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VW MK5 Polo GTI 2000 - 2001


Small, nice to drive, nippy

expensive to buy, hard to find, poor gearboxes

Recommendable Yes:

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I fist purchased my MK5 VW Polo GTI back in january of last year and i have become so impressed with the car i decided to write this review.

I'll start off with a quick over view of the car.Statistics report that only 3,000 were made. I have not seen this officially reported by VW however. It is reported that 1000 of three colours were made. Red, Black and silver. 500 five door and 500 three door of each colour. So you tend not to see too many around and a lot of people confuse it with the golf GTI

The MK5 ' can also be known as a 6N2,It was only made from 2000 until 2001.

Now for a quick guide to the specification:

Xenon Discharge Headlights with automated washer jets
Red Stitched GTi Steering Wheel
GTi Gearknob
GTi "1" Seats
15mm Lowered Suspension
6CD Changer in the boot
Heated Rear Window/Heater Electric Mirrors
Electric Windows

Air conditioning was standard on the 2000 model and later replaced with climate control from 2001 onwards

It comes with a thatcham Approved Category 2 Manufacturers fitted alarm.

The GTi is a 1.6 16v Engine, producing 125 bhp. It differs from the mk4 16v engine, as it has Variable Valve Timing. Variable valve timing advances the valve timing at higher revs to enhance performance.

There are a few known problems with these cars that are quite common and i wish i had known about these before i borught the car.

The gearbox bearings on this particular model tend to wear out ever so quickly. VW made a really poor design on this one and not many Polo GTI's will last more than 70,000 miles before the bearings break up. Not a cheap reapair. My poor Polo is on its third gearbox in the seven years it has been alive. Now due to the fact there arent many of these cars around, replacement gearboxes are almost impossible to find.

There have also been a few reports of the cam belt tensioners failing. There havent been enough reports however for either VW or VOSA to issue a recall. The cambellt however should be replaced every 60,000 miles anyway so for most people it wouldnt be a problem.

The Polo GTI should be serviced every 10,000 miles which is quite low considering Peugeots and Renaults are every 20,000.

The GTI is group twelve insurance so not cheap for what it is, especially if you are a younger person.

The fuel consumption averages aorund 32 MPG, which isnt great but its really not that bad. You can get aorund 300 miles out of a 37 litre tank

Right thats all i can think of for the technical talk, back to my personal opinion. The car, although it has its faults as ive listed above, it is a lovely car to drive, everyone who has ever driven it has been impressed. It is comfortable and has all the mod cons. Its quite good on space for such a small car and you can easily get two car seats in the back and a small pushchair in the boot..

On the whole a lovely lovely car. Would definatley recommend one if you can find one.
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Heeverburg 19.02.2008 23:33

Good review! x

just.bcoz 19.02.2008 22:46

Great review, very helpful :o)xx

donovan74 19.02.2008 22:24

Good review.............................................................Donovan.

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