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Hi,
I'm considering buying a Yeti, and there is an opportunity for a 2013 Yeti 1.4 TSi petrol at £2500. The car has 141 000 miles so a bit high, and I was therefore wondering whether this is a good opportunity or if I should avoid such high mileage Yetis? What are the important questions I should ask the seller about such a Yeti with high mileage?
Thank you for your help. This would be my first car in UK (recently moved in from Europe) so your help will be really precious to me.
Have a good day

Marc
 

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Hi Marc and welcome to this excellent forum, bursting with help and advice.
Someone in the know will be along soon to help.
 
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I found the advert you are referring to.
The car looks alright in the photos. It passed the MoT test with no advisories in July. No mention of a service history. Timing chain / tensioner issues are not uncommon on that engine.

Ask the dealer if there is any history with the car, and if the timing chain is quiet on a cold start.
The MoT history says that the engine light was on during the MoT test. Ask him if he knows what was done to turn it off for the re-test.

(The MoT history of any car registered in the UK can be checked on a government website. Click here.)

Whatever the answers are to those questions, though, it still looks like a very keen price even if it had a noisy timing chain and no service history.
Someone will buy it soon ... I'd be surprised if it is still for sale this time next week, unless it is an absolute stinker in the flesh.
 

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So I bought it! Car drives and runs very well, and no sun roof ^^. Car starts instantly, both when cold and when hot. Gearbox and clutch very smooth, no problem at all to pass all of the 6 gears. No noise from the timing chain. Only issue is this engine light already mentioned in the MOT from July, which is still on. We run the test with the seller (he has the little computer case that you can connect to the car, I don't know how it's called in english, we call this a "valise électronique" in French) and engine orange light is related to a default on the G28 speed sensor. I checked online and this sensor usually comes along with starting issue and/or loss of power issues, which I didn't experience at all while testing the car both cold and hot during 1h30 with the seller. So I decided to go for it, plus this sensor is cheap to replace, and it might no even be that given that this engine light sometimes went off, and sometimes went back on while I was driving (so maybe just a chaffed wire?). Given the low price I paid I have decided that I'll invest some money into a complete revision with my local garage and ask them to check for this. I hope I made the right decision, we'll see soon.
Thanks again for your advice.
 

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The little computer has a few names over here.
Fault code reader, DTC reader, and OBD or OBD2 scanner are the common ones (OBD stands for on-board diagnostics, DTC stands for diagnostic trouble code).

If I am correct, then the G28 sensor is the crankshaft speed sensor, and it is bolted to the gearbox end of the engine block.
There are a few different reasons why it can raise a fault code.

If I were you, I would take it to an independent VW specialist rather than a generic local garage.
The 1.4 engine was common across smaller cars of the VW brands, so they will probably have seen your problem before, and should be able to fix it first time.

Anyway, it certainly looks like a cheap car.
I hope the fault can be fixed quickly and cheaply 👍
 

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Thanks for translation :).
You're correct, G28 is the crankshaft speed sensor.
The local garage where I thought to bring the the car is actually an independent VW/Audi specialist, so sounds like a great fit then.
Does it happen that often that such an engine light error actually causes nothing noticeable by the driver? Is it safe to drive the car or should I bring it to the garage asap?

That's my hope too. I'll keep you updated.
 

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The local garage where I thought to bring the the car is actually an independent VW/Audi specialist, so sounds like a great fit then.
Excellent.

Does it happen that often that such an engine light error actually causes nothing noticeable by the driver? Is it safe to drive the car or should I bring it to the garage asap?
It really depends what the problem is. Sometimes they run fine with the light on, sometimes they go into a mode with reduced power, sometimes they just stop or won't start.

It isn't a safety issue in itself, not like a problem with the brakes or steering would be a safety issue, but I wouldn't want an engine to stop if I was on the motorway.
That could be a safety issue.

Maybe you already know ... if the engine stops when you are still moving, you will probably automatically put your foot on the clutch (it has a manual gearbox, right?) ... then it will take much more force on the brake pedal to stop the car.
The brakes will work fine, but you will need to push much harder than usual on the brake pedal.
 

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Yes manual gearbox. Yeah I already knew but always good to get a reminder on those important reflexes to have if this happens. But I'm touching wood ah. And actually no urgent need to use the car so it will go to the garage for a complete check up if they have availabilities soon.
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Thinking about it, some cars have a system that allow the brake pedal to remain as normal, even if the engine stops.

But I don't know if a petrol Yeti has this feature.
Hopefully you never have to find out!
Perhaps somebody can advise.
 

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Thinking about it, some cars have a system that allow the brake pedal to remain as normal, even if the engine stops.
Most, if not all, cars have a non-return valve in the vacuum line to the servo so will allow a few assisted brake operations after the engine stops.
 
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