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Volkswagen Polo Hatchback 1.4 16V 3d Auto (1997/P)

Volkswagen Polo Hatchback 1.4 16V 3d Auto (1997/P) - Owner Review

Fine, apart from it not having ABS, can be tricky in the rain, watch out.
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Volkswagen Polo Hatchback (94-00)

Value

3 out of 5

Holds its value very well.

Costs

3 out of 5

Bit high. You can get a BMW for the price with same power.

Driving

4 out of 5

Fine, apart from it not having ABS, can be tricky in the rain, watch out.

Performance

4 out of 5

Leaves every car at the lights. 2nd gear is good and speeds above 55mph the pedal is very responsive.

Reliability

4 out of 5

Apart from gearbox.

Image

4 out of 5

Very sporty looking with big bumpers, alloys and tinted rear lights.

Comfort

2 out of 5

Excellent seats. You tend to feel a lot of the road though with large alloys.

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Security

3 out of 5

Just an immobiliser.

Service

2 out of 5

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Problems

Bodywork
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Engine
Thermostat case broke leading to overheating, DOHC engine very reliable, although timing belt may need replacing at 75k miles.

Gearbox
Gearbox went at 70k, new one cost £400, doesn't feel the same since.

Other
MAJOR: engine cuts out sometimes or revs by itself, fault found was that the throttle valve needs cleaning (cheaper option), or replacing, apperently common problem with all VW. Rear wiper washer pipe blocked.

Ownership

Did you buy the car new?
No

Would you buy the same model again?
No

Did you buy from the same manufacturer again?
No