2002 Volkswagen Polo Match 1.4 from UK and Ireland


Excellent value for money, virtually unnoticeable depreciation, excellent runabout


This car is excellent! I don't know what all the fuss is about, saying about all the faults.

I have had a few things go wrong, but they are simple fixes.

The ABS light continually on - the ABS sensor connector is located under the rear seats; simply move it out of the way of peoples backsides when they are sitting in the back, and it should correct itself.

The "Boot Lid Open" light continually on - the washer pump had leaked in the boot lid (common problem!). I just cut a bit off the end, and reattached it using a hose clip to secure it. Take out the connector for the boot lid open light, and allow it dry off for a few days, and then it's all good!!

Other than that, I've had the car for 3 years and not a single problem. It can be a bit thirsty, but that's all.


Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th July, 2007

2002 Volkswagen Polo 1.4S from UK and Ireland


Unsafe, Unreliable complete waste of money.!


Firstly, after six weeks the ABS and EPC lights were faulty due to electronic system. This was the beginning of the saga!In the first year the brake switch failed twice, on the second occasion I was stuck in a carwash! Loud noises from front drivers side resulted in new bearings. VW decided to fit a new engine at 19000 miles, under warranty, but no warranty offered on new engine.

As time went on problems with the electronics: warning light system, new water pump system, yet another brake switch,. Recently, power steering failed in the middle of Hyde Park Corner. Dealership then told me the power steering system was defunct and wanted £600 to repair it. The morning after receiving the estimate, the car started and power steering has spontaneously repaired itself. (However, I am avoiding Hyde Park Corner and Railway crossings")

General Comments:

Does anybody want to buy it?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 22nd November, 2006

24th Nov 2006, 08:58

They save all of the best bits for the Skoda Fabias!!

7th Dec 2006, 02:06

I find it very difficult to understand why you haven't been given a warranty for your new engine. Whenever I have had new parts fitted at VW they have come with a 12-month warranty. May be you should investigate this further.

2002 Volkswagen Polo 1.4 16v from Sweden


Petrol engine sounds like a diesel!!! (engine froze?!)


The main problem I have besides the warning lights coming on and off, and probably some power loss at times, is that the engine sounds like a diesel! The sound is stronger when it starts from cold, and after a while it's lower, but still there. It's sort of a diesel sound, but in a more mellow tone.

After 2 costly visits at the local VW dealership garage, they said that the engine has been frozen! Some time during the winter from a cold start in low temperatures, and that it needs bottom block replacement or might even need a new engine!!!

At the beginning they said that VW can take it as goodwill and fix the problem, because it's a known problem with these engines and they did fix it in a few cars (my guess is that if the dealership admits 'a few', that really means MANY!) but after the second check they said that in this year model, it's not suppose to happen, therefore I have to pay to fix it myself!!!

My insurance also denies to pay because they said that it happened when the previous owner owned the car, so its his insurance obligation to fix it!

Anyone who had/has the same/similar problem, please email me with any info that might help! My email is: nephilim1973@hotmail.com

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

Review Date: 1st September, 2006

9th May 2008, 15:25

I also have a VW Polo Sport, second hand 2002 reg, I used to drive the car at first with the radio on and then one day I turned it down and heard a diesel like noise, it clacks at low revs and then gets better at high revs but still present, I wasnt sure if the cambelt has gone or the engine is starting to wear, which is odd because the car is 02 reg? Its starting to annoy me and need to find a garage who can fix it!!

9th May 2008, 19:50

If the cambelt had gone, there would have been a loud clattering noise and the engine would have stopped dead, never to restart.

Cambelt failure is catastrophic on most engines, and will cause major mechanical damage. The engine will not run - you'd be lucky if it even turned over.

4th Oct 2017, 10:22

I have the same problem with my Polo. Please, if you've got any help or have fixed the problem, mail me: osama.sadek.97@icloud.com