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Hello All,

Newbie here,.. would like to ask your (anyone) opinion/suggestion/comment/anything on the new VW Polo Sedan 1.6.,, from the owner itself, or any car enthusiast.

Im looking for a new car. Mine now is local made, would try for a continental, so I think the Polo Sedan would fit for a start.

My concerns are on maintenance/service, fuel consumption and performance (if any, its a 'small car', not expecting much) Comments are deeply appreciated.

Thank you... peace
 

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Somehow felt that the VW Polo Sedan 1.6 is a VW but without VW technology.

If u are interested in VW, why not a Golf Tsi / Jetta?
 

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Polo sedan also local made...:hmmmm:

or you mean your current one is local brand..:proud:


for the price, its quite nice...got rear aircond vent..
i never drive it nor owned any VW though..

what is VW technology?
 

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Being Local assembled they downgraded certain things to cost down. Using Indonesian tyres for one, and rear disc brakes are now drums....:banghead:
 

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Somehow felt that the VW Polo Sedan 1.6 is a VW but without VW technology.

If u are interested in VW, why not a Golf Tsi / Jetta?

The Polo sedan would be my first EURO car, so I wouldnt waste much money on it (if it fails).

Try logged on to VW Facebook, u'll see more negative comments on the cars. But, really that bad kah ??

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Being Local assembled they downgraded certain things to cost down. Using Indonesian tyres for one, and rear disc brakes are now drums....:banghead:
Its been assembled in India.

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Polo sedan also local made...:hmmmm:

or you mean your current one is local brand..:proud:


for the price, its quite nice...got rear aircond vent..
i never drive it nor owned any VW though..

what is VW technology?
My current one is a local brand... PROTON... but u know la.. tingkap always fail... sigh..
 

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The Polo sedan would be my first EURO car, so I wouldnt waste much money on it (if it fails).

Try logged on to VW Facebook, u'll see more negative comments on the cars. But, really that bad kah ??

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Its been assembled in India.

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My current one is a local brand... PROTON... but u know la.. tingkap always fail... sigh..
Been to their FB whilst i was researching on VW & read a lot of complaints but somehow most of them did not mention which model they are complaining about. My 2 bosses using VW models ranging from 1 to 3 years & by far no major complaints from them. Met a guy selling VW accessories recently, also using VW for over a year, no complaint as well. Only advice from him, drive gently.

Service centre complaint, seems that not only VW but others as well, depending on which SC you intend to go to.

I had my fair shares of worrying here & there before finally realising that life is just a bit too short to worry too much. Any question asked, A will say good, B will say bad, C would say neutral & so on, so if you are really keen to try out Euro, do go ahead. You will never know until you try it yourself.

As for myself, been driving mine for over a week now & truly enjoying the experience, from the acceleration to the comfort to the handling & technology, really enjoyed it.

Do take note that the VW Polo Sedan is the VW entry level model, as such don't really expect to much from quality but they did packed in a number of useful stuff i.e. rear a/c, RCD 320 HU that comes with bluetooth. A bit of a flaw with the arm rest / hand brake position though. need to move the arm rest up every time you operate the hand brake as the arm rest is in the way.
 

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Been to their FB whilst i was researching on VW & read a lot of complaints but somehow most of them did not mention which model they are complaining about. My 2 bosses using VW models ranging from 1 to 3 years & by far no major complaints from them. Met a guy selling VW accessories recently, also using VW for over a year, no complaint as well. Only advice from him, drive gently.

Service centre complaint, seems that not only VW but others as well, depending on which SC you intend to go to.

I had my fair shares of worrying here & there before finally realising that life is just a bit too short to worry too much. Any question asked, A will say good, B will say bad, C would say neutral & so on, so if you are really keen to try out Euro, do go ahead. You will never know until you try it yourself.

As for myself, been driving mine for over a week now & truly enjoying the experience, from the acceleration to the comfort to the handling & technology, really enjoyed it.

Do take note that the VW Polo Sedan is the VW entry level model, as such don't really expect to much from quality but they did packed in a number of useful stuff i.e. rear a/c, RCD 320 HU that comes with bluetooth. A bit of a flaw with the arm rest / hand brake position though. need to move the arm rest up every time you operate the hand brake as the arm rest is in the way.

Thanks for the info option 1978. Couldn't agree more with what u said,..
 

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Thanks for the info option 1978. Couldn't agree more with what u said,..
Btw, had another good look at the complaints at VW FB, noticed that the more serious / long standing complaints are on Polo (both sedan & 1.2 TSI) & a few minor on Passat (1.8 TSI).

Finally it's still your own decision, whether you want to experience Euro cars enough to take certain risk that may or may not happen to you (much depending on luck) or just stick with local / asian cars.

Good luck & cheers
 

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Btw, had another good look at the complaints at VW FB, noticed that the more serious / long standing complaints are on Polo (both sedan & 1.2 TSI) & a few minor on Passat (1.8 TSI).

Finally it's still your own decision, whether you want to experience Euro cars enough to take certain risk that may or may not happen to you (much depending on luck) or just stick with local / asian cars.

Good luck & cheers
Their after sales service are just pure crap.
Even Proton is better.
 

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My friend sends her GTI to Wearnes and has had her issues with them. But these issues sometimes can be prevented by doing self maintenance checks.

Personally I don't trust any service center. I do my own checks and I just tell the SC to change things that I can't do myself or follow the warranty requirements.

The most important thing is to build a relationship with a certain SC rep and always work with the same guy if that rep gives good service.

And the Polo Sedan doesn't have any VW tech. So it's relatively problem free. It's a pretty nippy 1.6 and it's not a light car (it feels heavy when driving) but it's got the Euro feel. Quiet (relative) cabin, solid feel, etc. Probably will be cheaper to maintain than other VWs cuz no DSG and TSI.
 

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SC cannot settle issues is due to SC not good or Car got major issues cannot settle?
 

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SC cannot settle issues is due to SC not good or Car got major issues cannot settle?
In the case of my friends GTI, a bike sideswiped her side mirror and the plastic panel popped out. She sent it back to Wearnes for repair and they couldn't fit it back. Fitted it eventually but she discovered the car had a few hundred KM added to the mileage. Joyriders? 100km is somewhat acceptable but a few hundred is unacceptable. It was something like 300km+ total.

2nd time sent back to change drive shaft based on service records, the mechs didn't notice a damaged sidewall in the 18" tyres and the somewhat flat tyre and didn't inform my friend. She only discovered the problem after driving back from the center and heard a strange droning sound. By then the tyre was unrecoverable.

Other times they didn't fit panels properly causing rattling, didn't screw properly causing loud banging noise when the bolt came loose while driving that shocked my friend and thought something had broken in the engine bay.

All sorts of things.
 

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And the Polo Sedan doesn't have any VW tech. So it's relatively problem free. It's a pretty nippy 1.6 and it's not a light car (it feels heavy when driving) but it's got the Euro feel. Quiet (relative) cabin, solid feel, etc. Probably will be cheaper to maintain than other VWs cuz no DSG and TSI.
..Hmm..thanks for the info..
 

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In the case of my friends GTI, a bike sideswiped her side mirror and the plastic panel popped out. She sent it back to Wearnes for repair and they couldn't fit it back. Fitted it eventually but she discovered the car had a few hundred KM added to the mileage. Joyriders? 100km is somewhat acceptable but a few hundred is unacceptable. It was something like 300km+ total.

2nd time sent back to change drive shaft based on service records, the mechs didn't notice a damaged sidewall in the 18" tyres and the somewhat flat tyre and didn't inform my friend. She only discovered the problem after driving back from the center and heard a strange droning sound. By then the tyre was unrecoverable.

Other times they didn't fit panels properly causing rattling, didn't screw properly causing loud banging noise when the bolt came loose while driving that shocked my friend and thought something had broken in the engine bay.

All sorts of things.
That is because most SC don't have panel and body work personnel. When I had a Honda there was a rust spot on the door. Send back to SC they in turn have to send to their contracted body shop for respray.
Lately my wife's Tiggo had door alignment problem, mention to SA during one of her service, was told body shop expert not in until the following month (They shifted workshop). So next round only got it done.

As for joy ride, well one of the SA in one SC I know was sack because he took customer car for a ride, so it all depends on the Administration of the SC.
 

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all cars have problems...i even knew a person that had a proton wira for 10 yrs without any power window or other major problems,
just maintain service on time thats all.

i also know a person that owns a BMW F30 that has problems after 2 weeks of driving, major ones that have to frequently visit the SC & problem still persists.

so it all boils down to luck, just pray to GOD before delivery of your new car.
 

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all cars have problems...i even knew a person that had a proton wira for 10 yrs without any power window or other major problems,
just maintain service on time thats all.

i also know a person that owns a BMW F30 that has problems after 2 weeks of driving, major ones that have to frequently visit the SC & problem still persists.

so it all boils down to luck, just pray to GOD before delivery of your new car.
Well said Bro DanzEterna. All boils down to luck. My 2 auto transmission car previously(Wira & SEG), driving it like manual for over 3 years no problem, some of my colleagues driving Wira auto, claimed / replaced a number of GB through out a period of 7 years while being a gentle driver.

My 2 bosses owns a couple of Euro i.e. A4 B7, Q5, Scirocco, Passat, Saab but never heard of major problem with their rides except when in accident, wait like hell to get parts (especially the Saab). My colleague own a Viva (from new) & 2 years down the road had a few breakdowns (stalled in the middle of traffic jam). Once her car was quarantined by Perodua for repair works & wouldn't release the car until repair done citing major risk if continue driving (fire hazard i heard).
 

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All boils down to luck.

Yalah.. true.. but funny part is, their ads didnt say... 'and it all comes back to ur luck'. ..sigh

Buying a car is like making small investment. I felt sorry to those who have to deal with his/her bad side of luck, but as investment/money concerns..

Money doesn't grow on trees.. my money doesn't :bawling:
 

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Yalah.. true.. but funny part is, their ads didnt say... 'and it all comes back to ur luck'. ..sigh

Buying a car is like making small investment. I felt sorry to those who have to deal with his/her bad side of luck, but as investment/money concerns..

Money doesn't grow on trees.. my money doesn't :bawling:
Seriously, everything else in life boils down to luck. As a fact, buying car is no longer a small investment, it's one that can kill you if you are really really unlucky.

An ex-colleague of mine inherited his boss's E46 (luckily company car & he don't need to pay installment). When with the boss no major problem, when he inherited it, every outstation trip within that year ended up with car being towed back to KL i.e. belt snapped, electronic problem, mechanical failure. No need to pay for repair but the inconveniences really stressed him out.

Another friend of mine, driving her 130Y for a couple of years without major repairs needed until it got stolen & forced to get another car which is a brand new MYVI. A week after getting it, found out a number of electronics not working & have to send back for claim. Goes on every few months with minor but yet irritating problems keep popping up.:banghead:
 

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Another thing is when you want to see your old car it will break down just before you sell it......:rolleyes:
 

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Another thing is when you want to see your old car it will break down just before you sell it......:rolleyes:
Tell me that.

Imagine this, I need to handover my old car at 3.30 p.m. At 12.30 p.m. while going to attend a very important appointment, while entering into the car park & while driving down a f**king steep & narrow ramp, realised that some idiot has installed a speed hump at the point where the ramp meets the floor slab & while driving through it, my bumper lip got stuck & nearly got ripped out. :banghead:

Upon inspection after clearing that, noticed that the bumper lip almost got totally ripped out resulting in a 1/2" gap between the bumper & lip while handing in place by a few mm of screw.:bawling:

After my appointment at 2.30 p.m. have to quickly rush to workshop to have it screwed back & rush to to handover my car.:banghead:
 

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Why I say that because I went through it too. Buyer suppose to view car at lunch time, when driving to work in the morning the gear cable snap...:banghead:
 

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Why I say that because I went through it too. Buyer suppose to view car at lunch time, when driving to work in the morning the gear cable snap...:banghead:
From the time I decided to get a new car, til the day I m supposed to handover, daily stress & prayers to ensure & keep the car in order. Damn it
 

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Buying a VW that doesn't have VW technology is like dating a Baywatch girl with A cup boobs... just saying...
 

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Buying a VW that doesn't have VW technology is like dating a Baywatch girl with A cup boobs... just saying...
Its an entry-car for me Ixeo.. and since luck has to do with buying a car, I wouldnt date a Baywatch girl with a DD,.. with an attitude.hehe..

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Anyway guys... I went to VW Showroom in G******ie, to see the Sedan and Passat up close,. (u all know, VW giving out discount for Passat) and do some testdrive.

True, the Passat has more power and handling, but after few minutes, suddenly all the dashboards lights (engine, seatbelt, airbag etc) starts to turned to 'orange' but the car is still running. The salesperson said, its a testdrive-car so a lot of people have been testing-the engine-recklessly (they also want to hentam the engine), so its quite normal to it. I had my doubt there. Im sure other buyer also hentam Camry/Civic or other cars, but dont know if the dashboard lights blinked. I mean, its a test-car and it shouldnt give a negative first-impression.

And, I also asked.., why does it take some time for repair or replacement parts.. he answered, ..the customer should send their cars to where they bought it, some showroom they just sell and not repairs, so if they buyer bought it in Kuantan and send repairs to Shah Alam, then it will take up sometime. I was surprised ! I mean, is it true ? Cant take ur car to any other service centre ?
 

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Another thing is when you want to see your old car it will break down just before you sell it......:rolleyes:
haha very true, a day before im supposed to handover my perdana to the new buyer, my driver power window panel failed, went to halfcut shops but all sold out, so i opened it myself & found out that 1 wire had a loose connection (previously modified by me), so just connect the wire back with black PVC tape & problem settled, lucky me :rofl:

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Its an entry-car for me Ixeo.. and since luck has to do with buying a car, I wouldnt date a Baywatch girl with a DD,.. with an attitude.hehe..

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Anyway guys... I went to VW Showroom in G******ie, to see the Sedan and Passat up close,. (u all know, VW giving out discount for Passat) and do some testdrive.

True, the Passat has more power and handling, but after few minutes, suddenly all the dashboards lights (engine, seatbelt, airbag etc) starts to turned to 'orange' but the car is still running. The salesperson said, its a testdrive-car so a lot of people have been testing-the engine-recklessly (they also want to hentam the engine), so its quite normal to it. I had my doubt there. Im sure other buyer also hentam Camry/Civic or other cars, but dont know if the dashboard lights blinked. I mean, its a test-car and it shouldnt give a negative first-impression.

And, I also asked.., why does it take some time for repair or replacement parts.. he answered, ..the customer should send their cars to where they bought it, some showroom they just sell and not repairs, so if they buyer bought it in Kuantan and send repairs to Shah Alam, then it will take up sometime. I was surprised ! I mean, is it true ? Cant take ur car to any other service centre ?
a true salesman with lack of product knowledge, maybe he was formerly from Proton. :banghead:
 

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haha very true, a day before im supposed to handover my perdana to the new buyer, my driver power window panel failed, went to halfcut shops but all sold out, so i opened it myself & found out that 1 wire had a loose connection (previously modified by me), so just connect the wire back with black PVC tape & problem settled, lucky me :rofl:

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a true salesman with lack of product knowledge, maybe he was formerly from Proton. :banghead:
Lucky you.....:driver:

Proton now sell VW.....:rofl::rofl:
 

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Its an entry-car for me Ixeo.. and since luck has to do with buying a car, I wouldnt date a Baywatch girl with a DD,.. with an attitude.hehe..

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Anyway guys... I went to VW Showroom in G******ie, to see the Sedan and Passat up close,. (u all know, VW giving out discount for Passat) and do some testdrive.

True, the Passat has more power and handling, but after few minutes, suddenly all the dashboards lights (engine, seatbelt, airbag etc) starts to turned to 'orange' but the car is still running. The salesperson said, its a testdrive-car so a lot of people have been testing-the engine-recklessly (they also want to hentam the engine), so its quite normal to it. I had my doubt there. Im sure other buyer also hentam Camry/Civic or other cars, but dont know if the dashboard lights blinked. I mean, its a test-car and it shouldnt give a negative first-impression.

And, I also asked.., why does it take some time for repair or replacement parts.. he answered, ..the customer should send their cars to where they bought it, some showroom they just sell and not repairs, so if they buyer bought it in Kuantan and send repairs to Shah Alam, then it will take up sometime. I was surprised ! I mean, is it true ? Cant take ur car to any other service centre ?
Spent a while reading the complaints in VW Malaysia FB page & found that most of the complaints are for Polo, followed by Passat.

One guy who was very vocal there has been complaining about his Polo Sedan a/c for almost a year but yet to be able to get it resolved. Others generally complaint about the quality after sales service of VW.

You can take a look there before deciding. Took me a while to research & decide on my next car (over 6 months to be exact). We seems to have a lot of choice for car but yet it seems so limited when really search for 'the one'.

Finally decided to take the risk as well you only live once & life just a bit too short to worry too much & decided to take a 2nd hand Jetta. Had it for over 3 weeks now & frankly speaking the driving experience is much better than a lot of Japs / Korean but then keeping my finger crossed & praying hard that it won't fail & disappoint me