For those of you contemplating buying a Polo, let me give you the benefit of my experience I bought this car with 40,000 km on the clock in 2000. It ran okay for the first few months, but around the six month mark things started going wrong.
First the clutch cable snapped. I managed to soyrce a second hand cable from a Volks wrecker and fitted it myself.
Then the hall sender went out (the car would cut off suddenly while approaching intersections, in the middle of the highway etc.). This was a particularly annoying and frustrating fault to diagnose apart from being bloody dangerous. It finally took a VW specialist to suggest that the hall sender in the distributor does go off in these cars. I took his advice and changed it myself and it ran well since.
Soon after, the thermostat housing cracked (a known fault in Polos) and the car overheated. Three months later the thermostat itself went kaput and had to be replaced.
The ignition components are a nightmare on these cars. The leads cost an arm and a leg and have to be replaced every year.
Other problems included needing new locks for the driver's door and a new throttle body as well.
When I finally sold the car, the gears were starting to play up.
I thought buying German cars meant the all renown Gereman reliability, especially after my bitter experience with a Daewoo Tico. I really couldn't have been more wrong.
I need to add that I am a careful driver and am fastidious with the maintenance. I will never buy a Volkswagen ever again in my life. I spent half my graduate scholarship money miantaining this European junk. I finally sold it in 2003 and bought a Mitsubishi Lancer. It might not have the same great looks as the Polo, but its reliability is unsurpassed.
Stay away from this car folks unless you have recently won the lotto or you feel particularly inclined towards putting your mechanic's children through school.
VW's dealers have perfected the art of daylight robbery in Australia.