1989 Volkswagen Polo Reviews - Page 6 of 6

1989 Volkswagen Polo Match 1.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.0 petrol Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired39000 miles
Most recent distance44000 miles

Summary:

Sturdy and reliable but needs to lighten up and have fun!

Faults:

Glovebox lid fell off.

Small patch of rust on boot lid and bottom of driver's door.

General Comments:

The car is comfy and reliable, but the poor performance and handling is what is going to force me to change my car. The lack of a fifth gear is a big oversight for comfortable motorway cruising. Now I have uprated the brakes they are not so bad, but still require a lot pressure on the pedal. It is great for what it was designed to do, that is being cheap to run but still being comfortable and of good quality, but unfortunately that is not really what I am after.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd May, 2000

1989 Volkswagen Polo S Coupe 1.3 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
Engine and transmission 1.3 petrol
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.5 / 10

Faults:

Wheel hub and bearings replaced at 60,000m.

Head gasket blown at 65,000m.

Rear brakes failed.

Braking system has always been poor.

Pressure plugs blew.

Stub axles at 70,000.

Suspension replaced at 70,000.

General Comments:

Drives beautifully but rolls in corners. Brakes not up to par. A good first car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 25th April, 1999

2nd Feb 2001, 13:55

A great car.

Petrol tank replacement.

Otherwise, no major problems after 79,000 miles.

This car's been looked after, and yes I have bought another Polo and kept the 1989 Coupe S.

1989 Volkswagen Polo C 1.1 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
Engine and transmission 1.1 petrol
Performance marks 1 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.0 / 10

Faults:

Car purchased with 56k on clock, I have spent a total of £800 on parts, with all the work being done by myself. I dread to think how much I would have spent if I'd had to pay someone's labour charges. Major items include; new clutch, complete set of shocks, new discs & pads, cylinder head gasket. Numerous other parts and repairs over just 8 months!

General Comments:

The basic car seems to me to be a sound design, the handling is safe if a little uninspiring. The performance is dire. The brakes work O.K.ish, but with very heavy pedal pressures. The fuel economy peaked at around 47/48 mpg, but typically, high thirties would be expected. The boot is small and has a poor rear seat lifting design.

Overall a competent but boring small car with basic good build quality that unfortunately in my experience didn't extend to the complete package.

I have now sold the car, with an empty wallet but my soul is intact.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th February, 1999

1989 Volkswagen Polo C 1.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
Engine and transmission 1.0 petrol
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10

Faults:

Coil contacts a bit knackered after 7 years, Steering column switches replaced, glovebox replaced due to faulty catch.

General Comments:

Lovely little car. Very good build quality, economical on Petrol, low insurance, feels nice and solid too.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st December, 1997

1989 Volkswagen Polo C 1.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
Engine and transmission 1.0 petrol
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10

General Comments:

Nice nippy little car. Plenty of performance from the little engine.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th August, 1997

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 22 reviews