2002 Volkswagen Polo 1.4 55kW petrol engine from Germany
A total lemon
In August 2002 we bought a brand-new VW Polo 1.4. After only nine months problems appeared intermittently with the engine management system. The EPC warning light would come on half-way through a journey, with drastically reduced engine power in 1st and 2nd gear.
Our local VW garage said it was an electronic error and replaced the appropriate part.
Six weeks later the same problem occurred. This time engine power was virtually nil. We took it back to the garage and this time they replaced a different part.
The next day the same thing happened all over again.
As the car is still under guarantee we have had free repairs and courtesy cars both times. However, it seems that VW just cannot sort this problem out, and we are left with a totally unreliable car that will be difficult to sell..
We are particularly disappointed in this car as our previous Polo was wonderful and lasted over 15 years. But our recent experience of both the 2002 Polo and of VW's inability to solve the problem means that we will never buy another Volkswagen again.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 14th July, 2003
I have a 2000 Volkswagen Polo 1L which I purchased secondhand from a volkswagen dealer in Ireland and since I bought it in 2002 I have had a problems with it. Occasionally it is to do with reduced power while I'm driving meaning I need to shift into a lower gear to keep moving. Then if I turn it off and restart it seems OK?
Then more recently its the EPC light on the dashboard.
This happens occasionally, but recently it is staying on, I had to keep revving it to keep it going till I got home.
Next morning all was well - but what happens next time.
I always considered volkswagens to be up there with the other German beautiful creations, but I am really disappointed since my purchase and would not buy another Polo!!