1997 Volkswagen Polo L 1.0 from UK and Ireland
Needed a new water pump after only one week. Dealer managed to scratch paintwork while fitting this - no apology given either.
Lock cylinder covers broke after one week.
Lots of interior rattles from radio, dash, door panels.
Badly fitting air vents.
Handbrake light stopped working after a few months.
Broke down after 14.5K miles, only 13 months old due to a broken distributer cap; fixed under warranty, but the dealer managed to damage the catalyst at same time so second trip was needed to repair this - again discourteous staff and unhelpful attitude.
Rattle from engine on cold start now makes car sound like a diesel!!
Tape deck has become unreliable as well.
Overall, a great package, good looker, nice design. Pity about unreliability, dodgy build quality and poor stereo system (tape deck often refuses to play and only 2 speakers).
An unmitigated disaster on wheels - hope to have better luck with a trade in Audi or Peugeot - no more Polos for us!!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 31st May, 1999