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This is a rather similar question to another very recent topic about the OR button but witha slightly different motive:

I am considering buying a used 140 or 170 4x4 SE Plus which won't have the Off Road button.

Is a Yeti 4x4 without the OR button useable on mild off-road dirt tracks
or is it really worth seeking out an OR button equipped Yeti? I guess the 4x4 (without OR) is
generally useful for maintaining grip on winter roads anyway.

I suspect that from the previous topic responses the answer is yes - 4x4 (without OR button) is
still really useful (other than for hard-core off-road use) but would be happy to get some more confirmations!

Thanks.
 

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The 4x4 without the OR button is perfectly useable off-road, especially on forestry or farm type tracks. Mine gets used off-road quite a lot and has never given me a problem. The same in snow and ice conditions.
 

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I've got an OR button but never need to use it, I don't off road but with my tripsI do get more than my fair share of ice and snow. A decent set of winter tyres makes all the difference.
 

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Hi I got my yeti Adventure in December 2013,no off road button, used it for the first time off road last week partly uphill on muddy forestry track. Been used to using suzuki jimmy and Nissan Terrano 4x4's so a bit apprehensive with yeti but went up track without hesitation, took photos to prove i had got to the top in case there were any doubters! Coming down however caught me by surprise as I was expecting being in 1st gear this would be sufficient braking for a controlled descent but it caught me out as soon as I set off downhill the speed picked up and some urgent braking had to take place, but as you can read I have lived to tell the tale. but now I know what to expect shall be more in control next time. So I would suggest if the "magic" buttons are available then its good to have them as an option if needed. Would appreciate any advise for downhill descent can only assume keep foot gently on he brake for the steep bits. Thanks for any help.
 

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Come on then Northwalian if we don't see photo's then it probably never happened
 

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I have never used hettie's OR button in anger for ascent purposes or mud, grass, snow driving, but have used it a couple of times for hill descent to save me having to control things. Handy to have, but not a deal breaker..
 

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Nice piccy Northwalian. I notice that you have a beard
. Do you by some chance own a dog as well?
 

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Thanks for the compliment on the photo. Not everybody with a beard has a dog I must tell you, but yes I do!
Nice to hear from you. Cheers
 

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The Hood said:
Northwalian said:
Not everybody with a beard has a dog I must tell you, but yes I do!

I wonder if Rolymo will get to read this.
Is it perhaps the other way around? - everyone who has a dog has a beard?

Or is it anyone without a beard doesn't have a dog?

Ok - off to see my Steel Grey councillor now - she definitely doesn't have a beard.
 

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Rolymo said:
The Hood said:
Northwalian said:
Not everybody with a beard has a dog I must tell you, but yes I do!

I wonder if Rolymo will get to read this.
Is it perhaps the other way around? - everyone who has a dog has a beard?

Or is it anyone without a beard doesn't have a dog?

Ok - off to see my Steel Grey councillor now - she definitely doesn't have a beard.




But does she have a dog?
 

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SnowGood said:
Rolymo said:
The Hood said:
Northwalian said:
Not everybody with a beard has a dog I must tell you, but yes I do!

I wonder if Rolymo will get to read this.
Is it perhaps the other way around? - everyone who has a dog has a beard?

Or is it anyone without a beard doesn't have a dog?

Ok - off to see my Steel Grey councillor now - she definitely doesn't have a beard.

But does she have a dog?

Yes - she has a rather fine looking Schnauzer . . . . . . . .
 

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The 170 TDi was imported into New Zealand as the Monte Carlo version without the "off road" function. I had the impression from reading this thread topic that apart from the hill descent control, judicial use of the accelerator and brakes could pretty much replicate the "off road" function. However I came across the following video on that other site whose name shall not be mentioned :


http://www.briskoda.net/forums/topic/380086-my-winter-driving-videos-yeti

If you look at the the first part of the first video, it seems to show the front wheels spinning without any apparent movement on the rear wheels until the "off road" button was activated. Why was this? Why didn't the Haldex at least provide some initial rear wheel drive? Or were the rear wheels also spinning but so fast that it looks as though they weren't moving?


The video seems to suggest that engaging the "off road" function provides a
greater degree of EDL which would appear to be key in this situation. (i.e. something that can't be replicated manually)

The issue is further complicated by the fact that snow chains can't be fitted to the front wheels on the Monte Carlo version because of clearance problems with the wider tyres. I recognise that there are zero clearance chains theoretically available to fit the wider tyres but in my opinion, and those of specialist snow chain suppliers in NZ, the zero clearance chains would not stand up to the rigours of local ski field roads. (Winter tyres are not a very good alternative as we are fortunate that day to day winter running out of the mountains is at generally greater than 10 degrees C.)

Skoda state in the Yeti manual that chains can be fitted to the rear wheels - indeed one of their brochures shows a Yeti with chains on the rear wheels. Also see first part of: Yeti in chains - Skoda Yeti.


However I'm now wondering if chains only work on the rear wheels if the "off road function" is engaged.

Although I have been very pleased with the Yeti so far, I certainly don't want to find myself stuck in a potentially dangerous situation on a ski field road this winter - or any not dissimilar situation either - because the car does not have the "off road" function. Any thoughts and / or explanations on this topic would be most appreciated.
 

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Good question, I regularly drive up a steep and very muddy track. I always use the OR button on the Monte Carlos but I have to say I've never noticed whether it helps or not uphill. It's a definate bonus downhill and makes it very sure footed. I have tried it without and all I'll say isI won't be doing it again!
 

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I have the OR button on my 140 4x4 and use it often in winter to get off the rather steep hill I live on top of, (the individual wheel braking and speed control is pretty essential when your are coming down a 1:4 section of ungritted unploughed road with dry stone walls no more than 2 foot from each side of the car)

Having had a discovery I find the Yeti system works equally as well as the Land Rover hill descent control did in fact probably better as the Yeti is half the weight of the Disco.

In saying all that if I did not live where I do then as mentioned by other's up the thread I doubt I would ever use it.

Edited by: Andy831
 
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