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Old 16th February 2016, 11:34   #496
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You really mean Rs 53,000 for Clutch and flywheel. Recently we spent 10,000 on clutch + flywheel for my swift Zdi. I was under the impression Duster was reasonable to maintain
Hi there is a difference between the 85ps and the 110ps model, the former costs about 32+k and this one is heavier hence 53k. But don't compare with the Swift, that's completely localised and lighter hence much cheaper.

The Duster is very resonable to maintain, the clutch going off was a user related incident. I remember one my friends paying 80k for a Honda City gearbox repair.
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Hi there is a difference between the 85ps and the 110ps model, the former costs about 32+k and this one is heavier hence 53k. But don't compare with the Swift, that's completely localised and lighter hence much cheaper.

The Duster is very resonable to maintain, the clutch going off was a user related incident. I remember one my friends paying 80k for a Honda City gearbox repair.
Agree that it is not comparable with the swift. But the cost really took me by surprise. The price is still too high. My Cars are generally driven by multiple people and chances of clutch failing is there.
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Agree that it is not comparable with the swift. But the cost really took me by surprise. The price is still too high. My Cars are generally driven by multiple people and chances of clutch failing is there.
I think you should stick to the Suzuki or Mahindra stables, infact Suzuki is probably the cheapest to maintain, user friendly and reliable.
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2016 Renault Duster AMT launch in March 2016
https://www.rushlane.com/2016-renaul...-12181372.html
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Just wanted to share this video with all. Couldn't understand the language, but it shows the capabilities of the Duster AWD. Specifically watch the handling test from 4:55 to 6:36

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The Duster AWD sure has a lot of safety kit. However, it has received only 3 out of 5 stars in the Euro NCAP tests.
Is this still the case? I have been looking for information on Duster's build quality many a times, but still it remains unclear for me. Could somebody please give me a clear idea/a comparison with a strongly built vehicle, say the Fiat Linea? Which one has stronger frame, thicker sheet metal & higher tensile strength in your opinion?
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Just read the news.

The facelifted 2016 Renault Duster has been launched in India starting from Rs 8.46 lakh. The new car gets a manual and an AMT gearbox along with a petrol and diesel option. There is also an all-wheel drive version that buyers can choose.


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http://www.zigwheels.com/news-featur...-option/24863/
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Is this still the case? I have been looking for information on Duster's build quality many a times, but still it remains unclear for me. Could somebody please give me a clear idea/a comparison with a strongly built vehicle, say the Fiat Linea? Which one has stronger frame, thicker sheet metal & higher tensile strength in your opinion?
I think duster is reasonably sturdy (concluded after reading the pdf from the NCAP site).

It got low marks as
1. ESP is not available in the lower trims and as per NCAP its a must.
2. It has single stage airbags and dual stage airbags


Comments from the NCAP pdf (Dacia Duster tested in 2011)

Adult occupant
The passenger compartment of the Duster remained stable in the frontal impact but the rear (luggage compartment) door opened during the test and the car was penalised. Protection of the chest was rated as marginal for both front seat occupants, based on dummy readings of chest compression. Measurements in the dummies' knees and femurs did not indicate a problem but, on the driver's side, structures in the dashboard were considered to present a risk of injury to occupants of different sizes and to those sat in different positions, and protection on that side was rated as marginal. In the side barrier impact, the driver's door opened and the car was penalised. No doors opened in the more severe side pole impact but protection of the driver's chest was rated as weak because of dummy readings of rib compression. Protection against whiplash injuries in the event of a rear-end collision was rated as marginal.


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The car scored maximum points for its protection of the 18 month dummy in the dynamic tests. Forward movement of the head of the 3 year dummy, sat in a forward facing restraint, was well controlled in the frontal impact and both dummies were properly contained by their restraints in the side barrier test. The passenger airbag can be disabled to allow a rearward facing child restraint to be used in that seating position. However, information provided to the driver regarding the status of the airbag is not sufficiently clear. The dangers of using a rearward facing seat in that seat without first disabling the airbag were clearly explained, but the label was not permanently attached to the sun visor.

Pedestrian
Neither the bumper nor the front edge of the bonnet scored any points, offering poor protection to pedestrians' legs. The bonnet provided good protection in most areas likely to be struck by a child's head, but was predominantly poor in those areas where an adult's head would hit.

Safety assist
Electronic stability control is available as an option on the Duster but did not qualify for assessment. A seatbelt reminder is standard equipment for the driver's seat. A seatbelt reminder for the front passenger seat is expected by Dacia to be standard equipment in nearly all sales of the Duster, and the system met Euro NCAP's requirements.

About Indian Duster its going to be a wild guess.
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10k service for our Dusty AWD was completed yesterday. Total damage of 6.9k including minor paint work for ORVM cover. Opted for Elf Synthetic Oil. Wheel balancing, alignment and rotation was also taken care of.

We took the delivery of Dusty on 02-Aug-15. During past 7 months, faced two minor niggles which were addressed promptly.

- MediaNAV: The very next day of the delivery noticed the system was rebooting continuously. The system was replaced under warranty. No issues faced so far.

- Last month, the Fuel Gauge was stuck at 'two bars' which was quickly fixed.

Apart from that the ownership has been trouble free. Its a well built reliable machine. A perfect crossover for small family
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Just came back from my first service at 10,600 Kms for RXZ AWD. Billed 2400.
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- Last month, the Fuel Gauge was stuck at 'two bars' which was quickly fixed.
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Could you elaborate as too how this problem was resolved. Have seen this being reported by numerous owners.

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Could you elaborate as too how this problem was resolved. Have seen this being reported by numerous owners.

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TBH not sure how it was fixed Pawan. They didn't take long to fix it though. This was discussed last month on the Duster thread. The advice was to switch off the ignition and remove key while re-fuelling.
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Sorry to say this, but most of the people getting grinding noises are the ones straining the drivetrain by underdriving it.
An awd system already puts some strain on the gearbox and this will strain the dual mass flywheel due to vibrations and blow the clutch.
Please do not engage the overdrive gear before 80 kmph. A friend of mine just shelled out 53K for a clutch anf flywheel change for his RXZ after a week in his drivers hand.
Can you define "underdriving"?

I drive normally in the typical stop start city traffic but I do not ride the clutch. I prefer to whack it into neutral at any point where Im likely to be stuck stationary for a while. Then I typically smack it into first gear and move off when the traffic moves.
Most times I actually tend to use a lower gear for a longer time because of the slow moving traffic and my preference of using the inherent torque in the lower gears to chug along at a crawl when necessary.
Occasionally just for fun, while on a steep parking ramp, I may switch on the off road mode and allow the vehicle to use its own computer controlled braking and other features.
So far, so good. My AWD system seems to be working quite nicely.
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There you go - Another noise issue on my AWD.
This is just after my first service at 10,600 KM @ Renault, Perungudi, Chennai and I swear I never heard it before. I hear an extra noise between 1800-2000 RPM at all gears coming from the belt side of the engine as though something is getting rubbed. There is no impact on driving, just another annoying noise.

Service engineers were very co-operative to check the issue. They brought in another AWD at service and compared it with my noise. They swore both had the same noise but I am not convinced. They also said they never touched anything in the engine area other than oil/filter change for first service.

I still live with this extra whine between 1800-2000 RPM irrespective of speed (No this is not the turbo whistle). Any thoughts?
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Hi,

Posting after a long gap of time. Got the 2nd free service of my Duster AWD done at Sapna Cars, Kumarhatti, HP on 6th March. The odometer was at 8283 km but was about to complete a year on 14th March so didn't want to take chances. The service center is a good 2 hrs drive from Shimla, so had to schedule the service accordingly.

Engine oil was changed, Oil filter and Air filter replaced. Lubricant pack seems like an add-on that the service center did on their own and charged me. I wasn't explicitly asked about it before hand. Labour charges came to around INR 1,250 including service tax and cess. The total damage to my pocket was INR 5,285.

Also got the second year Insurance done at the dealer - zero depreciation policy from New India Assurance. The first quote from the dealer was an atrocious INR 26,000. But thanks to online insurance portals for their competitive offers, I was able to drive down the dealer offer to INR 21,115. This was within a few hundred of the one from online insurance portals for the same insurer, so decided to go with the dealer offer.

I am seeing divergent figures for the 2nd free service charges. Also, some people have mentioned wheel balancing and alignment being included. Is that standard for the 2nd free service, and if so, have I been overcharged and under served ? The bill is attached.

Finally, I asked them about the free under-body coating from Renault being offered to some of the duster owners. The service representative dismissed it off hand at first and then said that my car wasn't included in the list provided by Renault. Has anybody been able to find out the criteria for this freebie being provided by Renault?

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