Renault Duster?

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Re: Renault Duster?

Unread post by SaraLima » Sat Jan 05, 2019 4:48 pm

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Also consider Ford Ecosport...
Isn't that the "bring 'n braai" model? - Notorious for its auto-ignition ability :wink: :lol:
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Re: Renault Duster?

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SaraLima wrote:
Sat Jan 05, 2019 4:48 pm
Flooi wrote:
Sat Jan 05, 2019 3:12 pm
Also consider Ford Ecosport...
Isn't that the "bring 'n braai" model? - Notorious for its auto-ignition ability :wink: :lol:
No it was the Ford Kuga known to catch fire.

The Ford Ecosport is a different car.
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Re: Renault Duster?

Unread post by Surge » Sat Jan 05, 2019 11:11 pm

Simply going offroad is not much of a feat unless it's seriously uneven terrain or very steep gradients.
Is the 4x4 1.5 diesel Duster capable of towing a 700kg caravan/trailer through muddy fields or would it lack towing traction in slippery conditions?
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Re: Renault Duster?

Unread post by Walter105 » Sun Jan 06, 2019 12:50 am

Surge wrote:
Sat Jan 05, 2019 11:11 pm
Simply going offroad is not much of a feat unless it's seriously uneven terrain or very steep gradients.
Is the 4x4 1.5 diesel Duster capable of towing a 700kg caravan/trailer through muddy fields or would it lack towing traction in slippery conditions?
Don't think it was meant to be a hard core offroader. If you want to be doing stuff like that best get a more capable offroad vehicle.
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Re: Renault Duster?

Unread post by cage » Sun Jan 06, 2019 9:48 am

Walter105 wrote:
Sun Jan 06, 2019 12:50 am
Surge wrote:
Sat Jan 05, 2019 11:11 pm
Simply going offroad is not much of a feat unless it's seriously uneven terrain or very steep gradients.
Is the 4x4 1.5 diesel Duster capable of towing a 700kg caravan/trailer through muddy fields or would it lack towing traction in slippery conditions?
Don't think it was meant to be a hard core offroader. If you want to be doing stuff like that best get a more capable offroad vehicle.
The duster is barely a soft roader as it doesn't have a chassis that has been hardened for the task like most SUV's, it is based on a standard road car.
It does not have a "proper" AWD system, like other smaller soft-roaders it is essentially a front wheel drive and it will use the back if it has to. They do give you a button to force the system to use all 4 wheels but this is not what it was built for (cost comes with compromises) unlike some of the larger alternatives which are permanent 4wd.
It really is just a road car, pimped to be a bit more manly and isn't meant for anything more robust than dirt and gravel.
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Re: Renault Duster?

Unread post by Flooi » Sun Jan 06, 2019 11:59 am

Also consider.....
What will be the value after a few years?
Price of parts and spares?
and what Cage has said....

Consider a Toyota Fortuner or Ford Everest
Buy the entry level diesel
Install performance chip. Will exceed power output of the more expensive.

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but this one worked for me...
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Re: Renault Duster?

Unread post by SlowApproach » Sun Jan 06, 2019 12:18 pm

You also have to consider which of the mentioned vehicles are the most likely to be targeted for hijacking. The Fortuner seems to take top spot in this regard, so besides being a very high risk regarding personal safety, the costs of insurance can be astronomical.
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Re: Renault Duster?

Unread post by BKB » Sun Jan 06, 2019 1:51 pm

Surge wrote:
Sat Jan 05, 2019 11:11 pm
Simply going offroad is not much of a feat unless it's seriously uneven terrain or very steep gradients.
Is the 4x4 1.5 diesel Duster capable of towing a 700kg caravan/trailer through muddy fields or would it lack towing traction in slippery conditions?
I tested mine on the De Wildt 4x4 track outside Pretoria. Have done all the obstacles with ease. The short body and the 4x4 lock as well as a very short first gear deliver what you need.

Also towed an overweight 1.1 ton trailer through the Hluhluwe wetlands with ease.

Much more capable than it price and looks suggest.
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Re: Renault Duster?

Unread post by rudolphschar » Sun Jan 06, 2019 4:12 pm

A friend sold his Hyundai and bought a Duster. He does not even have 75k on the clock and needed to spend thousands on problems with the car. Problems with the turbo, with pipes etc. Every time he is left stranded. He regrets his decision dearly. It could however be that he got a dud.
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Re: Renault Duster?

Unread post by Swampdonkey » Sun Jan 06, 2019 9:38 pm

cage wrote:
Sun Jan 06, 2019 9:48 am
Walter105 wrote:
Sun Jan 06, 2019 12:50 am
Surge wrote:
Sat Jan 05, 2019 11:11 pm
Simply going offroad is not much of a feat unless it's seriously uneven terrain or very steep gradients.
Is the 4x4 1.5 diesel Duster capable of towing a 700kg caravan/trailer through muddy fields or would it lack towing traction in slippery conditions?
Don't think it was meant to be a hard core offroader. If you want to be doing stuff like that best get a more capable offroad vehicle.
The duster is barely a soft roader as it doesn't have a chassis that has been hardened for the task like most SUV's, it is based on a standard road car.
It does not have a "proper" AWD system, like other smaller soft-roaders it is essentially a front wheel drive and it will use the back if it has to. They do give you a button to force the system to use all 4 wheels but this is not what it was built for (cost comes with compromises) unlike some of the larger alternatives which are permanent 4wd.
It really is just a road car, pimped to be a bit more manly and isn't meant for anything more robust than dirt and gravel.
Have you even sat in one, never mind drive it off road?
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Re: Renault Duster?

Unread post by cage » Sun Jan 06, 2019 9:42 pm

Swampdonkey wrote:
Sun Jan 06, 2019 9:38 pm
Have you even sat in one, never mind drive it off road?
If you read my first post you'd know the answer to that.
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Re: Renault Duster?

Unread post by Ray W » Sun Jan 06, 2019 9:49 pm

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Re: Renault Duster?

Unread post by Hexapilot » Sun Jan 06, 2019 10:59 pm

I think you would be far better off buying a second hand Honda CRV, Toyota RAV4 or VW Tiguan, for the same price as a new Dacia...
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Re: Renault Duster?

Unread post by heisan » Sun Jan 06, 2019 11:41 pm

Hexapilot wrote:
Sun Jan 06, 2019 10:59 pm
I think you would be far better off buying a second hand Honda CRV, Toyota RAV4 or VW Tiguan, for the same price as a new Dacia...
Thanks. Looked at all of those, and the only one I would really consider is the RAV4 - but good, low mileage ones are scarce - especially the older body shape (the new one is fugly). 2009 - 2012 is the sweet spot.

Or for the same price as a ten year old Toyota, you can get a 2 year old Renault, with 5 years still to run on the warranty...
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Re: Renault Duster?

Unread post by cage » Mon Jan 07, 2019 7:30 am

heisan wrote:
Sun Jan 06, 2019 11:41 pm
Or for the same price as a ten year old Toyota, you can get a 2 year old Renault, with 5 years still to run on the warranty...
PM BigglesSA, I am sure he could source something decent for you.
How do the Koreans compare pricewise?

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