2011 Dacia Duster Laurete 1.6 16V, 4WD, gasoline + LPG from Poland
A friend that never fails
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.
Well… there is a bit to talk about after making over 70k in 3.5 years, but to be short:
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.
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