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Dacia Duster


Real life reviews written by people who own the vehicle. Our reviews cover the Dacia Duster Access, Ambiance and Laureate, in both 2WD and 4WD applications.

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  • dorsetboy
    07 August 2014 - 11:41 PM

    Car:
    2013 Dacia Duster Access 4x2, 1.6 Petrol

    Owning Experience:
    Owned For: 16 months
    Problems:
    Good Points: Great drive.
    Big cabin and luggage area.
    Bad Points: Premature rust.
    6 month wait for car delivery.

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    Purchased car as a general runabout and load lugger and delivered April 2013. Ordered unseen as I was only able to test drive a diesel and based the purchase on the general vehicle . On delivery I was pleased with the general drive of the petrol model. Does everything I ask of it, short and long journeys are taken in its stride and fuel consumption has never dropped below 36- 37 mpg. The car is comfortable and the ride is good, especially on poor road surfaces. No rattles from the cabin area as with many other budget cars. Shame it never came with a spare wheel only an inflation kit. I fitted a spare wheel and fitting cage but its a quite pricy item!
    Rust appeared in engine bay and on door shuts at 10 months but was repainted under warranty. Some rust is still appearing as I speak and due to be rectified in the near future under the 6 year corrosion warranty. Did tell the dealer that the original paint seemed thin in its application.
    I like the car a lot but the rust problem has been a big disappointment.
    If I was considering a new duster, i would wait till they are going to be built in Romania rather than India, the build quality is supposedly far better on LHD models. Petrol v Diesel means more gear changes on hills for the petrol but in general it does the job very well. Hope they sort the rust problem soon and perhaps replace the rather old but reliable 16v petrol motor with a more powerful version with a turbo.
    4 out of five for effort!
  • Macnamara
    06 August 2014 - 10:26 PM

    Car:
    2013 Dacia Duster Ambiance 4x2, 1.5 Diesel (dCi 110)

    Owning Experience:
    Owned For: 15 months
    Problems:
    Good Points: Huge boot space, good fuel economy
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    I bought the Duster to transport a wife, 2 grown up kids and 2 dogs(one of them a 12.5 stone St Bernard!!)and it has performed this task effortlessly and reliably. The ride is incredibly comfortable compared to the company Nissan Juke, fuel economy is comparable too. All in all 15 months of fault and rust free motoring :)
  • Andy7266
    06 August 2014 - 08:45 PM

    Car:
    2014 Dacia Duster Laureate 4x2, 1.5 Diesel (dCi 110)

    Owning Experience:
    Owned For: 2 MONTHS
    Problems:
    Good Points: Price, equipment, comfort
    Bad Points: RUST, RUST, RUST........AND CUSTOMER SERVICES

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    I bought the car after reading the great reviews in the motoring press. I wanted a car that would tow, carry bikes and seat 4 in comfort. I wanted a good sized boot and an economical engine. I was looking to keep the car for 6-7 years.

    I colected the car and was excited at buying my first ever brand new car. However the excitment was short lived. Four days later I found the first rusty area in the front o/s wing. Then 3 days later, rust under the bonnet, on the o/s front suspention turret,above the doors rails, inside the fuel filler area, above the read hatch gate, around the child locks in the rear doors, on the bonnet.................i could go on.

    I rejected the car straight away in writting to my dealer and Dacia Customer services.

    My Dealer has been great and got me out of the car after 2 months. However Dacia were terrible. They refused the rejection, never called back or returned emails.

    If you are reading this and thinking of buying one............go ahead if you are getting it on a lease style deal as you can give it back after three years and the rust which will be rampant by then will not be your problem. Better still, buy something else.
  • Derrick Duster
    06 August 2014 - 06:19 PM

    Car:
    2014 Dacia Duster Laureate 4x4, 1.5 Diesel (dCi 110)

    Owning Experience:
    Owned For: 5 months
    Problems:
    Good Points: Looks good, like the 4x4, roomy, ok to drive
    Bad Points: Rust, paintwork poor, reversing sensor never worked, protection pack fitted poorly, engine noisy, poor quality rear seating.

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    Looked forward to a new car, was assured by Dacia and my dealer that there was no issue with rust on UK Duster. Rust appeared after only 2 months.
    I will never give a good overall rating to a car that was brand new and RUSTED after only 2 months.
    To say I am bitterly disappointed is putting it mildly.
  • smokey_jo
    06 August 2014 - 03:10 PM

    Car:
    2013 Dacia Duster Ambiance 4x4, 1.5 Diesel (dCi 110)

    Owning Experience:
    Owned For: 8 Months
    Problems:
    Good Points: Practical, easy to drive
    Bad Points: Rust, poor paint and build quality.

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    Rust first appeared after only 4 months of ownership (January 2014) and was discovered when my car was having it's speaker grilles replaced as they were letting water into the rear footwell.

    Further investigation have found rust under every rubber seal (doors and engine bay), on the suspension turret, rear sill seam and child locks. Oh and the paint is so thin I can see primer/undercoat on the underside of the doors.

    Dacia are apparently going to wave a magic wand and make the rust disappear in September 2014.

    I've been getting 40-45 mpg on mainly a and b-road journeys but this drops if you go above 60mph on dual carriageways and motorways.

    The material on the back of the seat is incredibly thin and it won't be long before something goes through this when the seats are folded down. The 12v socket isn't the sturdiest and the armrest is positioned so that it gets in the way of both the gear change and the seat back adjuster.

    1st gear is very low on the 4wd to allow for off-roading so pulling away in 2nd has become normal practice for me so it will be interesting to see how the clutch lasts.
  • dshart
    06 August 2014 - 09:35 AM

    Car:
    2013 Dacia Duster Access 4x2, 1.6 Petrol

    Owning Experience:
    Owned For: 11 months
    Problems:
    Good Points: Runs on E85 fuel.
    Bad Points: Rust and lack of paint

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    Started off with a lot of excitement but ending in a lot of disappointment . As it is a 4x2 petrol , my fuel economy is different from others as it is running most of the time on E85 ethanol fuel , which it loves as it has a higher octane , but less miles to the gallon average about 30 mpg . Drives well and comfortable , but the issue is it longevity . The rust issue is popping out everywhere , and the lack of paint is appalling . The average paint coat on a modern car is 120mico my Duster has an average of 40micro . In places under the doors they have forgotten to paint altogether . Reliability , well it has not broken down yet but it is under a year old . Overall , the short cuts to produce a cheap vehicle has permanently harmed the model .
  • Panders
    05 August 2014 - 09:23 PM

    Car:
    2013 Dacia Duster Laureate 4x2, 1.5 Diesel (dCi 110)

    Owning Experience:
    Owned For: 9 months
    Problems:
    Good Points: Spacious and comfortable. Easy to drive.
    Bad Points: Rust. Not as efficient as I'd hoped. Rust. Niggly rattles from behind dashboard. Lots of Rust

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    Initially my experiences of the Duster were pretty good. I bought a new budget brand, albeit the highest spec so knew there may be some small problems with maybe trims etc but was willing to take that risk. As it turned out apart from a small problem of a self applying hand brake (cable needed replacing) and a few rattles coming from behind the dash I didn't have any real problems. Unfortunately I soon discovered so rust patches on the vehicle after 5 months. This is where the problems began. It turns out there is a problem with SOME of the Indian produced Dusters. After months of trying to get these issues resolved without any success I decided that I no longer felt safe driving the vehicle and have proceeded to reject the vehicle. It's unfortunate really that they have been let down by poor materials and quality control otherwise the cars could've been a success.
  • clikfire
    05 August 2014 - 10:30 AM

    Car:
    2013 Dacia Duster Ambiance 4x2, 1.5 Diesel (dCi 110)

    Owning Experience:
    Owned For: 14 Months
    Problems:
    Good Points: Driving position and space
    Bad Points: Rust on nearly every panel on the car. Pulls to the left constantly, noisy, poor fuel economy

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    The car that could have been great but isn't.

    Quality control was none existent whilst manufacturing this car. Problems with tyre fit, followed by wheel alignment, then a rattling steering wheel and now rust on every panel except the front doors.
    I like the driving position and general look of the car and it can be loaded up with loads of stuff so is quite practical, but then so is nearly every other car of this size.
    I dislike the number of faults, the fuel economy is a long way off of the listed figures I managed 43 mpg and when the wife uses it, it drops to 37 mpg. The cabin is very noisy which makes the feeble indicator repeater bleep even harder to hear. Small imperfections in the road surface cause quite fierce feedback at the steering wheel, and constantly having to correct the cars pull makes driving any distance on main roads quite uncomfortable.

    I wouldn't recommend this car to anyone I liked.
  • bodie
    13 March 2014 - 10:14 PM

    Car:
    2013 Dacia Duster Laureate 4x4, 1.5 Diesel (dCi 110)

    Owning Experience:
    Owned For: 6months
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    Bad Points: rust appeared within two months of purchase been back twice form more rust coming through even on places allegedly repaired from the first time

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    Bought the Duster as seemed like a good car fom evans halshaw would not recomend them to my worst enemy such lack of customer care. rust appeared on the inner wings and the rear passanger side door step. Car was taken in to get this rectified after three weeks of waiting when it came back it only lasted three weks before the same location began to rust again plus the rear corner of the bonnet inside the engine bay, the drip rail under the bonnet , the two child lock lever housings on both back doors and the drivers side rear passanger step again a lack of customer care from Evans Halshaw and another three weeks wait before they called to arrange repairs. I dont expect this will be the last visit it makes to get warrenty paint works and rust covered up
  • LuxLuthor41
    19 February 2014 - 12:18 PM

    Car:
    2013 Dacia Duster Laureate 4x4, 1.5 Diesel (dCi 110)

    Owning Experience:
    Owned For: 4 months
    Problems:
    Good Points: 4 x 4 capabilities, strong engine, good drive and excellent value for money. Loads of space and roof bars as standard.
    Bad Points: Apart from a couple of small teething issues - none.

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    All in all an excellent 4 x 4 for the money. A couple of little issues with paint coverage on the bonnet and passenger door and a rattle from the engine bay caused by 2 A/C ducts resonating against each other but these have all been quickly sorted out under warranty.

    So far I think that this is one of the most comfortable and enjoyable vehicles I have driven in twenty years.

    So many people have come up to me in car parks to ask me about the Duster and it always seems to be a talking point.
  • stimpy
    27 December 2013 - 09:29 PM

    Car:
    2013 Dacia Duster Access 4x2, 1.6 Petrol

    Owning Experience:
    Owned For: 7 Months
    Problems:
    Good Points: Cheap to run.
    Great Drive.
    Large boot.
    Not much to go wrong.
    Bad Points: Indicator beep too quiet.

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    Great car if you are on a budget or are tired with expensive brands.
    With two children, I can fit everything I need easily in the boot.
    My insurance is under two hundred pounds a year and the tax is cheap.
    However, fuel economy around town is not great but compared to rivals it is ok. I get about 30 mpg around town but rises to 39 when driving combined town and motorway.
    I do like the two DIN compartments to fit a radio and still have one little cubby hole for bits and bobs, or an amateur Ham radio like I have fitted.
    The only downside is the very quiet indicator beep which cannot be heard when my radio is on.
    Overall I love my Duster and wouldn't change it for the world!
  • annette
    15 December 2013 - 08:53 PM

    Car:
    2013 Dacia Duster Laureate 4x2, 1.5 Diesel (dCi 90)

    Owning Experience:
    Owned For: 3 months
    Problems:
    Good Points: price, space, mpg
    Bad Points: knocking on drvers door, clicking noise under passenger seat

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    ​i love this car but i just want to sort these annoying noises out, it has been back to the dealers 3 times now and the noises are still there. they have said it is body flexing noise that they can't do much about, i think they just don't know what it is.Two problems, clicking under passenger seat, and knocking/ tapping from drivers door can anyone help me please
  • arob.wk
    30 September 2013 - 09:31 PM

    Car:
    2013 Dacia Duster Laureate 4x4, 1.5 Diesel (dCi 110)

    Owning Experience:
    Owned For: 1 month
    Problems:
    Good Points: Just feels great
    Bad Points: Paint is thin (immediately comes to mind)

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    A resume of findings and experiences, 1 month on.

    Pre-pickup inspection: (a) Found the usual chassis grommets missing + stone-chip coatings scuffed away on lower edge of sill flanges at jacking points + what looked like flaked stone-chip coating on off-side front sill flange; (b ) Found rust traces on cut ends of boot seal. Both reported to dealer (Dales) with follow-up email for transmission to Dacia CS. (Happy that was all I could find!)
    Day 2: Spotted v small paint-chips upper corner driver's door (trip to Dales for viewing - promise of touch-up stick).
    Day 12: While reviewing photos taken of her under-side (which I'd sent to Dales maybe minutes before) I realised that flaked stone-chip coat was actually distortion of sill flange metal!
    Days 23-25: Fluffy in the shop - Clio courtesy car, which was "OK", but it didn't make me want to do many miles!
    Day 30: Finally gave Fluffy her 1st bath!!! (F the Dustbunny is well named.) However, spotted rusting on rear cut ends of rubber rain gutters + hint of rust around couple of front wing bolts (under bonnet) + possible hint of rust on the transverse metal seam on the lower threshold of rear off-side door. (Paint noticeably very thin in these areas.) Neither of these reported yet. [Edit: now reported - see update later.]
    Oh!, and my bonnet already has a couple of stone chips. :angry:

    If anyone was a bit tardy about dealing with my starter under-side 'issues', it was me: wasn't always able to take the incoming calls or get the requested photos done.
    And I can only report as I find: Dacia Customer Support were very responsive in my case and Dales equally so. When I reported my close-up analysis (via my PC) of the dinked sill photo, Dales immediately agreed and invited me to get the car in for repair (no haggling about whether it would be Dales or Dacia that would cover the cost).

    Had to shoot off immediately for a few days work away after Fluffy's bottom repairs, so no time for detailed analysis of the repair. However, reviewed today with knowledgeable brother and we conclude the repair seems OK from what we can tell under the gloop. However, Fluffy is now black underneath with a new over-coat of under-coating (if you get what I mean). The niggle about her bottom being black rather than 'factory-fresh' grey will no doubt fade in a little while!

    Re white touch-in stick: Dales tried, but not available via Dacia. Nikki (D CS) did, however, update me indicating there was some supply problem or another (can't quite recall her words) in France – that would be Renault then! Given the new paint-chips on the bonnet, (turn away now Nikki/Scott) I might just buy an OEM stick in the mean-time.

    Re grommets: no joy there either. Poor ol' Scott (@ Dales) apparently spent endless hours looking up grommet part-numbers without success. Again, I shall look to source else-where before they start salting the roads.

    Re rusty rubber-seal ends: I'm going to try a dab of Kurust on offending seals for now. I'll report whether effective idc. (Renault/Dacia, please use seals with stainless-steel reinforcement – it can't cost that much extra.)

    Finally: Now cruising towards 1100 miles on odometer. I'm still trying out seat/steering rake adjustments looking for the sweet spot. Also, still dislike the steering wheel itself. Despite having tweaked up the rev's, I'm missing the turbo kick I loved so much on my, long-since, Metro turbos (but that was a big ask). Otherwise, despite the loss of Fluffy's factory-fresh “feel” due to repairs, I have a smile on my face – heh heh! I tried to resist saying this, but Fluffy is “brilliant” - she'll do me just fine thank you – nice ride and quite responsive enough.
    Not the perfect start to a relationship (but I can think of worse), but I'm really very pleased that a flip of a 10p coin came up heads. Early days, but no reliability issues: mpg is improving (hovering around 44 mpg right now). Could do with a few more cubby holes up front for loose-change and other bits and pieces.
    Liking it: just gonna have to watch the paint-work I guess.

    1 Oct update:
    D CS (Vikky) called today for a follow up: she said she would. I reported all well with repair, but mentioned my Day 30 paint/rust concerns just to get it on record. And, also, I should like to say thanks to Dan, my "new" sales contact at Dales, Summercourt: I omitted to say previously. He had to put up with a fairly grumpy customer on our 1st meeting (for my inspection of Fluffy's bottom up on the car-lift before I handed over the dosh). It was not the easiest of discussions, but Dan has kept on my "case" - Dan is OK.
    So, again, I'm happy. I went for my Duster with open eyes thanks to the forum - so thank you, also, forum members. I would almost have preferred mechanical issues rather than bodywork ones, but at least I didn't have long lead-times to contend with. Onwards and upwards.
  • Troute
    22 September 2013 - 02:21 PM

    Car:
    2013 Dacia Duster Laureate 4x2, 1.5 Diesel (dCi 110)

    Owning Experience:
    Owned For: 3 moths
    Problems:
    Good Points: Spacious, economical, responsive, comfortable.
    Bad Points: Finish

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    I've owned the car now for over two months and am so far very happy with it and the service I've had from my dealer.
    I regularly drive a van and before the Duster I had a Fiat Panda, compared to these the road noise I experience is negligible, the engine is smooth, quiet and gives plenty of power when needed. Wind noise at speed can seem high but the Panda was far worse for that.

    The car is settling down very well and is very enjoyable to drive, after swapping out some stuff that was poor quality, like the windscreen wipers, and some bulbs I'm happier with the operation of the various bits. The seats are comfortable for short or long periods, the air con works well and all controls are easy to reach and work. Mpg is good, currently sitting around fifty and I expect it to go higher.
    I did have two problems with the car that I took it back to the dealer to get fixed, it would pull left all the time because the tracking was out (confirmed and fixed by dealer) and the paint finish was poor with lots of white spots on the dark black/blue bonnet. These turned out to be on or near the surface and again the dealer fixed this by getting them polished out.
    I find I'm driving for the enjoyment of it now, something I've not done for years which is a sure sign I'm happy with the car.
    I've fitted a reversing camera to help as the view out the back is not great via the mirrors and I've upgraded the entertainment system to included DAB.
  • Sonyhudson
    19 September 2013 - 12:24 PM

    Car:
    2013 Dacia Duster Access 4x2, 1.6 Petrol

    Owning Experience:
    Owned For: 6 weeks
    Problems:
    Good Points: Cheap. And a good lucking car
    Bad Points: No Fog light

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    4000 Miles so far. A Family Holiday Wales to Scotland put the miles on but what a good car to holiday in. My last family car was an Astra 1.7 estate also a good pratical car. The Duster offered me about the same size boot with a bigger cabin space, kids love it. No specials as expected like SAT NAV RADIO or fancy control panels, just the basics as I like it, less to go wrong I say. Body work cosmetic quality a little low, welding edge seams can bee seen along the cills that might lead to rust in years to come if they get chipped and worn by shoes when getting in and out. I fitted mu own DRL as per Dacia specification and a top spec SONY Radio all looking very good and working vell. Would I have another in years to come well as it stands YES, lets see how she goes. I change cars ever 10 years so a longterm reliability check will be performed, lets see if the Forum last that long, I might update as I go. lol.....
  • rogerbur
    13 September 2013 - 04:40 PM

    Car:
    2013 Dacia Duster Ambiance 4x2, 1.5 Diesel (dCi 110)

    Owning Experience:
    Owned For: May 2013
    Problems:
    Good Points: usefull capacity and easy to get in and out of.
    Bad Points: couple of irritating rattles which I would like to find and fix

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    I have done just over 6000 miles including 2 return trips to Berlin, Germany. Fully loaded the car pulls very well for its engine size. Engine and tyre noise can be a bit of an issue especially when listening to the entertainment system. Some irritating rattles have developed.The plastic door sills seem to be chalking, but not the wheel arch mouldings, which is unsatisfactory since they should all be the same shade of dark grey. Average fuel consumption is 48.61 mpg. I have a brake recall booked for next week. Responsiveness from Dacia regarding a letter I sent about servicing and oil specification options ( non-Elf oils which hold Renault approvals ) has been irritatingly poor - I am still waiting for a promised letter since July. So servicing will only ever take place at a convenient non-Renault garage of my choice which obeys the rules during the warranty period. Note that Renault/Dacia's zero help policy when travelling in Europe under warranty is pathetic in this day and age.
    Overall I am still happy with my choice - it is early days yet. I like the styling and I have managed long journeys without any bother.
  • Dustymiller
    20 August 2013 - 10:05 PM

    Car:
    2013 Dacia Duster Ambiance 4x4, 1.5 Diesel (dCi 110)

    Owning Experience:
    Owned For: 1 month
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    Good Points: So far so good, drives better than the Freelander it has replaced. Plucky little engine just taking a little time to get used to the gear ratios but getting better. getting used to starting off in 2nd gear.
    Bad Points: None so far!!!!

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    Overall I like the Duster, I have just done 2000 miles so far and it has behaved very well. I will put some mud flaps, a dog guard and a tow bar on in the next couple of weeks. Found a Witter tow bar for £116 plus £98 for the electrics. Anybody who can top that please let me know.
  • Dusterdly & Muttley
    15 June 2013 - 01:47 PM

    Car:
    2013 Dacia Duster Ambiance 4x4, 1.5 Diesel (dCi 110)

    Owning Experience:
    Owned For: 1 year
    Problems:
    Good Points: The drive, handling, road presence, sitting higher up, fuel economy, cheaper road tax, cheaper insurance,
    overall driver comfort, silvery silver colour
    Bad Points: one leaky door seal fixed under warranty - no probs since

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    I have been thrilled to bits with my Duster ambience 4x4.
    Totally the right choice of car for me, living in Scotland, and having been cut off for the last 3 winters, a good all-rounder 4x4 was called for.
    I have off-roaded in many countries of the world, and am have even managed to do a bit in the 12 months since George arrived. He is superb, handles and grips like a tank...and I can't wait to try him out in the snow this winter.

    I haven't gone for the ESC option. I'm an experienced 4x4 driver, and used to it....not driving the car as a chelsea-tractor in the urban jungle. SO for me it seemed like a waste of money for a gizmo that should actually be covered in sensible 4x4 driving. Its a car not a tank on tracks...and so if you drive it like a car you should be fine! I don't imagine I'll have any trouble, and driving through a foot of snow should at last....be fun!!!!

    The road noise is not very loud at all. Compared to my previous citroen C4, and to a Kia Rio I drove recently, the Duster is actually the quietest of them, which pleasantly surprised me...
    The radio, needs to be adjusted to LOUDNESS though..if you don't do this...its not very loud....once you do this....its great and lovely and loud! If you want a boom-box....then buy one and install it !!!! The radio is just that.....a radio .....ooh and bluetooth....and DVD/CD and stuff....not geeky minded....Classic FM and Radio 4 sound just grand !!!!
    I have had a leaky door seal, but Dacia customer services are superb and it was replaced under warranty...so no grumbles there...! And have had no issues since with it.

    All in all, for a mid range 4x4 for £14000 you seriously can't go wrong....

    And silver IS the best colour !!!!!

    oooh and just done the MPG and my AVERAGE is 52.3

    For 4x4 !!!!!!!!!

    NO complaints there then !!!!!!!!
  • dmd40j
    12 June 2013 - 07:30 AM

    Car:
    2013 Dacia Duster Laureate 4x2, 1.5 Diesel (dCi 110)

    Owning Experience:
    Owned For: 3 months
    Problems:
    Good Points: Fuel Efficiency
    Power
    Quality
    Looks
    Ride
    Functionality
    Bad Points: Fuel Filling difficult when nearly full.
    Engine Noise
    Windscreen wipers are not 3 speed intermittent.
    No locking fuel cover.
    Cheap rubber on the windscreen wiper blades.

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    Great Buy, Have done 5,000 miles since March
  • smarszal
    04 June 2013 - 10:38 AM

    Car:
    2013 Dacia Duster Laureate 4x4, 1.5 Diesel (dCi 110)

    Owning Experience:
    Owned For: 3 months
    Problems:
    Good Points: Rugged looks, mpg,
    Bad Points: Power steering pump whine on shutdown.

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    Dacia responded well to a gearbox failure on day 1 of ownership.........only off road for 5 days. What a shame after 8 months of eager anticipation. The dealer did however fail to fix a loose Driver's seat which hopefully will be sorted by a different Dealer tomorrow! The whine on shutdown from (probably) the power steering pump will also be on the agenda for tomorrow--the Demo vehicle doesn't make this irritating and slightly worrying noise. Anyone else have this 'feature'?
    The fuel guage has an intermittent fault on one of the lights.
    Our other vehicle is a 6000 mile Freelander and the old adage that you get what you pay for is certainly true.......paid nearly twice as much for the Land Rover and it is reflected in performance, quietness and build quality. Having said that, I am pleased overall with my 'Dusty bin'!