On receiving several complaints about corrosion on door sills, bonnet and other painted areas, the manufacturer reckoned it as a problem in paint shop in Chennai facility and shifted production of RHD version to Romania. They remained diplomatic and stated the reason for shifting as economics and logistics management. Meanwhile, Dacia recalled defective cars for scrutiny and announced free repairs (under warranty).
Dacia Duster Rusters UK
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At the time only around 90 complaints were received. But over the months, the complaints rose to several hundreds and the issue has been spreading virally over forums and social media. Eventually, the affected Dusters came to be known as ‘Rusters’.
Apparently, Dacia service centres are only removing the rust with removers and polishing the region to shine as new, but there is no concrete evidence on how the problem is being rectified. More and more Rusters are surfacing, there is no telling how many could have been affected; over 7,800 Dusters were sold in the UK since 2013 alone.
After shifting production to Romania, price has been regulated and waiting period is minimised, but with the internet revealing increasing number of corrosion issues, even if sales of new model is not affected, pushing used Rusters for good price will be nearly impossible. Given that Dacia’s manufacturing plant in Romania is far from the coast of Black Sea (over 300 km), air quality should not affect painting process, unlike the suspicion in Chennai.
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