Story of my 2011 VW Polo & how I brought her back in good shape

By the time I got my hands on her, she was already in a pretty bad condition. So, I got her properly checked up to see what all things needed attention.

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Hello everybody, this is the story of my car and how she came to me. Hope you enjoy it.

KA 22 P 3210, the Volkswagen Polo was bought by my grandmother’s brother in the year 2011 as an anniversary gift. As he bought it he drove it for a few days and found it to be a bit cumbersome to drive around the place he lived which is in the inner city. The roads are small and crowded there so he found himself driving his Alto more often. After a while, he pretty much stopped using the Polo and it just sat there in the sun for quite some time. By then, they planned a trip abroad and decided to leave the cars at our home while they are gone. Once they returned, they decided to take the Alto and leave the Polo at my house since in the city people were spitting on it, scratching the paint and doing all sorts of horrible things to it. He felt it would be safer in our hands than in the city and thus it landed at our house.

By the time she came, she was already in a pretty bad condition. Both her logos were stolen, her antenna was stolen, the paint was sun faded and the outside plastics were completely faded. She had like 13000 km on the odometer. My father drove her alternatingly with our older Tata Indigo CS for the first five years (it came to our house back in I guess 2013 or 2014) and he loved it so much that when he decided to go for a new car in 2015 he bought a Polo. Since I was a kid of age 12 back then I just didn’t know how to drive, but then I finished school and joined college and I needed a ride, as we had her we decided to let me use her.

As she came into my hands a (car-crazy dude) the first thing I did was do a proper check of things wrong with her and it goes as follows:

  • Not serviced properly since only 5000 km was put on her in the past five years.
  • Faded paint
  • Tyres completely dry, rotted
  • Rattling noise from the boot
  • Pretty loud squeak from the front suspension

I started to tackle these problems quickly to get her into good shape again.

  • Step 1: Full car service done at Volkswagen. While at Volkswagen, the horror stories came through and I don’t know what they did in 24 hours but as she came back the rear dampers were shot. I launched complaints, spoke to superior VW executives, got fed up and decided never to go back to VW to get my and my dad’s car serviced. I got the OEM dampers replaced with a new OME set at a local garage. This completes the mechanical part.
  • Step 2: I got my car detailed by a local detailer wherein I got a complete interior deep clean and a cut and polish done which got the paint back to life and she started to look beautiful again. By this time, I had already installed new logos and an antenna on her.
  • Step 3: I got new Yokohama 175/70/14 Blue Earth GT rubber for her and replaced the factory tyres. Once I did this, I noticed a significant difference in the way she drove. She was much smoother and gripped so much better and also the NVH levels reduced significantly.
  • Step 4:The boot rattle was just a missing clip, replaced it and that took care of the issue.
  • Step 5: The front control arm bushings are squeaking this is next on the list.

After doing all these there is a night and day difference between how she came to me and how she stands now she is currently parked in front of my house in her full glory under a shed and I use her as my daily driver.

Here’s what BHPian Thad E Ginathom had to say about the matter:

It is great to see how you have brought this car to a like-new condition: truly a re-birth! Wishing you many happy km and years together.

VW aftersales is a mixed bunch. I am happy to say that I have been lucky, with no complaints at all. Even so, now that my 2014 GT TDI has reached a point in its life when a fair amount of money needs to be spent, and the warranty is long since over, I am going independent. But I am also lucky to have a high-quality, known independent not far away from my home.

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