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Old 30th January 2015, 20:15   #4681
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Hi all,
I just saw an ad of something called the new generation Duster.
No, no, it is far from 'new'. It is more of a secret facelift

Now, the 2WD Duster gets a soft touch dash, new upholstery, the same dashboard colours as the AWD, a new steering wheel, and all the other changes seen on the AWD, save for the alloy wheel colour, AWD mechanism and independent suspension.

All these changes have come at absolutely no hike in price!
The Duster is well and truly back in the game now. It is interesting that Renault India has not even acknowledged the changes made.

Link to the article:
http://www.bsmotoring.com/news/renau...pgrade/10305/1

Full credit to BS motoring for the news.
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Old 30th January 2015, 20:23   #4682
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Full credit to BS motoring for the news.
Has been posted before in the thread:

1 (Renault Duster : Official Review), 2 (Renault Duster : Official Review) & 3 (Renault Duster : Official Review)

Renault India hasn't acknowledged the rusting issues reported by owners, have they?
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I saw the 2015 Duster at the showroom. The top end 110 now gets cruise control. The stalk behind the steering still remains. The cruise controls are mounted on the steering. The steering itself feels much much better to hold. Though they say better plastics, I could not find the difference. The gear shift sure felt much much better.
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Had been to Khivraj Mount Road, Chennai today and could not find the new 2015 Duster. Called up the sales guy of Nandanam showroom to check whether it is available however the new Duster has not reached Chennai. It is surprising to note that the new model is not available in the showrooms of the state where it is getting manufactured
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Just found. The wheel spanner that came with the Duster is totally unreliable. Was trying to change my punctured tyre and the spanner gave way. The wheel nuts are fine but the spanner now is bent and the groves smoothed out. Luckily the bolt size of Duster is same as my Spark. The small car spanner did the job flawlessly.
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Just found. The wheel spanner that came with the Duster is totally unreliable. Was trying to change my punctured tyre and the spanner gave way. The wheel nuts are fine but the spanner now is bent and the groves smoothed out. Luckily the bolt size of Duster is same as my Spark. The small car spanner did the job flawlessly.

That's the extent of cost cutting Renault has carried out with the Duster. First it was the entire wheel assembly breaking off on impact... Then it was massive rusting resulting in a recall of all India made Dusters from UK .....and now you tell me that the spanner in the tool kit is made if low grade soft steel.

As a prospective Duster buyer I am now thinking hard of the alternatives available.



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As a prospective Duster buyer I am now thinking hard of the alternatives available.
In 17500kms this is only second time I had to get to the wheels. First time after the 10k service for a picture. The nuts were pretty tight. I had to stand on the spanner with my 85kg load and jump a bit to loosen the nuts. The OEM spanner is a double sided spanner, pipe. The Chevy Spark spanner is a solid steel single sided one. I didn't go with a cross spanner for risk of breaking at its wield.

For a car like Duster which sees a mechanic once a year, a solid spanner would do. You don't want to be stranded at a lonely unknown location.

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Just found. The wheel spanner that came with the Duster is totally unreliable. Was trying to change my punctured tyre and the spanner gave way. The wheel nuts are fine but the spanner now is bent and the groves smoothed out. Luckily the bolt size of Duster is same as my Spark. The small car spanner did the job flawlessly.
Its not just with Duster. I had the same problem with my earlier car as well (A Ford). Its that black powder coated spanner whose threads can give away very easily. So the first thing I did, once I got the car was to get a better spanner.
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Its not just with Duster. I had the same problem with my earlier car as well (A Ford). Its that black powder coated spanner whose threads can give away very easily. So the first thing I did, once I got the car was to get a better spanner.
This is interesting. I would not have suspected the spanner to be of poor quality. I hope the jack performs better.

Does Duster have a 21 or 19 mm nut? I should buy a steel spanner too.
I remember my M800 having a good steel spanner.
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Its that black powder coated spanner whose threads can give away very easily.
True. Those spanners are good for hand tightened bolts, but our service centers seem to go overboard with the pneumatic tools. With our kind weather and roads jamming of bolts is not new. European and Western manufacturers should tweak their tool kits accordingly.
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Does Duster have a 21 or 19 mm nut? I should buy a steel spanner too.
I remember my M800 having a good steel spanner.
You should buy a steel spanner. With regards to size of the nut, I dont remember now. Hope some member will have it on top of his stack.
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Does Duster have a 21 or 19 mm nut? I should buy a steel spanner too.
I remember my M800 having a good steel spanner.
There is no marking on the Renault spanner on the size. It has a part number marked on it. The Chevy Spark also came with an unmarked spanner.

My 17mm wheel spanner has a slight play so I believe the wheel bots are 16mm.
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The squeaks from the seats can be really irksome. First faced this issue round 3K kms. Had taken the car to the service center and they sprayed 'Carb & Choke' on all the springs and rails. After this the noise did die down for a while completely. Though it has resurfaced (now at 5k kms), it isn't constant and as severe as earlier. Just an occasional squeak. Hope it stays that way.

The rattle from the boot - have you checked that the lug wrench and jack are fixed properly in their slot?
Thanks. The jack and wrench were not properly fixed. On closer examination I found that they are banging against the body when the vehicle is moving over rough/uneven roads. Fixed the issue by inserting some thermocol between the tools and body of the car. The squeaks from the seats and some other rattling sound which appears to come from rear hatch door is still there. Need to visit the service centre sometime soon.

I also faced a peculiar issue today. The trip meter which shows the DTE and average FE got reset on its own today morning after starting the car. I am sure I didn't reset it myself and it was displaying values till last night when I parked the car after a highway trip. Wondering what could cause this
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You can visit 'noratsincar.com'.
Found this ad in Overdrive,they have a spray which can be used in engine bay.
Unable to attach picture, as i am posting from mobile.
The contact no is +919821048334.They are based in Mumbai.
Thanks. Following this up.
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Can someone please tell me what is the tyre and alloy sizes for the Good year one. Will I get this in Mumbai. Any guidance on location? Will Bombay Tyres have it at Milan? Approx at what price?
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