2011 Dacia Duster Laurete 1.6 16V, 4WD, gasoline + LPG from Poland

Summary:

A friend that never fails

Faults:

1. Door lock and window open switches went bad.

2. Engine cover got partly dis-attached. Probably due to incompetent garage maintenance.

3. Rear amortization got broken after well over 70 km/km.

General Comments:

Well… there is a bit to talk about after making over 70k in 3.5 years, but to be short:

Good things:

Reliability due to simplicity. A simple “old school”, everyday car that gives a lot of satisfaction.

Great snow or gravel road experience from 4WD. It really gives a lot of fun and covers all the bad things. Driving around in a budget car that many dislike due to its badge, and having absolutely no problem with green light starting when the streets are covered by fresh snow and leaving all “normal” cars behind – priceless…

Good in delicate off-road. Cabin and interior plastic squeak, but I am alright with that.

Bad things:

Primitive plastic dash board, starts to squeak already after, say… 10k?

Significant outside noise level getting inside, that increases even more after getting over 100 km/h. It's not a motorway car definitely…

The car is relatively light in weight, but still it is a bit underpowered. Lucky dynamic gear lever management saves the overall result ;)

Very short gears, need to change very often, especially when starting - must use gears 2-4 fast. Usually I start from 2nd, as 1st gear is absolutely too short (it’s just for the slow off-road, or parking maneuvers). 3 years have passed and I am still unable to get used to the gears there. Getting confused about applying the right gear when turning, almost at all the time ;)

Not a very economical engine or aerodynamic cabin. The engine works well with LPG.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 22nd December, 2014

18th Jan 2015, 06:45

I too have had a LPG Dacia model. It was the best decision for cheap and reliable motoring.

You get even better money economy than with a diesel, plus you never have to worry about expensive turbo charger or fuel injector repairs.

2012 Dacia Duster dCi 4 Wheel Drive 1.5 turbo diesel from Turkey

Summary:

Perfect car for the price

Faults:

Nothing apart from the usual rattles and shakes from the car. Nothing has gone wrong.

General Comments:

The car is not swift, but it's strong like it's a goat, and it will never make you feel as if the car will go or not. It does move like a mule on any type of road.

Holding the road is not very good after 160km/h, but hey for the price, I don't expect it to fly.

So if the expectations are minimum and you want a car to drive anywhere, a Duster is the right partner.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd November, 2012

2010 Dacia Duster Laureate 1.5 dCi 110 hp from Romania

Summary:

Comfortable, low maintenance 4x4 at a decent price

Faults:

Showroom car. Too early for issues.

General Comments:

I went to the local Dacia dealer and took a look at the new Dacia Duster.

The car looks well put together, although there are some places were the economy is visible. The folded backseats do not create a plain surface for cargo for example, and the boot finish is very basic.

The attack and departure angles are very good for a car of this size.

The noise level of the engine is very low for a diesel, and the 6 gear gearbox is very helpful.

The interior is a little bit harsh with tough plastics, but it suits well the general rugged look of the car.

I didn't have the chance to test the vehicle in some serious off road conditions, but the 4x4 system (Nissan origin) looks pretty capable.

The vehicle seems perfect for people who live in a region with bad roads, and need a cheap 4x4 with low maintenance.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th October, 2010

11th Feb 2012, 19:35

Good you are happy with it. You can't judge now with only 100km.

17th Mar 2013, 16:34

Happy for you brother.

Although it's economic, the Duster is a really well built car, especially the Nissan add ons.

Please update your review later when the car covers long distances.