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Old 22nd March 2015, 14:12   #4816
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My friends duster is due for a Tyre change. His car currently runs on the stock Apollo Hawkz tires and has covered around 45,000 km. He's looking forward to buy Apollo Apterra (re-branded and updated Hawkz) or MRF Wanderers for reasons of his own (OEM factor, may be).

Can someone please compare Apollo Apterra (or Hawkz) with MRF Wanders wrt:
a. Ride comfort
b. Tyre Noise
c. Durability (Say, 50% highway use, 50% rural roads)
d. Dry and Wet traction
e. Braking Performance

My Duster runs on Hawkz itself and I think the Tyre noise is on the lower side in Hawkz. However I feel that Wanderers are the clear winners when it comes to ride comfort. What say ?
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My friends duster is due for a Tyre change. His car currently runs on the stock Apollo Hawkz tires and has covered around 45,000 km. He's looking forward to buy Apollo Apterra (re-branded and updated Hawkz) or MRF Wanderers for reasons of his own (OEM factor, may be).

Can someone please compare Apollo Apterra (or Hawkz) with MRF Wanders wrt:
a. Ride comfort
b. Tyre Noise
c. Durability (Say, 50% highway use, 50% rural roads)
d. Dry and Wet traction
e. Braking Performance

My Duster runs on Hawkz itself and I think the Tyre noise is on the lower side in Hawkz. However I feel that Wanderers are the clear winners when it comes to ride comfort. What say ?
Mine came with MRF Wanderer,I think I will have to change them at around 25,000 Km.My current odo reading is close to 17,100 Km.They are almost worn out.

I did tyre rotation and wheel alignment check up, at around every 5000 Km intervals.

Tyre noise seems to be on the higher side.May be others with MRF can share more information .
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Mine came with MRF Wanderer,I think I will have to change them at around 25,000 Km.My current odo reading is close to 17,100 Km.They are almost worn out.

I did tyre rotation and wheel alignment check up, at around every 5000 Km intervals.

Tyre noise seems to be on the higher side.May be others with MRF can share more information .
My Duster has MRF tyres too. Car has run almost 20k km. I am due for "tyre service". Wheels were rotated @ 10k, alignment and balancing @ every 5k.
I am very happy with tread wear. Looks like I can easily manage them till 40k.

All the tyre services we carried out at MRF outlet and not at Renault.

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I got my Duster's 2nd service done today. Here are a few quick facts that may be of help to fellow BHPians:

Major Points:

- I got the service done at Divine Autotech's Rama Road Service Workshop.

- Odo reading was 7980 Km, with a mix of highway and intra-Delhi travel.

- Initial estimate given by the service adviser touched Rs. 8,500/-. This included synthetic oil, synthetic lubrication of hinges and 'special washing'.

Initially, the service adviser was hesitant on putting mineral oil. I asked him what is the recommended oil from Renault's side and if they have any specific recommendation about using synthetic oil? Mineral oil is what the service adviser told me, but still insisted on putting synthetic oil. At this point, I had to drop a hint about being a Team-BHP user. I also did tell him that I have seen service bills in the range of Rs. 4,000-5,000 for the 2nd service.

The estimate was immediately revised, and synthetic oil and synthetic lubrication were replaced with mineral oil and 'normal lubrication'. 'Special washing' was also done away with.

So, it helps if you know what you are talking about and it also helps to give the adviser a bit of background about Team-BHP. Also, I follow Team-BHP's thread about Renault Duster religiously. So, it helps to stay connected with other Duster owners and it also helps to save some money. Thank the BHPians and Team-BHP for that.

- I finally paid, Rs. 3885/-. This included the cost of engine oil, oil filter, air filter, wheel alignment, rotation and balancing, and wiping shampoo.

- I did have to wait for close to 90 minutes for delivery from the scheduled time. I was given an estimate of 6 PM and got the Duster at 7:30 PM.

Although, I do not blame the adviser for this, I do feel that Lodgy's launch will definitely put further pressure on Renault's service capabilities. I hope they add new service dealerships in Delhi soon, else it may end up the 'TATA' way wherein you always had to wait for collecting vehicles after service.

- A few niggles such as the squeaky sounds from the left rear part had become a minor irritant. The adviser assured me that these have been fixed.

Apart from this, I feel that Renault Duster has been a good buy so far. I hope that these service issues are taken care of and customers are not taken for a ride in the name of fancy sounding names for oil, washing etc.

Overall, I will rate the service experience an 8 out of 10. 1 point taken off for delayed delivery and 1 point taken off for attempted or misguided cost estimates.

I hope this helps other fellows owning Dusters. Best wishes.

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Can someone give me some indication of service costs for 3rd FS - 20k KM? I am given an estimate of 12k, including engine oil, oil filter, air filter, AC filter and break pads etc. Break pads replacement after just 20k KMs??
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I also paid something similar for my 20K service. Brake pads were also replaced, I insisted on seeing the old ones & they were indee1061d worn out.
If possible, please share the service bills for your 20K service. The bill can help us get the complete picture of the cost breakup.

My 10K service cost just under Rs. 3000.00 for the following:
- Oil Filter ~472
- Air Filter ~746
- Engine Oil ~1061
- Consumables ~220
(excluding the 14.5% vat)

12K seems to be a big jump, even after considering the cost of the brake pads and AC filter.
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If possible, please share the service bills for your 20K service.
Sorry, but my wife threw away the bills in her cleaning. Her logic was why do I need it now that the service has been done
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Old 26th March 2015, 16:43   #4822
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Mine came with MRF Wanderer,I think I will have to change them at around 25,000 Km.My current odo reading is close to 17,100 Km.They are almost worn out.

I did tyre rotation and wheel alignment check up, at around every 5000 Km intervals.

Tyre noise seems to be on the higher side.May be others with MRF can share more information .
Could you please share pictures of the wear pattern. I want to know if it is even or uneven. Many dusters are plagued with uneven wear (mostly inner sides of front wheels). Which then causes a humming noise after picking up a certain speed (40-60 kmph).

Even after all that, 25 K is too early for a tyre change.
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Now after being bowled over by the super refined 110 BHP tuned avatar of Duster in RXL Trim I wanted to know how much will it cost me.
The On Road price in Bangalore with everything included (Inclusive of Zero Dep Insurance) for;
85 BHP RXL Plus (With Air bags and ABS) INR.1.205 Mn
110 BHP RXL (With Air Bags and ABS as std) INR. 1.348 Mn
SA Came back and offered me a 90K discount on 110 BHP RXL making it available for INR. 1.258 Mn
Duster 110 BHP my head was clear on Air Bags as a must. So decision was made and Duster 110 BHP in RXL Trim it is
URGENT

Hi guys kind of in a tight spot here. I have already booked a 85ps RxL option from Nagashanti Renault Hubli and had scheduled delivery this Monday. But after seeing Soumbakshi s post have panicked. I wanted a car with dual airbags and ABS as a priority. Had finalized 85ps rxl plus for this but they offered 85rxl option at only 30k extra after discount-i love the alloys and do opted for it. Though wanted the 110 option they said no discounts on that model and it being upwards of rs 15 lakhs was way out of my budget.


85ps RxL Option- Rs 14,46,000 O.R.-80k discount=Rs 13,66,000/-+10k worth accessories+gold coin free
Now after going through the thread and Trident Renault website I see
110ps RxL -Rs 14,05,000 O.R! If I can manage the same discount I can get my dream car at a huge discount!


My question is does the 110ps RxL have dual airbags+ABS? are alloys available on it? Renault website doesn't have this model on it only RxL Plus! But Trident website has it!

Also have prices gone up? How come the same car was available for 13.58 lakhs just 6 months back?
Awaiting you guys reply. Please help me out guys. Have put my purchase on hold. Talking to Trident today. I'm from Chitradurga so both Hubli and Bangalore are an e equal 200 kms away. Online prices showed Hubli to be cheaper so went there!
Can't we private message members on team bhp?

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My question is does the 110ps RxL have dual airbags+ABS? are alloys available on it? Renault website doesn't have this model on it only RxL Plus! But Trident website has it!

You may want to check if this is the 2015 or 2014 model. Trident website may still be showing 2014 models. Please speak to the dealer and get detailed specs sheets. Also, since you are getting a discount, please be clear on which model you are being offered a discount. You may want to consult the Duster brochure from their website, which will list their variants. That will tell you clearly which ones have passenger airbags.

Also have prices gone up? How come the same car was available for 13.58 lakhs just 6 months back?
Can't we private message members on team bhp?
Prices have gone up, especially after excise hike earlier in the year. I had purchased around Diwali (5 months back) 110 PS RXL Adventure edition for 12.90 lakhs OTR in Mumbai. This included dual airbags, dark alloys, touch screen media NAV, ABS, extended warranty (2+2), as well as the Adventure kit of trims, decals and extra headlamps. Also got a gold coin.

You may not be able to get the same deal now, as they were trying to sell the last few Adventures at that time. But no harm in shopping for the best deal between Hubli and Bangalore; maybe your Hubli dealer will match a good quote you get from Trident Bangalore.
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URGENT

Hi guys kind of in a tight spot here. I
85ps RxL Option- Rs 14,46,000 O.R.-80k discount=Rs 13,66,000/-+10k worth accessories+gold coin free
Now after going through the thread and Trident Renault website I see
110ps RxL -Rs 14,05,000 O.R! If I can manage the same discount I can get my dream car at a huge discount!

Thanx in advance!
Hi
There are some fabulous discounts being offered. As i posted on the AWD forum, i am being offered 110 RXL AWD On road in Raipur for 12.5 Lakhs flat
I got a call around one hour back too .Please check the same from your dealer also.
The RXL will not have Alloys.
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My question is does the 110ps RxL have dual airbags+ABS? are alloys available on it? Renault website doesn't have this model on it only RxL Plus! But Trident website has it!



Thanx in advance!
110 RXL used to come with Dual Airbags + ABS, however with the 2015 model there are some changes.

Now 110 RXL comes with ABS as standard, but you get only Driver Side Airbag (No Passenger Airbag).

You can refer to Page 12 of the Duster Brochure here

Hope that Helps!
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Hello,

I wanted to check with other duster owners on how they manage the fogging on the glass interior. What is the ideal blower/AC setting to use. It would greatly help if you can post some pictures.
Also, the heater in my car was not working and the temperature knob would not go past the first cooling setting to the left. Has anyone come across this issue?
I was returning from Sabarimala this Sunday on an early morning drive (4am) and while descending the ghats the front windshield (exterior) was having extreme mist formation. I tried using different blower and AC settings, also used the defog button, windows rolled down, rolled up but nothing seemed to help. I finally had to use the wipers while driving. I did not see any other cars using wipers. Any advice on how to handle this?
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Hello,

I wanted to check with other duster owners on how they manage the fogging on the glass interior. What is the ideal blower/AC setting to use. It would greatly help if you can post some pictures.
Also, the heater in my car was not working and the temperature knob would not go past the first cooling setting to the left. Has anyone come across this issue?
I was returning from Sabarimala this Sunday on an early morning drive (4am) and while descending the ghats the front windshield (exterior) was having extreme mist formation. I tried using different blower and AC settings, also used the defog button, windows rolled down, rolled up but nothing seemed to help. I finally had to use the wipers while driving. I did not see any other cars using wipers. Any advice on how to handle this?
To reduce fogging on the inside, try using the fresh air setting instead of recirculate. Keep the setting slightly cool, especially if it's cold outside. Sometimes frosting of the windows can be avoided simply by turning the blowers to point away from the window. I presume you tried the defrost setting on the AC (not the defogger which is only for the rear windshield).

If you can drive with the windows slightly open, nothing like it.

Anyway, these are just things I have seen work for me, but many times it's still impossible to avoid. You have to experiment a bit to figure out what's best. And many times, still put up with it for a bit.
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I want to upgrade my duster's horn.
Should I go for Hellla Twintone? Is it loud enough for indian roads?
Also, does it sound very similar to vento 's horn?
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Facelifted Duster was launched in Brazil, today.
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The Duster facelift for the Brazilian market gets market specific changes and is a bit different from the international version. The front fascia is characterized by new headlight enclosures with LED daytime running lights, a gloss-black grille and a large skid guard.
New aluminium roof rails and taillights complete the exterior changes on the Duster facelift. Interestingly, the taillights get an Audi-like LED element which is unseen on the international model.
Source- Indian Autos Blog.
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