6th Jan 2011, 01:44

If only I knew, I would not have bought my Polo 2005 1.4. I have a misfiring engine, and I am stuck, with no cash to get it repaired.

7th Jan 2011, 10:52

I have always told everyone. Stop buying German overrated cars, they are not reliable, it is a total myth. Japanese cars are the best. Please wake up. German engineering, yeah LOL alright mate.

9th Mar 2011, 16:05

In all the cars I have I owned, I have to admit the German cars have been the most problematic, including our current VW, which has electrical problems that no garage can seem to find. Japanese cars are definitely more robust and reliable.

20th Mar 2011, 19:28

Hi did you fix this problem? I experienced a very similar problem to this today on my girlfriend's Polo. May I ask what it was in the end?

Please send me an email at orlando6788@hotmail.com.

Thank you.

23rd Mar 2011, 06:39

I had the same on a 2003 Polo 6 v 3 cylinder, quite common apparently, the chain tensioner is made of monkey metal, so the chain jumps a few teeth, still drives OK, but eventually burns out the exhaust valves, hence the uneven tickover. Just cost me £480 trade price, new modified chain, 3 valves, and I'm a mechanic, thought it was a coil going AWOL, bought the Polo cheap with the misfire, will think twice next time..


26th Apr 2011, 02:50

I wouldn't worry too much, I have the 2003 Polo, it's been fine, as long as you service it regularly.

19th May 2011, 07:02

I own a 2002 5 door VW Polo 1.2 and am fed up with the fault lights coming on and off for the last 2 years. I hardly use the car so has only 38,000 mileage.

I've replaced the timing chain plus 2 coils and the engine management light is STILL coming on and now the ABS light too which I've been told is the pump and will cost £600+ to fix. Going to the garage again today so see if it could possibly be an electrical fault before I get rid of it for good.

I would NEVER buy another VW and can't wait to see the back of it.

1st Jul 2011, 06:50

Hey.. I have the same problem as you.. been to various garages and no one seems to know how to fix it.. Have you had any luck yet?

10th Oct 2011, 13:22

Did you get an answer to your problem, as we have the same issue?

3rd Nov 2011, 05:48

Brake light switch is faulty.

3rd Jan 2012, 13:41

I have a 2007 VW Polo Comfortline. I have had the same problem for months now. I took the vehicle to VW and an independent auto-electrician, and both could not find anything wrong with the vehicle.

I changed the car's battery in July 2011, and during December 2011 the problem return. The vehicle was due for service during Dec 2011, so I had VW check the electrical system as well. They could not find any fault. I had the vehicle's battery tested, and the Battery Centre said the battery I had in the vehicle is fine. They gave me a different battery to test in the car, and the vehicle seems to be fine for now.

12th Jan 2012, 15:17

It means electronic power control; it has no throttle cable, no mechanical link from the pedal to the engine, it now has sensors linked by wires basically. Sometimes called fly or drive by wire.

18th May 2012, 13:19

I have a 2003 (52) VW Polo 1.4 Sport, and am having the same problem. EPC light and engine light appears while driving. Sometimes there's no problem at all, but I've noticed that if driving in traffic where a lot of accelerate and brake is used in short period of time, the rev counter starts the shake up and down between 1000 and 2000 RPM. Then the car struggles to move when pressing the gas. This happens when the car is at a stand still at a traffic light. I have to switch the car off for couple of seconds and switch it back on, and then it goes back to normal...

I have no idea what the problem is... I think it may have to do with a sensor or wiring underneath the brake pedal...

If there's any advice out there, would really appreciate it.

28th Jun 2012, 17:21

I have a Volkswagen Polo 2007. I bought it brand new. EPC sensor light came on. Took it to the Volkswagen garage x3 times over a period of 6 months. Still the light comes on. Took it to another garage; said they fixed it. 6 months later, it still comes on.

Took it to a friend who is mechanic, who tells me it's a problem with the Polo's EPC light. I wonder if the Volkswagen company are aware of this, as reading on this page, lots cars have the same problems. I feel when my car was under warranty, they should have replaced the EPC sensor part situated at the back junction brake pipes. My friend is going to change the pedal position sensor, so wait and see.

This EPC light is such a pain. Every so often, the garage fixes something or just turns the sensor off and resets it, but every so often it comes back on.

The power goes on acceleration, but see if you stop the car then restart, it seems to go off and the car is OK, but driving along, it can just come back on, and I need to stop to get it to go off.

Will think twice buying a Polo again.

12th Aug 2012, 04:50

My 1998 Polo is amazing. I bought it 2 years ago and it's been extremely reliable, I'd even took it on a euro trip, over 2000 miles in winter. My Polo had no problems whatsoever; purchased european breakdown cover, and now I think I never should have bought it!

22nd Aug 2012, 02:18


I have a similar problem with my 1.4 Polo Classic 2003 model.

Where you able to find the problem? Could you please let me know how to solve this problem.

My email is: hermanjohn2003@yahoo.com



29th Sep 2012, 09:02

Hi! I'm having the exact same problems! Could you ever get this resolved? My kilos reset by itself, handbrake light came on with a beeping alarm, also ABS, and immediately afterwards, the steering light came on, no power steering. Switched the car off and it was fine again. Too scared to drive it again now. If you can, please help!?

15th Nov 2012, 08:21

I have a VW Polo Y reg, looks immaculate on the outside. Since I got it from a friend as second hand, I have had problems with EPC light coming on all the time, and a red battery with a line going through it. Kwik Fit mechanics have run diagnostic checks, but the fault can't be found; it's impossible to drive away after stalling as the engine power fails. I have had 3 very experienced mechanics look at it, but none is able to fix it. I have changed valves, but that has not resolved the problem. Now it would not start at all, the driver's side electric windows are not functioning, it loses power frequently. I have been told this is a general problem with VW Polo's. Anyone agree with this, please leave comments!

18th Dec 2012, 15:48

I have a VW Polo 1.4i Trendline 2006 model.

I have never experienced any problems with the car for about two years. It's a good car, I won't even think of selling it. I really love my car.

I had to rebuild the engine this year, but I have trouble with timing the engine. Is there anyone in here who knows how to time the engine? Do I have to buy a new rear back crank shaft seal? Please help.