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VW Polo Common Issues

Volkswagen is undeniably one of the world’s most iconic car brands, with classic models like the Beetle and the Golf still popular among enthusiasts. However, for those seeking the perfect balance between manoeuvrability, affordability and power, the Polo remains a top contender. This car has been a fixture on our streets since 1975, with six iterations produced over the years, resulting in numerous options available on the second-hand market.

Despite the Polo’s signature German engineering, it is not impervious to faults. In this article, we explore some common problems with the VW Polo and examine the severity of each issue. Is it possible to remedy the problem with VW Polo parts, or is it a warning sign to avoid the purchase altogether?

Fuel System Faults

VW Tiguan Engine

If you’re considering a Polo with a TDI or TSI engine, be aware that these turbocharged motors are known to suffer from faults and leaks. It’s essential to have a knowledgeable mechanic inspect the car before purchase to avoid buying a lemon.

At Volksmaster, we have the expertise to diagnose and repair any issues with your VW Polo. Contact us today for all your car servicing and repair needs. We also offer a pre-purchsse vehicle inspection service, for peace of mind when purchasing a vehicle.

Fuel Leaking

The VW Polo has had several known issues that potential buyers should be aware of. The 1.2L diesel model manufactured between 2010 and 2014 may have a crack in the fuel filter causing fuel leaks, but this can be easily checked with a call to your local dealer using the vehicle’s registration number.

Electric Windows

VW Polo Interior

The Polo’s windows can become stuck in the channels over time, which can cause the electric motors to use more power to move them.

This issue is particularly noticeable in the Highline and Highline Plus trims, and debris in the channels can exacerbate the problem.

The excessive power consumption can cause the motors to wear out quickly. Early detection is key and lubricating the runners may solve the problem. If left unaddressed, this issue can lead to the failure of the buttons or motor, necessitating replacement.

Rear Seatbelts

Another issue to watch out for is with the rear seatbelts in Polo models manufactured between 2017 and 2018. A flaw in the design could cause the left-hand side seat belt lock to unbuckle when a passenger shifts their weight during a lane change. While it can be challenging to check for this problem, your local VW dealer can confirm whether a spacer has been fitted to resolve the issue.

Windscreen Washer

VW Polo Airbags

Another issue is with the windscreen washer, where a split washer jet pipe may cause the jets to fail, but this is usually covered by warranties and is not too expensive to replace.

Airbag Problems

Airbag troubles have also been reported in some Polos. In some models manufactured in 2014, a bad signal from the accelerator sensor may trigger the airbag at the wrong time, while in some models manufactured between August and October 2020, the airbag may detach from its seating in cold conditions and potentially break car windows on deployment.

In 2007 models, the airbag may malfunction and overinflate due to exposure to heat and humidity, potentially injuring the passenger.

Rough Idiling And Running Poor

If you’re experiencing poor running or rough idling with your VW Polo, the coil pack may be the culprit. In addition to these symptoms, other indicators of a faulty coil pack include misfires, difficulty starting, the EMU lamp lighting up on the dashboard and reduced power while driving.

In some cases, the issue could be due to an oil leak in the spark plug well, which can be resolved with a thorough cleaning. However, if this doesn’t work, you’ll likely need to replace the coil pack altogether.

Timing Chain

VW Timing Chain

Do you know the mileage of the Polo? The timing belt in Polos becomes vulnerable and can fail at around 60K miles. The service history should indicate whether the replacement has been carried out.

If it’s not available, check the odometer. If the car has more than 60K miles, watch out for signs of timing chain problems such as engine rattling, unexpected shutdowns, or the check engine light illuminating. In such cases, it’s best to walk away.

While the Polo is generally a well-built and reasonably reliable vehicle, it has ranked in the final third of the list for reliability against its rivals.

In conclusion, the VW Polo is a classic and popular car that offers a perfect balance of manoeuvrability, affordability and power. However, like any vehicle, it is not impervious to faults. Some common issues with the Polo have been highlighted in this article, including electric window problems, rear seatbelt issues, fuel system faults, fuel leaking, windscreen washer issues, airbag problems, rough idling and running poor and timing chain issues. While some of these issues can be easily remedied, others may be warning signs. It is essential to have a knowledgeable mechanic take care of you car to ensure it runs smoothly, doesn’t hold any suddent fault surprises and is ultimately safe to drive. The VW Polo remains a popular choice for car enthusiasts.

If you believe your Polo may need a repair, you suspect a fault or you are considering a service or MOT, you can book your vehicle in to one of our 4 branches by using the simple form below or give us a call at Oldham 0161 624 5060, Heywood on 01706 622633, Bury 0161 761 3030 and our Oldham Van Centre 0161 628 5270.

We also offer a highly convenient Collect & Return service or a Courtesy Car to ensure your routine is disrupted as little as possible while your vehicle is serviced, repaired or undergoes an MOT.

Arranging Your Service

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Simply drop your car off with us between 8am and 10am and in most cases your vehicle will be ready for collection the same day between 3.30 and 5.30. Outside these hours you are welcome to park.

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Most servicing and repair work can be done while you wait. If this is your preference we have a superb waiting area equipped with free hot and cold drinks and a interesting viewing area where you can watch our trained technicians working on your vehicle.

Courtesy car
If your vehicle needs to stay with us for 1 day or longer then you are able to pre-book one of our courtesy vehicles to keep you mobile.

Pick up / drop off
The ultimate hassle free solution; one of our drivers will arrange to collect your vehicle from your home or place of work at a pre-arranged time and then return your vehicle when the work is complete. Our service advisors will contact you when the vehicle arrives on site during the day to discuss the progress of the work and then advise you of the time you can expect your vehicle back. Contact our service advisors for more details.

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