1990 Volkswagen Polo Ranger 1.3 petrol from UK and Ireland
Cheap, reliable motoring, plenty of character.
The clutch was replaced at about 75000 miles.
The exhaust was changed about 6 months ago.
The fuel tank was changed about 2 years ago. This is a common problem; check yours!
The rear wiper motor looked like it had caught fire, it only cost £10 to replace though.
Luckily, All this happened before I got it, except for the wiper motor.
The car is fast, but the handling is not up to much; there is plenty of body roll in the corners.
Also, I think the gear ratios are too low, you can go round all corners in 3rd gear and you can do 25mph in 5th!
It is really noisy on the motorway too. Once you get up to 80mph, you get a loud roar from the engine.
There is plenty of rust on the sills and around the bonnet, but its only on the surface.
A blocked drainage hole under the bonnet caused a lot of problems, the metal under the battery had rusted through into the drivers foot-well. So my feet kept getting wet when the car had been stood in the rain.
There were a couple of times when it seemingly stalled for no reason, and it was then difficult to restart. I found that the earth strap for the engine was loose.
It does not like cold starts in the wet either.
On the plus side, everyone says it has comfortable seats!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th July, 2002