Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Skoda Yeti estate?
The Yeti's always scored well in our reliability surveys, but that’s not to say there haven’t been problems. In fact, quite a number of non-engine electrical issues were reported, but these cars remained driveable and the work was carried out under warranty. Some owners have complained of other faults, though, including an issue with the immobiliser that left them stranded. Check out the below too.
Diesel particulate filter (DPF)
All diesel Yetis have a DPF fitted, which requires regular prolonged, higher-speed journeys in order to burn off the soot it collects. To reduce the risk of buying a Yeti with a clogged DPF, check how the previous owner has used the car and make sure the engine oil used is of the low ash variety.
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.