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VW Polo 1.2 e 2005
Member Name: realspecialone
VW Polo 1.2 e 2005
Advantages: Galvanised Bodywork, Good Engine, Impeccable Build Quality and Fuel Economy.
Disadvantages: Cost of Purchase, Known Mechanical Issues and Dealership Servicing Costs.
When looking for a first car I was looking for reliability, comfort, fuel economy and low insurance and I stumbled across the VW Polo after looking at various corsa's, fiesta's and 206's. The first thing that I noticed about the car was it's very masculine and planted stance with it's beetle esque lights and it's bright paintwork and I thought to myself, this looks expensive for a first car. So I carried on looking around the car and I liked the way it was built and looked very high end almost like a BMW in terms of it's build quality. Driving it, being a 1.2, it was very eager and liked to be revved which I liked as I have always been a petrol head. The interior was well built and felt very grown up, minimalistic and no bright colours or quirky interior trim. After falling head overs heels for the car I bought it.
I have owned this car for a year now and I love it. The things I love about it is it's rigidity and stability at high speeds, heavy doors and loud clunk when shutting them, good fuel economy at around 35mpg with my spirited driving style and overall reliability considering I bought it used and being the third owner. the previous owner left it in a bit of a state and needed a bit of TLC to bring it back to it's former glory.
Surprisingly, this car hides it's price very well considering it was £10,000 new in 2002 for a basic E model ( no electric windows and no central locking) and I picked it up for £2,500 with only 62,000 miles on the clock. Driving this car to work and back, you do get a few admiring looks when driving it when it's bright red after using rubbing compound, washing it and waxing it because it looks brand new and it's a VW and also gives the illusion that it's more expensive then it really is.
The advantages of this car is the galvanised bodywork, good fuel economy, impeccable build quality, bright blue illuminated clocks when lights are on, well laid out interior and hard wearing materials and relatively cheap parts.
Unfortunately, no car is perfect and does have it's pitfalls. The 9N polos do have known mechanical issues and service history needs to be checked before purchase and have it checked over by RAC or AA as a precaution. Economy suffers at high speeds due to low horsepower and weight of the car. Servicing at main dealer can be expensive but a reliable independent service centre will suffice.
Overall, this car needs to be taken seriously regardless of it being a supermini, a car for elderly people or a car for mothers. This car is not defined by the people that drive it but defined by it's cheerful character and it's ability to get you from A to B. This car is no rocket ship but it does what it can do very well and with comfort and refinement which is rare in small cars these days. I would highly recommend anyone considering this car because you are getting a good quality car that will last a long time and it's very cheap to maintain due to low insurance, tax and good fuel economy.
Summary: The Well Refined Small Car