Skoda Yeti - diesel or petrol?

Bonefish Blues

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Petrol and Diesel will have a Dual Mass Flywheel, Petrol has Catalytic Converter Diesel has DPF. Modern DPF is miles apart from the earlier versions which gave them all a bad name.

For me you just can't beat the low rpm torque of a good 2l Diesel.

Our next will be Diesel again (D5).
We've go 2 D5s and a T5. I must confess that I am rather enjoying the newishly-arrived T5 quite a lot, because revs, but by god it's a consumptive old Hector :ohmy:

I would never ever drive a 4 cylinder diesel again though (and the D5's starting to feel its age IMHO, but is a fine engine indeed)
 
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I had a Volvo V50 with a 2.4 litre 5 cylinder D5 motor. Was a great engine, lots of go and made a fabulous noise. Downside was it was alarmingly thirsty!
 

BoldonLad

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Unless I was only planning to keep it for 2 / 3 years, don't think I would be buying a new or nearly new petrol OR diesel car at present. Think I would go for a Hybrid (none plug in).
 

Drago

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I had a Volvo V50 with a 2.4 litre 5 cylinder D5 motor. Was a great engine, lots of go and made a fabulous noise. Downside was it was alarmingly thirsty!
Just out of interest, what were you getting? Managing 32.4 overall in my XC90 D5 185 Geartronic, which considering the size of the car and the grunt the engine churns out I reckon is not bad at all.

I love the word "grunt" - would make a great name for a band!
 
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Mine was 180bhp and Geartronic too, and from memory achieved something like 36 mpg, which is piss poor for a medium sized diesel motor. The grunt and noise almost redeemed it but I got to hate the gearbox so I ended up swapping it for a 2008 SAAB 9-5 diesel estate, which I still own 10 years later.
 
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Bonefish Blues

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Mine was 180bhp and Geartronic too, and from memory achieved something like 36 mpg, which is piss poor for a medium sized diesel motor. The grunt and noise almost redeemed it but I got to hate the gearbox so I ended up swapping it for a 2008 SAAB 9-5 diesel estate, which I still own 10 years later.
Those Euro 4 engines were the poorest for mpg of the whole lot, being strangled by early emissions gubbins. The gearbox was the AW55 and a perfectly decent 'box (that is, until they die because sealed for life said Volvo bean counters who were idiots) so unsure why ire aroused?
 
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Those Euro 4 engines were the poorest for mpg of the whole lot, being strangled by early emissions gubbins. The gearbox was the AW55 and a perfectly decent 'box (that is, until they die because sealed for life said Volvo bean counters who were idiots) so unsure why ire aroused?
It was a while back so can't be certain why I disliked it so much, but I seem to recall it being slightly hesitant, and jerky. Thirstier and noisier? I've always preferred manual boxes.

Having said that, yesterday I tried my mates Skoda Kodiaq diesel, with a DSG gearbox, and I was pretty impressed. Very smooth and for that kind of car a good match - it's not 'involving', but it's a mile eating load lugger, not a sports car.
 

Bonefish Blues

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It was a while back so can't be certain why I disliked it so much, but I seem to recall it being slightly hesitant, and jerky. Thirstier and noisier? I've always preferred manual boxes.

Having said that, yesterday I tried my mates Skoda Kodiaq diesel, with a DSG gearbox, and I was pretty impressed. Very smooth and for that kind of car a good match - it's not 'involving', but it's a mile eating load lugger, not a sports car.
Ah. Your V50 had over say 60K miles on it perhaps? Because needed ATF change that Volvo said it didn't need, if that was the case, of which what you describe are the classic symptoms.
 

Drago

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The AW55 five speed can be hesitant when pulling away, but the trick is never to be too harsh in the throttle when moving off the line. Ease the throttle for a split second to allow the fluid a moment to pump around the internals and get the necessary valves opened, and then you can be more vigorous. People give it the beans and then 3 seconds later wonder why they haven't moved forward :laugh: - you can't drive a slush like that! The AW TF80SC 6 speed box is better, but you still have to drive it properly or it hesitates, as does every torque converter slush if you ask it to do something it doesn't want to do too abruptly.

Aside from that, great box with a good lockup function in all forward gears, and the geartronic is nice. You're right - ignore Volvos advice on fluid changes and listen to Aisin Warner. My TF80SC had new fluid at about 80k and 137k and is crisp and responsive. Neglect changes and they become reallyms luggish to change, very hesitant, and can slip between gears.
 
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