polo_300pxCarrying on the Inside Line series, we move on from looking at the Renault Clio and turn our attention to the Volkswagen Polo.  Now in its fifth generation it remains one of the most popular small cars on the road.

In this issue we are focusing mainly on the fourth generation Polo (however there are some tips for earlier and later generations too). It was facelifted in 2002 and once again in 2006, but also regularly updated inside and under the bonnet.

The Polo Mark IV had a more grown up appearance, matched with a good range of powerplants. Motorists were spoilt with the 1.2-, 1.4- and 1.6-litre petrol engines, and a 1.4- and 1.9-litre diesel versions. Later models of the Polo also saw the introduction of BlueMotion technology and DPFs, which provide technicians with extra challenges.

Remember, too, that the information here is extracted from generous submissions from the market.

Next month we’ll be looking at the Vauxhall Insignia, so if you have expertise, knowledge and insight to share, we would be delighted to hear from you. To get your advice included contact or

Click below to see technical contributions on the Volkswagen Polo from:

Cambiare – covers a number of issues with the Polo

Castrol – recapping why oil plays such an important part in the VW’s engine

Comma – discusses the foibles of fluids and the importance of oil

Corteco – explains the suspension issues on a Polo

First Line – analyse faults with bearings and bushes on the VW

Forte – comments on sticking valve issues with the Polo

FPS – comments on a whole host of common issues with Polos new and old

Gates – advises on belt replacements

Meyle – common issues on the VW Polo solved

Remy – explains there is a difference in the rotating electrics used

RMI – outlines a menagerie of Polo problems

Steel Seal – explains how to avoid head gasket failure

Suplex – explains the variety of springs on a VW Polo

TecRMI – give us an insight into a couple of technical problems with the Polo

ZF Services – advice on changing the front and rear bushes on a Polo

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