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Old 6th May 2015, 12:06   #4876
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The service adviser told me that the brake pad replacement will cost close to 4K. That sounds very expensive.
Can someone share the bill or details (breakup) of brake pad replacement
I also got them changed two weeks back and they charged me around 3500 odd rupees for the break pads.

I've may have the bill copy, in case you need I can search and post, do let me know.
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I also got them changed two weeks back and they charged me around 3500 odd rupees for the break pads.

I've may have the bill copy, in case you need I can search and post, do let me know.
If possible please do share the bill.
I have not changed mine yet. Might have to change in at the next service.
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If possible please do share the bill.
I have not changed mine yet. Might have to change in at the next service.
Hey, Please find the copy of the bill you asked for.
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Guys,

Which replacement wipers are your using?

Duster has D(20") P(20") as I remember reading on some site.

Can this suggested size D(24") P(21") be used too?
Autofurnish Renault Duster wiper blades.

We can buy any brand "U type fitting" wipers, right?

Current Syndicate wipers - went bad too soon. (replaced in Sept 2014)

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For 110PS if we maintain the speed between 2000 - 2500 rpm on a four lane what is the expected FE? Sometimes I get around 17 and sometimes it less than 15. This is very strange. Is there anything to be checked or any change required in driving style?
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For 110PS if we maintain the speed between 2000 - 2500 rpm on a four lane what is the expected FE? Sometimes I get around 17 and sometimes it less than 15. This is very strange. Is there anything to be checked or any change required in driving style?
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It's good you have fixed the rpm range at 2000~2500.
Now let's check on these things:

1. Were the both the trips during similar time-of-the-day :: Ac load was comparable?
2. Possible tire pressure difference of 2-3 psi, can very well lower your FE by that margin. (Get a handy tire pressure gauge- to rule this out, if you wish. I have a Coido digital gauge & it does a fairly accurate job +/- 0.5psi)
3. When was that "FE indicator reset" in both cases?
Illustration:
If
You have been driving in city for 60 kms with bumper to bumber traffic & FE read 12kmpl (aggregated for last 60kms) -
then
even if you maintain your speed, tire pressure & drive 60 kms on highway your aggregated FE is likely to read 15~16* kmpl (aggregated for the past 120kms)
*even though, you might have achieved 18kmpl for the highway 60 km drive alone.

Assumptions:
A. Both the drives are driven in similar traffic & comparable average speeds.
B. Similar loading on vehicle.
C. Same/similar topography of routes. It would be obvious to have higher FE on a majorly downhill journey Vs FE on majorly uphill journey.

Note: that band 2000~2500 rpm is still too wide a band to consider- IMO. Being at the either end of the band for both (compared) journeys can, no doubt contribute a difference of 1~2kmpl.

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Completed 2nd service today.
ODO reading - 9400
Decided to go for early service due to clogged air filter , rattles from rear door and creaking noise from all seats. All issues were fixed to my satisfaction. The SA also invited me to take a test drive through some bad roads to convince me that rattles are fixed. The car was delivered on time as promised and it was an overall good experience.
Total Cost: 4244/-
I was in a hurry while giving the car and taking delivery and missed out one item in the bill - AC Disinfection which cost me 830/-. It looks like an unnecessary addition. Can someone confirm?
They also offered me to do free Wheel balancing/alignment/rotation if I produce the Gang of Duster's booklet. I did not have it with me while giving the car and decided to get it done latert. I am confused whether to go for WB/WA at dealership(for free) or do it outside through the trusted DBS tyres at Kochi.
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Completed 2nd service today.
ODO reading - 9400
Decided to go for early service due to clogged air filter , rattles from rear door and creaking noise from all seats. All issues were fixed to my satisfaction. The SA also invited me to take a test drive through some bad roads to convince me that rattles are fixed. ...
... missed out one item in the bill - AC Disinfection which cost me 830/-. It looks like an unnecessary addition. Can someone confirm?
... I am confused whether to go for WB/WA at dealership(for free) or do it outside through the trusted DBS tyres at Kochi.
I'm now so used to the rattles in my Duster that I barely notice them anymore Glad that they fixed your's , and lets hope they don't show up again.

For information on AC disinfectants, please refer this thread:
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/indian...infectant.html (Scam alert : A/C Disinfectant)

Choosing between dealership or external vendors for Alignment/Balancing is a difficult question. I do it at Renault Dealership only as :
1. I think they do a pretty good job
2. It gives me a right to question them in case anything goes wrong with my tires or suspension.
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I was in a hurry while giving the car and taking delivery and missed out one item in the bill - AC Disinfection which cost me 830/-. It looks like an unnecessary addition. Can someone confirm?
They also offered me to do free Wheel balancing/alignment/rotation if I produce the Gang of Duster's booklet. I did not have it with me while giving the car and decided to get it done latert. I am confused whether to go for WB/WA at dealership(for free) or do it outside through the trusted DBS tyres at Kochi.
- I had opted out of AC Disinfectant when I dropped the car off for service, clearly the cost was too much.
- I always go to MRF outlet to get the tyre service done. I ensure I get proper bills. At MRF I have the freedom of seeing what is being done and they do a very good job.
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I'm now so used to the rattles in my Duster that I barely notice them anymore Glad that they fixed your's , and lets hope they don't show up again.

For information on AC disinfectants, please refer this thread:
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/indian...infectant.html (Scam alert : A/C Disinfectant)

Choosing between dealership or external vendors for Alignment/Balancing is a difficult question. I do it at Renault Dealership only as :
1. I think they do a pretty good job
2. It gives me a right to question them in case anything goes wrong with my tires or suspension.
I should have been more careful reviewing the estimates given. I was in a hurry and approved the estimate without taking closer look. Regarding WB/WA, the second point is very valid. Gives us a strong case if something goes wrong.
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It's good you have fixed the rpm range at 2000~2500.
Now let's check on these things:

1. Were the both the trips during similar time-of-the-day :: Ac load was comparable?
2. Possible tire pressure difference of 2-3 psi, can very well lower your FE by that margin. (Get a handy tire pressure gauge- to rule this out, if you wish. I have a Coido digital gauge & it does a fairly accurate job +/- 0.5psi)
3. When was that "FE indicator reset" in both cases?
Illustration:
If
You have been driving in city for 60 kms with bumper to bumber traffic & FE read 12kmpl (aggregated for last 60kms) -
then
even if you maintain your speed, tire pressure & drive 60 kms on highway your aggregated FE is likely to read 15~16* kmpl (aggregated for the past 120kms)
*even though, you might have achieved 18kmpl for the highway 60 km drive alone.
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Ace, Thanks for taking your time to respond in detail.

1. This was tested on two occasions on the same route for the same distance. yes similar time of the day at a 5am start.
2. Tire pressure was the same during both the drives
3. FE indicator was reset before start of the trip on both the occasions.

Not much of traffic during both the occasions as both had a 5 am start. Even load was similar on both the occassions.

Could recollect now as one trip was before 10k service which gave a FE of 15 and the other one was after 10k service wherein FE was 17. Could this be a reason?

I was conscious to keep the rpm at 2500 as I want to test FE of 110PS. Do not remember revving the engine much during these two trips. Have noticed few 110 owners reporting mileage of close to 20.

Btw what is ideal speed for each gear for a 110ps in city traffic ?
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Ace,

2. Tire pressure was the same during both the drives
..
Could recollect now as one trip was before 10k service which gave a FE of 15 and the other one was after 10k service wherein FE was 17. Could this be a reason?
Thanks for striking through the regular suspects.
Are you sure about the point#2? Simple things like "attendant's abuse of filling valve" , "poor gauge accuracy" could result in pressures off by 2+/- psi easily.

Still, assuming that tire pressures were fine 29~30 for both drives.

Before/After service is definitely a probable answer!

Simple reasons: replaced air filter and/or new engine oil.

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I was conscious to keep the rpm at 2500 as I want to test FE of 110PS. Do not remember revving the engine much during these two trips. Have noticed few 110 owners reporting mileage of close to 20.
..
From what I have seen in past 30K kms worth Duster experience:
1. It's definitely fun to drive at rpms 2000~3000 rpm.
2. BUT the FE meter delivers only mediocre figures at those kinda rpms more like 13~17 kmpl.
3. If I keep it at 2500 rpm on top gear, the 'drag' further reduces the FE output.
4. FE is best delivered when you try to upshift @ 2200 , downshift @ 1500* -- in the range of 16~21 kmpl.
(* without lugging )

Although above experience is with Duster 85, I am sure the rpm bands don't change much with the 110.
The FE could be assumed -1 ~ -2 kmpl from given values.

My conclusion:
If you really love FE, keep it around 1800~2200.
I keep it there mostly to be at safe speeds, most of the time

-----------

Having said that, I believe our machines 85 & 110 are fairly fuel efficient machines. We should not really be troubled much.

I majorly use the FE indicator just to be sure, that things are okay under the hood & most likely decent tire pressure. (by below method)
I reset the FE meter after the car is warmed & engine temp reads 'normal-3-4 bars',
If
On Highway: after around 20ish kms of 2000~2200 rpm driving (4-5 gear) > the FE reads 18~21 kmpl.
In city: after around 20ish kms of sedate (2-3-4 gears kinda) driving > the FE meter reads between 16~19kmpl,

Then
I just forget about it & switch to trip or whatever else.
Cheers,

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All Duster owners, How much are you all paying for the insurance premium and the IDV for that? Last year, my premium was 23300/- for an IDV of 950000 (Zero Dep Policy from National Insurance). I had a claim this year and hence no NCB. This year on renewal, I got the quote of 23200/- for an IDV of 800000.

I also got a quotation of 17000/- for an IDV of 850000 from HDFC (Silver plan Zero Dep Policy) with roadside assistance option for 500/- extra. For platinum plan (with engine protection and retaining the NCB even if there is a claim) for ~18500/-.

Why is it showing a 5K difference, any idea? Is there any catch in this? What I understand is that the 17K is calculated after a 60% discount (55% normal discount for Duster based on the less claim category vehicle + 5% on the age) Please comment.
CMS!
I am in exact same dillema right NOW!

I had 10.5L IDV for last year's Future Generalli 0 dep insurance.
Premium = 23K

This year I had one claim.

Now, with 9.5L IDV, with FG I am getting premium = 26K

with HDFC ERgo, I am getting 8L IDV, with premium 20K!!

What did you conclude last time you had this problem?

Your inputs will help!

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Regarding Insurance premiums - You would not believe this.

My Duster 85PS with IDV 7.99 Lakhs (2012 make) and NCB 20% and Zero Dep add-on is only Rs. 9897/-. It was negotiated through corporate at Future Generalli.

May be we can't get such low premiums individually. But this just to give an idea about how low the premiums can go down.
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CMS!
I am in exact same dillema right NOW!

I had 10.5L IDV for last year's Future Generalli 0 dep insurance.
Premium = 23K

This year I had one claim.

Now, with 9.5L IDV, with FG I am getting premium = 26K

with HDFC ERgo, I am getting 8L IDV, with premium 20K!!

What did you conclude last time you had this problem?

Your inputs will help!

Thanks,

Ace.
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Regarding Insurance premiums - You would not believe this.

My Duster 85PS with IDV 7.99 Lakhs (2012 make) and NCB 20% and Zero Dep add-on is only Rs. 9897/-. It was negotiated through corporate at Future Generalli.

May be we can't get such low premiums individually. But this just to give an idea about how low the premiums can go down.
I own a 2013 85PS RLX(O) Duster.
The IDV for my insurance that will expire this June is 9.3L and the premium 21K (zero dep from ICICI)
Today I renewed the insurance with HDFC Ergo. IDV of 8L cost me 15K (zero dep)

This was the lowers quote I could manage after discussion with several agents/banks. Bharati Axa was next best.

When I had finalized and committed business with HDFC (direct branch) an HDFC agent called me and promised 14K premium for same IDV. Since this was agent I was little suspicious how they were able to give such a low quote. More over I had committed to the other person. Never know, that might have been a missed opportunity to save money.

Hope this helps other members.
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