Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Dacia Sandero hatchback?
As mentioned earlier, entry-level Access models don’t come with a radio, but they don’t even have speakers fitted at the factory, so when you do need to fit a radio, you will need to budget for a sound system as well. Otherwise you will have the head unit, but nothing to play your tunes through. Most Sanderos will have had them fitted by the previous owner, but it is worth thinking about this if you’re looking at one of these examples.
The plastics used inside the Sandero are rather cheap feeling, but they are, at the very least, tough. Still, they can scratch easily, so check the bottoms of doors for marks, the cover around the steering column where the ignition key goes and door pulls where rings may have scored the surface.
Other potential problems with the DPF-equipped cars come if they have been shut off part-way through regeneration. The result is contamination of the oil system with fuel, which leads to the oil level rising gradually over time. This can cause damage to the engine, if it hasn’t already, so it’s worth getting the car checked out.
Is a used Dacia Sandero hatchback reliable?
Considering the Sandero uses lots of existing bits and pieces that had been used on older Renault models, you would hope that Dacia had sorted out any potential issues. Sadly not, since the Sandero came in last place out of 23 cars surveyed in its class – perversely putting it behind the regular Renault Clio (of which it is a more modern design). Rivals such as the Ford Fiesta and Skoda Fabia also did better.