Renault Duster AWD: Total cost of ownership after 4 years & 50,000 km

The journey of this 50,000 km with my Duster AWD was not very smooth.

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50,000 km service update – Odo reads 49,240 km

The 50k service update:

Parts replaced:

  • Engine oil (Castrol, Mineral)
  • Oil filter
  • Air filter
  • Fuel Filter
  • Ac Filter
  • Tappet cover for engine oil seepage
  • Front brake pads
  • Rear brake shoes
  • Both the front wiper blades
  • An underbelly protection clamp which got bent during an OTR

Damage to pocket:

  • 50k scheduled maintenance – Rs 5,500
  • Brake pads – Rs 4,400
  • Brake shoes – Rs 6,200
  • Tappet cover – Rs 3,200
  • Diesel filter – Rs 3,200
  • Wiper blades- Rs 1,000
  • An underbelly protection clamp (Both sides) – Rs 1600

Total: Rs 23,300 with tax & labor. Got some discounts and freebies as summer camp was going on.

Let me share approximate details with the cost of all the work done to date.

List of parts changed under warranty:

  • 5 injectors: Each costs Rs 29,000 = Rs 145,000
  • Finally, Renault changed the engine wiring harness to solve the repeated injector failures in my car: Rs 17,000
  • EGR – Renault suspected this of the coolant consumption issue, but it was not the culprit. Still replaced: Approximately Rs 13,000
  • Head Gasket – Renault suspected this of the coolant consumption issue, but it was not the culprit. Still replaced: Approximately Rs 7,000
  • Radiator & hose – The culprit was a minor crack in the radiator joint. The actual reason for the coolant consumption issue: Approximately Rs 7,000
  • Steering angle sensor – Due to a faint nose while rotating the steering wheel: Approximately Rs 8,500
  • Wheel cylinders: Rs 7,000
  • Fuel Float due to erratic behaviour of the fuel meter: Rs 3,000
  • Dashboard wiring harness due to the erratic behaviour of the fuel meter: Rs 25,000
  • Cluster meter due to erratic behaviour of the fuel meter: Rs 8,000
  • Fuel tank – Due to erratic behaviour of the fuel meter: Approximately Rs 35,000

Approx: Rs 2.75 Lakh! (FOC)

Parts replaced due to wear & tear:

  • Front Brake pads (twice) Approximately Rs 4,400 X 2 = Rs 8,800
  • Rear Brake shoes: Rs 6,200
  • Turbo hose O-Ring: Approximately Rs 600
  • Diesel filter while changing injectors on a trip: Approximately Rs 3,000
  • Tappet cover (twice): Rs- 3,200 X 2 = 6,400
  • Rear Shock – absorbers both sides: Rs 14,600
  • Battery: Rs 6,200
  • Four Tyres: Rs 29,000
  • Underbelly protection clamp (Both sides): Rs 1,600

Approx: Rs 75,000. (Paid by me).

General service:

10,000 km, 20,000 km, 30,000 km, 40,000 km & 50,000 km approximately Rs 10,000-12,000 per service: Roughly Rs 50,000

Total money spent by me: Rs 125,000 approximately.

Cost per kilometre: Rs 2.50

The above figures are a rough estimate after 3 years & 8 months with 49,240 km covered.

The journey of this 50,000 km with my Duster AWD was not very smooth. There are a few excellent and a few horror stories to share. A competent car with few glitches which Renault never bothered to rectify during the whole production period of the Duster. This made the car unreliable twice during my trips.

Special mention to Renault Budgebudge for trying their best to keep my car in the best possible condition. They have gone out of their way to help me to solve the issues. Few parts were changed under warranty as a trial and error method which was actually not necessary. But I must say in the end they have rectified all the problems successfully. The last 10,000 km was totally niggle free.

Let’s see how the car performs henceforth. Fingers crossed.

My first participation in a night out. Duster exceeded my expectations with its off-road capabilities

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