Long term report: Dacia Duster #8

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NJ14PFD gets a little TLC after reaching 12,000 milestone.

AS you can tell from the tagline at the top of this column, we have been lucky enough to have our Dacia Duster on the fleet for quite a few months now. The car has just been given its first service, having notched up 12,000 miles in the time that we have been driving it.

As the milestone approached, a quick call to the Renault press fleet team was made and the car was duly whisked off for some TLC. (A rather natty little Twingo took its place in the Car Dealer parking bays for a few days and you can read more about that from pages 72-74.)

Had we been a private punter, we would have had to pay £156.75 for the work to be carried out on the Dacia – this is the routine cost of a first, minor service with oil and filter change. It was a fee that seemed pretty reasonable to us, and of course, most Dacia owners wouldn't have reached 12,000 miles as quickly as we did.

The esteemed editor of this publication has taken custody of the vehicle in the time since its return to us, and while he has enjoyed driving it, two things have grated somewhat. Firstly, he finds the engine note a tad rough around the edges, and why (he asked me as if it was my fault) is the button to adjust the rear-view mirrors underneath the handbrake? I must admit I hadn't noticed but it does seem a bit daft. Anyway Colin, if you'd like to return the car to me at any point, I'd be glad to take temporary possession again.

The knowledge
Model: Dacia Duster Laureate dCi 110 4x4
Price: £16,380 (as tested)
Engine: 1.5-litre, turbocharged diesel
Power: 109bhp, 240Nm
Max speed: 104mph
0-60mph: 12.3s
Emissions: 137g/km
Mileage this month: 633
This month's highlight:
The car was spirited away for its first service and returned to us in fine fettle.
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