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Old 16th December 2011, 01:03   #16
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Car is a April 2011 manufactured car, meaning its about 7 months old, no niggles noticed so far yet.

A negative for most car enthusiasts including myself: A lethargic engine. Throttle response is slow. I am not sure if this will improve after run in but the engine takes a while to respond to pedal input and needs you to work the gears. I tried a spirited run and it seemed to lose steam post 120kph. I won’t be exploring this at least till I complete the 1k km run in period.
I'm not sure if it is some sort of deliberate programming in the ECU, it does make the car smoother for occupants and there are no sudden and unexpected jerks
Almost all of the recent 1.6s are made in April/May 2011. VW probably did not make them after that owing to low sales.

BUt I am really surprised upon reading your thoughts on the engine. 1.6 is a lethargic engine?? loses steam past 120kph? work the gears? all of them points probably reserved for 1.2, but for a 1.6 too??

VW really need to bring in TSI and a 1.5 TDI engine to this hot hatch. The car is almost begging for them.
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Congrats bottle! You have two amazing cars! Your Palio looks so fresh, its looking as fresh/ better than the Polo!

Would be great to see the comparison between these two cars - after the Polo run- in is completed.
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VW really need to bring in TSI and a 1.5 TDI engine to this hot hatch. The car is almost begging for them.
A 1.5 TDi will be perfect for this car. That should make it a nice little highway rider!
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BUt I am really surprised upon reading your thoughts on the engine. 1.6 is a lethargic engine?? loses steam past 120kph? work the gears? all of them points probably reserved for 1.2, but for a 1.6 too??
Not sure, GTO did say that the 1.2 was a peppy engine

I guess its more of a ECU learning curve as well, once or twice stomping on the pedal did seem to improve responsiveness slightly. Its still early days and things could get better
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Congratulations on buying one of the hottest looking hatch, she looks gorgeous in black and delivery in one week is a blessing.

I am happy your VW experience was good and it seems they are learning as earlier it was not so good. I hope the Bangalore VW dealers also get better then what they are now (or at least a few months back)
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Congrats dude!! Looks great When can i see this beast
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One word --Gorgeous. The car looks gorgeous in black. Hope you dont have a hard time maintaining the black beauty.
No way a speck would be allowed on the polo.

If i were the polo I would have been delighted at getting into such caring hands. Just take a look at the palio, its shining almost as much as the polo.
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bottle, your black Vdub looks smashing. And that 1.6 you got there is the only engine which does justice to our Polo.

If you can debadge the tailgate except for grand VW Logo, that rear will look absolutely gorgeous.

Edit: Also, keep a check on the engine oil during the run in, the little german also emulate the bigger cousins.

And Bravo! You got guts to keep two 1.6 petrols in the garage. Love it.

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Congrats on the car ! How would you compare with the Stile's 1.6 engine - responsiveness, low end torque and so on ?
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Edit: Also, keep a check on the engine oil during the run in, the little german also emulate the bigger cousins.

This is for normally seen in the Vento TDI's, never heard on the Polo's (petrol).
However better to keep an eye on this once in a while!

Cheers!

Congrats on your Latest Tryst with yet another Hot Hatch bottle

Both your gorgeous steads looks elegant under that shade. So bottle now that you have 3.2 Ltr (Together ) Hatch at your disposal, can you please give a detailed comparo between the 2. I am sure it will be really interesting to say the least.

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Thanks again everyone, will do a comparo once the run in period is over and show it some open roads Driving in b2b city traffic really isn't a proper way to judge it
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Congratulations Bottle, wishing you a very pleasant and memorable ownership experience. I still like polo over the vento, and if only VW had given a more powerful and refined diesel mill in the polo, I would have gone for it eyes closed.

By the way, I have changed my tyres from C-drives to BS Turanza ER-60 today, feels much better now.
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BUt I am really surprised upon reading your thoughts on the engine. 1.6 is a lethargic engine?? loses steam past 120kph?
Thats because he is comparing it to a defanged GTX/S10 which is the Stile 1.6. Compared to my GTX the Cruze I own now also seems castrated. Its the in gear acceleration with leach like grip of the 10 year old GTX/S10 thats not been replicated in hatches of today. Post 120 kmph its motoring Nirvana in 4th gear in the GTX.
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You moved the old 1.6 in the back :( lol

congrats man, looks brilliant. how much you have done so far ?
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Just completed my first visit to the Service center (Sundaram Mount Road)

Reason - Managed to rip my bumper off when it caught on a bit of decoration protruding from the compound wall. Visually the bumper was fine but the clips holding it broke.

Initially was given an estimate of 11k and decided to get it replaced under insurance.

TAT was 7 days for the same. Looks like Sundaram is seriously undermanned.

Quality of work wasn't anything to shout home about as well. I no longer have a nice glossy factory finish bumper. Initially it looked like it was left to dry in a dusty area with lots of fine grains on the surface. I made them polish the bumper after which that went off but it still looks a bit dull.

Was given an initial bill of 7.8k+ for bumper and general service costs addition but after the fuss with the bumper finish was given a final bill of around 6.8k out of which 4k was paid by insurance. I was not charged for the water wash, general service checkup and for a few other consumables.

I was billed at 6:30PM so the accounts dept was done for the day and they could not give me the invoice with the detailed breakup but it went approximately like 1.9k for the bumper + rest as painting and labour charges.

Will post the detailed bill once I get a copy of it.

One niggle is the headlight on the right seems a bit out of focus and when I went to get it fixed they were too full to work on it so decided to go back another day.
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Congratulations, Bottle!
The Polo is a great-looking hatch and oozes class in black. I'm all for European design, and love the fact that Euro cars usually have the best ride-handling combos.
By the way, maintaining two black cars is not a very easy task given our road/ environment conditions!
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