched this year.
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