Volkswagen Polo Highline
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Cannot count the memories with this car. Absolutely adore this car. Flawless experience overall. Would not even regret getting this car once since it was the first batch of European Polos in 2010. Saved my life once when a truck rammed us from the right side(67K bill). Plan to keep it for another 10 years. Official service center and external mechanics have appreciated the condition of this car and value it at 2 lakh even though it is 10 years old(with company service history of everything)which leads me to believe just how poorly people maintain their cars for the value to crash. VW tdi engines are mostly bulletproof and known for at least 150-200k miles, and yet I do not know how people from the great teambhp manage to have so many issues.
I think they should teach about stuff like break-in period which is necessary for any car and first 2000 km should be mild unstressed driving and yet people get over excited not realizing the rubber seals and gaskets are not yet at full capacity. Similarly, driving like hooligans with a cold engine. Worldwide you will see people talk about not stressing an engine for 20-30 mins as it heats up and yet many people drive their car hard upon startup. I have done easily 30-40K Km at 150-160kmph between 2012 and 2016 and for a polo TDI that is 4000+rpm yet I did not face any issues and my engine became actually smoother because I waited for my engine to warm up before driving hard.
Finally, nobody teaches the basics of driving. I have to get my clutch replaced only now at 1.62 lakh KM and several mechanics were shocked when I asked for a quote from them to change my clutch because they thought I would already have changed it once. Apparently, clutches in India last only 40- 70K KM which is pathetic and no point blaming anything except driving style when the same thing lasts 80-100K miles or 120-160KM worldwide. Just because someone plans to sell their car every 4 years does not mean they remain ignorant and lack basic mechanical sympathy towards their cars. The car will only reciprocate how you treat it.
The experience I have had with this Polo is so good that our close colleagues who have experienced the cars highway capabilities at 160kmph and even been in an accident are unwilling to consider options like harrier and would go for Taigun 1.0 Topline MT coming February. As for me, I would at least want 2.5 lakh on the odometer to prove the power of TDI.
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