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Old 15th September 2014, 19:17   #4336
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Hello folks!

Just a small useful lil tip I learned at the workshop

It's a sequence of button pressing that brings up some "engineering mode" on the Duster MID.

Just to add to the info., in this diagnostic mode you may also verify the functioning of the speedometer and tachometer needles as they would be doing a sweep across the range
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Old 16th September 2014, 17:03   #4337
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I came across some good silicon case for duster keys.It do add some splash to the dull looking keys and give some protection from impacts.
One more plus is that it improves the grip.
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I came across some good silicon case for duster keys.It do add some splash to the dull looking keys and give some protection from impacts.
One more plus is that it improves the grip.
Could you add more details of where you purchased them from.

Do the Duster owners with MediaNav find the the system very sluggish when trying to move focus on the map? I having a lot of difficulty at times.
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Hi sumeshmani,I bought it from eBay India .
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Do the Duster owners with MediaNav find the the system very sluggish when trying to move focus on the map? I having a lot of difficulty at times.
By system if you mean:
1. the touchscreen-response: "sluggish" is being too polite. It's seriously just too crude!
2. the lags / choppiness of map software: Yeah, that's bad too!
Like a game running on <10fps.

Only plus side being:
Once it starts showing vehicle-movement-on-route, it's fairly okay.

Has anyone experienced lag-free operations of OE Navigation interface?

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Do the Duster owners with MediaNav find the the system very sluggish when trying to move focus on the map? I having a lot of difficulty at times.
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By system if you mean:
1. the touchscreen-response: "sluggish" is being too polite. It's seriously just too crude!
2. the lags / choppiness of map software: Yeah, that's bad too!
Like a game running on <10fps.

Only plus side being:
Once it starts showing vehicle-movement-on-route, it's fairly okay.

Has anyone experienced lag-free operations of OE Navigation interface?

Ace.


Though the Media Nav system works good for the most part, it is pretty bad when it comes to Maps / Navigation.

I think apart from the User Interface, the resistive touch screen is also to be blamed. Using maps on the Media Nav feels exactly like using the Moto Rokr I had ages ago.
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Hi sumeshmani,I bought it from eBay India .
looks cool. I think I will buy one for myself too. thanks for sharing.
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Guys, I noticed a puff of black smoke from my Duster RXE D while using a heavy acceleration this morning. Is this normal?
Hi Pahwa,

The same happened to me the last week. The smoke was really on the higher side..was concerned and took it to the company after sales service. They checked and said that the problem was the low quality diesel..basically diesel mixed with Kersoene. They showed me a sample as well.It was blueish green in colour.

Have to flush out the entire diesel - 20 ltrs and also need to change the injection pump (Rs.1700 odd).Am told that the earlier we do it the better else once the fuel gets fully into the engine,it may malfunction.Any problems related to this thereafter will not be covered either by warranty or insurance..this is what I have been told.

Would recommend you contact the A.S.S.

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Guys,
I am planning to book a car within next 2 months. Duster is on top of my wishlist. My driving is 60% City (Kochi) and 40% highway. I drive mostly inside Kerala and do frequent highway trips within the state. Considering Duster due to the pathetic state of road during every monsoon season in Kerala.
I am confused whether to go for Duster 85 or 110. Is the power difference between these two variants significant? I currently driving old generation Swift Diesel and don't want to buy something which is sluggish to drive.
Also does anyone know the current onroad price of 110PS RXL in Kerala?
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Thanks m upreti.

Is there anything I can do now to ensure that the warranty holds - like restoring the wiring or something of the sort. Would really appreciate the groups advice.

Also, will the insurance also be void?

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I am confused whether to go for Duster 85 or 110. Is the power difference between these two variants significant?
Do take a test drive. Coming from Swift Diesel you won’t be satisfied with most Diesel car performance.

The Duster 85 and 110 have a very different feel from performance point of view. The ride quality is same, bad roads are not a deterrent.

You could drive the 85ps mostly on 3rd gear through bumper to bumper city traffic. On highway holding reins at 85kmph will get you awesome mileage. I rarely get to slot 5th gear in Bangalore traffic.

110 needs more gear shift in city, but on highways it has the turbo punch and smooth overtaking with minimal gear shifts. A slight hint on the pedals is good for most overtakes. Coming from Swift Diesel, you might like the way 110 performs. This car will fly as long as you maintain rev above 2000rpm.

For Kerala roads I'll recommend 85ps. I love the way it handles hill roads without breaking a sweat.

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the problem was the low quality diesel..basically diesel mixed with Kersoene. They showed me a sample as well.It was blueish green in colour.
Kerosene mix is bad. Apart from black smoke do you see any performance issues? Any warning lights coming up?
Better to go with the tank flush. Do update us the experience and cost involved. This can happen to anyone, specially on long drives, where you might need a fill at unknown bunks.

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Hillman,

As for performance issues,post this smoking around,found that when I accelerate, it takes a couple of seconds to take effect. This could be all the difference between life and death !! Have appraised the A.S.S of the same.
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Do take a test drive. Coming from Swift Diesel you wonít be satisfied with most Diesel car performance.

The Duster 85 and 110 have a very different feel from performance point of view. The ride quality is same, bad roads are not a deterrent.

You could drive the 85ps mostly on 3rd gear through bumper to bumper city traffic. On highway holding reins at 85kmph will get you awesome mileage. I rarely get to slot 5th gear in Bangalore traffic.

110 needs more gear shift in city, but on highways it has the turbo punch and smooth overtaking with minimal gear shifts. A slight hint on the pedals is good for most overtakes. Coming from Swift Diesel, you might like the way 110 performs. This car will fly as long as you maintain rev above 2000rpm.

For Kerala roads I'll recommend 85ps. I love the way it handles hill roads without breaking a sweat.

Thanks Hillman. I guess 85 ps would be a good option for City/Kerala type roads. However it may not reward with top end performance on highways. As you said, only a back to back test drive will confirm the choice.
Coming from Swift, my priorities would be (in the descending order)
1. Ride quality/ability to tackle bad roads (old gen swift fails terribly here)
2. Rear Leg space (again a weak point of swift)
3. Decent highway performance (on par or above swift)

I am used to turbo lag of diesels and is not a major concern. Any idea how the real world FE differ in 85 and 110?

Test drive is planned for next week.
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Coming from Swift, my priorities would be (in the descending order)
1. Ride quality/ability to tackle bad roads (old gen swift fails terribly here)
This is Duster arena. You will feel the bumps at very slow speeds alone. It glides over potholes. Doesn't disappoint even while driving alone with no luggage. (Keep tire pressure at 29ps).
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2. Rear Leg space (again a weak point of swift)
Questionable. Personal choice. Sit and find out. I am 5'7" and don't find it an issue.
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85 is good 110 is fun.
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I am used to turbo lag of diesels and is not a major concern. Any idea how the real world FE differ in 85 and 110?
With 85ps on highways you can extract around 22kmpl with feather light foot on the accelerator and maintaining RPM around 2000 in 5th gear (85kmph). Been there seen it...not my cup of coffee
85 rides like a petrol. Virtually non-existant turbo lag.
You might find the turbo lag acceptable on 110. It is just about getting used to the style of driving.

FE, not sure of 110, might be around 17 on highway.

I love my ride. My running costs and FE is maintained in this spreadsheet. I don't do a tank full to tank full and not loyal to a single pump, so my averages will vary. Most owners get better than my readings.

Liked the ad for the AWD

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This is Duster arena. You will feel the bumps at very slow speeds alone. It glides over potholes. Doesn't disappoint even while driving alone with no luggage. (Keep tire pressure at 29ps).
Questionable. Personal choice. Sit and find out. I am 5'7" and don't find it an issue.
85 is good 110 is fun.
With 85ps on highways you can extract around 22kmpl with feather light foot on the accelerator and maintaining RPM around 2000 in 5th gear (85kmph). Been there seen it...not my cup of coffee
85 rides like a petrol. Virtually non-existant turbo lag.
You might find the turbo lag acceptable on 110. It is just about getting used to the style of driving.

FE, not sure of 110, might be around 17 on highway.

I love my ride. My running costs and FE is maintained in this spreadsheet. I don't do a tank full to tank full and not loyal to a single pump, so my averages will vary. Most owners get better than my readings.

Liked the ad for the AWD
Thanks Hillman. YOu seems to be getting a decent FE with 85. I am OK if the rear seat is comfortable for someone who is 5 8". The final decision can be made only after test drive and evaluating on-road price difference. I have shortlisted 85ps Rxl Plus and 110 PS Rxl. The ex. showroom price difference between these two is nearly 1 Lakh and there has to be considerable power difference to justify this. Feature wise these two variants look more or less same.

Forgot to add, the AWD video looks tempting

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