2000 Volkswagen Polo 1.4 TDi Trendline Hatchback 1.4 TDI


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


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.