Top 5 tips for Renault Duster owners for a long ride without any problems

About the choice of oil, rust prevention and useful improvements.

Photo: Renault Duster, source: Renault

“Duster” has gained a reputation as a reliable and passable crossover, although not without flaws. Our editorial board made the TOP 5 tips for Renault Duster owners.

Prevent chips and corrosion

The body is the most expensive part of the car, so you should pay special attention to it. In the reviews on, many owners note weak paintwork among the shortcomings of the Renault Duster. It’s easier not to wait for scratches and chips to appear, which later will begin to rust, but to protect the car in advance by pasting with special film the most vulnerable places: the edge of the hood, the edges of the doors and the trunk lid.

Also, foci of rust often appear on the chrome trim on the fifth door. Again, the armored film helps to prevent this – reliable care for the Renault Duster.

Avoid water

Another common complaint of “Dusterovodov” concerns moisture seeping through the joints between the roof and rear pillars in the trunk. “Life hack” specifically for such cases, shared a blogger from the channel “Go RASH” on YouTube. He sealed problem areas with a V-ribbed belt and sealant.

In heavy rain, water can get under the hood through the nozzles of the windshield washer, it is advisable to seal them as well, otherwise the moisture will reach the candle wells.

Fighting mud

Photo: Renault Duster, source: Renault

The next tip that should be used immediately after buying a Renault Duster is to install seals on the hood cover so that dirt does not enter the engine compartment. Among the minuses of the French crossover, thresholds that are not covered by doors are also often featured. Because of this design, it’s hard not to get your pants dirty when landing.

However, among automotive accessories, you can look at the thresholds of “Clean pants”, which solve this problem. It will not be superfluous to purchase larger mudguards, since the standard ones do not protect the lower part of the car well from dirt.

Choose engine oil

It is no secret that regular replacement of oil in the engine is the key to a long ride without problems. For many owners, the selection of oil turns into a headache. Experts of the “Driving” portal advise pouring gasoline Renault Duster 5W40-5W50 in the summer, and 0W30-0W40 in the winter.

It is worth remembering that the brand and cost of oil are not as important as the regularity of the procedure and the maintenance of the Renault Duster. It is especially important to change the oil more often in difficult operating conditions.

Extend the life of the checkpoint

Photo: Renault Duster, source: Renault

For a manual gearbox, Renault does not at all provide for the replacement of gear oil. You can listen to advice only to those who do not plan to travel longer than the warranty period. At the same time, the manual transmission will “say thank you” for changing the oil every 60,000 km.

For the “machine”, the replacement intervals will be approximately the same. The manufacturer recommends for automatic transmission Elf Renaultmatic D3 Syn oil for a long ride without problems. It is also worth updating the oil in the angular gearbox after 30 thousand km and in the rear gearbox – by 60 thousand km.


TOP 5 pluses of the second generation Hyundai Creta

“Crete” has become not only more technologically advanced, but also much more attractive.

Hyundai Creta II (ix25) for China. Photo: Hyundai China

The second generation Hyundai Creta debuted in the Indian car market in 2020. The novelty has not yet reached Russia – we sell restyling of the first generation. The experts of the IndianAutosBlog portal named the TOP 5 pluses of the second generation Hyundai Creta.


The new “Crete” pleases with a stylish design – the front of the body received custom and aggressive optics, and the radiator grille is brought to the modern corporate style of Hyundai.
Unusual appearance was to the taste of young motorists, tired of the classic design.

Hyundai Creta II for India. Photo: IndianAutosBlog


The youth audience will also appreciate the “stuffing” of the new Hyundai Creta. The list of equipment includes a modern multimedia complex BlueLink Connected.

The option allows you to track the location of the car, adjust the seats and air conditioning, as well as synchronize with smartphones on iOS and Android.

Rich equipment

“Creta” is in the segment of budget crossovers, but pleases with a list of equipment. In terms of Russian currency, a crossover in the maximum configuration in India costs about 1.5 million rubles, and the “base” can be bought for 900 thousand rubles.

In the second generation of the model, a panoramic hatch with voice control, electric drive and seat ventilation are offered to customers.

Interior Hyundai Creta II. Photo: IndiansAutoBlog

Hyundai Creta developers have not forgotten about the security systems – there are ABS, EBD, parking sensors, a full set of airbags and much more on board.

Motor and gearbox

Under the hood, “Creta” is a 1.5-liter gas turbo engine with a capacity of 140 “horses”. The motor allows you to call the crossover dynamic – acceleration to “hundreds” takes 9.9 seconds.

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A smooth automatic transmission with double clutch will help to gain speed – the technology allows to achieve greater fuel economy, even than in the case of manual transmission. Also, the box has the ability to switch to the classic “mechanics” mode.


Hyundai Creta is not offered with a 4X4 system and a frame body, but even a front-wheel drive is enough to drive on moderate terrain. The traction control system, which has the Sand, Snow and Primer modes, will help in this.

When the novelty reaches Russia, it is unknown. In Russia, the crossover is in high demand and is the leader in its segment, so the premiere, although belatedly, will certainly take place.


Complaints will go to one place – Kommersant newspaper No. 112 (6833) from 06/29/2020

The Ministry of Communications proposed to make the public services portal a single window for complaints and appeals of citizens to authorities. Artificial intelligence (AI) will be used to process requests. The technology should also be used to verify the relevance of the responses to the initial requests, experts say. In their opinion, the public services audience can limit the possibility of criticism of government agencies, where only a little more than half of the country’s population have verified accounts.

It is proposed to make the public services portal a single electronic window for citizens’ appeals and complaints to the authorities, it follows from the bill (available to Kommersant), developed by the Ministry of Communications. Only a citizen registered in the unified system of identification and authentication (ESIA) of public services will be able to file a complaint or appeal.

144 million

visits to public services website recorded, according to SimilarWeb, in May

The portal will create a rubric of situations for referring requests, introducing automatic referral to an authorized body, receiving notifications about the progress of consideration, as well as structuring calls and using AI to process typical requests, follows from the explanatory note.

It will also be possible to file written appeals and complaints in multifunctional centers or by mail. The bill should come into force 180 days after publication, this time will be needed to adopt by-laws and finalize the public services portal.

According to the Ministry of Communications, every year citizens send at least 10 million letters, including complaints, statements and suggestions on various issues, to 250 thousand authorities at all levels.

About 65% of requests are already sent through forms on official websites or by e-mail, said Oleg Pak, the first deputy head of the Ministry of Communications. “This is often inconvenient – each time they are different sites, addresses, ways of filling in information – all this works extremely inefficiently. A citizen sends an appeal and does not know whether it was received or not, but to find out the fate of the appeal, you need to call the information phones, which are often busy or do not answer, ”he explains. The bill, according to the official, is aimed, inter alia, at solving these problems, as well as at increasing the efficiency of interaction between government agencies themselves when considering appeals.

This is not the only initiative of the Ministry of Communications to expand the functionality of the public services portal. As Kommersant reported on June 2, the ministry suggested that online aggregators of goods and services connect to ESIA on public services to identify users. The experiment should begin on July 1.

The current regulation, on the one hand, does not contain the necessary incentives to consider citizens’ appeals on the merits, and on the other hand, it allows using the mechanism for abuse, said Boris Edidin, member of the digital economy legal support committee of the Moscow branch of the Russian Bar Association. “There are frequent cases when high-level officials are forced to fend off planned provocations under the guise of mass and repeated appeals of citizens,” he says. Thanks to localization on a single platform and reliable identification of applicants, there will be more opportunities for evaluating and analyzing appeals, monitoring compliance with the review deadlines, and identifying mass problems, the expert believes.

But the problem of assessing the effectiveness of considering citizens ’appeals – how satisfied the applicant is with the results of interaction with the state agency, and the official is interested in resolving the issue on the merits – has not been resolved in the bill, Boris Edidin emphasizes.

Potentially, AI could analyze the relevance of the rules of law given in the responses of departments to the initial appeal of citizens, believes Nikolai Legkodimov, head of technological practice at KPMG in Russia and the CIS.

Another potential weak point of the single window system is reassignment routes, adds Mr. Legkodimov. “They should not violate the basic principle, when the complaint cannot be directed to the agency to which they complain. Control should be provided, which is also relevant for the manual process – the adjustable length of the chain and the transparency of the settlement process, ”he says, assuming that automated analytics should identify the problem areas.

In addition, the registration itself on the public services portal may become an administrative barrier in creating a “one-stop shop”, which will limit the possibility of criticism of state and municipal authorities, Mr. Yedidin warns. As of June, the number of citizens registered in ESIA was about 119 million people, and the number of verified accounts was 69.5 million (data from the Ministry of Economy) with a population of the Russian Federation in 2020 of 146.8 million people.

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LADA XRay and Largus are in short supply in Russia

AvtoVAZ lacks workers.

Photo: LADA XRay Cross, source: AvtoVAZ

LADA dealers in several regions of Russia faced interruptions in supply passenger versions of Largus, as reported by Motor. Along with this, Rossiyskaya Gazeta writes that to some official dealers of AvtoVAZ unable to order For customers, neither the standard XRay nor the “off-road” XRay Cross. Our editors decided sort out the reasonsfor which LADA XRay and Largus were in short supply.

Representatives of AvtoVAZ did not comment the difficulties encountered with the supply of XReus and Largus. However, an article appeared on the LADA official website on June 25, in which the automaker reported that shipped over 1,000 new LADA Largus vans for Russian Post. Most likely, therefore, there was a delay in deliveries to private customers.

ADA LAY XRay ambiguous situation: some dealers report that they were able to order hatchbacks for a warehouse in August without any problems. Other managers claim the opposite. However, there are more and more facts in favor of the fact that AvtoVAZ lacks working personnel to collect a sufficient amount LADA XRay и XRay Cross.

Thus, the community “Atypical AvtoVAZ”, citing readers close to the plant, writes that SKP Kalina not enough workers. In addition, the director of assembly line B0 in an order of June 23 acknowledges that the production plan is not being implemented. It is on this line that LADA XRay and Largus are produced.

Photo: LADA Largus, source: AvtoVAZ

It is also worth noting that AvtoVAZ decided to refuse from paying bonuses to staff for the first half of the year, and from July 1, the auto giant will no longer index salaries and tariff rates, as reported by Rossiyskaya Gazeta. Thus, the company counts reduce costswithout firing employees. Probably, there is simply nowhere to reduce staff.

Earlier, at the Volga Automobile Plant, they planned to introduce 4 day chart, but decided to shift part-time work to autumn. It can also be an indirect confirmation that the company needs working hands today.


TOP 5 reasons to pay attention to a used Volkswagen Passat B6

The car attracts with comfort, a presentable appearance, a galvanized body and good handling.

Photo: Volkswagen Passat B6, source: Volkswagen

At the word “business sedan”, many Russians immediately recall Toyota Camry or KIA Optima, but the list is not limited to them. As an alternative, among cars of this class it is worth recalling the Volkswagen Passat B6, produced from 2005 to 2010. The editors of the publication, having studied the reviews of motorists on Drom and Drive2, announced the TOP-5 reasons to pay attention to the German premium sedan with mileage.


Volkswagen Passat B6 is distinguished by a spacious interior, which is conveniently located even for drivers with passengers whose height exceeds 180 cm. Some drivers note that the seats in the German sedan are much more comfortable than in the 10-year-old Camry, and are endowed with popliteal support. The front row of seats is equipped with electric adjustments. Good noise insulation also adds comfort to the interior – no extraneous sounds are heard in the cabin while riding.


“Passat” in the back of the B6 looks relevant even now due to a presentable and stylish appearance. The Volkswagen Passat body is galvanized, which is why you can meet a copy without rust, but with small chips. However, the latter can sometimes lead to corrosion. As the experts of the portal “Wheels” noted, the appearance of red spots on the body of a German sedan is the result of a “lazy” attitude towards the car, so experts recommend looking at the specimens, the owners of which did not save on anti-corrosion treatment.

Excellent handling

A German sedan with mileage due to a downed, but moderately stiff suspension, demonstrates a comfortable ride – the car does not swing on the road and moves without banks. Even on poor road surfaces, the Passat delivers comfort to the owners, and due to the high ground clearance in winter, off-roading will not be a problem.

Technical component

Volkswagen Passat B6 is distinguished by an extensive motor range – there are gasoline engines in volumes of 1.4, 1.6, 1.8, 2.0, 3.2 and 3.6 liters and diesel engines in volumes of 1.6, 1.9 and 2.0 liters. As for diesel units, such engines are famous for their resourcefulness, high-torque and economy, despite some problems with the turbine and fuel equipment.

Among gasoline engines, you should pay attention to the 1.6-liter engine, which is characterized by ease of maintenance, but at the same time, low dynamics. Also, one should not discount the 1.8- and 2.0-liter units with a strong piston group and cylinder head, although they are sensitive to the quality of the oil and are “famous” for their high lubricant consumption.

V6 volumes of 3.2 and 3.6 liters are famous for their improved dynamics, but you should forget about the ease of maintenance of such units – you need to remove the engine to replace the timing drive. As motorists noted in the reviews, when buying a “Passat” with 6-cylinder engines, you should lay the future financial reserve for possible problems. The best option for Volkswagen Passat B6 will be the version with 1.6- and 2-liter engines.

In addition to the advantages, the Volkswagen Passat B6 with mileage, like any car, also has disadvantages, among which there is a problematic DSG box, which often fails after 50,000 – 70,000 km, problems with the electronics due to burnout of bulbs and fuses. Also, many motorists complain about mediocre headlights, because of which it is uncomfortable to drive at night. More silent blocks and stabilizer racks often change.

Photo: Volkswagen Passat B6 exterior and interior, source: Volkswagen
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Volkswagen Passat B6 with mileage should be considered for purchase because of reliable engines, a comfortable interior, good handling, a presentable appearance and good corrosion resistance. As noted by experts of the publication “Wheels”, for 500 000 rubles in the market you can buy “Passat” in good condition and without serious problems.


Composed of the TOP 3 tuning Toyota Land Cruiser

Craftsmen finalize how modern “dvuhsotki” and the classic Land Cruiser 70.

Stock Toyota Land Cruiser 200. Photo: Toyota

Russian drivers love to tune their “swallows”, and they love “Kruzak” — national recognition to the SUV does not dry out with age. The editors of the portal “let’s Roll!” made the TOP 3 tuning Toyota Land Cruiser.

Toyota Land Cruiser 70 with air suspension

Classic “Kruzak”, which was issued in 1984, has a fairly simple suspension — front and back, and solid axles on leaf springs. This technology is already somewhat outdated, but because the tuners showed Toyota Land Cruiser 70 with air suspension.

Classic Toyota Land Cruiser 70 is “pneuma”. Photo: Instagram, suv.4×4

This decision will make “Kruzak” more aimed at off-road, that will have to pay more careful care, which requires “pneuma”. Suspension vulnerable to contamination, and if damaged repair nodes can not be.

Toyota Land Cruiser 200 “for the rally”

The following “Kruzak”, is the modern Land Cruiser 200, also fine-tuned for conquering harsh off-road conditions. On cars fitted with a huge bumper for off-road, which are hidden in itself by the winch.

Toyota Land Cruiser 200 refers to the segment of premium SUVs, but because the damage to the body panels on the off-road is fraught with expensive repairs. That is why the owner of this “Kruzak” decided to install the massive panels that act as protection of the body.

Toyota Land Cruiser 200 off-road body kit. Photo: Instagram,


In hastahah for a photo in Instagram provided that this SUV-oriented rallies, but these cars require a protective frame, which in the car is not visible.

Toyota Land Cruiser 200 “simple and tasteful”

Often to create a stylish image of the car is not necessary to give light weight spoilers and LED elements — only a couple of impressive details. A vivid example of this Toyota Land Cruiser 200.

Toyota Land Cruiser 200 with special wheels. Photo: VKontakte

The owner of “Kruzak” set of custom 19-inch aluminum wheels, and extended wheel arches inconspicuous panels. Complements the image of customized bumper another form, equipped with led “foglights”.


LADA Granta new generation: independent Published renders

“State employee” may obtain the body frame and the platform from the Renault Logan.

Probable appearance of LADA Granta new generation. Photo: “Lada.Online”

Portal “Lada.Online” has published a new LADA Granta, the independent renderings of the new generation. According to the author of the images, the model can obtain two versions — with the usual LADA Vesta the “x” on the doors without them.

According to the author of the render, the LADA Granta in the new generation will get the platform B0 from Renault Logan, as well as the body shell from the French “state employees”. This version is quite plausible, after all, the Renault Group is the parent company for AVTOVAZ and LADA many models use technologies French.

The transition to the base of the “Logan” will LADA Granta become larger in size, which is a definite plus for cheap cars — budget cars often can not boast of spaciousness in the cabin.

Body length actual Renault Logan is 4346 mm, and “Grants” — 4250 mm.

The version with the doors of the LADA Vesta. Photo: “Lada.Online”

In terms of appearance, the novelty will differ by more acute and aggressive, “x-features” on the front end that will allow the model to become more youth.

Motors new “Grant” can get from “Logan”, because of the line upgrade for VAZ engines no information.
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Fresh Antikor on the LADA Vesta with a run — a reason to abandon the purchase, says auto expert

Motorists do not consider the problem of rust is critical, it’s not going to go to “the West” forever.

Photo: LADA Vesta SW source

LADA brand holds a leading position in sales b/y car and “secondary” allows motorists to save money. However, in our latitudes, one of the main problems of all cars is rust. Moreover, even the presence of fresh “Antikor” cannot guarantee the absence of rust in the coming years, as stated by the auto YouTube channel “Lada Club BY”.

In humid climates with drastic temperature changes the appearance of the “Ryzhikov”, then full of rust spots, and after Frank “rot”, destroying the body — a matter of time, the expert believes. The only question is the resource of metal, so that during the selection of the “Vesta” to “secondary housing” can be easily and abandon the purchase, paying attention to some nuances.

For example, one-year-old LADA Vesta Cross, imported for maintenance, the blogger talked about the most pronounced problem areas family car “Vesta”. Rust here makes itself felt after a few months of operation of the car after the first fall and winter. The expert noted that those wishing to buy a 2-3 year old “news” with mileage should alert to the existence of fresh anti-corrosion treatment of elements of the bottom and even become a reason to abandon the purchase: perhaps the “ANTICOR” spent masking have appeared obvious defectsto quickly get rid of the car.

“Early” rust on the car of a family of Vesta appears on the following elements:

  1. Side edges of the so-called “TV” — of the cooler, and the area of the welds.
  2. All joints on heat shields on the bottom of the car.
  3. Space behind the rear beam.

Here, in the opinion of autoexpert, problems are detected in 80% of the cars LADA Vesta not only, but also popular cars, including B – and C-class, as well as affecting the D-class.

Motorists in the comments noted that the problem of the rapid appearance of rust is not critical:

“Nothing critical and will be in 5 years”, “This will last for 10 years. Like the priors, they are also 10-year-old begin to rot, and so will the holes. Hyundai and Kia are rotting. In 10 years will disappear — you can brew to be. It’s the little things,” “When she rots, engine and khodovki will be gone. Ever want to drive it?”.

Those who buys a new car, especially the “avtobazovskaya” products, motorists are recommended immediately to spend money on “ANTICOR” for peace of mind. But when buying a used car is to assess vulnerabilities.

Photo: the onset of rusting LADA Vesta SW 2019 source YouTube channel “Lada Club BY”

We will remind, the share of the secondary market in Russia in 2020 at the end of April rose to 77%, according to statistics AutoVerCity and reports “RIA Novosti” with reference to the Agency “AUTOSTAT”.


In the US, selling Toyota Land Cruiser with “heart was” Cummins

On “Kruzak” established a powerful turbodiesel.

Photo: Toyota Land Cruiser FJ62, source: HotCars

Somebody had to change the engine in the car, know what “svap”. Sometimes tuners have resorted to replacing the motor to increase the performance of the machine, and this “Kruzak” is no exception. In USA sell Toyota Land Cruiser FJ62 1989 with “heart was” Cummins.

Turbocharged diesel engine 3.9 liters was installed in “Kruzak” in 2011, and since then the SUV drove 8,000 miles (12 874 kilometers). This novosedly mileage for 9 years, allowed the owner to put a car for sale.

Photo: Toyota Land Cruiser FJ62, source: HotCars

A couple of the engine is 5-speed box gear shift, which sets in motion all the wheels. Also on the Japanese SUV mounted two-speed “transfer case” and locking rear differential PowerTrax.

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Interior sold Toyota Land Cruiser FJ62 corresponds to its year of manufacture and looks “Spartan”. The lounge has a CD player the Toyota.

Externally, the SUV features forged steel wheels with all terrain BF Goodrich tires and a lift kit Old Man Emu. On “Kruzak” installed my bumper and winch, which gives it a harsher look.

Photo: Toyota Land Cruiser FJ62, source: HotCars

Sell this car at a price 9 $ 500 (657 thousand). Until the end of the auction there are seven days.


Toyota RAV4 on LPG after 200 000 km of mileage: a car Enthusiast has shared his ownership experience

Regular oil change and a relaxed style of riding without fear allow you to put gas in the “Japanese”.

Photo: 2013 Toyota RAV4 source: Toyota

Japanese brand in the minds of Russian drivers has long been a standard of reliability, but how realistic is it to drive a gas Toyota RAV4 200 000 km little or no investment? Such a car is shown leading the “Technical channel club service” on YouTube, which talked to the owner.

The subject of discussion was the most common in Russia version of the model – front-wheel-drive Toyota RAV4 in 40-m body with 2.0-liter engine and a CVT. Crossover, purchased in 2013, only had one owner who installed the LPG for another 22 000 km. The choice was made in favor of Italian equipment.

For all time of operation has never had to change any suspension components except struts of the rear stabilizer. To date, “Rapchik” only needs to be replaced longitudinal ragachow two bushes and one lower control arm. The rest of the car has not had a problem with suspension.

Photo: engine compartment Toyota RAV4, source: “Technical club of the service channel” on YouTube

Thanks regular replacement motor oil is 7 500-8 000 km the engine is not presented with unpleasant surprises. According to the motorist, to top up the oil between servicing Toyota RAV4 he does not have.

The driver prefers a relaxed style of ridingso CVT also showed itself as a reliable unit. 98 000 km were made by partial replacement of the transmission oil, and after 200 000 km – full replacement with a new gasket and filter.

Benefits from gas owner to call difficult, but the savings on Toyota RAV4 the money he was able to purchase 19-inch wheels and tires to make noise insulation and shading, set a new multimedia system with 10-inch display.

“Japanese” is known weak head opticsbut the motorist has corrected this deficiency by replacing the factory halogen lenses on the Bi-LED.

Photo: 2013 Toyota RAV4 source: Toyota

Though reflex area is left untouched, the light was much better. In the future, the owner plans to do the polishing headlights and stick them on the protective film.

For example, the Toyota RAV4, the ownership experience shared by the motorist, you can see that when caring for Japanese cars can’t hurt installing LPG.