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Whatever happened to Dacias in Canada?
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DeLorean_4



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 18, 2011 7:21 pm    Post subject: Whatever happened to Dacias in Canada? Reply with quote

Hi everyone,

I know that Dacias were sold in Canada back in the 80s, but it's almost as if they never were. Ever since high school I'd look them up in old car review books and desperately try to find them on classified ads websites. Every year or two a Lada Signet turns up, every 6 months a Samara pops up and at any given moment there's always a Niva for sale in Québec.
I'm aware of former Lada dealerships in Québec, but I can't find any info on Dacia dealerships. It's almost as if no one wants to admit they had any part in it. Perhaps I should try finding an old phone book.

I also know Dacias were notoriously unreliable and would often end up for sale, with rust spots, after only two years at about half their original price.

Does anyone in Canada drive, or at the very least own a Dacia?
What happened? I have yet to even see a recent picture of a Dacia 1300 in Canada.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2011 10:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

once,about 1989,i saw a car test in a magazine of a dacia in canada-
sold for $3600 brand new-about$395 less than the yugo sold for in the
u.s. at around the same time...
I have heard the dacia factory in romania collects up junk dacias and
keeps a junkyard of them to help supply owners of older dacias with
used parts to keep their old dacias going-you would never see the "big"
car companies doing something like that! pretty cool.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2011 3:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is the only pics I've found of one in Canada online...



I may know of one still extant today in a yard, but someone else has first dibs...
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2011 7:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I remember seeing this one on your website Smile
There are also three videos on Youtube of two different Dacias in the USA.
One of them even made it on the Romanian news :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ih9qONZ9LkU&feature=related

I've been looking for them regularly on kijiji and lespac ever since high school. So hard to find.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2011 4:48 pm    Post subject: Dacia , Reply with quote

There used to be a dealer in Calgary, they also sold the ARO 4x4 in various configurations. The ARO is now built in Brazil, and is sold in Texas. The Dacia's around Calgary have all been crushed by now, though I recall seeing one on a farm between Nanton and Longview... Alberta... very obscure Rolling Eyes While you are on the topic of obscure cars sold in Canada, lest we not forget the Italian Innocenti , it came in turbo, normal and diesel configurations, the turbos were tagged De Tomaso ( who owned the company), and were remarkable handling cars. The Daihatsu 3 cylinder motors were vulnerable to heating and vapour lock issues with the turbo/carb setup.... my new one was sold in 1989, to a rally guy in Calgary, it probably went to pick a part for disposal......? Cool Confused Confused Confused Confused Confused Confused Confused Evil or Very Mad Twisted Evil Question
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 16, 2011 10:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a Canadian Dacia brochure somewhere in my drawer of car brochures, and speaking of Innocentis, there's a super nice Red 85 DeTomaso on E-bay in Vancouver at this very moment
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 16, 2011 10:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Other-Makes-1985-Innocenti-Tomaso-Turbo-w-Euro-body-kit-_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQhashZitem1c1d3b6b2fQQitemZ120749517615QQptZUSQ5fCarsQ5fTrucks
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 16, 2011 8:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That looks like a fun little ride!
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2011 4:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Usually there's an Innocenti or two for sale each year in Québec on kijiji or LesPac. Generally, the owners are looking for top dollar.
The last one that was for sale here was in pristine condition and the guy was asking for something like 13000$.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2011 7:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

this one is in Fort MacLeod, Alberta



and this one sold last year for cheap in Lethbridge

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 30, 2011 8:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

the innocenti would be fun to have,but i'm also enjoying the dodge
dakota"little red express truck"replica beside it-looks pretty authentic,
just needs chrome steel 5-slot wheels to be closer to the 1978-79
originals!
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 30, 2011 11:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not a replica

Made from 1990-1992 the Li'l Red Express based on the Dodge Dakota. All had the 5.2L V8 engine and sold in small numbers. Dealer option produced by LER Industries of Edwardsburg, Michigan included fiberglass step sidebox, exhaust stacks and decals.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 30, 2011 12:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cool!-never seen one of those before.Around 20yrs old already,its a late
model classic in itself. Congrats on a cool ride if it is your truck.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 30, 2011 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not mine but very cool
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2012 2:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dacia sold well in Canada in the period 1980-1987.
At one time they were used as police cars in Canada in certain areas.
Dacia cars made ​​for export to Canada and especially enjoyed superior quality. Export cars to Canada were well tested and used parts often very good French and German.
In the '85 my family bought a car for export as Canada. The Dacia 1410 was 5SPEEDS GTL. It was a saloon at that time still had incorportat system that Volvo later called SIPS.
It had a 1397cc engine, 5-speed and work very well. The car was originally made ​​for police stakeout in Canada but for some reason remained in Romania where my father managed to buy new from the factory. It was more expensive but worth the money. I used the car 9 years and was finally sold for the price that it cost us. The body was treated corrosion is introduced in zinc bath.
Sorry I do not have a picture of it. was dclarat with 65HP engine but the stakeout had 84.5HP and desvoltau 110MPH (180km / h).
In my opinion these models were the most successful in the socialist camp.
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