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Old 5th April 2016, 18:27   #5341
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Having an issue with Trident Renault, Whitefield. They took 15,221 from me by credit card for insurance renewal and now they do not want to renew it. They asked me to send a mail outlining a reason for the refund & I refused saying that I am happy to take the policy and THEY do not want to issue it to me.
Did you claim any insurance this year? They might not renew insurance if you claimed thrice in a year.
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Old 5th April 2016, 19:29   #5342
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Hi sridhu,

I understand your concern. But whats the harm is sharing A/C and IFSC code. IMO its not worth escalating since the response you'll get will be lacklustre for sure. Better give A/C details and get the amount credited. Get the insurance elsewhere. It not worth the headache.
I am loath to share financial details with anybody who does not require it. Call it ultra conservatism, call it stick-in-the-muddery but ... :-)


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Renault is not providing the insurance, so I am not clear what they are expected to do. They can't really force the dealer to issue the insurance policy. Who is the insurance provider?
Fair point. The dealer is front ending the insurance. He is offering a choice insurance providers.

I am sure that the scam is that they are trying to wiggle away from a contractual commitment - an illegal act.

Once they have accepted payment, they are bound to fulfill their end of a contract. For whatever reason, they do not want to. But they are trying to set it up as though I do not want the insurance. If I give them the account details, I think they can de facto claim that I am reneging on the deal and hence escape audit censure.
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I gave up & as advised by Karthik Chandra, gave them the bank details!
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Got Summer Camp SMS today from Renault mentioning that it is from 18th April to 24th April and to contact the nearest dealer.
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I've got a Dec 2015 Duster 85 bhp that has just run about 1700 km. A couple of days back, I noticed some bluish smoke from the exhaust while driving steadily on the NICE road (non bangaloreans, this is a highway class toll road). No indicator lights came on in the dashboard. After a km or so, the problem disappeared completely.

I took the car to the Renault service center on Hosur Road and the guy checked and smelled the exhaust and said there was no problem.

Should I be worried? The problem has not recurred but I read on the net that blue smoke means oil's burning. But the service guy was clear that there was no problem.

Thoughts?
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I've got a Dec 2015 Duster 85 bhp that has just run about 1700 km. A couple of days back, I noticed some bluish smoke from the exhaust while driving steadily on the NICE road (non bangaloreans, this is a highway class toll road). No indicator lights came on in the dashboard. After a km or so, the problem disappeared completely.

I took the car to the Renault service center on Hosur Road and the guy checked and smelled the exhaust and said there was no problem.

Should I be worried? The problem has not recurred but I read on the net that blue smoke means oil's burning. But the service guy was clear that there was no problem.

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Although your car is pretty new & this should not happen, Blue smoke usually means the Engine oil is getting burnt. Check the Engine oil level at regular intervals. If you see major drop, then it can get complex. Your piston rings/seals might need change.

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Ever since the Duster AWD was launched and we tested it in deep mud and slush, I have been a fan of the vehicle. After the initial test, the Dusters belonging to Kolkata team-bhpians have been put through many more challenging situations and every time they have come out victorious. Today my respect for the Duster AWD was further boosted by their jaw dropping performance. There were four Duster AWDs (including one newly launched) today and they went head to head with the mighty Pajero Sport, Thar, Gypsy, Bolero and the Jeeps in a challenging terrain. This is one vehicle that can go places in the hands of a good driver. Some pics from today's off-roading -
To be very frank, not saying because I own one, but my respect also went up a few notches. I thought innumerable times before doing that drop since it was too steep & uneven. But once I was in it, It all went as smooth as it could. Hope you enjoyed the Highway drive as well.

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Has anyone experimented with an additional blower for rear passengers in Duster?
Any idea where to get something that looks like this in Bangalore (image from Innova)
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The front center A/C outlets could point upwards towards the roof mounted blower to bring in cool air and push to the rear seat.
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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.
My first puncture in 18 months and guess what? The spanner went kaput! the local dealer doesnt have in stock - I call chevrolet & pick up a Spark's spanner - thanks to you!
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My first puncture in 18 months and guess what? The spanner went kaput! the local dealer doesnt have in stock - I call chevrolet & pick up a Spark's spanner - thanks to you!
What is the size (17 or 19 mm), I keep forgetting this.
How much did it cost?
Will Chevrolet sell the spanner over the counter?

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Shot an email to Renault about the wind noise at high speeds. Got a prompt call next day from Renault and the issue has been notified to Khivraj Pearl Chennai. Went to Service Centre today for a test drive. Finally they agreed to the problem and have assured to replace the beading under warranty on 18th May. This issue was reported every time during the service to Khivraj and the prompt response was this has been attended to and resolved. Every time I had to get back and tell them that the issue persists.

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Shot an email to Renault about the wind noise at high speeds.
I mentioned about the wind noise at 3rd year service. SA acknowledged that their was wind noise but he attributed it to 6" speakers because of which their is few mm gap between plastic doorpad and door at the front.

I am not sure how much his reason holds value, but for some reason I didn't pursue it. I guess with ever increasing Delhi traffic, reaching speeds > 80 where wind noise becomes irritable is becoming highly unlikely
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My duster is 2 years old and has covered 45000 Km. It never had any serious issues.

I wish to keep it for 2 more years, so gave my car a mid lifecycle cosmetic face lift.

Updated front end with new model's grill and to match with the same, added a custom mesh grill over the front bumper.

Rear end got new model's tail lamps with the so called led. It is not plug and play type, so the service agent took close to 2 hours in sorting out the wiring.

Blackened the rear quarter glass along with that added a custom team bhp vinyl over D pillar.

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Rear end got new model's tail lamps with the so called led. It is not plug and play type, so the service agent took close to 2 hours in sorting out the wiring.
Looks good anilntny. How much do the rear lamps cost ? Is it a straight fit ?

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