2000 Volkswagen Polo E 1.9 SDI from UK and Ireland


Reliable, but very sluggish


ABS light appeared on at random times at 40,000 miles.

Boot lock was too stiff to open at one point.

Scratching noise from the steering wheel.

Rear wiper hose broke and leaked into the back seat (now the left side back seat is damp)

General Comments:

All in all this is a good reliable car, but is you are an 18 year old and want a bit of fun then stay well clear, this car is extremely slow, a turbo is essential in a diesel.

It is very economical, (when driven sensibly). Lately notice an abnormal amount of smoke being exhausted when I put the foot down, VW dealer says they noticed nothing when I brought it in.

The car has very little in the electronics department, e.g. no central locking, electric windows, or CD player.

The seats are a bit uncomfortable, as they have no height adjustment mechanism.

Perhaps its because I am judging the polo to the standard of the first car that drove, (2003 Seat Toledo SE TDI) which my dad insured me in for lesions, but I just can't stand the lack of power I receive from the polo when I try to floor it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st February, 2005

2000 Volkswagen Polo e 1.0 from UK and Ireland


Very nice must buy. Very reliable car to own


Apart from the power of the car. this is a very reliable care great stuff.

General Comments:

Like I say power of this car lets it down apart from that. The handling and the drive is really good.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th December, 2004

2000 Volkswagen Polo L petrol from UK and Ireland


A good car which is spoilt by its engineering, and reliability


Engine EPC Warning within 6 Weeks.

Ignition Switch Failure

Required replacement.

EPC Warning constantly illuminated, each time computor had to be rebooted by dealer.

Eventually Computer Replaced.

EPC warning still has problems.

All stop lights Failed, Brake light switch malfunction.

EPC Still failing.

General Comments:

Apart from the many faults, I like the car to drive. It is responsive, and motors well on the motorway or around town.

The interior is pleasant, and roomy, but the drivers seat is not that comfortable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 28th March, 2004

24th Sep 2004, 10:48

2000 SE 1.4 Polo automatic has broken down five times with ignition failure and brake sensor relay faulty. EPC light comes on regularly. Car has only done 25,000 miles and has not proved reliable. The faulty brake relay means you cannot engage the automatic gearbox and the car has to be loaded onto a vehicle and taken to dealers. Dealer says fault is common, but VW have yet to provide a solution. Work has been carried out FOC by dealer.

2000 Volkswagen Polo SE TDI 1.4 TDI from UK and Ireland


Well-built, very economical and surprisingly rapid


Leaking tailgate caused central locking to unlock. Cured on first visit to dealer.

General Comments:

For a car than not only CAN, but DOES manage almost 70mpg, the available performance is fantastic, especially in the mid-range. I have covered 73000 miles in mine so far and have averaged 57mpg and I don't drive slowly.

Refinement is good; from the inside you can hardly tell it's a diesel except when it's cold.

A few rattles have developed, but nothing unusual considering the mileage.

Tyres are very expensive for a small car.

Well equipped although air conditioning would have been nice.

Servicing is not cheap as the PD engine requires special oil.

Not the most exciting car to drive on a twisty road, but the mid range surge of torque (equivalent to most 2.2 litre petrol cars) more than makes up. Hills don't seem to be as steep as they used to be.

Far more refined at motorway speeds than a 1.6 Golf Mk IV.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st March, 2004

2000 Volkswagen Polo GLX 4Motion 2.8L V6 from North America


Excellent car backed by a company who hides behind hip-looking commercials


I've had this car for almost 2 years now and it's been very reliable. The only problem I have with it was having to replace the camshaft seals (warranty), and the battery went dead at 40,000 miles.

Brake jobs for most German cars are rather expensive since they recommend replacement of both rotor and pad. The tradeoff is that you get excellent performing brakes, since Germans spec a softer steel rotor to maximize pedal feel and increase performance. Basically, you can't re-use the rotor, and for good reason.

General Comments:

The only other major problem that I am currently battling VWofA with is the death of the ABS control module at 68,000 miles. For a part that rarely gets used, it's unfortunate that it decided to give up. At $1,500 a pop, it's borderline ridiculous. 2001+ Jetta's have already had their ABS units recalled, so we'll see if I have any luck. I've talked to some VW shops and a couple of VW techs and they claim that the ABS unit is malfunctioning at a high rate, but VW hasn't had the guts or marketing fortitude to to do a TSB or, gulp, recall. After their ignition coil fiasco you'd think they'd learn, but being the largest automaker in Europe has its perks, especially when get to stick your tongue out at "ugly American consumers," and not feel any wrath. I talked to a 99 Audi A4 owner who had the same problem with is ABS unit, and AudiUSA ended up repairing free-of-charge, even though it was out of warranty. The VW representative asked me why Audi did that and I replied, "I don't know, maybe they like to take care of their customer?!" She laughed and I sighed as she told me, "Sorry sir, your car is out of warranty." I guess VW has never taken a class in "Customer Service," but evidently they've aced "Accounts Receivable."

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

Review Date: 5th September, 2003