Once I owned Polonez 1.5 GLE (1995-1998) Certainlly, it was not modern, but very cheap.
The main ptoblem was rust.
The engine was noisy, thirsty and I did not belive there were 82 brake horse power. There were no power steering, so turning needed a lot of effort.
On the other hand, due to its simplicity, I could fix all the problems by myself with "hammer and screwdriver".
I drove 66000 kms with no major problems.
I am an owner of this great car since 1988, it is a very strong car, comfortable and very useful.
The major defect of this car, from my point of view, is the RUST.. I suffer from this great problem cause I live in EGYPT at Alexandria just on the cost.
You talk about car was designed in 70'. Please compeer car from 80' with FSO Polonez. Inside it's very comfortable. Please look for car produce now. Hard plastic!!. Bad site of this car is engine... is old, noisy and slowly.
Hello all... you help me a lot! My girl is from Poland and I want to buy a Polonez for her first car. I have Yugo 45 and I used to have a Lada 2105; both were great. They don't have problems, never leave you stranded, and go EVERYWHERE.
Polonez have the same idea, but because of (experience with)Fiat, I was worried... I drove one some days ago and I am happy no-one has said anything about about big problems, so I think I will take it...
Noise is not a problem for a 20 year old car; power also. And stop saying things just because you see it on Top Gear or someone tells you that this car was crap. If you know about cars, you know the answer!
Thanks again, greetings from Greece.
I don't know if Polonez is appropriate for women to drive. It is hard to turn, because of the lack of power steering in models older than the time Daewoo's taking over of Warsaw FSO. If, indeed, it is one produced in Poland that you want to buy. I know one woman who avoids driving a Polonez belonging to herself.