Dacia Duster used car check: prices, information, strengths, weaknesses

The biggest pounds of the Dacia Duster are price and stable value. The follow-up costs make the popular SUV expensive, because its TÜV balance sheet is poor. The most important information for used car buyers from the AUTO BILD TÜV report!

Dacia Duster

Construction time: 2010 to 2018
Engines: 86 PS (dCi) to 125 PS (TCe)
Price: from 4600 euros
Occupant safety (Euro NCAP crash test 2011): 3 stars

Dacia Duster TCe 125

Under the sheet metal of the Dacia Duster is the old Renault Clio from 1998.

That’s him: The Kostnix among the SUVs. The depreciation of the Grim remains at a low level. It is often cheaper to buy a new one. Under the sheet metal is the old Renault Clio from 1998, its chassis with the much heavier one Grim reaches its limits. A lot of car for the money is the motto, since the facelift in 2014 ESP and four airbags have finally come as standard.

Dacia Duster in the AUTO BILD used car market

He can do that: Appear higher quality. The amount of space is also convincing and reaches into the middle class, only the puny seats are reminiscent of the small car origins. The decor is simple, but not without charm. The chassis offers more comfort the worse the road gets. Curvy terrain and the motorway are not his domain due to weak damping, spongy steering and indefinite directional stability. Good: the off-road capability. There is Grim front or all-wheel drive, with various gasoline, diesel and LPG version.

That causes trouble: In 2011 AUTO BILD sent a 1.5 dCi 110 4WD Prestige to the endurance test. Of the Grim was quite popular at first – until the transmission slackened after 33,413 kilometers. A broken fuel gauge, a wobbly driver’s seat frame and a defective clutch slave cylinder cost the Dacia more points of sympathy. In the end, the Romanian SUV passed the endurance test with a grade of 4. Readers complain in the suggestion box about rust on surfaces and oil loss, especially on the dCi diesel with 110 hp. The turbocharger and injection pump are vulnerable. There are also complaints about vapors from the plastics when exposed to massive sunlight. And the gasoline engines jerk more often – due to damage to the spark plugs and engine management system. Recalls concerned defective airbags and the failure of the start-stop function.

TÜV judgment

landing gear
Rust is not a problem with Grim. The drive shafts also remain inconspicuous – with a small outlier from the oldest examples. Springs and dampers hardly exceed the cut of defects. In addition, the errors increase significantly: This affects the axle suspension and steering.

There is only one ray of hope here in the GrimFog: The indicators, they don’t cause any trouble compared to the class average. Otherwise, the headlights, their settings and the taillights give the inspectors ample reason to note abnormalities.

The main reason for the red numbers in this chapter is the effect of the footbrake in all years of construction. The brake discs usually remain under the cut. Lines and hoses last into old age.


The emissions test is a hurdle for all years. Oil loss occurs more frequently up to the third HU. The exhaust system is a matter of concern from the first test date and delivers the worst values ​​for six to nine year olds.

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