28th Oct 2014, 17:11

I bought a second hand VW 1.4 Polo 5 months ago, having driven a Golf for over 10 years, and having been very happy with the performance and quality.

The window motor on the driver's side has failed, and last week the car felt very juddery, like driving an old tractor. I took it into the garage, to be told that the gearbox has failed. The car only has 23,000 genuine miles on it. Will cost over £1800 for repair when the car only cost £2500.

18th Nov 2014, 10:26

I also have same problem with my VW Polo Classic 2001; every time I slow down or especially take a turn, it switches off. Can you tell me what sensors were replaced when this happened earlier?

31st Jan 2016, 10:32

To any one that has a W reg Polo that is experiencing random stalling; it's not likely to be the carb or throttle body. It could be, but the main reason is the ECU is broke.

24th Feb 2016, 10:37

After owning a Nissan Micra Shape for almost 20 years, for the first time it failed the MOT. I decided to have it scrapped. Bought a neighbour's VW Polo for £1,100. This is my second day of owning it, and I can't get it in reverse. It just screeches when I try. Can't get it out for my drive, so will have to pay the garage man extra for collecting it. MOT due 12th March, but will have it MOTed 29TH Feb.

I should have looked at this site before I bought it. At 72 years you would think I would have known better? I would rather scrap it than keep paying out on repairs. Let's see what happens on the 29th?

28th Feb 2016, 14:34

What was their advertising strapline? If only everything in life was as reliable as a Volkswagen... yeah right!!

24th May 2016, 14:04

I have had a 2001 VW Polo 1.4, given to me by my girlfriend's brother, which had been stood on the drive for the last 12-18 months, and in that time it has decided to slowly drop its oil from the gearbox, hence stiff gears, but could still be moved under its own power.

Then one day it was pulled forward and left running for 5 minutes to charge the battery, and was to be reversed back to its usual spot. NO SUCH LUCK. On putting it into reverse, I released the clutch and BANG!!! No drive as it sounds as if it has smashed the inner CV joint as the speedo still works. Also a whirling can be heard, so hopefully this week I'm going to refill the gearbox with oil and remove the short shaft to exchange the inner CV joint.

It seems like my problems are just starting.

Rm Broughton, Barnsley.

28th May 2016, 16:20

It's still worth it to repair. A quick search shows these cars listed for many thousands of pounds, and these are fairly desirable for car enthusiasts to modify.

19th Sep 2017, 21:23

Have a VW Polo 2001 from a friend who had it sitting for 6 months. 2 weeks ago flashing with engine check and EPU. The clutch is making noises and the driver's side door motor is gone.

The pedal box is going, and I'm scared to drive it. Is it worth repairing?

25th Oct 2018, 20:55

I've just become the proud owner of a W reg Polo SE. Absolute gem with only 48.000 on the clock. 3 previous owners and spent the last 7 years under a cover in a storage garage. Started first time. Still smells like new inside. Got it insured, taxed and flew through its MOT. Had it out tonight and it lasted half an hour before the car completely shut down without warning and wouldn't start. Managed to get it towed to the garage. Still awaiting prognosis. Why do I get the feeling this is only the beginning of my woes.