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Volkswagen Polo Hatchback 1.4 CL 3d (1997/P)

Volkswagen Polo Hatchback 1.4 CL 3d (1997/P) - Owner Review

Too much oversteer.
5

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Volkswagen Polo Hatchback (94-00)

Value

5 out of 5

Expenisve to buy, but hold their value well.

Costs

5 out of 5

Never had a serious problem.

Driving

4 out of 5

Too much oversteer.

Performance

5 out of 5

Very nippy.

Reliability

5 out of 5

Nothing but wear and tear, and not much of that. Tyres, exhaust (was still original until last year) wheel bearings and a battery cable (in three good years of motoring).

Image

5 out of 5

Well I love it, for its age it's not dated, especially compared to the Golf of the same year. I have added tinted lights, de-badged chrome mesh grill and alloys, looks fantastic and all reversible for selling.

Comfort

4 out of 5

Great.

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Insurance group: 11

Security

3 out of 5

Had to have Thatchem category 1 immobiliser fitted, instead of standard security, insurance company wouldn't insure it otherwise, cost £100, so ask your insurance company first! But never had a problem.

Service

5 out of 5

Good, but partner works for VW!

Problems

Bodywork
No rust at all and now 7 years old. Got a few slight dints in the side panels due to ignorant people banging their car doors into it, in car parks. Due to the rounded panels and metallic paint they are impossible to hide.

Engine
The cable that re-charges the battery got damaged so the battery went completely flat. Nothing else serious.

Gearbox
I agree with other reviews - it is clunky and sometimes dificult to get into reverse. This is a VW problem, apparently even the new Phaeton does this!

Other
Fantastic, fun and reliable.

Ownership

Did you buy the car new?
No

Would you buy the same model again?
Yes

Did you buy from the same manufacturer again?
Yes