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VW ID.3 in a four-month practical test: The German hopefuls are good for that

Sooner or later it will probably hit a lot of drivers. My colleague Martin, for example, was won over by the Mini Cooper SE for e-mobility once and for all, and me a few years earlier by the BMW i3. Driving with electricity instead of gasoline is like 4K TV instead of black and white tube TV. No engine swallowing, stalling or not starting at the most inopportune moment; instead powerful, but also gentle starting, and finally no more “touching the gearbox”: automatic transmission is, so to speak, standard in electric cars because the gear ratio usually does not have to be changed.

From then on I liked normal cars even less than before. However, the BMW i3 was practical for my purposes, namely driving to the train station every day, but far too expensive. Instead, another VW Polo, built in 2002, came into the house. With a 1.2-liter three-cylinder, it is rather poorly motorized, therefore little in demand and inexpensive, but still comparatively quiet.

You learn to drive with older cars, but you also get to know the workshops. Mine is fair, but over time, among other things, the catalytic converter, immobilizer, battery, exhaust, an ignition coil (unfortunately in the middle of Munich’s Brudermühl tunnel during rush hour after two hours of traffic jam) and various other things failed. Last year the Polo showed serious signs of disintegration: now the manifolds, brakes and alternator failed and finally the workshop warned that the power steering was about to give up the ghost. If the car was previously in the cold, it now turned sporadically and without warning as heavily as a truck. An exchange would cost more than the original purchase. So a replacement was needed.

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