Renault Duster?

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Re: Renault Duster?

Unread post by vanjast » Fri Jan 04, 2019 9:07 pm

Wildcat_004 wrote:
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.
Ditto with a 900cc Captur.. very fuel efficient. Looks fine, not a racing car and has no power, until the turbo kicks. Gentle cruising.
The duster to me is a poor man's SUV, something like that Honda nonsense.
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Re: Renault Duster?

Unread post by Wonko the Sane » Fri Jan 04, 2019 9:36 pm

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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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My wife has the 1.5 4x4 and we did a Botswana, Namibia, Botswana trip (about 5000km in 10 days) in July 2018. I was highly impressed with the car. Stood up against all competetors and conditions without a hiccup. Fully loaded with a fridge and Thule box, always enough power.

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Re: Renault Duster?

Unread post by Rooster » Fri Jan 04, 2019 9:50 pm

Dunno about the newer models, but I think the Daily Despatch ran an article about some customers who had corrosion issues under warranty and were experiencing some hiccups.
This was some time ago.
Google it and see.
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Re: Renault Duster?

Unread post by BKB » Fri Jan 04, 2019 10:38 pm

My duster is one of the original 2013 models
120k on the clock

No plastic or switch failures

Very much a capable 4x4. Have 4x4 lock which is great as well as an auto function and 2wd function.

Great 6 gear gearbox plenty of power and nice ride comfort. Low fuel consumption

Very economical to service (out of plan)

Had great service from menlyn Renault
Had a issue with starter whilst in motor plan and Renault could not get one for 3 weeks. (Had to import)However they provided rental f.o.c for 3 weeks.

Greatest thing about the car for me is its image or if you will the complete lack thereof. It says nothing. Its neither pretentious nor scruffy. For me that works.
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Re: Renault Duster?

Unread post by heisan » Fri Jan 04, 2019 10:46 pm

Thanks all. It seems everybody who owns one loves it. Historically, everybody I know who owns/owned a Renault really regretted it. Maybe the Romanians build better cars than the French ;) .
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Re: Renault Duster?

Unread post by Walter105 » Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:02 pm

Wildcat_004 wrote:
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.
What!? I thought fighter pilots only drive sports cars or ride Kawasaki GPZ900s! :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Renault Duster?

Unread post by HJK 414 » Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:25 pm

Walter105 wrote:
Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:02 pm
Wildcat_004 wrote:
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.
What!? I thought fighter pilots only drive sports cars or ride Kawasaki GPZ900s! :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: Renault Duster?

Unread post by vanjast » Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:45 pm

HJK 414 wrote:
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Fighter pilots don't have the urge to prove anything to anyone......unlike some...
Swing wing comes to mind :)
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Re: Renault Duster?

Unread post by Wildcat_004 » Sat Jan 05, 2019 5:15 am

Nope....I don’t have to prove anything. Never a swing wing.....I won’t stoop that low....!!!
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Re: Renault Duster?

Unread post by Swampdonkey » Sat Jan 05, 2019 8:21 am

Hi Justin, I've got a 2016 4x4 1.5 dci which I've owned since new, it's due now for its 60k service. IMHO it's the best car I've ever owned. No fuss no mess, light on diesel, great on and off road (lots of commuting freeway driving) and some long road trips on tar and dirt loaded to the gills. I can't fault it. My biggest issue is that when I eventually have to replace it, I have no idea what will be so good. (The latest model looks like it's put on a bit of weight.)
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Re: Renault Duster?

Unread post by HJK 414 » Sat Jan 05, 2019 11:32 am

Wildcat_004 wrote:
Sat Jan 05, 2019 5:15 am
Nope....I don’t have to prove anything. Never a swing wing.....I won’t stoop that low....!!!

:lol: :lol: ......... one has to make allowances.........
When the aptitude is not there - alternatives are sought ....... :idea:

Some actually end up flying fixed wing / often under supervision though....... :wink:


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Re: Renault Duster?

Unread post by cage » Sat Jan 05, 2019 1:54 pm

heisan wrote:
Fri Jan 04, 2019 10:46 pm
Thanks all. It seems everybody who owns one loves it. Historically, everybody I know who owns/owned a Renault really regretted it. Maybe the Romanians build better cars than the French ;) .
If you'd like to dispel that myth go try the Sandero - an awful thing for those who have lost the will to live :mrgreen:
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Re: Renault Duster?

Unread post by Walter105 » Sat Jan 05, 2019 2:42 pm

cage wrote:
Sat Jan 05, 2019 1:54 pm
heisan wrote:
Fri Jan 04, 2019 10:46 pm
Thanks all. It seems everybody who owns one loves it. Historically, everybody I know who owns/owned a Renault really regretted it. Maybe the Romanians build better cars than the French ;) .
If you'd like to dispel that myth go try the Sandero - an awful thing for those who have lost the will to live :mrgreen:
:lol: :lol:

I'd say its biggest issue is that it needs more power. The Stepway model with optional leather seats is not bad value for money though.
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Re: Renault Duster?

Unread post by Flooi » Sat Jan 05, 2019 3:12 pm

Also consider Ford Ecosport...
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Re: Renault Duster?

Unread post by Whizza_Flyer2 » Sat Jan 05, 2019 3:42 pm

In my opinion the Duster is a fantastic car. I rented one for a week in a Ex Soviet country it had over 80k on it and the body work was pretty beaten up. It performed flawlessly and was very comfortable. It had steel rims and soaked up all the potholes .

A bit earlier someone stated they liked it for lack of image, I agree it’s refreshing in these materialistic times. I’d buy one when our old Ford Fiesta does.

I drive a Jimny 1.5 GA closest you can get in SA to a Lada Niva steelies and solid white body. I’d like to say it’s got plenty of don’t give a xxxx sheek :lol:

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