Volkswagen Polo Review from Jordan

2001 Volkswagen Polo 1.6 16v

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 1.6 16v Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.6 / 10
Distance when acquired200000 kilometres
Most recent distance250000 kilometres
Previous carHonda Accord


If something goes wrong with this car, it is a bad nightmare!!


After 6 months of ownership, I had a major problem with my head gasket; the temperature started to go up, and then it blew up at 237,000 km. The whole engine was replaced.

A major water leak was found in the radiator, and then needed to be replaced too.

The whole steering group was replaced due to a problem in the steering.

After 24 months I replaced the throttle valve due to a major engine starting problem.

General Comments:

I have spent much more money than it was really worth to get this monster working and running all the time.

This car was a major shift in my opinion of VW.

The car is not dependable or reliable.

I would NOT recommend anyone to buy a VW.

It made me scared of buying any VW or German cars.

I'm moving east to Japan; going back to Honda, Toyota or Mitsubishi.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 3rd July, 2010

Average review marks: 4.6 / 10, based on 1 review