The majority of VW Polos are fineand have good reliability - my Mum owns one - however, this is not the case for me.
I had a 2004 1.2 Twist special edition bought for me in October 2005. In the 12 months I owned it until October 2006 I had to visit my local VW dealer 25 times - that is more than twice a month.
Some problems were not fixed when they said they were, and on two occasions the mechanics at VW gave me new problems.
I still own the car and since October 2006 my car has been in a further 3 times!
In 42 years of continuous driving.including buying and selling used cars.I honestly dont know how many I'v owned, The ones I loved most of all were the MK 2 JAGUARS. 2.4, 3.4 and 3.8's and S Types, And NOT FORGETTING the Triumph 2.5 Auto Estates .these were really superb cars, BUT. I can HONESTLY say that . just like a Boxing expert would evaluate a Champion Fighter , Pound for Fighting Pound. Then I would place my hand on my heart and say. my car of the last 2 YEARS. IS PROBABLY THE OVER-WINNER!!!!!, I,ts an X REG 2001. 3 cylinder. Polo 1:4 TDI, THIS CAR IS ABSOLUTELY SUPERB, in 27 months. I'v been all over England. Scotland.and WALES, and it has NEVER ONCE failed to start or let me down! and if I told you it does OVER 70 miles to the gallon on motor ways . and I'm ashamed to admit it.I'v been done twice for speeding.it really is a fast nippy car. and YES .I would definitely recommend any body to buy one. either new or seconhand, the secret being.with as few GENUINE MILES on the clock as possible!!!,
I previously owned a Subaru 1800 4WD, a Subaru Turbo Coupe 1.8L 4WD, a VW Golf 1.8L and a VW Passat Station 1.8CL. I drive my cars with a top choice of tyres for any season, and on free country roads, I will sometimes take a vehicle to the tyre contact limits when conditions allow to do so safely. I have an accident free record of an estimated 300000 km and also did safety course training. I professionally drive cars at any day-/nighttime during shift-work, and I have commuted over a number of alpine pass roads at all seasons. Cars that I have driven occasionally include the VW Beetle and an Audi A3 1.8 Turbo.
I have to say that I have not had a car like the Polo 1.2L. This car offers supreme steering and sits snug through hairpin curves at tyre contact limit; the center of gravity is in the right spot, and the car has a solid acceleration. If you want to enjoy speedy curve road rides, this is an excellent choice.
The seats are acceptable; the interior is not lush. Getting the back bench folded up to occasionally increase trunk space in the 3 door model is more complicated than I experienced it in other cars; but then, if loading large volumes is what you have to do, the Polo may be a bad choice anyway.
Using fuel economy driving techniques (shift over 1-2 gears rather than sequentially, not overload car, turn off motor at long waits, avoid high accelerations), city traffic will yield 50-54 mpg.
I became the second owner of this car back in Aug 05. Straight away it developed a problem with the Engine cutting when the cluch was depressed it went back to the Vw dealer on seven seperate occasions in an effort to rectify this, due to the incompetence of the dealer the problem still remains some fifteen months later, so much for the Vw reliability !
Other problems include Complete failure of all ignition coils, dash rattles, extremely bumpy ride, bad brakes, warped discs, non retracting seat belts, squeeking suspension on all four wheels and paint flaking off the boot handle.
Vw Uk made a feeble effort to put things right, i'm still waiting for them to ring me back, it's been twelve months now !
In conclusion i would never buy another Vw ever again, all cars break from time to time and thats where you see the level of the customer service which can be summed up with one word......Pathetic, i have been lied to on many occasions by there service Dept. I tell everyone who will listen, Do not buy a Vw.
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