For my money and my financial conditions, Dacia was the best choice of a car
The main problem of these cars is the bodywork: poor (original) painting and poor fittings and joints.
I also had problems with both of my cars' stub axles. Maybe it was my fault to buy cheap, but reconditioned ones and not original ones (that are good for up to 70.000-80.000 km-s. The reconditioned ones were good in my cars only for 1.500-2.500 km-s.
The only thing you can do to stop rusting is to repaint it, both the chassis and the frame.
My Recent Dacia is a 1310 TX and I acquired it with lowered front and hardened rear suspension. It gives the car a more sportier look ad also it is more stable, of course. And now the car won't "sit" down like a motorboat when I have my friends in the back row.
My dashboard does not give any strange noises.
Finally I have to mention that these cars might not be the top quality in engine, or transmission, but they are built tough! My first Dacia was a 1310 TXC. An aged man with a Honda Concerto had cam across my way. Crash. I jumped out of my car unharmed. It took a few weeks to be repaired. Afterwards, in a slimy august dawn my car had slipped with me. I hit a column. Crash. I jumped out unharmed, again! I tell you folks, Dacia has a strong design. It crashes and you survive! Without airbag or anything like active safety!!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 2nd October, 2002