1992 Volkswagen Polo Genesis 1.3 SPI from UK and Ireland
Cheap, solid, good fun!
Wheel bearing needed replacing when I bought it. (£11)
This failed due to a dodgy stub axle, which I also replaced. (£25)
It's been a great little motor for me.
I previously had a 320i BMW; whilst this was powerful, it was sluggish around town and horrendously thirsty. Cue the Polo! I can put £10-£20 a week of fuel in and it always lasts. I don't do major mileage, but I do enough.
The wheel bearing and stub axle weren't a massive issue, as both are easy to change as the car is so simple.
The car is lowered, hence the low comfort marks, but this does improve the handling from standard.
The brakes are typical of a Polo, not great, however they also perform when they've really been needed. This can be cured by an uprated master cylinder off of a Mk2 Golf GTi if wanted, but I don't feel the need to.
Nippy around town, not a great motorway cruiser, LOL, but adequate - thanks to the 5spd gearbox as opposed to the 4spd 1043cc Polos.
Overall good, cheap, solid little car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 16th July, 2010