FSO Polonez Review from UK and Ireland

1984 FSO Polonez SLE 1.5 petrol

Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.5 petrol Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 miles
Most recent distance96000 miles
Previous carFSO 125P


A very good car for it's low price


Only minor things have gone wrong with the car which I got from my Father when he moved on to a Rover.

I have had quite some problems with the brakes, with the car sometimes swerving slightly when braking, but this has eventually been fixed.

Door handles have become broken easily.

I have replace wing panels that have rusted.

General Comments:

Generally a very good and reliable car. It has had some problems starting in cold weather, but my main problem has been some cylinders not firing regularly ever since I got stuck in a deep flood some years ago.

It is a very accessible engine, quite a rarity these days.

Performance is poor, but is fine if you drive in an anticipatory manner (as one should!)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th December, 2002

19th Jan 2003, 16:19

I once owned one of these as a student. It was the most hateful piece of junk I have ever had the misfortune of driving. Abysmal build quality, handling, braking and performance. Barely 60's technology rapped up in 80's body made from recycled washing machines.

23rd May 2006, 05:01

My father had this for a long time when I was younger and I drove it too, so can honestly say it was one of the worst cars I have driven. Spongy steering and suspension, pretty poor power yet high fuel consumption, noisy and the quality not good either. Cannot understand people saying it's a good car.

Average review marks: 6.2 / 10, based on 1 review