1984 Volkswagen Polo Base 1.0 OHC petrol from UK and Ireland
Clutch - replaced for first time after 147,000 miles :)
Rust on bottom of doors (Three door Model).
Timing needs setting monthly.
Reconditioned fuel pump after 140,000 miles.
Brakes - What can I say, it stops quicker if you open the door and stick your foot on the floor!!! - Terrible.
Slightly underpowered. - fine around town. :) Nearly 45Mpg - everywhere!
13 pounds to fill up from empty (Four Star). :)
V.Easy to work on.
Best handling car at high motorway speed I have ever driven in it's size range.
Good for 105 mph - apparently!
Only 4 gears - what where VW thinking?
Full set of tyres for 35 pounds! :)
Full exhaust system for 40 pounds :)
No stereo, fan would never blow out cold air (ever), easy to break into (as demo'd 3 times).
0 - 30mph has to be measured on a calendar not a stopwatch.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 3rd December, 1998
11th Jul 2002, 16:13
I drove a 1.0 litre for about a year and found it to be a very reliable car (if looked after correctly). I now own a year 2000 model Polo and reading your review brought back a lot of memories about the car.
All the things you wrote about are very true apart from the bit about 105MPH...105MPH??? I did 70MPH and the car was rattling so much that the screws holding the glove box in place shook themselves loose!!!
105MPH does seem a little much especially for a car with only 4 gears.
But still, it was a great first car and it had a huge heart.