2003 Volkswagen Polo Sport 1.4 16v from UK and Ireland
I love it, but it hates me
Where do I start. I have had my 2003 1.4 16V 100bhp Sport Polo just over a year, and well it's been a very costly year.
It has the usual EPC light problems, with sensors cleaned, replaced etc with the problem finally fixed after 2 months by a software update... it's a car, not a computer!?
It's had 2 coil packs changed, and I'm sure the other two will go very soon.
I had a £1400 service!!! Front suspension changed, being a big cost, AC had something wrong with it, the brakes were changed, the steering rack was knackered, my cam belt was about to go... so much for German engineering, this car has done 50,000 miles!
It drinks oil, it probably burns 1 litre every 800 miles (if I am lucky), and no garage can tell me why?!
And just yesterday, the gearbox/clutch (they can't tell) went at 80mph on a very busy dual carriage way, not fun.
The car cost me 4,000, and I have easily spent over 2,000 in 12 months, not including sorting out my clutch or gearbox; I'm sure they will rip me out of hundreds for that too.
When the car works (very rare) it's brilliant. It's fast, smooth and sticks to the road like glue. The petrol does however seem to fly down the scale if you drive enthusiastically (above 4,000 revs) for a while.
If it was reliable, I would happily keep the car forever! I love the interior, it's very classy, and feels very grown up, and the blue and red instrument lighting is amazing. The sport has many extras, leather steering wheel and gear knob, red upholstery and fog lights, 6 CD changer are just a few examples. Lovely cabin to sit in.
My patience has finally run out now though, I can't afford to have this car, it has a new problem for me to pay for every 2 months. It may put a grin on my face when it works, and it may take off when you stick it in 3rd and floor it, it may have a nice interior, but what's the point if it's always in the garage.
The heart ache this car has caused me is unmeasurable, I tried to be smart by buying a VW; you think of German cars and you think reliable, solid, good cars. Well this one may as well be french, it's bloody useless. Don't bother getting one, keep your sanity. I wish I had.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 16th October, 2010