Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Skoda Yeti estate?
All engines can suffer from high oil consumption, so if you find that the level is low, it could mean that the previous owner has driven the vehicle without enough oil in the engine. This can result in excessive engine wear; so walk away if the stick is below minimum.
High oil level
During the DPF regeneration process, extra fuel is sometimes injected into the exhaust stream to increase the exhaust temperature. Frequent regeneration attempts can result in fuel getting into the sump of the engine and contaminating the oil, raising the oil level gradually over time. Be suspicious if the dipstick is above maximum.
This fault can affect Yetis with a 2.0-litre diesel engine that were built between 1 January 2009 and 15 December 2011; the high-pressure fuel line can crack over time and leak fuel into the engine bay. The fix, carried out as a recall, was to fit anti-vibration balance weights to the pipes.
Another recall concerned vehicles equipped with side airbags; metal fragments from the gas generator could enter the interior and cause injury in the event of a collision where the airbag deploys. This affects models produced between 15 January 2015 and 28 January 2015, so check with your Skoda dealer for more information.
Seat belt pre-tensioner
Parts from the seat belt pre-tensioner can be dislodged in a collision and cause injury to occupants on some models manufactured between 1 May 2016 and 31 October 2016. Contact your Skoda dealer to make sure any recall work has been completed if you think this applies to your car.