This car was great for about 3 months. I bought it as an ex-demo and I have had problems with the ignition coils, the lambda probe and catalyser have both been replaced to resolve continuing problems with the exhaust emission system. I've been told that my tough little Polo doesn't like heat, cold or supermarket fuel!
I've also had the anti-roll bar replaced, the heater fixed when it decided it was going to blast red hot air no matter what was required, the CD fixed and today the nearside front coil spring broke and needed replacing.
Initially the dealer wasn't great but now they have sharpened up. I would buy another VW but I don't trust my Polo any more and would never buy another.
My Girlfriend and I bought a brand new 3dr 03 plate 1.2E at the end of June 2003, which at the time had the added bonus of free alloy wheels. The car was for a daily 20 mile round trip to work and to be used as a second car to our then main car of a Golf. Buying new was a decsion made as with the deal we got meant we only paid £1.5k more than buying a 2 year-old model. Knowing the quality of a golf we new that this too would have a solid reliable build quality and strong engine, the size of the latest model is a big advantage too,providing adequte interior space for 4 adults and a child, though as expectedwith a super-mini, not a lot of luggage. The car has been mainly driven in its element of round town sitting in traffic, but still maintaining around 43-46mpg on this. We did however, take the car on a road trip across Germany with 3 adults in and the car provided adeqaute comfort and space for the 3 of us, our luggage, purchases and on route back, a couple cases of french lager,although we didn't set the world alite on the autobahns. All together the car is excellent for our purpose, and now having fitted a VW CD Plater for £200, as a second car I see little point in anyone purchasing the S model over the E, because £2k is a lot of money for air con.
Mine is a 52 reg with 75bhp bought when 18 months old. It's not a bad car in many respects but it has a few infuriating faults.
1) The air re-circulation switches off of its own accord whenever it feels like it, anything from two seconds to half a minute after you switch it on.
2) The instrument binicle resonates with the engine and road surface.
3) The headlining has de-laminated from the roof and resonates with the engine and road surface.
4) The central dash behind the air vents sounds like there is a tin can full of nails in there, which rattles over any road that isn't brand new Tarmac and resonates with engine and road surfaces.
5) The engine. Peak torque comes in at 1750rpm, however, you can't touch the accelerator at this point or else the engine causes the dashboard and headlining to vibrate. Badly. Best to wait till you've got 2000rpm on the clock, and you will need to hang on the revs a little longer than usual to ensure your gearchange doesn't drop you back below 2000rpm. Also, I frequently find there is no suitable gear when entering roundabouts etc as second causes much revving and third causes low revs and hence resonance and rattles. Fuel consumption is 45-50mpg even when driving like a fairy.
Its fairly nice once you're over 40mph but getting there is a slow, noisy, irritating experience. Acceleration and response above that is fine.
This is the worst car I have ever owned. It was purchased new in 2002 from Sinclair in Bridgend. It has been riddled with faults, mainly engine management, which involved a serious complete loss of power on the M4 on one occasion.
The door lock mechanism is a common fault and jams shut - twice on my car at a cost of £250 a time to fix. Out of warranty - no goodwill gesture - we are told its "normal wear and tear." Dealers are pathetic - they just want your money and don't want to know when there's a problem.
It went back to the garage over a dozen times in the first two years of ownership alone.
Take my advice - buy Japanese every time. VW can't get near their reliability!
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