28th Jan 2006, 01:52

Hi all,

I purchased the '97 Polo Classic car last month.

I am from Bacolod City, but I work abroad.

We really need a daily ride during our last month vacation, so I decided to purchase the 180K Polo Classic from my father-in-law's friend.

The car is very physically atractive and that's what made me to decide to purchase it.

After a few days of using it, I noticed that the car would just simply shut down whether you are in the city/hi-way.

I have brought it to BCD VW service center, but the computer scanner was borrowed by their business partner in the neighboring island. I am very eager to know what is the the fault in my ecu/system, why it always shuts down.

As for the other faults, 3/4 window mechanism was spoiled, but I have made it fixed for 1.2K each. Clutch is too high when released, that's why I smelled burning disks when I drove on the seaside (sandy). Fuel gauge is not registering the actual level,e= but the yellow light indicator can still be reliable. Odometer also was spoiled.

Whoever has the experience same as I have, please help to give me some tips with regards to the engine shutdown. I cannot bring the car now to the service bay since I'm back again for work here outside the country.

You may email me at Mark.Encarnado@infineon.com


15th Apr 2006, 18:28

Hi to all polo classic lovers... Just bought my polo classic last April 12,2006...it's a 1997 white Polo Classic with a 58tkms mileage on its odometer... Just want to know as to where I can purchase parts for this car... I need a door lock (drivers side),rubber for the antenna & rt fog lamp... Tnx & goodluck to all Polo Classic lovers!!!

23rd May 2006, 01:20

Great Car, German Technology, as its advertisement goes, Drivers Wanted!

29th May 2006, 09:29

To all VW Polo owners:

I envy you guys. VW Polo really stands out whenever I see one on the road. It may be a small car, but it is as classy as Cefiro, Galant or even Camry.

I want to have my own Polo, but I'm financially not ready to have one maybe in the future.

There is nothing like owning a VW. More power to you guys.

9th Sep 2006, 01:58

Hi! Good day to everyone.. I have Volkswagen Polo Classic 97 model, You know guys the Odometer reading is just 41,850! its only a year when I regulary used my car, traveling from one province to other, until such time, our company provided me a car. Since then, I seldom use my Polo Classic. It always stay in my garage, and I use it every Sunday only when me and my family go to church, buy grocery etc.. Guys I have a problem, its tension wires (wire the connects from distributor cap to spark plug) are already "grounded". they produced a little spark when the engine runs and it causes a little shaky to the engine. You know I already asked all Auto Parts here in Davao and Gen. Santos City, but to no avail of the said tension wire.. I'm ASKING YOUR HELP, IF YOU HAVE AN IDEA WHERE TO BUY THIS TENSION WIRE PLEASE TEXT ME.. 09209087218.


7th Dec 2006, 05:53


Just got my first car, a 97 polo classic. Drives perfectly, everything works, even though there is 128 thousand miles on the clock. I got it for a great price. Just had to let you all know.

20th Dec 2006, 00:56

Hi all.

I'm planning to get a 97 Polo as an everyday car. However, I have hesitations since I do not know where to buy parts for maintenance.

Also, a friend told me that there's no available computer box here in the Philippines. Are VW's computer boxes that reliable? I mean, should I worry that they would break down after 2-3 years?

20th Dec 2006, 10:46

Can you please email me at ryce282000@yahoo.com and let me know where I can buy door locks and power window motor for my 97 polo vw... thank you very much...

24th Jan 2007, 06:29

Gd pm. I just talked with a friend today who drives a VW Polo. Am interested in a second hand polo. Anyone who has to offer? Thanks.

6th Feb 2007, 18:45

I just bought my 1999 Polo Classic about a week ago. It was a good deal actually since I just have to trade-in my '93 Toyota Corolla plus additional P35K. Anyways, the car has minor problems when we got it, but I am quite confident to buy it since my dad is very good mechanic. The car is nice, but downside is that the availability and price of the parts are not that okay. Anyway, I read all comments here and what I noticed is that commonly complained is the clutch. Based from your experience, is the clutch really that high (when releasing)? Should I replace a new clutch assembly? If I replace my clutch assembly, do I get a guarantee that the clutch will be lowered? I hope you can help me on this because I'm a new driver and I'm having a hard time using my polo classic because of the clutch. My dad, already replaced the clutch disc, but it seems it can't be adjusted anymore. You can text me your suggestions at 0920-9041050...Thanks!

8th Feb 2007, 16:38

I would like to ask where can I buy a repair manual for Polo Classic Volkswagen...Pls. help. You can text me at 0920-9041050...Thanks!

15th Apr 2007, 07:11

I bought my Polo Classic at Jan of this year. Ever Since I got the car, I also ran into a lot of problems and ever since I have spent 30K just repairing the car. Anyway, for the clutch I just found out that it uses a tranny conversion unlike the cable type ones they got in the Japanese cars. No problems shifting from 2nd Gear to the 5th, but when shifting from the 1st to the 2nd, you should at least click to neutral for a second than put down to 2nd gear. With the bushings, you have to replace 3 of them every 2 or 3 years which will amount to around 1k per bushing. With the engine supports, you have to replace them after 10 years each one with costs 2.5K as opposed to the Japanese cars where you can get one for 700 pesos. The main problems I experience is the thermostat and I suggest that you replace the high/low compression switch right away, an original replacement will last 10 years also. This will cost around 3.5K, but finding this part is hard, but a VW Specialist can help you. The power window was also a problem with me and it will cost you around 1.5K with each window to repair. The solenoid Starter also should be replaced every 10 yrs and the Potentiometer replaced every 15yrs, that part costs around 7k. With the clutch, a short shift upgrade is available and you can get one for only a cheap 2k.

23rd Apr 2007, 01:24

I am using my 96 polo classic for 2 years now, had acquired this car from my brother in law. It's now for sale since I will be migrating to New Zealand and needs financial support. My polo had run around 150K Km and in great condition. You can email me at jebdetal3@yahoo.com.

23rd May 2007, 17:45

Sounds as if you have a blown lambda sensor - this is the most common cause of emissions related failures.