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  1. Hello all, hope everyone is staying safe and well while we wait out this virus. A few months ago I bought a used polo as specified above (59 bhp model) when initially buying the car it was in good working order and showed no signs of any issues/ fault codes. I won't go over all the problems I have had with the car as it has been a pain in the rear with lots of small issues here and there. The initial issue I had was the car feeling very sluggish. Poor acceleration and a very rough idle (not just your standard 3 cylinder idle) I felt like the power was being poorly transferred to the wheels, like I was driving an old diesel engine. So about 2 weeks ago I took the car to a local mechanic who I know personally, who told me that all the codes his diagnostics tool read point towards the battery (which I had had replacdd with a new one only a week before) the main fault code being P209700 - POST CATALYST FUEL TRIM SYSTEM BANK 1 TOO RICH. so I took the car back to quickfit to get the battery checked and it came back fully charged and healtyh, along with the alternator. After hearing this I decided to take it direct to VW for a £120 inspection to which they told me the car is absolutely fine. So I drive the car to work and back for two days and then the lockdown hits and she is parked on the driveway. 1 week later I try to start the car and get no crank whatsoever, no noise or movement from the car, no lights or electronics work at all. So I charge the battery to full drive it and the power delivery issue is gone completely. 2 days later I check the car again... This time the car barely starts and after about 15 seconds of intermittent stuttering from the engine it dies. I try it again the next day and it starts reluctantly but does not sputter, also drives well with little loss in power. My suspicion is that there is a parasitic drain from the alternator but at this point I'm not sure (especially seeing as VW gave it the all clear) I will email them to get it in for another inspection which I shan't be paying for... But in the meantime I'd really appreciate any help and advice. I have spend countless hours on Google and have found nothing of use. Sorry for turning this into a short story! Just very frustrated! P.S I have cleaned both the intake manifold and MAP sensor with the suitable chemicals. Reply Quote 1 - 1 of 1 Posts Write your reply... AttachmentInsert linkSmiliesInsert image Bold Unordered list Ordered list editor_dropdown.caliMobile Bold Italic Underline Unordered list Ordered list Quote Code Spoiler Post reply Recommended Reading I got to review the 2020 Polo, and I was shocked how good it was! Polo 0 104 MattBrandCars · updated 10 h ago Polo Speed Sensor Fault Code 16885 Polo 1 12K J jjfencing · updated 1 mo ago mk7 radiator Polo 0 279 AWOL Craig · updated 2 mo ago VW Polo 1.0 TSI Comfortline 2018 Model Aircon Issues Polo 0 223 G GertBester · updated 2 mo ago ACC POLO GTI? Polo 0 157 H Harlex · updated 2 mo ago Read More Home About Us Terms of Use Privacy Policy Help Contact us VerticalScope Inc., 111 Peter St, Suite 901, Toronto, ON, M5V 2H1, Canada vwforum.com is an independent Volkswagen enthusiast website owned and operated by VerticalScope Inc. Content on vwforum.com is generated by its users. vwforum.com is not in any way affiliated with Volkswagen AG. Cookie Preferences by TrustArc Forum software by XenForo RSS
  2. Hi All. I have a 54 plate 9n with a/c and have noticed lately that only when the a/c is on, the cars performance is abismal. I know that a/c does put a heavy load on the engine and will affect performance to an extent but this just doesn't seem right, especially as it hasn't been like this in the past. The a/c still works perfectly so no issues in that area. Acceleration is really sluggish and it's hard to explain but the car feels double it's weight. The steering feels heavier and it feels at times as if the car is braking by itself upon lifting from the acceleration pedal. I had a front on collision recently where the front left headlight area, bonnet, grill and bumper were damaged. We were both accelerating from opposing junctions so speed was no more than 10/15mph, damage seems purely cosmetic. Sorry to ramble on but I figured I'd give you guys as much to work with as possible!
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