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Old 30th November 2017, 10:02   #5731
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That's not very convenient isn't it. So i can't do a quick DIY air filter cleaning before long drives.

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True. That is a bit inconvenient. Especially on certain roadtrips. I remember changing my airfilter (I always carry a spare) on the go on Changla Pass during my Ladakh trip. The dust had really clogged it and there was a change in performance.

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Old 30th November 2017, 21:13   #5732
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Member ortho_surgeon puts forth the below query.

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How's the reliability of the duster. & How's the After Sales and Service in Bangalore?
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Did you face any issues so far ?
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I have 2 vehicles a swift Dzire done 95k km and Ritz 93k km.
So I'm thinking of changing one.
Responding back for the benefit of all.


I have driven the Duster for 5 years and staring at an odo trending to 1L. (Its 95K now). Mine is the 85BHP RXL(O). One of the best engines to drive in the city. Suits my driving style perfectly both for city and highway. There is hardly any grunt for the open road. At 100 itself you can feel the engine straining at bit (RPM at about 27000). But since I dont drive way beyond, this works for me.

Complaints: I did have my moments with the Duster. Slave Cylinder of the clutch was a nagging problem. It was fixed in the second year under warranty at 38K (odo). Till now no issues. Had an issue with the alternator. It was also replaced under warranty at about 50K. Apart from these two its been smooth sailing till date.

In general the Bangalore service has been quite good and responsive. Any problem they helped resolve. (But it also takes an effort on our own part to build that relationship)

My requirements for the car are quite stringent. With a daily commute coming down to 50+; I can hardly afford a down time. In that respect the car has served me well.

The ride quality has already been spoken by many. The only issue which one needs to over come is bad ergonomics. The seating and support is pathetic. I put on leather to bolster the seat.

Hope this helps.

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There is hardly any grunt for the open road. At 100 itself you can feel the engine straining at bit (RPM at about 27000). But since I dont drive way beyond, this works for me.
Straining at 100 KMPH, is it with fully loaded and with luggage? Asking this question since its been only a month since I picked up a used 85 PS RXL (O). I have been driving bigger engine (scorpio and Palio 1.6 GTX) vehicle and this is my first small engine car.

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My requirements for the car are quite stringent. With a daily commute coming down to 50+; I can hardly afford a down time. In that respect the car has served me well.
I have similar requirement and I do around 65 KM per day in Bangalore traffic. Scorpio and Fiat served me well, hope Duster holds up the abuse.

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The ride quality has already been spoken by many. The only issue which one needs to over come is bad ergonomics. The seating and support is pathetic. I put on leather to bolster the seat..
I specifically picked up the duster over sedans for its ride quality and GC. For the next 5-8 years Metro construction work will be going on the entire route I travel (Bannerghatta road-Silkboard-Ring Road-Graphite-SAP-Whitefield).

Even I found the ergonomic weird. The seat are hard and doesn't support well. My neck hurts in just one month of drive. But neither did Scorpio nor Palio has good ergonomics. I only want to fix the hard seats and improve the support, rest I can live with.
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Straining at 100 KMPH, is it with fully loaded and with luggage? Asking this question since its been only a month since I picked up a used 85 PS RXL (O). I have been driving bigger engine (scorpio and Palio 1.6 GTX) vehicle and this is my first small engine car.
Surely the engine can take higher speeds. But what I meant is that fact that you can feel the engine is trying very hard. Beyond 100-110 it basic does not look like easy cruise. Hence I dont push it further. (Not my style anyway)

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I have similar requirement and I do around 65 KM per day in Bangalore traffic. Scorpio and Fiat served me well, hope Duster holds up the abuse.
Same here.

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I specifically picked up the duster over sedans for its ride quality and GC. For the next 5-8 years Metro construction work will be going on the entire route I travel (Bannerghatta road-Silkboard-Ring Road-Graphite-SAP-Whitefield).
Same reasons here as well. The ride quality is exceptional.

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Even I found the ergonomic weird. The seat are hard and doesn't support well. My neck hurts in just one month of drive. But neither did Scorpio nor Palio has good ergonomics. I only want to fix the hard seats and improve the support, rest I can live with.
You basically need to add firmness to the seat. That is why I added leather.
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Mine is the 85BHP RXL(O). One of the best engines to drive in the city. Suits my driving style perfectly both for city and highway. There is hardly any grunt for the open road.
Engine characteristics definitely make it better. Same logic like those of the KTM 200 and 390. The 200 was a better bike in the city.
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I specifically picked up the duster over sedans for its ride quality and GC. For the next 5-8 years Metro construction work will be going on the entire route I travel (Bannerghatta road-Silkboard-Ring Road-Graphite-SAP-Whitefield).
Metro construction seems like a very popular reason to pick up a Duster I do the same route each day (see plenty of Dusters on that route) and one of the biggest reasons I picked it up, was all that construction and bad roads.
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What is Renault's official policy on counter sales (spares)?
Where can one get the shop manual and parts catalogue?
Online retailers: - recommendations pls.

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Renault is going to hike the price of Duster along with Kwid and Lodgy by 3%, check the link below,

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com...w/62085384.cms
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