1998 Volkswagen Polo Reviews

1998 Volkswagen Polo CL 1.4 petrol from UK and Ireland

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2012
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 1.4 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired12590 miles
Most recent distance19750 miles
Previous carVauxhall Corsa

Faults:

Replaced battery.

New back box.

General Comments:

I do 82 miles a day in this little car. 40 on the A12 and the rest on B roads. It's doing approx 425 to 45 litres of fuel, the engine is a bit noisy, handling is a bit suspect, brakes could be better, and has still got the original cassette deck in it, so had to source a few tapes from charity shops.

Power steering pump is very loud... whines for England.

Quite high spec though; electric mirrors and windows.

I bought mine from an online auction salvage firm. A little dent on the rear quarter, and the insurance had written it off. One previous owner from new... he did 500 miles a year, so when I got it, it still drives like new...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th February, 2013

1998 Volkswagen Polo 1.6 petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.0 / 10
Distance when acquired135000 kilometres
Most recent distance136000 kilometres
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

Very cheap, overrated, no frills car

Faults:

5th gear slips and doesn't engage, unable to go on the highway.

General Comments:

Bought this car as a get around car, had it for a little bit over a month now, decided to sell and get another car.

It's just so cheaply built, about the same as a Hyundai. My previous car was a 97 Honda Accord base model, and it's a hundred times better in drivability and comfort.

Interior is ugly and cheap.

Handling of the car is absolute crap; it's not difficult to roll the car or spin it out of control.

Loud noise from engine, and there is no fault with it, sounds like it is constantly in reverse gear, feels more like being in a cheap bus.

Spend the same money on a Japanese car, and you'll get much a better quality product.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 19th December, 2011

1998 Volkswagen Polo 1.6 from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired130000 kilometres
Most recent distance200000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Camry

Summary:

Good car, but without my interest in mechanical repairs, it would become expensive and frustrating

Faults:

Repairs:

- Gearbox bearings replaced - gearbox rebuild.

- Right hand window lifting small plastic holder broke.

- Indicator switch was broken when we bought the car.

- Fan heating illuminating lights sometimes; off-bad connection or switch fault.

General Comments:

Fantastic little car, still firm, good handling, zippy and fun to drive. It's been 200000 km's, and feels like it would easily reach 300000 km's.

I hear people talking about Polo's as bad cars, and I don't agree. Polo's do require a little tender care, more than a Golf, and if you don't have a man at home interested in providing that car care (cleaning the carbie, recrimping ignition leads if resistance is not equal, running to wreckers to replace faulty parts etc.) then you might end up dependent on mechanics, and it might became expansive.

And don't be fooled by other car brand's reliability stories. All cars do wear out too. For some reason everyone expects that VW should go for a life time of man with no problems. I have friend with Toyota Starlet who also had a gearbox rebuild, and that is normal for small car gearboxes.

Faults on our Polo are fixed, and they did not come back; luckily there were just a few of them. With our other car, it's not the same story, we have a Toyota Camry, and I haven't seen such a bad interior and exterior ever before; even my Holden Camira was better. A friend at work had the same car (Camry), and talked all the best about it, but was an absolute wreck to look at.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd June, 2011

1998 Volkswagen Polo CL 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.6 / 10
Distance when acquired97000 miles
Most recent distance101000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin 75

Summary:

A troublesome, overrated car

Faults:

Heavy rust on all nuts and bolts, difficult to perform maintenance.

Power steering pump noisy and steering heavy.

Uses a lot of oil, from top of dipstick to bottom in 200 miles, no signs of leaks...

Stupid ignition key design makes you turn the wipers on whenever you turn the key (too close to one another).

Factory paintwork poor, runs and drips everywhere.

Electrical connections rust, causing malfunctioning lights etc..

General Comments:

An ugly cabin, black and dull, quality of materials reminds me of an old Lada Riva I had, creaky and cheap looking.

Performance good, but feels badly engineered, lack of smoothness and jerky throttle.

Feels solid and clunky, but not good quality (there is a difference!) factory radio crap and rear speakers placed in an absurd position, causing terrible sound quality.

Overall, a decent enough car, but not anywhere near as good as VW's reputation would imply!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 19th October, 2009

Average review marks: 6.5 / 10, based on 23 reviews