2002 Volkswagen Polo S 1.2 from UK and Ireland
Awful, avoid at all costs
Everything has gone wrong with this car. It has been a total nightmare.
Last week after spending £500 on new injectors, today it broke down. The timing chain has now broken, estimate £400. VW said this chain is a 'common problem'.
The engine management system has been dreadful, and the software reloaded twice.
Please don't buy a 2002 year Polo. The problems were sorted out from 2004 onwards.
Since Xmas I have spent £1500 on the car, and since September the following has been done:
Bits of plastic come off the trim inside and on the seats.
02 sensor, heating sensor and air con sensor replaced, but still blows out hot air except on a cold day when it blows out cold.
Suspension t-bone faulty, new parts needed.
Fuel seals cracked and wouldn't reseal.
Cracked injectors with petrol pouring out.
Warning lights flashing on and off for no reason.
Faulty lights and the engine just cutting out for no reason.
The car has been looked after and serviced, but yet again it is off the road for 4 days.
Unreliable, badly built and not up to VW's older excellent standards.
Crap engine management system.
Expensive to run and maintain.
Awful, car which cost £5800.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 11th May, 2010
Sorry to say, I've owned Audi and VW products for 20 years, but no longer. If you think that your car is not up to previous standards, I'm afraid to inform you that this is exactly up to standard.
As far as your flashing warning lights, it is probably the ground connections. This is just another designed in VW condition.