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Hi to all forum members!

First I just wanted to say a big thanks to everyone who posted useful information in the past. I've been lurking here for a few weeks and many posts have been really valuable.

Collected my Yeti S Greenline just under 2 weeks ago. Unfortunately ownership so far has been frustrating due a series of small problems. It's a long and boring story - but in summary :-

Windscreen chip and radiating cracks before even getting home after collection - not there when we first saw and test drove it. No obvious cause but apparently not there in the previous days when the car was MOT'ed and AA inspected. A mystery! Needed full replacement and insurance was not happy with a claim on the first day, but finally agreed. Took a week and 2 visits by the fitters to get it done.

Then on the first proper drive including a stretch of dual carriageway (none near us!) - horrible vibration between 65 and 70. Needed balancing of all 4 wheels. None good but rear pair were way out - opinion was the weights were much older than the tyres. We have to assume previous owner was driving it like that for some time!

After driving 200 yards after the balancing a warning light appeared on the dash. Turned out to be a bulb failure warning for nearside DRL. Investigated myself but could not reach/see/feel bulb fitting - I wasn't confident enough to attempt it. Took it back to dealer and their mechanic removed headlight, various other bits and most of front bodywork (eek!). Bulb was identified but not available and ordered from nearest VAG dealer - we waited 4 hours until told the delivery driver had been sent in the opposite direction and would be another hour or two. Car was reassembled without the bulb. Sadly all this resulted in some minor damage to previously perfect paintwork around the headlight (not happy!). I collected the bulb next day and the Yeti is booked in next week to a more local garage for fitting. I must say the cost and difficulty of fitting a simple small bulb is completely ridiculous, a common issue with many modern cars I believe!

So not a good start! Shame because otherwise I like the Yeti a lot - sensible size, feels comfortable and drives well on our rural roads. Big contrast to experience with the CityGo we bought for my partner last October - less than half the cost of the Yeti, but no trouble whatsoever and a lovely little car. I've driven it quite lot myself and so impressed that it put another Skoda to the top of my "wish list". The most tricky thing was finding any decent, moderate mileage Yeti at sensible price for my fairly limited budget. They are a popular model in this area, but very few for sale!
 

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Hi GardenerGeoff welcome to the forum. Did you buy the Yeti from a Skoda dealer? The drl should have been replaceable without removing the headlight, the indicator is a different matter.
You have not had an ideal start with your Yeti lets hope it is all behind you now. If you bought from a dealer he is responsible for any fault present or developing at the time of sale for six months, that is written into consumer law.

Good to hear you were able to make use of posts on the forum, unfortunately due to a recent forum update quite a few things are now harder or not possible to find. Fingers crossed the owners can put things right, but so far they are painfully slow at recovering things.
 

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Welcome to the forum Geoff :)

Any questions just ask and we'll try and help out further.
 

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Did you buy the Yeti from a Skoda dealer? The drl should have been replaceable without removing the headlight, the indicator is a different matter.
You have not had an ideal start with your Yeti lets hope it is all behind you now. If you bought from a dealer he is responsible for any fault present or developing at the time of sale for six months, that is written into consumer law.
No, not a Skoda dealer, just a medium sized dealer mostly selling fairly late model used cars. They appear to have a reasonable reputation (at least comparatively!). To be fair, the salesman has tried pretty hard to resolve the issues. He has reimbursed my costs without any argument and it seems we have just had a bit of bad luck causing inconvenience for both me and them. They would also fit the DRL bulb but their in-house mechanic is very busy and booked up, so I decided it would be easier to get it done locally as it saves another 70 mile round trip.

Our nearest Skoda dealer is a bit harder to get to and reputed to be rather expensive. However, I think you are right - someone who knows the unit well could probably fit the bulb in-situ. I think it's quite tricky otherwise as it is hard to see what is going on down there! Our local mechanic is pretty good and we know him well, so we will see how he gets on (fingers crossed).

BTW - up to 5 years ago we lived in your part of the world, just outside Reading - very different to here in Wales!
 

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S'mae a chroeso.

The DRL bulb is fairly rare so I can understand them not having them in stock, however they are changeable without dismantling the front of the car, and plenty of us have done it. Small hands are a help.

Up until recently I have used Sinclair Skoda in Penllergaer and yes they do charge dealer prices but I have always found them very fair. I have to make a 2 hour, 80 mile journey to get to them, passing your village on the way, and if wasn't for the fact that Skoda don't produce a suitable hybrid I would have continued using them. I also know people from Brecon who prefer going there than down to Cardiff or Newport for their servicing, because they have such a good reputation.

If you fancy going west to the coast I can also recommend Forge Motors just outside Aberaeron. I urgently needed something doing to my Yeti recently and Sinclair's couldn't fit me in, so went there and they were excellent (and cheaper). They are VAG specialists and know what they are doing. They have a very good reputation in the area.
 

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BTW - up to 5 years ago we lived in your part of the world, just outside Reading - very different to here in Wales!
With the volume of recent building the towns are all joining up and traffic level are getting pretty evil. I moved here from London and enjoyed the slower pace and lower traffic volumes, I think it has probably caught up with what I moved away from.
 

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@Llanigraham - Diolch yn fawr iawn !

That's interesting feedback about Sinclair and good to know. I've never delt with them personally, but I've recently been watching their website for used Yetis but didn't see anything at the time in my budget. Our CityGo was serviced there by the previous owner and runs sweetly. Where possible we use our local mechanic because he is just down the road and a really nice bloke. But sometimes he is over-booked or dealer facilities are needed. I've only seen mentions of Forge Motors so that is also good to know.


With the volume of recent building the towns are all joining up and traffic level are getting pretty evil. I moved here from London and enjoyed the slower pace and lower traffic volumes, I think it has probably caught up with what I moved away from.
Yup - exactly! Always lived in the Thames Valley, the last 35 years near Reading. It used to be a very good place, a nice mix of town and country. Eventually got too busy and over-developed for me so when right time came moved to this lovely quiet part of Wales. Still visit Berkshire fairly often though.
 

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Hi Geoff welcome to the forum.
 

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Update :-

Finally got the last of the post-purchase niggles sorted out earlier this week. Time consuming and annoying for a car at this price, but none of the issues serious. So fingers crossed for no more unexpected problems!

New official spare wheel kit also now fitted - expensive but makes me feel better. A side bonus is that I personally prefer having the floor level nearer to the boot lip.

So at last I've had a chance for a proper drive rather than just up and down to the car dealer or local garage. It's a trip we do quite often, about 200 miles each way. On this occasion with an overnight stop rather than "turn-and-burn" so a fairly easy run. Glad to say the Yeti behaved very well and drove nicely on all road types. Outward run gave an indicated 52.5 mpg while the drive back home showed 59.8 mpg - all at close to the respective speed limits. No complaints with that!

The above decent performance leads to another newbie question - the dreaded EA189 fix! Sorry, I know this has been done to death and already read lots of posts about it. Checked the VIN on the Škoda website and it does appear to have been done on my car, probably by the first owner which was a company. The 2nd owner (previous to me) was known to the dealer I bought it from and did about 12,000 mls over the last year, with a service done at a non-Škoda garage. So considering it appears to be running fine, should I think about a "fix rollback" or leave well alone? I've seen different opinions specific to the fix on the Greenline 1.6 TDI engine, which is a bit confusing. I tend to keep my vehicles for a good while, so would rather avoid expensive repairs down the line if possible.
 

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Hi Geoff,
Like the update. Thanks.
You’re probably out of the two year post-fix extra warranty period now, for the components affected by the Fix. So I’d be tempted to at least consider a rollback to original, or remap overwrite.
Also consider I’m a vocal anti-Fix protagonist in the first place though. So I’m biased. ;)
 

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Thanks Flintstone. I don't mind biased opinions if based on good reasoning :geek:

Yes, I've assumed it is now out of any special Škoda warranty. Some kind of reversal is certainly on the agenda. Comments about the Greenline 1.6 Fix appear to range from disastrous to not so bad and less dramatic than the 2L. Therefore interested in further comments and information, perhaps including where to get it done?

BTW: my past experiences with diesels have always been excellent. Even though I was partly aware of "dieselgate" issues, another diesel was still a prerequisite.
 

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I can't comment on the 1.6 as I have a 2lt, but this is my experience.
My Yeti had 1 previous owner from new. When first bought they were averaging 8-10,000 miles a year, so all good.
A sad change of circumstance meant that she was only driving the car 1,000 to 1,500 miles a year, obviously not good for the engine, and she was persuaded to change to a small petrol car. I'd wanted a Yeti for years ( first saw one taking my Octavia for a service back in 2009) saw this one and contacted the, very helpful, dealer. Family company, but as 1 of their branches was a Seat franchise they were able to retrieve the full service record. They declared the fix had been done, all previous servicing was at the Skoda dealer the car was bought from and oil was changed every 10,000 miles, or yearly, whichever came first.
I went for it, aware of the risks, but thinking a reversal of the fix would be enough. I was wrong.
180 miles from home, but only 30 from my parents, engine light on and into limp mode. Having owned 2cv's I was used to driving with so little power, but I wasn't happy. Code reader attached and a buggered EGR valve was found. On the 2.0lt 4x4 the EGR valve is a beast to get to resulting in a 9 hour job for a £100 component, more expense than I could justify.
Searched through the paperwork and found the 2 year extra warranty with 3 months still to run.
Wrong, the letter was sent 6 months after the fix was done, and Skoda weren't budging.
Went to my local trusted garage, who told me that apart from Labour rates it would be the same everywhere, but there was an alternative.
Computer wizardry ensued and the EGR was "deleted" fix got rid of (again) and gentle nudge to the mapping. All in a quarter of the price of EGR replacement.
A year, 13,000 miles and an MOT later all is good and running beautifully.
It's your choice, and if left fixed and something does happen, it is recoverable at a price, so good luck, the car is an absolute blinder so never give up.
 

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As mentioned by Flintstone, if the two year period has passed it is worth thinking about a roll back. The fix makes some components work harder and more frequently combined with a lower burn temperature which can increase wear and soot/clogging. The release of the fix is a few years ago, so now there are probably a lot of Yeti's being sold as the two year post fix period expires. There will be a number of vehicles that get through without any problems but they will probably be high mileage, long journey vehicles that get good and hot.
Several years ago a family member who lives in cornwall had their Seat "fixed", whilst they were in Wales the egr failed. The VAG dealer they went to told them to join the AA, as Wales had "run out" of egr's and they may have to be trailered back to Cornwall. Which gives an idea of how many failed.
 
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