1991 Volkswagen Polo 1.1 from UK and Ireland


Ideal town car


Cold starting in damp weather.

Gear selector stiff.

Wipers noisy.

Automatic choke over-revs.

General Comments:

Reliable small car for running around town.

More risky on journeys over 50 miles on the motorway - just doesn't have the power.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th November, 2001

1991 Volkswagen Polo CL Coupe 1.3 petrol from UK and Ireland


A TRUE super mini


Very few faults.

Windscreen wiper blades needed to be replaced frequently.

Leak at the filler inlet of the petrol tank.

Replaced the battery (own fault).

General Comments:

A top little motor, if a bit scary with the brakes. The car never let me down at all and I was very pleased with the car during the time I owned it. I would strongly recommend this car to anyone.

One slightly off note, the VW dealers wanted to offer very little in trade in against a newer car whilst wanting to charge above average prices. I bought a Peugeot instead.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th January, 2001

14th Apr 2001, 18:27

I bought a second hand Polo the same age as my parents polo (which they had from new). Unfortunately within a couple of months the engine ceased and I have since had a number of other faults. I think that this was most likely a fault of the previous owner!

1991 Volkswagen Polo G40 1.3 supercharged petrol from UK and Ireland


Nothing apart from parts expiring after 6/7 years which you would expect. Oh and criminals mistakenly thinking it belongs to them, and that they must have lost the keys.

General Comments:

Genuine pocket rocket. Very light - high power to weight ratio (160 bhp/ton after rechip). Very smooth supercharged power delivery. Very quiet considering. Standard brakes are crap - replaced with upgraded - much better. Mine was rechipped 45k miles ago by AmD - has been fantastic since. Needs GOOD tyres to really perform well - Yokohama A510 are the best I've used.

4 years with this car were all great.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd August, 1998

2nd May 2001, 06:38

I used to own a 1991 G40 "coupe". Yes it was fast, rare and head turning. But I sold it after having to wait 6 weeks for a new exhaust manifold to come from Germany (The UK Volkswagen dealers - mainly LEX could not source one in Britain). I was also charged £350 for the part and this didn't include fitting!!! Also charged £120 for a timing belt change at a main dealer, the belt itself cost £14!!!

Volkswagens are too expensive to own for what they are. I haven't bought one since and never will.