1980 Volkswagen Polo Review

1980 Volkswagen Polo 0.9 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1980
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 0.9 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired25000 miles
Most recent distance50000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin 200


Cheap, slow, yellow and good crack


Rusted. A lot. A two week re-spray job held it back for a good two months.

Needs regular tuning or the performance drops to new lows.

Driver's side seat works through.

New brake discs at 45,000 miles.

New door handles and suspension strut at 45,000 miles.

General Comments:

Despite the obvious drawbacks of a 21 year old 900cc car, this thing is brilliant. It cost £350, and had only one previous owner and 25,000 miles on the clock. Winner.

It needs fixing every now and again, but this costs very little. Apart from the usual electrical and tuning problems with old cars, it's been bullet proof.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st May, 2001

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 1 review