Volkswagen Polo Reviews from Portugal - Page 2 of 2

2000 Volkswagen Polo 1.4 TDi Trendline Hatchback 1.4 TDI

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.4 TDI Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.0 / 10
Distance when acquired7 kilometres
Most recent distance125000 kilometres
Previous carPeugeot 106


Excellent car, if it wasn't for this problem


On completing 90000Km the gearbox failed to go from 5th to 4th. A 70% garantee coverage from the dealer over a new gearbox (I payed for everything else - man-work too) took car e of the substitution (not without some smart remarks over my driving) and a new 2 year garantee - which has been extendedly used, since the gear box failed again at 105000Km, 118000Km and 120000Km. The dealer refuses to admit that this is a serious problem, and the imported redirects me to the dealer. Volkswagen in Germany doesn't even reply.

General Comments:

Repeated failure and dealer's poor service make me regret buying this car. I don't think I'll ever by in the Volkswagen Group again.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 27th February, 2003

1993 Volkswagen Polo Coupe GT 1.3 petrol

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.3 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired82000 kilometres
Most recent distance83000 kilometres
Previous carOpel Corsa


Good semi-sports car


Rear brake pumps replaced at 82400 km.

Engine oil vapour tube replaced at the same time.

Transmission blew at 82500 km.

General Comments:

A great little hatchback, although too much voracious on petrol for a 1.3 liter.

Legally speaking, this car comes with 145 or 155 size tyres wich I do not recommend. Use 165 or 175 size tyres.

Handling on sharp bends is tricky. Tends to overturn.

Too lightweight.

I don't know how it originally handled for I bought the car with gas suspension.

Beautiful steering wheel and incredibly comfortable Recaro seats.

As with any dealer repair services here in Portugal, it's a complete rip-off. You can get the same job done elsewhere for about half the cost.

It's a very fun car to drive. You get more out of the 1.3 engine at about 3500 rpm.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th October, 2001

29th Nov 2003, 11:04


I'm from Portugal as well, from Porto.

The only reason I'm writing English is to avoid deletion of my comment! :P.

I just bought my Coupe GT a few days ago. It's still in my garage, doing a complete check-up. It already has 180.000 km, but it appears to be impeccable, so far.

Do you know how many horsepower does it have? I've heard many kinds of answers, therefore I can't tell which ones are true or false.

I don't know where you're from, but up here in Porto, there is a company named SVP Auto, where you can purchase pretty much everything, not only to Volkswagen. And with warranty as well! I went there to pick up some parts for my '88 GT coupe. They sell used parts, but in top notch conditions :).

9th Sep 2004, 04:54

I have a Polo G40 and standard it runs around 115BHP, whereas the GT coupe has 75BHP standard from the 1.3 multi point injection system.

Average review marks: 5.0 / 10, based on 5 reviews