7th part of our series dedicated to second-hand French cars that can be found for less than 15,000€. We are interested here in the Dacia Lodgy on sale on the new market for 10 years (2012 – 2022) before being forced into retirement by the Jogger. We list its strong points, its weak points as well as the most common problems encountered on this 7-seater model available second-hand from €9,000.
Replaced since 2022 by the attractive Jogger, this Lodgy, halfway between minivan and MPV, was distinguished first of all by its unbeatable new price which notably made it the cheapest 7-seater on the market. It is indeed more for its habitability and its price than for its line – restyled in 2017, that we choose it!
In addition to its two real third-row seats, it boasts an impressive load volume with 827 liters at 5 and up to nearly 2,500 liters at 2. At 7, it still has more than 200 litres. Despite seats devoid of support, it enjoys good comfort thanks to its flexible damping.
If his driving pleasure proves to be unspecified, his behavior remains honest, under the supervision of an effective but rather intrusive ESC anti-step control (standard since 2014).
Remains a basic modularity and passive safety credited with only 3 EuroNCAP stars. Preferred engines: 1.2 TCe petrol 115 bhp and 1.5 dCi 110 bhp. Accessible for less than €7,000 in 5-seaters.
Reliability rating: 4 stars
Like all Dacias, the mechanical simplicity of this Lodgy guarantees very good reliability.
The most recurring problems
- All engines
- sometimes impossible to start requiring reprogramming of the central unit, sometimes carried out during the first service (recall of 7,000 Lodgy – and Dokker – in February 2013).
- 1.5 dCi 110 engine
- acceleration holes (management).
- Clutch chattering, to be replaced
- Noisy front axle (shock absorbers or cups)
- Malfunctions of air conditioning, GPS or central locking
- Back seat
- failure of the locking strikers (recall in April 2014)
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