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  • Skoda Yeti – any good?
  • Nico
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    Anybody have any experience? I’m thinking of reliability really as I have heard both very positive and somewhat negative things. I really like the concept and I’ve heard they are good to drive. I’d go for a two year old or thereabouts.

    rickmeister
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    If your thinking bike inside type of thing, take a clean bike to a dealer and have a play.

    My mum is on here second one, some good lease deals about.

    She has had a 2wd version both times. The 1.2 engine and dsg was quite a surprise….

    cranberry
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    A surprise in a good or bad way ?

    downhilldave
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    Go on then, I’ve got a 14 plate Yeti elegance 2wd 2 litre diesel. It’s nice to drive and does what I want, nice high up driving position, comfortable, good on fuel even though it’s been chipped. If you want to put bikes in get one without the spare wheel,the floor area is level. All the seats come out making it a bigish van. Go for a drive and see if you like it. Simples 😉

    jimdubleyou
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    I’ve fancied one for a while but Mrs Dubleyou (who is the primary driver in the house) can’t stand the look of them.

    suburbanreuben
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    I’ve been tempted but from the pics I’ve seen there seems to be a lot of exposed metalwork- hinges and the like- in the boot. Is there?

    Markie
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    I got a 62 plate Greenline Elegance (2WD) in July and think it’s ace. Carpool 3 kids in it, easy to park, high driving position compared to cars, v economical. I’m happy to recommend it!

    Edited to say that I can’t think of any particularly exposed metalwork in boot – a few lashing points and the fantastic bag holding hooks are all plastic and as discrete as any, I think. That said, I put in a hatchbag boot liner the weekend I got the car which covers the whole boot and looks amazing!

    downhilldave
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    No exposed metalwork as such. Just the seat mounting rails, which you only see with the seats removed.

    Inbred456
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    I have a 4WD 2.0 Diesel 140. Feels weird now when I drive a normal car. It’s nice to sit that little bit higher up. Handles really well but has independent rear suspension because of the 4WD. 2WD has different rear set up. Nothing has gone wrong in 12K but I wouldn’t expect it to. I put bikes on yeti roof bars which are very good if not a tad high up, I’m 6ft 4″ so not a problem. If I had my time again the only thing I would change would be to get the DSG box cos I’m lazy when it comes to changing gear but the manual shift is fine. Mine has 17″ alloys and the ride is good so would be even smoother on 16’s.

    fettlin
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    Another happy owner here, 2.0 cr disl 4×4. In elegance trim is a nice functional if a little dull place to be.
    As others have said, it’s economical, good driving position, plenty of space if you take the seats out and I think it’s fun to drive! People definitely don’t expect it to handle as well as it does!

    You do need to think vertically for loading though, the boot isn’t long but it is tall. If I put my bike in then it’s both wheels off (it will fit with rear wheel still in but it’s tight!).

    Markie
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    Seconding the above, if the budget allows for a DSG then go for it.

    Reference bikes, I use a towbar mounted rack and it’s great. Mrs Markie and I are both 1.75m tall and a roof rack would be too high to be anything near easy!

    nuke
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    Love mine aside from the fact it needs all doors and tailgate respraying and its outside the 3 year paint warranty 😥

    …if you’re buying secondhand, look very very carefully for paint blisters on doors and tailgate as they’re hard to see. I clearly didn’t look as hard as i should but then i didn’t expect paint blisters on a <4 year old car. Zinc inclusions is a fun topic to research.

    Im gutted really as its a lovely car but we’re now potentially faced with a big unwanted bill

    tim2106
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    Another happy owner here, 170 4WD Elegance (manual) with 55k miles and has been completely trouble free – just regular servicing.
    Fits into family life perfectly and the seats can be configured in lots of different ways. I prefer to use a tow bar bike rack as it’s just a little too tall to feel safe lifting bikes onto the roof (I’m 6′).
    The boot takes a surprising amount of stuff and the slightly higher driving position is also nice.
    I’ve never bought the same car twice as I always want to try something new, but this is the first one where I almost certainly would buy another one.

    jamj1974
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    I like the 1.2TSI petrol engine – in my wife’s Ibiza. If it’s the same version it’s a great little motor.

    MoreCashThanDash
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    Have the 1.2 Tsi DSG in a Fabia – we started using winter tyres after the fun pulling out of side roads in the wet.

    A couple of mates have Yetis and love them, a very fussy mate had one as a hire car and loved it. But I really can’t see it offers me anything that the Octavia estate we have doesn’t do better – comfort, carrying stuff etc

    Nico
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    Thanks all. I like the look of the Yeti and they are big enough. The rust issue I’ve heard about but seems to be on some cars but not others. A friend has one that had aircon and haldex problems but both within warranty. I’d quite like a car that just needed service items for the first 100 000 miles. Do I have to buy a Honda Jazz?

    I’ve currently got a MK1 Octavia vRS which has significant ground clearance issues, so I might be over-reacting in wanting something that would be worry free where steep drives and Dorset lanes are concerned. The Octavia hasn’t had any major issues but plenty of minor expenses and currently has an infuriating misfire when cold, which nobody knows how to sort out. It’s over 100K now anyway, so due retirement.

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