Renault engines are one of the best engines today. I met the man whose Renault 1.4 liter engine had done 700 000 km without any problems.
LMAO! Renault engine with 700 000 kms? I had a Renault Laguna with 280 000 km and had to change transmission twice to get to that mark.
I'd only buy Japanese and Germans now.
Renault engines are not the best engines in the world, but the gasoline ones are pretty reliable.
There are many Taxi Dacia Logan cars in Romania with 300 000+ km and the engine in the original state.
And trust me, a taxi engine takes a lot of punishment.
I try not to be offensive to German drivers, but a few of them upset about the performance of the Logan is not the car's fault.
Driving in Germany isn't much fun, since the aggressive driving style forces drivers to compete with others. Beating others dominates on the autobahn instead of the passion of driving.
Logan is a sensible economy car with its limits.
This machine is built for transportation and not for releasing daily aggression.
Disappointed people usually buy the wrong car to begin with. They have beer budget for champagne taste.
I think the Logan is a fine beer.
I could still remember vividly how I first met this car, & the impression it created on me.
I had boarded a taxi, & then the 303,000+KM on the odometer caught my attention.
There & then, being the 1st car that will have such huge mileage (mind you I'm in Nigeria, West Africa) to me, I decided to start checking the car out. The engine sound still rocked great, & every bit of the pieces inside it were functioning. As I alighted from the cab, I took a glance at the back &, lo & behold!, I discovered that it was an unpopular car.
I made up my mind that day that it will be my 1st new car.
I'm preparing to own my 1st car. If not for money shortage, I won't dream of leaving that car for a fairly-used one.
It earned my respect that day.
It got me going to the Internet to do some research on it.
I just want to add a story we had in a Serbian national auto magazine: a taxi driver (operating mainly on open road) drives a Logan 1.4 8v 75HP for over 500,000km with still the original engine, unopened for general service, only basic maintenance (oil, filters, water pump...).
I too don't like the interior of basic models, but hey, one could choose Laureate trim; it's at least good as basic Ford or Opel trims, in my opinion.
Indeed, in East Europe we have a very different perspective about new cars, since most of us can't afford anything more expensive than 10-12k EUR.
About Logan, I always hoped they would make the same car with 5 doors (a liftback, like the Octavia for example), not only a sedan. The Sandero is not that, since it's smaller (shorter) than the Logan.
All the best from Serbia, VladSerb.