1999 Volkswagen Polo CL 1.9 from UK and Ireland
Over priced, over-rated, unreliable, sub-standard S***
- Entire exhaust needed replacing due to rust, blockages and holes
- Both front suspension bushes, (one collapsed leaving the car in a DANGEROUS, UN-DRIVEABLE state).
- Both front wheel bearings.
- Water pump failed.
- Starter motor.
- Battery failed.
- Glow plugs needed replaced.
All in all, a piece of S**T.
I bought this car last March (my first car proper) after sharing with my parents for the past 2 years. I went for a VW on the recommendation of my mechanic, and a friend who drove a Polo and said how reliable it was. But this car has been a disaster from the word go, spending more time in the garage than on my driveway. This car has been less reliable than my mum's 16 year old Ford Fiesta! So much for 'German Engineering'
Needless to say, I will NEVER be buying another car from Volkswagen.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 20th October, 2010
21st Oct 2010, 03:47
Aside from the typical VAG reliability issue, you seem to have run across perhaps one of the worst issues with owning a VAG, the dealer network.
I doubt that the glow plugs were really bad. Typically the problem ends up being either with a relay or the wiring harness going to the glow plugs. But VAG service will gladly charge you for the most expensive repair, even if it doesn't resolve the issue.