Volkswagen Polo (2000 – 2002) Review

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Volkswagen Polo (2000 – 2002) At A Glance

Facelifted Polo III, still with an upmarket image. Better than pre-facelift and all now have power steering.

Not as reliable or well built as its image might suggest. Appetite for front tyres and front brakes.

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What should I replace my old VW Polo with?
What do you think of the 2016 Volkswagen Polo Match? I'm looking to replace my 16 year old Polo.
The Polo of that generation isn't a bad car but isn't as spacious as some alternatives. The Match is pretty low specification, too. We'd recommend a Hyundai i20 of that age.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Poblem with my petrol float - can you help?
hi John i have a polo classic 2002 1.6i i want to know my petrol gauges never show me the right amount of petrol in my car when i start the cat the needled will show full but then it half while driving the gauges moves up and down must i replace the petrol float or is there something els fauty please need your help thanks
Not an unknown problem with Polos. Probably a perforated float, but highly unwise to open the tank and start fiddling yourself. The slightest spark could send the car and you up in flames. If you ignore this advice, DEFINITELY MAKE SURE YOU DISCONNECT THE CAR BATTERY BEFORE DOING ANYTHING.
Answered by Honest John
Volkswagen Polo ABS light problem
The ABS light on my 2000 Polo Match remains on constantly despite the ABS still working normally. Removing the ABS fuse makes no difference. My local VW specialist thought replacing the instrument binnacle would work but despite considerable expense it has made no difference. It is otherwise a good low mileage car (56,00) for its age and I'm reluctant to scrap it. Have you any ideas?
Possibly the same fault that has afflicted Golfs and other models. Failure of the brake pressure sensor inside the ATE Teves Mk 60 ABS/ESP module which can be replaced by but worth checking the individual wheel sensors and reluctor rings first. Are you sure this is a 2000 Polo with ABS? Not a 2010?
Answered by Honest John
Has the the head gasket gone my Polo?
Has my 2002 Volkswagen Polo 1.4 TDI blown a head gasket? There is water build up in the tray at the front driver's/coolant tank side of engine. The car doesn't overheat, nor is there any milky oil or excessive smoke from the exhaust. There were bubbles coming from coolant/overflow area after a shortish run and coolant levels dropped. My local mechanic thinks head gasket gone? Anything I should check?
Keep checking the header tank. If the coolant is blowing out of the pressure cap at the top then you may only have an airlock in the cooling system that you might be able to purge by running the engine to temperature with the cap off and the heater set to max heat. If this doesn't work, it could be that the thermostat has stuck shut. If it isn't that and there are no other leaks, then could be head gasket.
Answered by Honest John

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