1993 Volkswagen Polo CL 1.3
A complete wash out
I bought a new Polo 1.3 CL, having previously owned a Golf 1.3. I had moved house 2 years previously and didn't want to risk going into debt, otherwise I'd have bought another Golf.
For the first 2 years, the Polo was reliable, but it was no good for long journeys and the performance wasn't the slightest bit exciting.
The brake cable had to be replaced after 25,000 miles.
By the time the car was 5 years old, it developed a brake fault which had to be repaired by on holiday by a mechanic.
Then came a phase of the car failing to start.
I tried to hold onto it for as long as I could, but finally I got fed up and after 5 and a half years it was time for the Polo to go.
I bought a new 99T Cordoba which was hardly the perfect car, but was a great deal more comfortable than the awful Polo.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 14th February, 2004
28th Oct 2009, 20:46
Somehow two completely different cars are included together in this section. The VW Fox sold in N. America has no connection with the VW Polo sold in Europe. The North American Fox was produced by VW Brasil with 1.8 Golf engine. Euro Polos were never certified for sale in the U.S.
U.S. model Foxes had early '90's Brazilian build quality. I think this might explain the disparity in ratings.