Skoda Yeti (2009–2017)

What's good

5-Star NCAP Crash Safety score:
92% Adult Protection
78% Child Protection
46% Pedestrian Protection
71% Safety Assist

20-3-2013: Awarded best car for backpain sufferers by Sundial Clinics.

What to watch out for

With DSGs, protective software can delay the message from brake switch to ECU that brakes have been released, allowing car to enter a junction or roundabout on the fuel in the combustion chambers, then momentarily shut off mid-junction.

On high spec Yetis the centre rear seat appears to be fouled by the console when trying to fold it. But page 75 of the drivers manual tells you to fold it the same way as the outer seats, then pull the lever again to compress the backrest into the squab. It then locks flatter and folds up properly.

30-11-2011: Several reports of 1.2 TSI 105 DSG "shuddering" because they seem to be trying to run in 6th or 7th gear at low speeds.

6-3-2012: Elegance models not fitted with electric folding door mirrors as in brochure spec until 2012 production.

9-5-2012: Owner reported TSB on 1.2 "turbo shim recall and software update" and also a possible DSG transmission software update not notified to owners.

20-7-2012: Sporadic reports of high oil consumption of chain cam 1.8 TSI and 2.0 TSI engines.

16-10-2012: Problem of EGRs of 2.0 litre diesels intermittently clogging up, even on long runs.

21-10-2012: Hesitation of 2011MY 1.2 TSI with 7-Speed DSG can sometimes be cured by a turbo shim modification and software update to cure the problem, but Skoda only makes it it available if owners report, even if the car is on Skoda's database as being susceptible to the problem.

1-12-2012: Stalling problem of 1.2 TSI also occurs with 6 speed manuals.

20-4-2013: Hesitation glitch on 1.2 TSI 105 coded 24W6 fixed by fitting a 2mm shim under the turbo solenoid and a major software update.

25-5-2013: Another report of hesitation from 1.2 TSI 105 DSG when starting off, when emerging from juctions and when from exiting a parking space facing uphill. Possibly curable by shim under turbo solonoid and ECU software update.

26-7-2013: A/C condensers vulnerable to stone damage. Cost £500 to replace.

3-8-2013: Three reports of burned out plug leads. If burned inside out, then cause could be cheap fuel. If burned from outside in, then cause is contact with exhaust manifold.

15-9-2013: Wires for central locking, windows and mirrors can get trapped and fractures in the door shut.

9-10-2013: Complaint of a burned out clutch on a Yeti 1.2 TSI 105 after 2 years and 10,000 miles.

12-10-2013: Some a/c condensers have failed not due to stone damage but because they were made of inferior aluminium. Skoda dealers will replace these free of charge under warranty. .

21-1-2014: Waterpump failed on 2012 1.6 TDI DSG 2WD at 23,000 miles.

7-2-2014: Timing chain of 51k mile 3 year 7 month old Yeti 1.2 TSI failed. Replaced FoC under goodwill.

26-3-2014: Recurrent HT lead/coil pack failure on 2010 Yeti 1.2 TSI. One HT lead/coil pack replaced in 2012. In February 2014, two other HT lead/coil packs failed.

25-4-2014: Drivers door wiring between A pillar and door of 30k mile 60 reg Yeti 1.2 TSI failed apparently due to axcessive use of driver's door.

25-4-2014: Timing chain of 30k mile 60 reg Yeti 1.2 TSI diagnosed as stretched. Reader quoted £450 to replace,

16-5-2014: Repeated problems of DPF clogging and lack of power from 2010 Skoda Yeti 2.0 TDI 4x4.

28-5-2014: Timing chain failed on 19,000 mile 2010 Skoda Yeti 1.2 TSI originally bought from non franchised car supermarket and serviced annually by a local garage. Repair by Skoda dealer discounted to £600.

28-5-2014: Cracked clutch pressure plate on 21,000 mile 2012 Yeti 2.0 TDI, replaced without quibble under warranty.

12-6-2014: HT leads of early petrol engined Yeti were routed too close to the exhuast manifold. Requires extra thermal protection and clips, but numerous Yeti services outside Skoda dealerships missed this in service modification.

24-6-2014: Seems to be a paint problem with some 2011 Yeti models. Paint bubbling up along side protection strips. So far Skoda has offered to pay up to 75% of the rectification costs.

4-7-2014: Transmission bearing failure in 2010 Yeti 1.2 TSI 6-speed manual led to transmission rebuild being needed.

30-10-2014: Oil light of 2010 Skoda Yeti 2.0 TDI came on at 45,000 miles, despite full Skoda service history. Relayed to Dealer who drove the car for 2 days, charged £800 for an oil pump, then wanted to replace the engine. Car removed and engine replaced elsewhere.

20-12-2014: Reader with a 2 year old 40k mile 4WD Yeti suffered failure of the flexible joint between the driveshaft and the rear diff.

9-1-2015: Repeated failures of DSG box of 2014 Skoda Yeti 2.0 TDI 170 4x4. After 1st 1500 miles the box suddenly changed from 4th to 1st out on the road at 45mph, nearly causing a crash. Frst DSG replaced. Then, in November 2014 the new box suddenly changed from 6th to 3rd, again at 45mph. Owner wants a refund or a new car.

10-1-2015: Same 2010 Yeti 1.2 TSI that suffered timing chain failure in May 2014, caught fire and burned out in a service area off the M56 on Sunday 4th January. Cause yet to be established.

27-4-2015: Complaint of juddering on moving off from DSG of 2010 Yeti 1.2 TSI DSG at 62,500 miles. Dealer diagnosed needed new clutch pack at a cost of £1005 fitted. No goodwill from Skoda which regarded it as "normal wear and tear".

22-10-2015: Report of all four brake discs of 30,000 mile 3 year old Skoda Yeti disintegrating. Pads were only half worn.

27-10-2015: Crankshaft main seal leak onto DMF and clutch reported on 30k mile Skoda Yeti SE Plus TDI 110 4X4.

9-12-2015: Rattling timing chain reported on 46,000 mile 2011 Skoda Yeti 1.2 TSI.

19-12-2015: Report of noisy a/c compressor in 2 year old Yeti due to corrosion of fins of condenser and resultant loss of gas. Condenser replaced and system regassed FoC under warranty.

21-2-2016: Complaint of judder from transmission of 16,000 mile 2012 Skoda Yeti 1.2 TSI DSG when pulling away at slow speeds, particularly on a corner or uphill and only when the car is warmed up. Often feels as if the gear is too high for the speed.

22-2-2016: Intermittent fault reported with cruise control of 2013 Yeti 1.2 TSI 6-speed manual: Having selected the speed and with foot off the accelerator the car will speed up quite quickly or gradually slow down.

1-4-2016: EGR of 2009/59 Skoda Yeti 4x4 2.0 TDI 140 (CBD144185 engine) failed at 72k miles.. Total cost of replacement EGR came to £1,128.86, but then discounted by 20% to £940.72.

6-4-2016: Update from Skoda to reader concerning EA189 emissions recall. In summary an apology for delays in the modifications otherwise no dates yet. The original roll-out for the mod was March for the 140PS diesel and the only compensation offered was a wash and vacuum.

29-4-2016: Report of strange case of 2010 Skoda Yeti 1.2 TSI SE DSG, privately sold at 49,000 miles. 10 days later the engine failed. The oil was found to be black and thick and the engine too expensive to repair. The vendor had been billed for £55.16 for 'Quantum oil x 4' and an oil filters at £8.59 by a Skoda dealer as part of a service in December 2015.

5-6-2016: Complaint of driveshaft failure on 2012 Yeti 2.0 TDI 110 at 25k miles. Cost £680 to replace. Skoda would not contribute.

3-7-2016: Complaint of clutch smell from new in 2013 4WD Yeti L&K. Eventually failed in 2016 and was replaced by the dealer at a cost of £1,000. Replacement clutch also smells.

8-9-2016: Engine of new Yeti 1.2 TSI 110 bought in April 2016 went into limp-home mode on 8th August 2016 at 3,300 miles and has been with another more local Skoda dealer who has not managed to identify the problem or fix it.

24-11-2016: Metallic rattling sound reported from 2009 Skoda Yeti TDI after 65,000 mile service (not NOx remap that has yet to be done). It occurs at around 1,000 rpm (eg when changing gear) or when going over bumpy roads. Dealer told owner me it is an "internal DPF defect" and that a new DPF costing £2,500 is needed.

28-11-2016: Rattle reported from petrol engine of 2011 Skoda Yeti at 25,000 miles soon after a service. Dealer thinks it may be the timing chain.

22-12-2016: Report that Skoda did not switch from timing chain 1.2 TSI to timing belt 1.2 TSI in Yeti until week 22 of 2015. Reader's December 2014 Yeti 1.2 TSI has a chain cam engine.

27-1-2017: Report of 2012 Skoda Yeti EA189 2.0 TDI going in for NOx emissions fix then 6 weeks later developing a problem with EGR Cooler. The price of the work parts and labour was about £1100. Skoda may pay for parts but not labour.

28-1-2017: Since the DSG recall to replace synthetic oil with mineral in 7-speed dry clutch 'non maintenance' DSG, a maintenance regime of an oil change every 40,000 miles has been imposed.

6-2-2017: Report of injector failure on Skoda Yeti EA189 1.6 TDI at 45,000 miles.

12-3-2017: Complaint about Skoda Yeti 1.8 TSI 4x4 purchased new in 2011. Owner really enjoyed it then, at around 3 yrs and 50k miles, oil consumption started to increase and by 60k had dropped to 600 miles a litre. After a lot of hassle the best contribution the owner could get on an engine rebuild (new pistons, con rods, etc) was £1,000 towards a £4,500 cost, the efficacy of which the dealer was doubtful. In the end the dealer took the car back for trade price.

10-5-2017: Report of 2010 Skoda Yeti 1.8 TSI starting to drink oil at 65,000 miles.

24-5-2017: Report of clutch pack failing on ex-Motability 2014 Skoda Yeti 1.2 TSI DSG at 6,000 miles. Being replaced under used car warranty.

30-5-2017: Report that fuel economy of Yeti 2.0 TDI CR has worsened by 6.5mpg after the NOx emissions fix. Suggested a switch to superdiesel.

21-6-2017: Report of 60k mile 2011 Yeti 1.8 TSI 160 4x4 suffering slip on the timing chain. Following inspection owner told the valves have made contact with pistons and a remanufactured/exchange engine from a reputable source is the best repair route.

2-7-2017: Report of alternator belt of 2012 Skoda Yeti TDI coming off at 77,000 miles and wrapping itself around the lower timing belt pulley, taking off the timing belt and allowing valves to hit pistons. Owner quoted £4,500 to recondition the engine. Thise engine needs a new timing belt, tensioner, waterpump and a fresh alternator belt every 5 years or 60,000 miles whichever comes first.

6-7-2017: Report of timing chain slipping on 2011 Skoda Yeti at 56,000 miles. Valves hit pistons so quoted £5000 for a new engine.

11-7-2017: Report of turbo failure on 2012/62 Skoda Yeti SE 2.0 TDI DSG at 43,000 miles, costing £1820. dealer checks showed "low turbo pressure and intake flow". No leaks of blockages. Vacuum system, turbo regulator and EGR all performing correctly. Boost pressure sensor and air mass meter wortking correctly. Turbo oil feed and oil return pipes clear. Turbo simply failed.

11-7-2017: Report of oil pressure warning light intermittently coming on in 2016 Skoda Yeti TDi CR SE. No rerason found by dealer. Oil pressure sensor replaced, but fault still occurs so might be a failint oil pump; might be constriction of carbon in the turbo beating oil feed or oil return pipes.

20-7-2017: Report of Skoda Yeti 1.2 DSG (DQ200 7-speed dry clutch DSG) being diagnosed as having faulty Mechatronics.

21-7-2017: Report of stones from gravel driveways getting caught betwwen the front brake discs and backplates of a 2013 Skoda Yeti.

26-7-2017: Report of known issue (TPI 2039427/5) of snapped clutch retaining ring, worn bell housing and associated oil leaks on 2012 Skoda Yeti Elegance 4x4 bought at one year old from the approved Skoda dealer. It also has suffered a defective coms ring in the steering wheel and extensive rusting around the arches and door corners. Supplying dealer informed owner that Skoda will not offer any goodwill due to the VW group's large outlay for the emissions scandal forcing them "to conserve monies where possible."

1-8-2017: Report of timing chain failing on 2010 Skoda Yeti (1.2 TSI or 1.8 TSI?) at 34,000 miles. Car had been serviced outside Skoda dealer chain and was not serviced by a Skoda dealer until 2014/2015 so missed the 2012 TSB. Quoted £4,000 for a replacement engine.

11-8-2017: Report of twisted sunroof drains on 2012 Skoda Yeti bought from Skoda dealer in March 2017 with full service history. A week ago, owner noticed water in the drivers footwell. He took it to the dealer he bought it from and he said it was caused by twisted sunroof drains and including drying and replacing underlay it will be £900.

19-9-2017: Report of post NOx emissions fix problems with 2012 Skoda Yeti EA189 2.0 TDI. The 'Control system for exhaust' warning light came on. Owners seems to have confused 'throttle body' with 'EGR'. Being fixed under VAG's "Restoring Trust' warranty.

17-10-2017: Late report of timing chain of 2011 Skoda Yeti 1.8 TSI 4x4 failing in June 2017.

21-10-2017: Report of front brake discs of Skoda Yeti warping at 3500 miles and being replaced at 5000 miles, then replacement discs warping at 10,700 miles.

10-11-2017: Report of 4th gear symchromech of 2012 Skoda Yeti 1.6 TDI Greenline starting to 'ping' then gradually failing between years 4 and 5 and needing to be stripped down and replaced at 41,387 miles at a cost of £1950.

10-11-2017: Report of Skoda Yeti having NOx emissions fix in April 2017, then not being used until July die to health reasons. When started to used again, the emission warning light stsrted to come on occasionally, then finally reached the stage when it was staying on and the car was taken to the Skoda dealer for treatment that entailed replacement of the EGR cooler. When collected on 9-11-2017 owner found the complete history of the computer had been erased and on his run home only managed 40mpg compared to the 45-47mpg before the EGR replacement, together with less torque on hills.

4-12-2017: Report of independently fitted new timing chain failed in a Yeti 1.2 TSI because the replacement chain is wider, but wider sprockets to accurately accommodate it are, apparently "not available".

5-12-2017: Report of timing chain of 2011 Skoda Yeti 1.2 TSI failing at 34,000 miles, destroying the engine. Skoda eventually agreed to a new engine at a fitting charge of £500.

21-12-2017: Report of clutch pack failure of 2011/61 Skoda Yeti 1.2 TSI DSG DQ200 at 18,000 miles and now Mechatronics failure at 31,700 miles.

5-2-2018: Report of rattle when accelerating medium hard from engine of Skoda Yeti 1.2 TSI DSG at 7000 miles.

8-2-2018: Report of failure of both rear springs of a 2011 Skoda Yeti 4WD (rarely taken off road).

9-2-2018: Complaint of 2017 Skoda Yeti DSG "accelerating when braking at a junction. The box changes down but too much power is applied so the brakes are ineffective.

4-4-2018: Problem reported with heater of 69k mile 2012 Skoda Yeti 1.6 TDI Greenline Elegance owned from new.

2-5-2018: Complaint of post NOx emissions fix issues with a Skoda Yeti diesel in France. Original fix carried out in November 2016, so must be a 2.0 TDI because fix not ready for 1.6 TDI until December 2016. Since the fix it has been in the garage 6 times, had new temperature sensors and numerous regenerations. VAG told owner it's the way he drives: too many short journeys, etc. But he does not live in town; lives in the middle of rural France and does not do short journeys.

5-5-2018: In the 12 weeks and 3 days since purchase a used 51,738 mile Skoda Yeti bought from a Skoda dealer has been off the road back at the dealer for 17 days with broken springs on the suspension, cutting out and losing power, rust issues on the rear doors, damaged crankshaft which requires a full engine rebuild, jumping out of 5th gear. All this on a vehicle with full Skoda service history. No courtesy car either. Advised good grounds for outright rejection.

23-5-2018: Report of Yeti 1.6 TDI having NOx Emissions Fix in October 2017, then needing a new EGR in March 2018 and now needing new injectors.

30-6-2018: Report of clutch pedal of Skoda Yeti sometimes failing to rise at 58,000 miles. Owner's local garage blames failing slave cylinder in the bellhousing.

6-7-2018: Report that 2014 Skoda Yeti 1.2 TSI Elegance manual had a failed bearing and needed a new gearbox at a cost of £3600.

25-7-2018: Report of repeated injector failures on Skoda Yeti 1.6 TDI after the NOx emissions update. First one failure. Then another. Inther the consequential damage pledge, Skoda will not replace injectors in anticipation of failure; only if they fail.

25-7-2018: Report of failed bodywork warranty corrosion repairs on a Skoda Yeti. Corrosion was repaired, then rusted again.

29-7-2018: Report of problems with 2009 Skoda Yeti 2.0 TDI since having the emission recall fix in Nov 2017: Running like a bag of bones, constantly running rough and smelling of exhaust fumes, heater plug failure and EGR cooler leaking into the exhaust pipe. These problems have been diagnosed by an independent garage that specialises in Volkswagen/Skoda/Audio cars.

26-8-2018: Report of DQ200 7-speed dry clutch DSG of 2017 Skoda Yeti 1.2 TSI intermittently making a noise like a badly executed manual gearchange. This only occurs after a driving a reasonable distance with little or no gear changes usually when pulling away after stopping for a roundabout or traffic lights.

13-9-2018: Report of rumble from the gearbox of ex-Motability 2015 Skoda Yeti 1.2 TSI at 56,200 miles. Car was bought in May 2017 at 40,720 miles and owner took out a 12 month warranty. Warranty had ended by the time of the problem and Skoda dealer quoted £1200 - £1400 to fix.

26-9-2018: Report of Skoda Yeti 1.6TDI, bought used from a Skoda dealer for £12,000, that has had two new cylinder heads and engine rebuilt three times yet never does more than 100 miles before coolant getting into the combustion chambers again.

14-11-2018: Report of leaking factory fitted panoramic sunroof on 2014 Skoda Yeti. Water enters on the driver's side, down behind the bodywork and into the drivers' footwell and rear passenger footwell. This first occurred after a period of heavy snow followed by hard frost earlier in 2018.

19-11-2018: Report of failure of DQ200 7-speed dry clutch DSG transmission in 2011 Skoda Yeti 1.2 TSI at 34,000 miles. AA approved gearbox specialist diagnosed clutch pack and mechatronic faults-estimate £4.5k.

30-11-2018: Report of "suffering" for 8 years with a DQ200 7-speed dry clutch DSG in a Skoda Yeti. Owner incredulous that the transmission has not been improved or replaced and is stiill on sale.

10-12-2018: Report of 2015 Skoda Yeti (presumed 1.2 TSI DSG) with 50,000 miles but still under extended warranty "recently seeming reluctant to change gear. It feels as though it is grinding and moaning for a few seconds (as though it’s in the wrong gear) before it changes." Asks, "is this a software update fix or symptomatic of something more serious?" Referred him back to the supplying dealer.

13-1-2019: Report of two year old Skoda Yeti needing new rear brake discs at 25,000 miles due to being badly corroded and worn. Skoda dealer quoted £320.

9-2-2019: Report of failure of bearings of manual transmission of 2014/64 Skoda Yeti at 29,000 miles. Dealer quoted £4025 for an exchange transmission.

13-2-2019: Report of MoT advisory in Aucust 2018 of ‘Shock Absorber light misting of oil or has limited damping effect’ on both front ones on a 2015 Skoda Yeti purchased used from a Skoda dealer in February 2019 at 44,000 miles.

14-3-2019: Report of timing chain failure of engine of 2011 Skoda Yeti 1.8 TSI at 65,000 miles. Skoda offered £1700 off the £5300 bill for a new engine.

13-6-2019: Report of rainwater leaking into passenger footwell of 2013/63 Skoda Yeti.

13-7-2019: Small leak reported from Mechatronics of DQ250 6-speed wet clutch DSG of 2013 Skoda Yeti 1.8 TSI 4WD DSG.

31-7-2019: Report of 26,000 mile 2014 Skoda Yeti 1.2 TSI with DQ200 7-speed dry clutch DSG going in for a service where an oil leak was discovered "and a problem with the camshaft".

6-8-2019: Stiff throttle pedal and solution reported by reader in a Skoda Yeti.

11-8-2019: Report of sunroof of September 2017 Skoda Yeti, 2.0 TDI DSG auto and leaking into rear passenger footwell. After the first repair it failed and leaked again. Owner also reported that it will not tow one tonne, despite Skoda giving it a towing weight of 1 tonne and Caravan Club towing weight of 1.17 tonnes.

19-8-2019: Report of DQ200 7-speed dry clutch DSG of 2017 Skoda Yeti 1.2 TSI DSG seeming to slip up or down the gears for no apparent reason.

4-10-2019: Report of engine light of 2011 Skoda Yeti 2.0 TDI SE coming on. Diagnostics identified throttle sensor as the problem. Mechanic reset it, but problem returned after 500 miles.

29-11-2019: Report of DPF, Injectors and EGR problems with Skoda Yeti fitted with 110HP EA189 2.0 TDI engine at 117,000 miles. First DPF replaced at 50,000 miles at a cost of £1,000. NOx emissions fix carried out in 2016, but two and a half years ago so outside "rebuilding trusty" warranty for consequential issues. Engine sump is now filling upo with post-injected diesel that is not regenerating the DPF.

16-12-2019: Report of severe oil consumption of 300 miles per litre from 1.8 TSI engine in 2011 Skoda Yeti. Started using oil at 70,000 miles. Now using 1 litre in 300 miles at 85,000 miles. 3-1-2020: Report of clutch pedal sticking on 2014 Skoda Yeti 4x4 2.0 TDI at 57,000 miles. 18-1-2020: Report of DQ200 7-speed dry clutch DSG of 2016 Skoda Yeti 1. 2TSI "causing trouble going from 1st to 2nd in crawling traffic it lurches into the change. If I drive the car as a manual it's much better. Much worse when cold."

03-02-2020: P anoramic sunroof leak reported on 2014 Elegance model. Owner quoted £2.5K for new sunroof after £1300 repair failed to fix the problem. Dealer offered to discount labour costs by £3000, before eventually agreeing to buy the vehicle back for £8000.


9-5-2012: Owner reported TSB on 1.2 " turbo shim recall and software update" and also a possible DSG transmission software update not notified to owners.

21-10-2012: Hesitation of 2011 MY 1.2 TSI with 7-Speed DSG can sometimes be cured by a turbo shim modification and software update to cure the problem, but that Skoda only makes it it available if owners report, even if the car is on Skoda's database as being susceptible to the problem.

5-9-2017: Service Action 34H5 is a software update, reoutinely being carried out when VWG cars fitted with the DQ200 7-speed dry clutch DSG are in for a service. Reports on forums suggest that it improves the gearchange quality.

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