Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Brent asks: Do you know anything about the South American Renault Oroch? We live in Uruguay and are unfamiliar with this brand, but they are popular and parts are readily available which means for us it deserves consideration for a new car purchase. Any help or advice is certainly appreciated.
My reply: If my goldfish-like memory serves, Renault hasn’t sold cars in the U.S. since the early ’90s, so – per Elvis – it’s been a long time, baby. The only Renault I’ve personally driven was an old Fuego. I recall it being a little weird – as Saabs are weird – with some funky positioning of controls and some unusual-looking styling.
The Oroch – also known as Duster – looks neat. It is a lot like the pending 2022 Ford Maverick in being a car-based light-duty pickup-ish thing.
It is apparently related to a Nissan model called the Terrano (also not sold in the U.S.) that is related to the last-generation Pathfinder (which is/was sold in the U.S.).
I wish I could tell you more from direct personal experience about the Oroch/Duster’s mechanicals, which appear to be Renault-sourced. Your best bet in this regard is some due diligence. Check out what people who already own one of these things say about them. Do they like them? Any issues with them? What is the depreciation like on them? Things like that. If it all checks out ok, then it is probably ok to buy one.
They do look fun!
. . .
Got a question about cars, Libertarian politics – or anything else? Click on the “ask Eric” link and send ’em in!
If you like what you’ve found here please consider supporting EPautos.
PS: Get an EPautos magnet or sticker or coaster in return for a $20 or more one-time donation or a $10 or more monthly recurring donation. (Please be sure to tell us you want a magnet or sticker or coaster – and also, provide an address, so we know where to mail the thing!)
My eBook about car buying (new and used) is also available for your favorite price – free! Click here. If that fails, email me at EPeters952@yahoo.com and I will send you a copy directly!