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Old 4th January 2011, 13:01   #16
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Congratulations GloryManUnited , wonderful car and terrific analysis to come to its conclusion. Wish you many many happy miles on your new possession.

What were the accessories you added from the dealership and what were the final costs? Another advantage Yeti holds over C+ segment cars are its proportions which are perfectly compact for narrow city roads without compromising on comfort and hence can be taken just anywhere. The colour looks unique too, you seem to be among the first owners of red Yeti.
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Thats an awesome teaser pic there. It looks mind blowing in red. Congratulations on your new purchase. I too had a feel of the car about a week ago. And was quite impressed. Only found the seat width at the rear to be a bit cramped. Only thing which is stopping me from laying the money down is the a.s.s stories and higher skoda maintainence costs. Am keeping a close watch on a few yeti threads to judge the service experience and costs involved. I wish skoda had some plan like bmw and chevy in which we can make a one shot payment for service costs for a particular time frame. All the best with the babe in red. Drive safe.
Have you heard about Skoda-shield? I am not sure what the BMW plan offers but the Skoda-shield gives you a 4 year warranty and complete peace of mind. Thanks for the wishes. This goes out to all others who have sent across their best wishes. I am hoping to do the real 'photo-shoot' sometime today
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... Only thing which is stopping me from laying the money down is the a.s.s stories and higher skoda maintainence costs. Am keeping a close watch on a few yeti threads to judge the service experience and costs involved. I wish skoda had some plan like bmw and chevy in which we can make a one shot payment for service costs for a particular time frame. All the best with the babe in red. Drive safe.
The operational cost of a vehicle occurs on the following counts:

1. FE
2. Service life of various components
3. The frequency of visits to dealers
4. Malfunction of parts
5. Accident repairs

If one was to analyse each of these components, I find that:

1. Yeti returns perhaps highest FE of any SUV. In fact it beats most Sedans in FE. Coupled with cheaper diesel, as it takes standard diesel (not premium), the expense on account of fuel itself is nearly 50% less than other vehicles. Even when I compre with Jazz the potential savings on this count is of the order Rs 2.0 per kilometer. Therefore one would save Rs 30,000 between two services.

2. A visit to service station nearly always costs money, because the vendor attempts to make money, not only on labour, oil and parts, but also attempts to push all kinds products.

The visits for service are 15,000 km as opposed to 5,000 km for other cars. One would save at least Rs 10,000 (on account of skipping two services in any other comparable car) between the services.

Total savings between the services would therefore be at least Rs 40,000. I don't see how the maintenance/service cost could exceed this amount. If that is the case, then the service and maintenance is virtually free.

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3. Service life of various components (as per the sevice schedule in the manual) is surprisingly huge. Virtually no component is due for change in the first 60,000 km. Minor components require change over 1,00,000 km.

Having perused the Yeti manual, I feel that maintenance costs are going to be pretty reasonable. Yeti is required to visit the showroom only once a year or 15,000 km. The oil change interval is also 15,000 km as per the manual. (Although some BHPians have advised a more frequent oil change.)

4. Malfunction of parts (whcih could be exhorbitant) is another cause for concern. However these are covered under Skoda Shield for four years/1,00,000 km.

5. Accidental repairs are taken care of by Skoda Assure which is basically a zero depreciation insurance.

So there should be no nasty surprises (at least in theory) on count replacement/repairs of parts.

Considering the above Yeti appears like VFM for ownership experience.

Owners of Laura who have opted for these options could perhaps add their experience and expectations to make the picture more clear.
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Very Good ride you got yourself buddy. The red on Yeti looks stunning. Do post more n more pics of interiors and exteriors.

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Congratulations!!

more pics!! looks AWESOME in red! IMO Yeti is the most promising in the Skoda stables! looking forward to updates on the yeti experience.
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Wonderful pictures there GloryManUnited, your car is supposedly the first red Yeti in Bangalore.

I test drove the Yeti today and the best thing I liked in it is the compact dimensions along with that punchy engine. Its got the "take me anywhere" attitude which is more purposeful than Laura thanks to the combination of compact dimensions and all wheel drive transmission. Not to forget though, its loaded with features like no other car in its price range. Liked it a lot but thought the clutch was a bit rough compared to Laura.

What is the damage on the roof rail? How are you getting it rectified? If its a minor scratch, its not worth replacing the whole thing IMO if it involves removal of panels and packing materials from inside since dealership can never match factory in assembling these things back. If its just a screw job, then no problem in changing it.

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Wonderful pictures there GloryManUnited, your car is supposedly the first red Yeti in Bangalore.

I test drove the Yeti today and the best thing I liked in it is the compact dimensions along with that punchy engine. Its got the "take me anywhere" attitude which is more purposeful than Laura thanks to its combination of compact dimensions and all wheel drive transmission. Liked it a lot but thought the clutch was a bit rough compared to Laura. Not to forget though, its loaded with features like no other car in its price range.
That is actually true. Mine is the first RED yeti and that is the reason I got delivery within a couple of weeks. It seems no one else wanted RED and I wanted only RED. So when 1 RED elegance arrived in the first batch of cars, I was immediately alloted one
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Took the car through its paces on the NICE road today. I am still running in the car so I did not rev beyond 2500 RPM. Even then I was able to touch 140 kmph

The car is very stable at these speeds. Also these speeds are reached with minimal fuss. I was mostly coasting at 120 kmph on the 6th gear. The overall FE in this trip came to around 14 kmpl.

There is hardly any road or engine noise when driving this fast. However the wind noise can be heard. But it is not discomforting. The Yeti simply eggs you on to drive faster. I would love to repeat this experiment once the run-in period gets over !

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What is the damage on the roof rail? How are you getting it rectified? If its a minor scratch, its not worth replacing the whole thing IMO if it involves removal of panels and packing materials from inside since dealership can never match factory in assembling these things back. If its just a screw job, then no problem in changing it.
That is an interesting suggestion. The scratch in the roof rail is minimal. I will ask the dealer if they will just screw the new one on. Otherwise I don't really mind living with the scratched one. The last thing I want is rattles due to this minor change !

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Congratulations on the Yeti! Color courtesy - ManU?
It does look good in R-E-D!!

As is the norm with Skoda, interiors are great!
Wishing you happiness with the Yeti for miles to come!

OT: D3100?

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Can you provide more details of the HU and the music system please. How has the experience regarding the quality of the music till date?

Also have you opted for the Skoda Shield? If so details requested.

Going by the pics the Yeti does not exactly look like an SUV. I mean it does not look huge and menancing as are the characteristics of an SUV.
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Considering your explanation on the service costs and maintenance of the Skoda Yeti i feel assured. My only concern is how far will all those things explained by you will work out in reality and please keep posting your experience regarding service cost and maintenance cost and niggling issues.
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Congratulations on the Yeti! Color courtesy - ManU?
It does look good in R-E-D!!

As is the norm with Skoda, interiors are great!
Wishing you happiness with the Yeti for miles to come!

OT: D3100?
U bet ... always the red devil .. wife loves red color cars so I just give in as long as the car is my choice

OT: D3000 ... D3100 came into the market very recently
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Can you provide more details of the HU and the music system please. How has the experience regarding the quality of the music till date?

Also have you opted for the Skoda Shield? If so details requested.

Going by the pics the Yeti does not exactly look like an SUV. I mean it does not look huge and menancing as are the characteristics of an SUV.
The HU is skoda Bolero system. 6 CD changer + aux + SDcard ... I prefer the SD card option. The music quality is awesome. The steering mounted controls are very intuitive. The display is touch screen; so very helpful while selecting the song/album to play. The display shows about 8 songs in a screenful.

There are 8 speakers spread all over the car. The quality as I said is excellent. Personally I don't see the need to get rid of the stock HU at all.

There is no bluetooth even though there are buttons for the same.
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The dealership experience with Vinayak Skoda in Bangalore has been the most pleasant so far.

1. This is an extremely spacious car! There is acres of space all around...

4. The headlights switch will need getting used to. It is a rotary dial on the dash to the right of the steering wheel. If you pull this switch instead of turning it, the front fog lamps light up. If the fog lamps are off, the appropriate fog lamp comes on to assist cornering. Overall the headlights are quite powerful. Turning on the fog lamps makes things even brighter and clear.

6. The automatic climate control is simply too good. It maintains a very pleasant temperature in the cabin irrespective of external conditions. You simply don't need to fiddle with the knobs which is such a relief after the Ikon I had.

8. I am getting an overall FE of 11.4. I have driven about 170 km so far. This has been city driving with 2-4 passengers on board.
Congrats mate on your new purchase! A new Skoda always gives nice feel.

Just a few thoughts from a past owner of a 2002 Octavia Elegance and 2006 Laura L&K both diesel.

No other car comes close in beating Skoda re: interior space. You can literally shift your whole house.

Headlights system is same for all the skodas i think

FE should most definitely improve

ACC is excellent, when it works!

In my experience all troubles crop up after the 50k km mark especially AC (skoda is notorious for that), assorted electrical faults, suspension and clutch.

So enjoy your lovely car with no headaches for the first few years but save up a bit for later, and a well maintained skoda will give years of faithful service

Enjoy
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