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Volkswagen Polo MK4 9N

Volkswagen Polo MK4 9N (2002-2010)

3.3 from 10 reviews

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3.3

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  • Build Quality
    3.0 (1)
  • Value for Money
    4.0 (1)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.0 (1)
  • Noise Level
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Ben

BenGreater Melbourne (Outer), VIC

  • 6 reviews
  • 9 likes

Great buzz box

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After adding roof racks it's a beast. Seriously, it's a tardis!
We use our polo for work and play. Seats 5 rugby players, acts as a station wagon for storage, burns through the Twisties even as a diesel. But.....
Issues with the coffee cup holder, it is broke plain and simple. Servicing is expensive, vw well duh. Headlight replacement is a mechanics job and requires battery box or air box removal.
Airbag and dodgy vs shenanigans aside......
Want to love it, don't, but I really really really like it.

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Smooth and fast!

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Bought mine with a 200K mileage on it a year ago. I have already drive about 65k miles in 1 year (i know, i drive A LOT!!) and no big issue. Of course some things needed to be changed such as rear shock absorber, headlight switch and brake pad. Thats it. Otherwise its a great car! It surprisingly drives really fast for a 1.2 (can reach 150 km\hr without any struggle) and stable on highway. Running costs is cheap. Servicing can be a bit costly (if you are buying genuine parts- highly recommended). Interior door handles are cheaply build. If anyone has any question on this car (mechanical or electronics), I might help since i know quite a bit on it.

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TransmissionManual
Engine Size1.2L
Doors5
Date PurchasedNov 2015
JasonJG

JasonJGWellington

Buy only new

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I bought it with 60k miles. Not that big trouble but after 5k problems started with engine, after other parts and so on so on. I wonder why VW made this car? Well maybe when you buy brand new it's worth, but old lady with 60k miles? Not worth, you will always meet problems!

Badge16V
TransmissionAutomatic
Engine Size1.4L Petrol
Doors5
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Major engine problems

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2007 Polo 1.2 Petrol. I bought this second hand with only 40k miles on engine, which is nothing. The car ran great 4 months and then the problem struck. Car started loosing the power suddenly when it is idle or waiting for traffic lights etc. The car will vibrate so much as if someone is shagging inside.

Took it to the garage and I found that engine 2nd piston is loosing power. It was the piston chamber that had the gap and hence loosing the pressure. The only fix was to buy either new or refurbished chamber which is bloody expensive plus the labour. The mechanic told me that this engine is a cheap and cheerful engine you will find in many other small cars and has a bad design.

Engine Size1.2L Turbo Petrol
Tim White

Tim WhiteSpalding, Lincolnshire

  • 2 reviews
  • 4 likes

265,000 miles with no faults

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Engine Size1.4L Petrol
Doors5

Enjoyable - in fits and starts

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This car has its ups and downs - it can be a pleasure to drive and has the sense of high build quality and really feels like a large car but in pocket size form. The main issues are the reliability (gearbox and electrical) and cost of servicing (expensive), I'd recommend local mechanics rather than VW.
Ride, Handling, Size, Features, Looks, Fuel Economy
Reliability, Reliability and Reliability

Engine Size1.4L
TransmissionManual
robins60

robins60ADELAIDE

  • 43 reviews
  • 79 likes

Appallingly badly built vehicle

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mickhoog

mickhoog

  • 13 reviews

OK

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Tracky1974

Tracky1974AU

  • 74 reviews

Excellent

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I owned a 2007 Polo GTI from brand new and only sold it when I needed a bigger car due to family reasons. I loved this car. It was smooth and refined and a breeze to drive. The additional power of the turbo made merging in peak traffic in Melbourne easy and safe. The car was whipser quiet with no rattles or squeaks.
Easy to drive, easy to park. Beautiful and solid reliable car, with a bucketload of safety features.
The new Polo GTI while now comes in a 5 door, only comes with the DSG gearbox. I am not sure why VW is trying to exclude drivers who prefer to drive a manual.

BadgeGTI
TransmissionManual
Engine Size1.8L Turbo Petrol
Doors3
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berlin

berlin

  • 2 reviews

Good

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I love the Polo TDI and would strongly recommend that people buy this model. Lots of power and ability to get you out of trouble. Car looks good and sound system is excellent. I find the car economical to drive and to service. Very impressed
I have a 2007 Polo TDI-love the power and quality finish
The cupholder is troublesome and doesnt fit with the finish. Top of doors mark very easily.

BadgePacific TDI
TransmissionManual
Engine Size1.9L Turbo-Diesel
Doors5
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Questions & Answers

Sean K

Sean Kasked

Polo MK4 9N (2002-2010)

I have a 2006 vw polo auto bky is the code a manual will not fit there is a rattle in engine, i took it to a garage they told me i needed a new engine. I phoned 70 breakers they said it would be very difficult, can any body help?

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Garren Pitt

Garren Pittasked

Polo MK4 9N (2002-2010)

Looking at buying a 2002 Volkswagen Polo SE 9N Manual MY02 it has had all its services and major ones, is there anything i can look at when test driving the car to spot to see if something is wrong with it?

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Grant
Grant

Sorry Garren. We have not had the Polo long enough to pick any "Watch" areas. If it has Cruise Control and you plan on using Cruise Control on either a freeway or highway, I would try to take a test drive somewhere at 100kph using cruise. Also if it is an auto with a DSG gearbox, VW did have problems with the early versions of the DSG boxes.

Garren Pitt
Garren Pitt

Its a manual. But thank you for your help

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