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Useful information about this Romanian brand

The birth of Dacia

The Dacia car company was founded in 1966 under the name Uzina de Autoturisme Pitești (UAP). The main Dacia factory was built in 1968 in Colibași (now Mioveni), near Pitești.

Dacia bought the technology and basic design of the Renault 12. But before it went into production, it was decided to first produce the Renault 8 under licence; this was known as the Dacia 1100.From 1968 to 1972, 37,546 cars of the 1100 model were produced. Also produced in very limited numbers was the 1100S, with twin headlights and a more powerful engine, used by the police and in motor racing.

In September 1999, Dacia was bought by the Renault group to make Romania the hub of car development in Central and Eastern Europe. The first result came in 2000, with the introduction of the SupeRNova, an improved version of the Nova with engine and transmission from Renault. The top version had air conditioning, electric windows and a CD player. Sales were very good, although the ageing of the concept was noticeable. Dacia sold 53,000 vehicles in 2002, giving it a market share of almost 50 per cent in Romania.
In the following years, Dacia became known throughout Europe with successful budget models, which also sold well in the Netherlands.


Dacia database

The overviews below contain many useful service intervals and tips on the latest Dacia models. The intervals and guidelines are only an indication, there may be circumstances in which a garage may give a different recommendation.

When to replace a Dacia timing belt

The timing belt or chain is essential for (almost) any combustion engine, without it there can be no combustion. This is because the timing belt ensures that the camshaft, the crankshaft and the valves are driven by means of this belt or chain. Many Dacia's have a timing belt, which has to be replaced periodically. Below are the intervals for each model that we know about: