If today the appearance of Dacia has changed, especially the upper market of new models, the brand remains known for the accessibility, reliability and durability of its models. But then how does a Romanian brand allow this work, in a world where everything is becoming almost obsolete very quickly?
The answer can be found at the Titu Technical Center in Romania, in two laboratories where the quality and resistance of the internal and external components of all models are tested.
1,172,000 kilometers on Dacia Logan MCV? Very simple
If before, it was good to criticize the design of Dacia – a difficult thing to do today since the new models are modern – we could not allow ourselves to judge the durability and reliability of these cars, compared to its partner Renault. …
Proof of this driver, not alone in this case moreover, who is approaching 1,200,000 kilometers with his Logan MCV! This Algerian taxi driver can take pride in delivering his customers in a well-maintained vehicle that never seems ready to give up.
Regular maintenance of your car, with used parts to reduce costs
The secret of this success obviously lies in regular car maintenance. We won’t repeat it enough but we prefer the small costs required from time to time, to avoid having to break your PEL with an engine failure that could doom your car.
True to form, this taxi driver had already bought his first Logan MCV which he had kept for 5 years and had traveled 700,000 km. Like what, this is not a stroke of luck or a simple question of maintenance, but real quality from a Romanian manufacturer. In addition, on his second Logan MCV, the latter admits that the engine is still original. Obviously, some mechanical parts gave up the ghost earlier. French and French motorists, if this happens to you, don’t worry, there is a solution.
In order not to replace your Dacia as soon as minor damage occurs and save money on replacement parts, choose used car parts. Tested by experts in the field, these used parts are reliable and often half the price of new. Be careful though, these are best for replacing secondary car parts.
A desire for sustainability written in the genes of the Dacia brand
In Dacia, this characteristic is not accidental. The brand attaches great importance to the reliability and longevity of these materials. At Titu’s technical center, northwest of Bucharest, Romania, engineers test the quality and resistance of the materials of all models. Their way of anticipating the deterioration of parts over time? Accelerated aging.
In two laboratories, engineers simulate different uses and weather conditions that drivers may encounter throughout their lives. With this accelerated aging method, possible thanks to the many tools that allow it, in a few weeks, years of life are stimulated under these different climatic conditions.
Plastic parts are subjected to a test of more than 3,000 hours under the sun at +100 degrees but also in extreme cold (-40 °), to test their resistance in all environments. Regarding the wear and tear of the passenger compartment, which can be damaged by friction, loads and so on, one test consists of using a metal screw and following plastic. Scratches must remain superficial and not change the properties of the plastic. Finally, a stretching machine is used to stretch the plastic to test its breaking strength. Only materials that pass all these tests are accepted.
In the second laboratory, it is mainly metal that is tested. Both the functional parts of the body (hood, tailgate, doors) and mechanical parts (drums, brake discs), everything is subjected to corrosion in extreme conditions where temperature, humidity and air composition vary. The corrosion is then analyzed using an effective estimating tool.
Another process was tried, cut. As its name suggests, this involves throwing gravel at a piece of metal to judge the damage caused by the body’s work. As you will have understood, nothing is left to chance, everything is carefully analyzed to ensure an exemplary and important level of reliability to enable all Dacia customers to aim for a million kilometers, regardless of model range.
The durability of Dacias allows Renault to export these models to markets where the road infrastructure does not meet European standards, such as Iran where, before the sanctions, the Logan was sold under the name Tondar 90.