23rd Jun 2014, 10:51

I'm having exactly the same problem, and also no solution yet. Someone said it could be an earth problem, but I have had that checked out, and still the same problem.

29th Jul 2014, 16:12

Hi, did you ever come up with a solution to your problem? Mine is doing EXACTLY the same thing. Any help at all would be appreciated.

12th Aug 2014, 14:14

Check the harness on the left side when you are in front of the car. I've found 2 corroded cables that lost connection. This came as a fault - low voltage from the alternator when my mate checked it with a VW tester.

21st Aug 2014, 19:19

Well, I read your input! Not only that, I found it informative, useful and one of the better constructed entries as regards problem, followed by cause, followed by solution. I hope you've either sorted the remainder of your nightmare by now - or got a nice reliable alternative vehicle instead!! Thanks again. Good luck. Geoff.

24th Aug 2014, 13:49

Hi, I own Polo Classic 1.4 2003 model. The problem is when it's hot, it takes almost an hour to start, and when it's still running, it starts to lose power for some reason. I am told that it could be a sensor. What to do? Who has experienced this problem and how should I resolve it?

24th Aug 2014, 19:37

Check the relay that controls the fuel injection or fuel pump. Sometimes a hairline crack in the solder expands with heat.

26th Oct 2014, 19:54

This is the second time this has happened to me - first about 5 weeks ago and now again tonight. What was your result?

27th Oct 2014, 10:08

I own a 54 Reg Polo 1.4 TDI.

I've pretty much had it for 3 years, and for 2 of those years it's been pretty reliable. Now it seems to be playing up quite frequently. It would lose power if you were too aggressive on the accelerator, which would have lead me to believe it was the EGR valve. This happened quite rarely, maybe once a week. So it didn't bother me too much. If it was going to be a longish trip, I'd pull-over and turn it off & on. That would solve the issue, but it wouldn't display the engine error light.

In the past couple of weeks the engine light seems to come on and stay on with the car. But driving to work this morning it turned itself off. Then there was the trademark VW "Limp Home" mode. Which makes pulling out of junctions not one for the faint-hearted! Also the other week, the power steering light came on, which scared the crap out of me when I went round a tight hairpin.

Not sure if anyone's got any speculations about the definitive cause of the problems it's got, but it's nice to write it all down. It's done a fair few miles though, 128,000.

Oh, plugged it into a fault code reader and reset the codes to see which ones would come back. Time for another read methinks!


6th Nov 2014, 20:40


I've had exactly the same problem over the past 3 days.

What did you do to solve the issue in the end?

20th Nov 2014, 17:16


Did anyone resolve the problem of the intermittent failure of power steering associated with the ABS warning light and the resetting of the LCD clock. The fault seems to reset when the engine is switched off and on again. It sounds like a damp / electrical / earth / control unit failure. Is it related to a sensor to control PAS changes for slow or higher road speeds? The car is a 2009 1.4 diesel.

15th Jan 2015, 20:25

I have the same problem with my 1.4 Polo (BBY engine). The EPC, ABS and engine lights stay on. My stop lights are working fine.

My timing belt snapped. I had the valves changed and a new belt fitted, but the engine could not run. I bought a new cylinder head, and now the engine runs and idles, but no acceleration. I replaced the throttle body, but it didn't help.

Can anyone assist? The car is driving me mad. I have run out of ideas.

7th Feb 2015, 09:29

I must thank you for your comments, they have been very helpful!

I own a Polo, was my boyfriend's advice :(

I wish I didn't listen!

24th Mar 2015, 12:34

I have the same car. Normally when the brake switch is out, then your brake lights will stay on even when the car is switched off. My advice is that you consider changing the switch. You will find it slightly hidden behind your brake pedal; take note that the switch easily gets damaged, so you might need to get someone else to put it in for you.

Hope this helps, relax, it's not very expensive... 15-20 bucks max.

27th Mar 2015, 19:59

The heater blower only goes on four, means that the relay switch is gone on your car. It's under the blower motor on the passenger side of your car (VW Polo 1.4). It only takes few seconds to fix; two screws on it, clip the connection away and replace the old with a new one.


31st Mar 2015, 11:12

I own a 2001 VW Polo. The last few weeks it loses power once I go over 65 mph; not very safe on motorway. I have taken it to 2 garages and they could not find anything wrong. I have had the plugs and leads replaced, plus a full service, and it is still losing power. Please help as I am at a loss to know what is going on.

11th Jul 2015, 18:11

Thanks so much for this forum. I Googled the ABS light after being told my car is not worth mending... and found out about the 40 amp fuse hairline crack issue. Bought a new fuse and the light went off. Cheers.

4th Aug 2015, 11:52


Has anyone had any luck, since I have the same problem with my Polo (2006 Trendline). I heard some people say it is an earth problem, but I find it interesting that this often appears to happen after a battery change (I recently changed mine as well).

Please can someone respond, as this is very scary (I have two small kids, and it happened to me at 120km/h on the freeway, and I suddenly lost power steering and was terrified to use my brakes in case they locked up with my kids in the car)?


15th Aug 2015, 19:52

Have a similar problem, but the worst part of it is when I apply the brakes, it struggles and I have switch it off and start again. Please help. Meretsedy@gmail.com

15th Sep 2015, 16:54

I wouldn't worry about that too much. Power steering and brakes are completely separate, so mashing down on the brakes would still be fine in that situation. Worst comes to worst, you have the emergency brake for some extra stopping power.

19th Oct 2015, 10:25

Problem was intermittent, but became progressively worse. I had the car checked by VW and it turns out the negative cable to the battery was corroded/corroding as well as having a dead cell on the (new < 6 month old) battery. Easy/cheap to fix if you know what the problem is.

13th Nov 2015, 20:18

I got the same problem on my car, but I changed the oxygen lambda sensor, and it's OK now.