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Renault Duster?

Unread post by heisan » Fri Jan 04, 2019 3:18 pm

Another waaaayyyyy off topic post.

I am looking for someone to talk me out of some potential stupidity... I have always been a firm believer in the old adage "French girlfriend and German car. Never the other way around."

I currently have a fairly upmarket German SUV. While the vehicle is amazing, the service agents in Pretoria are terrible beyond belief (and we won't talk about the parts prices).

On paper, the Renault Duster is a great alternative. The ride is good, and comfort is fine. Not quite as good as the current car, but still plenty good enough for a relaxed highway drive. Only real negative is the lack of power for highway overtaking. Boot space is also a bit smaller (but still a lot bigger than the Toyota alternative). And, well, it is French...

Anybody with some personal experience, who would like to talk me into/out of this decision?

Thanks,
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Re: Renault Duster?

Unread post by BKB » Fri Jan 04, 2019 3:40 pm

heisan wrote:
Fri Jan 04, 2019 3:18 pm
Another waaaayyyyy off topic post.

I am looking for someone to talk me out of some potential stupidity... I have always been a firm believer in the old adage "French girlfriend and German car. Never the other way around."

I currently have a fairly upmarket German SUV. While the vehicle is amazing, the service agents in Pretoria are terrible beyond belief (and we won't talk about the parts prices).

On paper, the Renault Duster is a great alternative. The ride is good, and comfort is fine. Not quite as good as the current car, but still plenty good enough for a relaxed highway drive. Only real negative is the lack of power for highway overtaking. Boot space is also a bit smaller (but still a lot bigger than the Toyota alternative). And, well, it is French...

Anybody with some personal experience, who would like to talk me into/out of this decision?

Thanks,
Justin
Not really French. Its Romanian ..actually a Dacia.

I enjoy mine. Serves me well for the price. I have the 1.5 diesel 4x4. No problems whatsoever. Power enough if you gear back. Very economical on diesel.
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Re: Renault Duster?

Unread post by heisan » Fri Jan 04, 2019 3:52 pm

BKB wrote:
Fri Jan 04, 2019 3:40 pm
Not really French. Its Romanian ..actually a Dacia.

I enjoy mine. Serves me well for the price. I have the 1.5 diesel 4x4. No problems whatsoever. Power enough if you gear back. Very economical on diesel.
:D Car DNA is a bit scambled these days. Both the Dacia Duster and Nissan NP200 are based off the same platform! Never mind the fact that the new Mercedes A class is getting the 1.5DCi engine used in the 2018 Duster... More in-breeding in modern car brands than a small Freestate town...
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Unread post by SlowApproach » Fri Jan 04, 2019 4:12 pm

Sorry I can't be of any help (ask me about French or Romanian chicks, but the cars, aikona)

There are however some terrific accessories available for it I believe. Perfect for our local conditions...
(You won't need to overtake anybody. They'll just get out of your way instantly :lol:)

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Unread post by Walter105 » Fri Jan 04, 2019 4:29 pm

The Duster is rated very highly by local and international motoring press.
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Re: Renault Duster?

Unread post by Roger » Fri Jan 04, 2019 4:31 pm

This is the only version a french person should drive:
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Unread post by heisan » Fri Jan 04, 2019 6:24 pm

So far, it seems that it is quite a good option (french engineering aside)...
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Unread post by JCA » Fri Jan 04, 2019 6:41 pm

SlowApproach wrote:
Fri Jan 04, 2019 4:12 pm
Sorry I can't be of any help (ask me about French or Romanian chicks, but the cars, aikona)

There are however some terrific accessories available for it I believe. Perfect for our local conditions...
(You won't need to overtake anybody. They'll just get out of your way instantly :lol:)


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Re: Renault Duster?

Unread post by JCA » Fri Jan 04, 2019 6:43 pm

Walter105 wrote:
Fri Jan 04, 2019 4:29 pm
The Duster is rated very highly by local and international motoring press.
Had the diesel version as car hire on several occasions. Nothing to fault it. Low mileage on the clock though so can't comment on longevity.
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Unread post by 1900driver » Fri Jan 04, 2019 7:28 pm

Application dependant, have a look at the boot space differences between the 4x4 and the 4x2.

Should you require the space for prams etc the 4x2 is far more appealing than the added ground clearance.

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Re: Renault Duster?

Unread post by cage » Fri Jan 04, 2019 7:50 pm

Had one as a rental. It's a hard jump from German to that.
You'd be better off with a Korean.

Edit: while Koreans and the French are very plasticy the French by far have a cheaper look and feel.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dacia_Duster
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Unread post by Wildcat_004 » Fri Jan 04, 2019 7:54 pm

I have been driving a Renault Captur 1.5 dci.......awesome performance. 20 plus km per liter and lovely to drive. You can’t go wrong.
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Re: Renault Duster?

Unread post by hugo_visser » Fri Jan 04, 2019 7:57 pm

Go to their workshop and speak to their mechanics. Product support, spares availability and price of spares.
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Unread post by cage » Fri Jan 04, 2019 8:15 pm

hugo_visser wrote:
Fri Jan 04, 2019 7:57 pm
Go to their workshop and speak to their mechanics. Product support, spares availability and price of spares.
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Go to the used lot and look at a 4/5 year old model and see how it has stood up to use and what it's selling for.
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Re: Renault Duster?

Unread post by HJK 414 » Fri Jan 04, 2019 8:20 pm

heisan wrote:
Fri Jan 04, 2019 3:18 pm
Another waaaayyyyy off topic post.

I am looking for someone to talk me out of some potential stupidity... I have always been a firm believer in the old adage "French girlfriend and German car. Never the other way around."

I currently have a fairly upmarket German SUV. While the vehicle is amazing, the service agents in Pretoria are terrible beyond belief (and we won't talk about the parts prices).

On paper, the Renault Duster is a great alternative. The ride is good, and comfort is fine. Not quite as good as the current car, but still plenty good enough for a relaxed highway drive. Only real negative is the lack of power for highway overtaking. Boot space is also a bit smaller (but still a lot bigger than the Toyota alternative). And, well, it is French...

Anybody with some personal experience, who would like to talk me into/out of this decision?

Thanks,
Justin

Let's start with some facts first .....
The Duster is not French / and it is not Renault either ......
It is made by Dacia - a Romanian company

Renault sells it under their name - but the car is made by Dacia.
Here in Germany it is outselling almost every non German brand - and the car gets great reviews.
You can not turn a corner without seeing a Duster

And if they can keep their trousers up in Germany - it says something

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Automobile_Dacia


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