14th Nov 2015, 09:47

I'm thinking of bidding on a VW Polo, and it has a few mechanical problems.

- Oil light randomly comes on and off.

- Noise in the top end sounds like a sticking valve.

18th Nov 2015, 13:54

Hi guys, and thanks for the helpful info above.

I need HELP big time.

I have a 2000 Polo 1L. Had it as a first car for over a year, and it has since started misfiring. I've changed the following: spark plugs and the coil.

But it still struggles uphill; perhaps the EGR valve needs changing.

Today I dropped the kids at school, and on the way back it just shutdown completely.

AA couldn't find the problem

It's not the battery.

Electrical problem, but 2 garages are not willing to check it, as it's not their field...

Help!!! What to do?

24th Nov 2015, 11:21

Hello, do you have any idea about an intermittent ABS failure combined with loss of steering and the alarm sounding? If I turn the ignition off and on again, it sometimes cures it, but I am getting scared to drive it now. The garage cannot identify the fault unless it is permanent!


17th Mar 2016, 09:22

EPC stands for electronic power control.

31st Mar 2016, 10:47

Hi all.

Seems like these Polos do have a lot of electronic issues. My wife bought one, a Polo 1.4 Trendline, which also had the power steering light coming on, on the dash, after a mechanic looked at it and told me to replace the power steering pump. A very costly component for such a small car.

So I did some investigation and found a blown fuse (power supply to electric power steering). Located on top of the battery, there is a set of 3 flip over covers with different thickness red wires. The one on the far right has a fuse that looks like a bolt on plate with 2 nuts; that's the fuse. Replaced it with a 40A fuse, and the light went off on the dash, and the power steering is working again.

My suspicion is maybe a weak fuse, or a wire rubbing through the insulation, touching the body somewhere. I recommend replacing the fuse, give the wiring a shake or 2 and see if the fuse blows again. Also what I suspect is that when the steering wheel is turned extremely left or right, in the position where it stops and cannot turn any more, there is an extra electrical load on the pump motor, and that causes stress on the fuse, and if it is a bad fuse, it will blow.

I hope this saves you a trip to the garage, and a hole in your wallet...

11th Sep 2016, 17:50

I'm having the same problem, how did you get yours fixed?

Please reply to sjmaboa@gmail.com

15th Nov 2016, 19:47

I have a VW Polo 2003.

My car will stall unless I keep my foot on the accelerator, so when I come to junctions or traffic lights, or when I start the car, it will stall automatically.

The mechanic says there are no faults on the computer, and I had a brake servo pipe replaced, but still my car continues to do this.

I must mention it doesn't do this every day, but a few times a week. I have no idea what's going on, so any help will be much appreciated.

Leeds area. Thanks.

29th Jul 2017, 18:49

I had the same problem. EPC warning light. I have a 2003 1.4 16v. Replaced the map sensor, oxygen sensor and replaced the air intake manifold gasket. As per the diagnostic reports. Then it got worse. Took out the ECU and it was faulty. German car with Italian electronic parts. Old WW2 all is at it again!