Product Type: Volkswagen cars
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A reliable runaround!
VW Polo (1994-99)
Member Name: Clurbur85
VW Polo (1994-99)
Advantages: Good price, easy to drive, feels safe, smooth gears, four doors, efficient.
Disadvantages: It takes a while to pick up speed, old fashioned interior.
When I heard that an old school friend was selling his 1999 T-reg VW Polo for £500, I thought that it was something I should invest in. At the time I was driving a 1993 Nissan Micra - which resembled a tin can - so the time had come to buy a replacement.
I bought the car with 10 months MOT and four months tax remaining - so it's fair to say that I snagged myself a bargain. That said, there was a pretty large dint in the driver's door, from an accident that he had six months previously. Lucky for me, my step-dad is a car enthusiast and offered to fix it for me. Other than that, the bodywork on the car was okay generally, however there were a few tiny rust spots on the driver's door. My Nissan Micra was six years older than my Polo and it certainly had better paintwork!
The car came will a full service history - and it's fair to say that the previous owners had all taken good care of it. Coincidentally, through this history, I discovered that the person I bough the car from had purchased it for £750 - so they haven't really lost much money on it. However, when the car was originally bought in 1999, it cost £6100 - so it's a lot of money over the years - like all cars do.
When I bought it my Polo had 80,000 miles on the clock - which is slightly below average for a car of its age. That said, I am told that it will drive well over 100,000 and considering I drive about 5,000 miles a year, I'm hoping to have this car for a while.
The interior is quite spacious; especially considering it only has a one litre engine. You could easily fit four adults in it without feeling cramped - and it also has four doors - which is an added bonus. The boot is also quite deep and has a fair amount of storage. However, the chairs are quite worn and old fashioned looking, but this is probably something that could be fined up if it was that much of an issue.
My car also came with a CD player installed - this isn't a standard feature. It also has manual windows and it doesn't have central locking.
When you drive this car, it feels quite wide, compared to other one litre cars. It also takes quite a while to pick up speed, but it will go to 80 mph without shaking.
The gears are quite smooth to change and in general it's quite an easy car to drive, although the steering is heavy if you have a full load of passengers.
I feel quite safe driving it because it feels like quite a sturdy car and it also comes with airbags.
It has also been quite reliable so far - I haven't had to pay any money out on repairs and so it has always started upon the first attempt.
To drive the car is very efficient. I believe that it's insurance group 7 - which is fairly low. I am 26, I have been driving for four years, I have three points on my licence and I live on a inner city estate, so my insurance comes in at about £70 per month. The annual tax price is £125.
Petrol-wise this car is fantastic - it costs me £50 to fill the tank up - and this usually lasts me for the month. Despite running around here, there and everywhere the petrol doesn't seem to go down quickly at all. It's certainly more efficient than my old Micra!
Overall I'd say this is a great little runaround. It is economical, reliable and it feels safe to drive. If you're looking for a cheap car, or if you're a new driver, then I highly recommend that you consider a VW Polo.
Summary: A sound investment.