1984 Volkswagen Polo CL 1.3 from UK and Ireland
Expensive to run, but worth it.
The clutch was badly worn when I bought the car and had to be replaced immediately.
The carburettor had to be replaced at 86,000 miles.
A manual choke was added, as the car was prone to stalling at traffic lights.
The accelerator cable snapped at 88,000 miles.
The points have to be replaced every four months for the car to run at all.
Uneven wear on the front tyres means they need to be replaced now.
The frame in the driver's seat snapped so the whole seat needs replacing.
The back box on the exhaust is now badly corroded.
It can be very slow and sluggish until reaches normal operating temperature.
The sides seem very high compared to modern cars, making visibility a problem in certain situations.
The simplicity of the car makes it a good first car to learn basic mechanics on.
It could definitely do with a 5th gear.
The car is very noisy at motorway speeds, but copes remarkably well. I have previously travelled over 800miles in three days, with the car fully laden, and had absolutely no problems.
The engine is sound and should run on for many more miles.
It only manages 150 miles to 30 litres of fuel so it works out very expensive to run.
I choose to use unleaded fuel and then add an additive as the car does not run very well on Lead Replacement Petrol.
This car is well loved and will never be sold. Although I am in the process of buying another car I intend to keep my polo to repair and respray.
On a good day the car is a lot of fun to drive. On a bad day, it's a very heavy car to push.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 23rd August, 2002