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Old 19th December 2017, 10:07   #796
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[OFFTOPIC: anyone have tried GoodYears? am getting it for around 5.5K per piece from Amazon, wanted to go for Michelin, but its 9K].
You've really sobered up your driving style. Great to know this clutch is lasting.

I've only used MRF Wanderer Sport, Apollo Aptera HL and Michelin Primacy SUV (all on road versions). Out of the three I would rate the Michelins the best in terms of on road performance and quietness (comparitively).
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Got the Duster AWD clutch replaced at 39000 km at a cost of Rs 18670; no warranty for wear and tear items like the clutch. Also got the 40K service done at a cost of Rs 9642. I did not do the wheel alignment and balancing at the ASS. Later got it done at an MRF outlet and found that the steel threads on two of the tyres were exposed. Got three new MRF wanderer tyres replaced at a cost of Rs 20400. The spare was only used once, so it became the fourth tyre.

Now the Duster AWD is a beauty to drive, and performed flawlessly on the Sunday drive of over 250 km.

Will be driving to Ernakulam today and onwards to Horsely Hills, AP this week. Hope the vehicle holds up and allows us a nice holiday.
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You've really sobered up your driving style. Great to know this clutch is lasting.
Not sobered up...but learnt to leave the clutch alone like 95% of the time
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I've only used MRF Wanderer Sport, Apollo Aptera HL and Michelin Primacy SUV (all on road versions). Out of the three I would rate the Michelins the best in terms of on road performance and quietness (comparitively).
Thats my preference as well. Will go for the Primacy over this weekend.

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Got the Duster AWD clutch replaced at 39000 km at a cost of Rs 18670; no warranty for wear and tear items like the clutch. Also got the 40K service done at a cost of Rs 9642. I did not do the wheel alignment and balancing at the ASS. Later got it done at an MRF outlet and found that the steel threads on two of the tyres were exposed. Got three new MRF wanderer tyres replaced at a cost of Rs 20400. The spare was only used once, so it became the fourth tyre.
My tires are still good for another 5K Kms, lasted like 75K Kms...Don't you think it was too early to replace the tires? was it an uneven wear? if only two tyres had the problem?
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Will be driving to Ernakulam today and onwards to Horsely Hills, AP this week. Hope the vehicle holds up and allows us a nice holiday.
all the best and hope you have a peaceful drive.
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Thats my preference as well. Will go for the Primacy over this weekend.
Is it available in stock size? Did you also check Conti?
Do post your review Primacy SUV. My wanderes are touching 40k. Should last for another 10k.
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My tires are still good for another 5K Kms, lasted like 75K Kms...Don't you think it was too early to replace the tires? was it an uneven wear? if only two tyres had the problem?
all the best and hope you have a peaceful drive.
Lucky you, the roads in Kerala wear out the tyres much faster. The MRF dealer said it could have lasted till 50K, but the front right tyre has camber outside the limits. This has to be adjusted by Renault.

The Horsely hills trip of over 1700 km total, turned out to be really good with the Duster performing beautifully, just the way all the owners expect the AWD to behave. It was sheer driving pleasure over village roads, two laned ones and hitting 150kmph on the NH7. Acceleration on tap even in 6th gear for easy overtaking and the luxurious suspension providing a cushioned ride over the really bad roads. Just wish it would be this good all the time.
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The last few posts were of bad views on the duster and about its reliability. Let me add something here to cheer you guys up. For a long time I have been itching to take my Duster 4wd for an off road trips. I got much more than what I asked for last week when I took it to vagamon(kerala) for an offroad.

For those who are aware of this "jeep only territory" as per the locals, I successfully did the vagamon-ullupini medows- upto ulupinni caves. The duster did it beautifully. I got almost 10-15 "this CAR wont go there" comments all through the trip.

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The glare on the dash cam is a spoiler. sorry for that. Please excuse the dates on the video. My dash cam was running on a wrong setting.

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Renault Duster price has been increased by Rs. 8599 - Rs. 13,799. Attaching the updated ex-showroom price list for Calicut below.

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For those who are aware of this "jeep only territory" as per the locals, I successfully did the vagamon-ullupini medows- upto ulupinni caves. The duster did it beautifully. I got almost 10-15 "this CAR wont go there" comments all through the trip.
Superb body control is so evident in your videos, thank you for posting. The AWD Duster just glides regally over non-existent trails to the point where one gets alarmed at the lurching seen in the preceding vehicle. Amazing!
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The last few posts were of bad views on the duster and about its reliability. Let me add something here to cheer you guys up. For a long time I have been itching to take my Duster 4wd for an off road trips. I got much more than what I asked for last week when I took it to vagamon(kerala) for an offroad.
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I did the same route too. The car did it effortlessly without slipping the clutch. Did the Vandiperiyar-Sathram route,Thollayiram estate and Aranamala routes in Wayanad and unlike my Thar you don't get tossed around.
A member did the Munnar-Kollukumalai route too if I remember correctly but wouldn't recommend that route on a Duster.
I had replaced one injector under warranty. Please be careful of bad fuel stations guys. Have been filling from Reliance ever since.
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I drove the Duster AWD to Kolukkumalai and though the 7km drive was very challenging, the vehicle performed beautifully. Here are a couple of photos showing the road conditions.Renault Duster AWD : Official Review-20161029_113813.jpg

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I drove the Duster AWD to Kolukkumalai and though the 7km drive was very challenging, the vehicle performed beautifully. Here are a couple of photos showing the road conditions.Attachment 1714010

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Great!!. I had gone there in the second week of December, but the road to Suryanelli was blocked. Did not have the time to go the alternative route. hope to do it some other day.

When did you attempt it? I heard they dont allow private cars now. Is it true?
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I had gone to Kolukkumalai in late October 2016. Since I had booked accommodation in Kolukkumalai estate, I was allowed to drive up. It is a private road through Harrison Malayalam estate, and they allow private vehicles only if you are staying overnight. The road is very bad and takes more than one hour to travel 7 km. Trekking up to the estate will take more or less the same time.
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