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  • mtbmatt
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    You can extend the warranty to 7 years for £850. Even with that, the Logan is sub 9k.

    trail_rat
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    Out in holland atm , lads her are mad keen that i should go test drive a dacia.

    Logan mcv – other than the fact its ugly , it looks like a perfect utilitarian car for me. A duster is a long shot as i think the back of it is too small and the 4×4 is too close to an isuzu in cost ….. Id rather buy an isuzu.

    Has any one got one ?

    Reviews seem pretty positive emphicising its utilitarian nature and suspension , both of which im no stranger to coming from a french van,

    The 1.5dci is zero tax rated , up to 75mpg and has the biggest boot bar a v70 so they claim. – but does that mean i can get a bike in laying down with no wheels off when the seats are down ?

    Is it going to fall apart at the end of the warrenty 🙂

    trail_rat
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    that you can ,

    how ever i disagree its under 9k… thats only the case if you want the 1.2 buzzbox.

    not worth the effort of buying a new car to end up with that.

    1.5 DCI is the only engine im looking at , the 900cc TCE belongs in a motorbike not a car.

    both their petrol engines get a royal slagging in reviews as soon as they take any kind of load or hill.

    iolo
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    I have a 4 year old Duster in Vienna going.
    Apart from tyres it’s been fine.
    Yes it’s a bit cheap but for the money it’s fantastic.
    It has the 1.5 engine. Not the quickest but fine for what I need.

    trail_rat
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    i have no issue with it being cheap , how ever my last forae into sub 10k “fullsize” cars was a brand new 2000 hyundai lantra and it was horrific to drive , looked ok with its alloys , mica paint and spoiler.

    designed for a midget (i didnt buy it- it was my parents)

    epicsteve
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    My sister has a Duster and seems to like it a lot. Hers is the basic petrol model I think, and was very cheap new.

    Edukator
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    Drive one of Renault’s TCE engines before you dismiss the TCE because like Volkswagen’s small turbo petrol engines they feel a lot bigger than their capacity suggests. I drove a 1.5 DCI Lodgy then a 1.2 TCE. The DCI needed lots of gear changing and even then felt dull, but the TCE pulls just as well low down then picks up its skirts and flies as revs rise (this is all relative of course as 115bhp and 1.2T is adequate rather than exciting).

    trail_rat
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    If they have one ill give it ago , how ever my experiance of a colleagues 1.0 ecoboost ford fiesta , its absolutely fine till you are 5 up and then its hellish to drive as you really need to keep the revs up.

    I much prefer the way diesels drive anyway , as for picking up its skirt and going …. My current vehicle is a 1.9 dw8 peugeot partner 69 bhp and i find it fine to drive other than overtaking a vehicle doing 50 in a 60 – not really an issue normally.

    mtbmatt
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    If the TCE is anything like Fiat’s TwinAir, then it could be a great engine.
    The twinair really suits a 500, but not sure about a bigger car.

    Diesel vs Petrol, still comes down to mileage. The diesel is quite a bit more expensive and means you have to go up a trim level.

    trail_rat
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    Diesel vs petrol for me is down to driving style as oppose to milage.

    We only do 10k a year but generally longer infrequent trips on dualer/motorway or to the big shop about 15 miles away everything else is done by bike or foot as much as possible.

    Test driving them on saturday. Will try a tce but like you say matt im not sure its suited to the size of car.

    Meanwhile i got my clutch changed in the van and we seem to have gained 10mph on the top speed 😮

    trail_rat
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    Well the single loqan test drive vehicle the garage had as a demo has been sold so i couldnt get a test drive.

    I did get a squint about it……. I figured since it looked like my van it would feel like my van , it looked like my van if it was made out of the blow bubble packaging thats hard to get into , just felt thin and hollow

    Not convinced , going back in a couple weeks when they have another logan in. It will be a 1.2 tce as they say they cant get hold of them quick enough they are selling that many.

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    just felt thin and hollow

    Why do you think they are so cheap?

    Edukator
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    Don’t take a woman with you, I went to the Renault dealer looking for a van and she spotted “that one that looks like a teddy bear” (the Lodgy). I subsequently found that it was one of the top 10 women’s cars in a poll in Autoplus. The only thing I had a say in was the choice of engine. Thin and hollow maybe but quite endearing as mobile pollution generators go.

    trail_rat
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    tbh molgrips – id say more like , how do you think it is so economical – ie its light.

    eitherway – so long as parts are cheap it can be as thin and hollow as it likes , it will never be as bad as my volkswagen experiances. EVEN if the dacia blew up 2 weeks in.

    the crux of the matter is that their headline price vehicles are enticing , but once you start to add in your “would likes” it creeps up towards the price of other cars – thats their marketing machine at work i guess.

    may see the mrs getting a 1.2 16v access for the 6995 price – then it only has to do 7 years and ill be happy with my value for money – anything else is a bonus.

    Premier Icon unknown
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    Had a Duster for 1 year and 13500 miles, top of the range (!) diesel 4×4. It’s not exciting but has been a fantastic utilitarian car with zero issues or niggles. The boot is pretty huge with the seats down, I moved house just using the duster and it even took the three seater sofa.

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    tbh molgrips – id say more like , how do you think it is so economical – ie its light.

    That’s a very valid point. How do they do in crash tests?

    trail_rat
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    the only recent motor that euro ncap have tested is a 2013sandero and it got 4 stars previous models tested only got 3 stars but they were pre current models.

    78% for child

    74%for adult

    28% for pedestrian

    29% forsafety assist.

    Unknown ,thats good to hear as the duster did look a good step up from the logan inside – but it was a laurette as oppose an ambience – will see how it drives when i go back , ive not totally written it off but im going to look at a few other options , i really liked the peugeot 307 SW 1.6 HDI i had as a hire car , was much nicer to drive than the previous zafiras i was getting. Being a peugeot im sure its depreciation curve is akin to a brick falling off a cliff – so sure wont be looking at new.

    Premier Icon unknown
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    TR – this is the first new car I’ve ever bought but the plan is to keep it for as long as it lives so depreciation won’t be an issue for us. It’s mrs unknown’s car most of the time (I drive a 205 for my communte) but in a few years she’ll get another new car and I’ll inherit this one.

    I think we paid £15.5k for the top of the line diesel 4×4 (we didn’t get any extras) – £2k less than an entry level Qashqai. The only criticism I’d have is that it’s a bit noisy on the motorway, but saying that I’ve done a couple of 300+ mile drives and it wasn’t bad at all. I’ve done some (very light) offroading, farm tracks, fields etc, and it’s been absolutely fine. Real world MPG for us is about 47mpg – not amazing but considering the main driver not bad either!

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    i really liked the peugeot 307 SW 1.6 HDI i had as a hire car

    I really like those small estates – I think they’re a great idea.

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