2001 Volkswagen Polo 16V 1.4 16v from Australia and New Zealand


Prestige motoring at a reasonable price


There was a terrible squeak from the dashboard that was due to the Compact Disk player being ill-fitted. This was fixed with a comment of "Yes, we have the fix-up pack for that". Why weren't they checked? Other Polo cars in showroom had same problem.

General Comments:

Surprising performance for such a small engine.

Uses very little fuel.

Engine has a "growl" to it.

Interior quality is fantastic.

The car is rare here and distinctive.

Feels robust.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th April, 2002

23rd Apr 2006, 18:02

Thank you for your comments - I am in the process of purchasing a 2001 model Polo and I like to hear an insiders review of the car.

From what I have heard, it is a very reliable car and I am happy to say that thanks to this site I will purchase it!



2001 Volkswagen Polo 16V 1.6 from Australia and New Zealand


Outstanding value for money


A small crack in the paint work between boot and bumper has appeared. No trouble for dealer to fix.

General Comments:

Handles beautifully.

Feels sporty.

Copes with Australian driving conditions very well.

Internal finish is excellent.

Unfortunately, it is difficult to obtain some accessories in Australia (bonnet protector).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd January, 2002

2001 Volkswagen Polo GTi 1.6 16v from UK and Ireland


Fast, fun and value for money


Engine temperature gauge stopped working after 3 weeks.

General Comments:

My dream car. Fast, looks good, very comfortable, reasonable boot, excellent brakes, excellent xenon gas headlights.

Dash looks brilliant lit up at night and best of all, it's masses of fun and I look forward to driving it each day.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th August, 2001

28th Feb 2003, 06:19

Several Problems with the GTI, have driven one on several occasions, the gearbox is appalling, the fuel comsumption is bad even when you are cruising and the climate control turned off, the handling is average, engine needs to be really revved to get any decent progress, no steering feel/feedback.

Xenon headlights are good, climate control good, nice BBS alloys, nice space for front passengers, feels well screwed together.

Overpriced and insurance a joke, oh and servicing costs are stupid for such a small car.

2001 Volkswagen Polo SE 1.4 (75bhp) from UK and Ireland


A number of faults, some very serious, noting VW's claim of safety and reliability


Engine keeps cutting out when driving.

Faulty alarm system.

Interior paneling came loose.

General Comments:

Very dangerous fault with the car which VW seem reluctant to address. It occurs in a number of circumstances including dual carriageways. Service department appears to guess at what is wrong. Problem brought to VW's attention 2 months ago. The fualt still occurs and little is being done to remedy the problem.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 16th May, 2001

5th Jul 2002, 04:31

I experience a problem with my 2001 Fabia 1.4, where the engine cuts out momentarily. Problem used to occur at high and low speeds. After the on board computer was swapped out, the problem still occurs, but less frequently, and only at low speeds, so far.

4th Feb 2003, 12:51

I have a Polo 1.4S (2000 W Reg) which also suffers from the 'engine cutting out' problem. It occurs when slowing down to take a roundabout of for traffic lights etc.

The VW service centre have said this is caused by a faulty speed sensor which they propose to replace for £182 but are they just guessing?

Has anyone had this problem successfully fixed?

27th May 2003, 05:06

Skoda mechanics tightened the earthing connections on my 2001 Fabia 1.4. This seemed to improve things.

2nd Mar 2006, 17:18

2001 Polo Match 1.4 35k

I bought the car from my dad about 12 months ago so, I know it's history

Everything was fine until mid February when I started to get a crunching noise as I was trying to engage reverse gear - this occurs almost every time, although sometimes I get a surprise when it goes in without a problem. I adjusted the clutch cable, this corrected the problem short term - sadly after 1 week we were back to crunching into reverse.

If I cut the engine it goes in fine - this is not the answer long term!

Has anybody had the same problem? and, if so, do you have suggestions for a way forward?

2001 Volkswagen Polo Classic 75 Comfortline 1.4 16v from Hungary


Like in my dream


First: Kuplung has a "cutting-metal sound" on SECOND day after I was take it home from the dealer.

Second: Automatic windows closer (lifter) wrong in the second week.

General Comments:

German car - Hungarian quality :-(

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

Review Date: 9th May, 2001