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Can anyone tell me if the off road button is of any use, we are getting it fitted as an option on our new Yeti (It was thrown in free so didnt pay for it) but we thought it may be useful as we live out in the sticks in a very hilly area and thought it may come in useful in bad weather and for navigating muddy tracks and fields. Just wondered what peoples experience of the off road button is.
 

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The Off Road button increases the sensitivity of the 4 wheel drive set up. As it is costing you nothing, and is only a minimal extra anyway, I would say it is a good thing. It may just be a peace of mind thing but I used it on a number of occasions during one very bad winter over certain stretches and it never failed me. Equally the standard 4wd may have got me through everything anyway but every little helps. Basically it is only good, nothing bad.
 

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Hi Pleaty
We have it on our Yeti, I think it's useful and my wife does too.
What we have noticed is when activated it slows down the throttle response, so you don't spin the tyres on initial acceleration, and the hill descent assist feature is activated when the vehicle is angled down at 10 degrees or more, I think.
We have used the hill descent assist on a number of times, once on a very steep slippery mud track.
When it kicks in the "offroad" icon on the dash flashes and the ABS and brakes operate each wheel independently to stop the car going too fast, or getting away from you as it were, you just steer.
There is possibly other stuff but I haven't explored that yet.
Good luck with your new car, Rob.
 

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Don't forget when you do Hill Descent it simply switches off without warning when the decline levels out. That caught me out big time the first I used it. I hovered my foot over the brake towards the bottom of hills after that experience!
 

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Is it useful in the snow and ice? as it was for this reason we got it, we only live about 8 miles outside Newcastle but last year in the snow and ice we got stuck on a couple of the steep hills that are our only way home from work, we also park our car down a small lane behind our house which is never cleared (exept with shovels) and last year was about 40cm deep in packed snow and ice which was very interesting to navigate in my VW Polo.
 

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Living up in the hills in Yorkshire was one reason for getting the 4x4 Yeti. It arrived just before the winter and never put a wheel wrong in the snow. The main roads were generally cleared but on the side roads I engaged the off road button and drove carefully and had no problems but did chose my route to and from work to avoid any of the really bad snow.
We live at the bottom of a hillside cul-de-sac which is only cleared by the residents and there was only one day when I couldn't get out, primarily because the road our cul-de-sac leads onto was blocked bydeep snow drifts both ways. Some of the drifts were obscuring parked cars which would have made it more difficult to get about.

If it's being fitted to the car for free then it's worth it.

Keith
 

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Great in the snow and ice. I live in Morpeth and they don't touch my estate with gritters or ploughs. As soon as I hit the estate I would press the off road button and made it home faultlessly whilst other cars would be parked up, skidding around or just simply sat with wheels spinning. Think the winter 3 years ago and two years ago, very bad up here as you will remember, and the Yeti was brilliant.

During that first bad winter it was only me, a few Freelanders and some Nissan X-Trails on the A1 north of Morpeth for the first couple of days. From day 3 onwards other cars tried to get back to work, failed regularly blocking the A1 but I was able to go on the back roads, up hills, passing cars with spinning wheels and did not have a single dodgy moment.

Equally, my son played rugby for a spell meaning a number of "field" car parks that became muddy and dodgy. When some cars needed towing or pushing to get moving the Yeti, with Off Road button pushed just in case, just moved over the ground with no fuss.

Have no fears with this car. It may not be a Land Rover but it will do what you want it to do.
 

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May try it this year just with the normal tyres and see how we go and if we have any problems invest in a set of winter tyres next year.
 

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We also got a big discount on the Amundson + Sat Nav/DAB radio but as we are only getting the S spec, will all the features work without the steering wheel controls, I presume bluetooth connectivity for phonecalls will not work as we have not got phone preperation but I am not that bothered about that anyway
 

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If you are inexperienced in the use of 4x4 on and off road then the OR button is a good idea, but please, please, please read up about it first and try using it as well. The Handbook is quite good on it's use.
And please remember that it doesn't matter how many aids there are, gravity is the greatest force when going downhill.
 

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Llanigraham makes a great point that we should have made earlier. The off road button and the 4wd work brilliantly but only when driven carefully. Drive it like a teenager in a BMW and all the gadgets in the world wont help. Even in my Yeti I drove over snow and ice like an aged nun.

I am sure this is obvious to you but in case someone else reads this thread and feels indestructible it is a point worth mentioning.
 

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What, like the BMW 4x4 I pulled out of a hedge the other winter?

The owner was ranting and raving about how he was going to sue BMW because he skidded off the road at about 40mph!! There was 6" of snow on top of ice, FFS, and he didn't slow down!!

He was really urinated off when I pulled him out with the Yeti on normal tyres!!
 

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@Llanigraham:
Lucky you, since he apparently didn't bite you. Those BMWster guys are allways a bit special. They think the price of the double-you-thing includes immortality. 'Gott mit Uns' so to say. Very sad. I'm in the legal business and do a lot of traffic accidents. Seems to mein lots of the stupid cases a BMW driver is in fault (specialists in running over motorbikers in left turn cases too: "didn't see te bike, he came too fast..." - you HAVE mirrors, stupid!!!). The max I ever encountered was last winter in the Ardennes forest: a BMW had slipped into the ditch and I stopped to help; he REFUSED; can you imagine? Rather phone up the BMW garage in FLORENVILLE (40 kms ahead) than be pulled out by a... SKODA. First I was a bit angry, but after a while it made me roll over from laughter.
 

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I've seen 2 BMWs stuck in snow. The first one was stuck at a junction just spinning his rear wheels and blocking the road I wanted to turn into. He managed to reverse enough to let me through then moved forward to spin his wheels again.
Last winter when the road at the top of our cul-de-sac was inches deep in snow I was following a 4x4 truck when the road was blocked by an X5 attempting to reverse out of a drive and failing miserably to get any grip as all 4 wheels were spinning. Eventually they managed to reverse into the road and drove down the road backwards until they could find an entry to turn round.

Think I'll stick with the Yeti.

Keith
 

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I presume the reason even the 4x4 BMW's don't get any traction is something to do with the massive look at me wheels.
 

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And the owners think that max revs in first gear is the only way to go............................
 

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It is funny in the snow to see the BMW drivers spinning around like an angry fish when their 'ultimate driving machine' can't seem to drive through 2cm of snow, until they block your path that is.
 

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Pleaty said:
It is funny in the snow to see the BMW drivers spinning around like an angry fish when their 'ultimate driving machine' can't seem to drive through 2cm of snow, until they block your path that is.
Rear wheel drive and fat summer tyres on the saloons in snow makes them less than theultimate driving machines!
 
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