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Here's a little news for people worrying about quality control on the dusters. The big 3 Japanese car manufacturers are having to recall millions of cars due to a passenger airbag fault that can cause the gas canister inside them to explode. So problems do happen to the established and expensive names too.
 

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Here's a little news for people worrying about quality control on the dusters. The big 3 Japanese car manufacturers are having to recall millions of cars due to a passenger airbag fault that can cause the gas canister inside them to explode. So problems do happen to the established and expensive names too.
Just an update on this news.... the cars affected by this problem are 10 years old! That's a long time to find a fault as dangerous as this. And remember this is on the back of Sticking accelerators and brake problems a couple of years back.
 

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To be honest all manufacturers have the same kind of niggling faults as each other.

My parents had a Motability car for 20 years which ranged from Nissan to Vauxhaul to Ford to Renault and I can remember them having minor issues with all of them. Remember the build quality in the Astra was really poor, the Escort had switches that weren't wired in, the Megane had a roof leak, the Focus had a faulty shock and footwell leak. I've had family members with issues with Hondas, Peaugeots, Alfa Romeos so it's not just those makes.

The biggest difference it can make is how the dealership handle your problem. My mum had a Megane in 1998 and a Clio in 2001 but the dealership were shocking for handling any of the issues she had. It actually put her off owning a Renault for a long time. Yet I had a 2001 Clio at the same time and had no problems at all.

Let's just hope any gripes us Dacia owners have, the dealerships inspire some confidence handling!
 

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Back in the early 90's a collegue picked up a new red G reg Ford Escort (he was a sales rep). Drove it from Huddersfield to Leeds and couldn't get the key out of the ignition. A phone call to the dealer resulted in a return visit for the key sorting. The following day he noticed water under his new car so returned to the dealer - faulty radiator. They couldn't repair it there and then but booked it in for the following week. A couple of days carrying water to top up at regular intervals and then the gearbox siezed! The car was taken back to the dealer on the back of a trailer!

I hope things have improved a lot since then.

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