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Old 9th December 2014, 01:22   #4561
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I had just one block remaining in my Fuel meter after driving 440 km, but it took just 25 litres of diesel to fill up full tank. Wondering if it could be a problem with the pump. Not sure now when to go for refuelling. Any suggestion please?

Another question - Has anyone used paint protection film for duster? Is there any other cheaper alternative to avoid the unavoidable minor scratches that would happen in Bangalore traffic?
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As for mileage, you are going good. You can expect 15kmpl on highway.

As for the above two questions. The Auto Lock feature is sourly missed.

You can not avoid getting on your knees, but at least it enables to do a visual inspection.
I have installed the Up Module from the dealer for 3.3K so Windows are taken care.

Need to figure a way to have the doors auto lock. In the Manual it does mention some steps to perform this, but unable to get the desired result after following the steps.

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But the auto lock still does not work. Any ideas?



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So were you able to make the central locking work? In my model as well the manual says its do-able but i am unable to get this done.
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@soumobakshi Congrats on your purchase! really liked the way you have taken time to write down all about your process involved in making this decision.
What were the freebies that were offered and what did you choose from them?
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I have installed the Up Module from the dealer for 3.3K so Windows are taken care.
Thanks for the info, its a big relief. I'll surely be in queue to get it installed.
Was the installation done at Whitefield Renault?
Do they install the up module inside the door panel?
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Renault has silently updated Duster. The following pictures are update to 85 ps RXL(o). As per my SA it is available for booking now with current offers. This should give a glimpse of what to expect in 2015.
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Hello Everyone. Finally, I am a Team-BHP member . Thank you mods for allowing me in.

Alright, I will try to pen down my experience of buying my latest ride and how the first few KMs have been. I bought Duster 85PS RXE diesel on 14th last month.

Following were my requirements:
  1. I had a WagonR and an I10 and wanted to upgrade to a bigger vehicle.
  2. Always wanted higher ground clearance because of those amazing roads in Faridabad and I visit my village at least once an year if not twice.
  3. I always wanted a Petrol car(It is another matter that I decided on diesel, more on that later).

  4. I drive alone 95% percent of the time and need a maximum of 6 seats probably once a year, so 5 seat car was going to be good enough for me.
  5. Budget was 9 Lakhs.
  6. I wanted at least ABS.

    There was no particular requirement to buy and SUV, but I must admit my bias towards Duster because It was love at first sight about 2 years back

Here are the vehicles that I shortlisted:
  1. Honda City Petrol SV.
  2. Ecosport Ecoboost Petrol.
  3. Nissan Terrano.
  4. MS Ciaz Diesel/Petrol
  5. and Renault Duster.


I Test drove Honda City first and absolutely loved the way it behaved. It has higher GC than outgoing model too. I don't like that front grill at all but I guess we will have to live with those chromes for some time now on almost all the new cars . Honda brand image was another thing going for it. Interiors looked good too and I was happy and wanted to decide after test driving other vehicles in the list.

I did not test drive Ecosport at all because of two reasons. I loved the car when I saw it in US but the Indian version looked way too smaller. I would rather buy a polo if I had to buy a hatch. The small boot was a big turn off for me and hence decided not to waste more time on it.

As has been discussed before, Nissan Terrano is not too far different from Duster and still is about 70k more Expensive than Duster. Since it is more or less same as Duster, I thought I would rather check Duster. Terrano was around 10.3 OTR in Faridabad for the lowest trim.

For some reason I never liked Maruti. My experience with the sales team was not too great either. I called both Vipul and Batra Auto in Faridabad and they told me that I would get a call back which never happened. I still went to the showroom to check it out. I liked what I saw but comparing it to Honda city and specially Petrol, Ciaz had no chance.

Then Finally I decided to check out Duster. The experience with Sales team was not that bad and they followed up well. Now this is where I had a problem because so far Honda city was better than good enough for me and was well in my budget with a lot of gizmos and an amazing engine and a well received brand.
With Duster, I ran into a problem, Team-BHP told me Petrol Duster engine is not as good, specially when compared to city and mileage was only 13 which would surely come out to be 10 in the city drives. Petrol did not have ABS either. I thought I would give duster diesel a try and test drove 85PS. Well, I was in different world, The same road where I was driving city at 20, I was enjoying duster at 50-60 with no problem at all. That just sealed the deal for me.Though I absolutely hated the interiors, I have always loved duster for how it looks from outside and it's road presence.

So, I finally decided on 85PS RXE Diesel white Duster which was 9.60L OTR Faridabad. RXE solely because my budget was 9 lacs and there was no way I could afford more than that. If only I had some more money, I would have surely gone for RXL(O) which was 10.99L OTR. I somehow stretched to go for the RXE. I was getting a 20k cash discount or accessories of my choice worth 35k which was later increased to 45k after some bargaining.Following are the accessories that I decided on:
MegaAudio touchscreen HU with Navigation(MapMyIndia), Reverse Camera and BT.(32K)
Spoiler(8K)
Reverse Parking sensors (5k).

I have driven about 1500 KM which includes a trip to Agra(My Inlaws are from Agra) using NH2(and not the expressway) and daily office commute via the Guragoan-Faridabad road. The FE I got in first tank full was 17km/L. Still in the running in period, so I have not gone above 100 yet and I like it below 100 anyway.
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Renault has silently updated Duster. The following pictures are update to 85 ps RXL(o). As per my SA it is available for booking now with current offers. This should give a glimpse of what to expect in 2015.
Much needed additions. Hope they've attached those additional weatherstrips on all four doors as in Duster AWD. They sure do play a small part in beefing up the acoustic insulation.
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Old 10th December 2014, 11:57   #4569
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Duster's sales reduces to just 2673 unit in Nov'14. Keeping in mind that AWD Duster was also launched during this period and monthly sales of Duster has been averaging over 3300 units per month over the past few months, this is a bit strange.
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Renault has silently updated Duster. The following pictures are update to 85 ps RXL(o). As per my SA it is available for booking now with current offers. This should give a glimpse of what to expect in 2015.
Wow. This looks to be a silent update from you too. . I could feel the pressure of Duster Sales Team as had been getting a lot of follow up calls from OMR Duster show room after I made a test drive of duster (though I landed up buying City).

Sure is a good news for prospective buyers of Duster. Thanks for sharing the info.
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My car had terrible rattling issues ,both from roof and bottom.They did rectify the problem to a good extent.

But noise from roof is still there.Service advisor told me that renault has started providing damping kit for correcting this issue for free,unfortunately they did not have stock with them.

Is it true? Anyone got the same installed?

Hi Anilntny, it seems the damping kit has not reached Trivandrum ASS as well. On inquiring they said that it would reach in 2 weeks time. The SA said that the new vehicles were equipped with the corrected door bee-dings and the AWD version had door bee-dings as well. Unfortunately this cannot be installed in the previous models as the holes for revetting the same is not available.

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I have installed the Up Module from the dealer for 3.3K so Windows are taken care.
Soumobakshi could you pl provide more info on the window UP module. Will the up module work for all 4 windows or just the driver side. Is this an approved accessory by the dealer so that the warranty is not void.
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@soumobakshi Congrats on your purchase! really liked the way you have taken time to write down all about your process involved in making this decision.
What were the freebies that were offered and what did you choose from them?
Well apart from the 90k discount and 2+2 years Warranty, what I got was Mud flaps, Ganesha Idol, Perfume Bottle and Std is Mats but i insisted to opt out of the mats as i wanted to go for 3D Mats. Instead of that I took Blue LED Foot Lamp which gets activated on opening of any of the 2 front doors and the Chrome Tip for exhaust.

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Was the installation done at Whitefield Renault?
Do they install the up module inside the door panel?
Since I am at the other end of the town i got delivery and installation from Mysore Road Trident Renault. And Yes installation is inside the Front RHD

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Soumobakshi could you pl provide more info on the window UP module. Will the up module work for all 4 windows or just the driver side. Is this an approved accessory by the dealer so that the warranty is not void.
It Controls all the 4 Power Windows. As per information from Dealer it is an approved accessory and they do not cut any wires but uses approved connectors to connect to the existing wiring.
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Renault has silently updated Duster. The following pictures are update to 85 ps RXL(o). As per my SA it is available for booking now with current offers. This should give a glimpse of what to expect in 2015.
Thanks for the pics and update

Now that they have auto locking, hope to see it coming out as an accessory at least in near future.

Somehow the new improved console doesn't look good to my eyes. The symmetry is missing. The Warning display should have stayed in the middle.
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Guys,
Is it worth getting the under body coating for duster? The recent news of rusting in dusters is worrying.
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Guys,
Is it worth getting the under body coating for duster? The recent news of rusting in dusters is worrying.
Dont worry about under body. It is already covered with a good thick coating. It is better to spend the money on paint sealant.
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