Are you sure water still comes in? As I intend to buy a Solenza with ABS and airbags coming out in fall 2003, please let me know about the water and if you heard about the new Solenzas with enhanced security options (airbag, ABS). Thanks.
Solenza isn't such a bad car. It is fitted with airbags and a 62 hp diesel engine.
About the water problem... I have a Solenza one year old and regularly was it on automatic car wash systems that use water at high pressure. Never water got inside or in the trunk. Maybe I am just lucky,...but my Solenza is a proof that at least some of them do not have this problem.
OK...I too have a Dacia Solenza Clima, and from my point of view it's the perfect car for Romania. Regarding a second hand car like Opel Astra, you still have to pay taxes, and a 4 year old one, with 90000Km is around 6000 euros, plus gas and taxes, no warranty and no assurance that the previous owner had taken care of the car and didn't smash it into a wall or something. So, in conclusion, Solenza is a great car for Romania and other countries where people are interested in a cheap and easy way to get around.
PS: I don't have any water, noise or high temperature problems. My car is great (for 6300 Euros)
This is not such a good car. I had a Skoda Octavia 1.6LX after that I have bought Dacia 1.9D Solenza, that's when my problems started. My neighbour is in this mess to with the same model! Engine is loosing power constantly in cold or hot temperature. Local Dealer coul'dn repair it for months. Back wheels few months ago did block while I was driving 75MPh I could kill my self etc...
Trust me, poor car all non European!
Al the best!
I also have a Solenza and I am very glad about it. It is interesting to see what kind of car do we compare with Solenza. In my point of view many European cars that are in it's class can be compared with it. I have 195/50/R15 tires and it easily can touch 160km/h. Also the stability is very good with this type of tires (I am sure that is much better than many European or Non-European cars)
This comment is an answer to the last one: is really hard to believe that your car reached that speed... maybe in your dreams. even if you changed the suspension, its design combined with the lack of power prevent this car reaching high speeds. If do, for shure you will take off. If you want to argue this, tell me what's the rpm's at 120 km/h in the fifth gear and after tell me what were the same rpm's at 195 km/h. Your car max speed is rated 165 km/h with an engine that can reach max power at 5500 rpms. You cannot change the reality by replacing your car shocks with some more sporty ones. Maybe yes, some improvements can be added in terms of stability, but not of speed. I understand that you love your car, but don't try to compare it with real cars. A garbage remain a garbage even if you wrap it... Don't be upset, anyway your country still lacks of good expressways and you really don't need speed to avoid potholes. By the way, did you check your car gauges maybe is something wrong with them. Good luck next time and please, do not ever try again to misconduct people about Romanian cars.
Hi, I have Solenza Clima, 2 years and 1 month.
Comparing money<->what you get... it's Mercedes Benz :)
No problems for all this time and for all of about 80000 km passed.
Passed half of Europe with this car, it's great.
Regards from Macedonia.
Check this out its like this, this car is like a lancer evo 8, not by performance, but it has that tuner car look. Romania did a great job and car is very nice. Who sad that A/C compressor isn good? at 900 RPM car is like a butterfly ready to fly. Acceleration is about 9.3 sec - 100 km/h I tried it so max. speed is 185 km/h at 5200 RPM what is not bad for 5 mission gearbox. I think that car would be more better, but for now is OK.
I'm sorry, but old Dacias were junk, and being cheap was no excuse for them to be so bad. While they have been replaced with a more modern range, Renault designed the new cars down to a price, and because of that, they only achieve the 3-star safety rating by the EuroNCAP. I think that just because they are designed to be low cost cars, doesn't mean they have to perform so averagely. Now, while a 3-star rating isn't really the end of the world, especially when the Chinese cars perform much, much worse, it shows a lack of care from Renault regarding the safety of Romanian and budget conscious buyers. Vă fie rușine Renault!