1990 Volkswagen Fox Reviews from North America

1990 Volkswagen Fox Standard

Model year1990
Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission Standard Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired43000 miles
Most recent distance110000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Rabbit

Summary:

5 years of no car payment!

Faults:

The hood flew off.

Latch that held the hood came loose due to rust, and it smashed against the windshield, breaking both hood arms under the hood. Pulled a couple from a junked 92 Jetta, but the body panels have to be pulled off to replace it. I drilled a hole through the hood and tied it down.

Over the five years that I have had it, replaced the radiator, brakes, tires, water pump, hoses, axles, bearings, rotors, and the mufflers twice.

Had the right front and rear light wired off of the left lights due to a burned fuse port.

Lousy hub cap design, they flew off.

General Comments:

Gas mileage ranges from 25-30.

Nobody bothered the car wherever I parked it.

Seats were not too comfortable.

Repair costs were low.

It was very basic; manual steering, windows, seats. Even though window cranks and seat cranks broke, you could work around them.

Didn't rust too quick, considering Cleveland salt.

Hate to see it go, I know I can't find another car like it for $750.00.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th June, 2011

1990 Volkswagen Fox Coupe 1.8 liter gas

Model year1990
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.8 liter gas Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired91000 miles
Most recent distance95000 miles

Summary:

Fantastic car. Efficient, reliable, spunky, and agile.

Faults:

The alternator belt snapped at 94000 miles.

The exhaust system leaks.

The oxygen sensor needs replacement.

The left-front speaker does not work.

General Comments:

Engine feels winded at high speeds, but is robust and strong at low speeds, a feature that is great for around-town driving.

Handles like a dream. Just point it where you want it to go, and it goes there without a fuss. It fits anywhere you want it to. Very maneuverable. The Fox is a very agreeable car.

The front seats are roomy, but the back seat is cramped. It makes a great starter car or city car, but has the spunk to tackle twisty back roads any day.

Bottom line: The Fox is a fantastic Jetta alternative. Why in the world did VW stop making this little car?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th October, 2004

1990 Volkswagen Fox 2-Door 1.8 Liter

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.8 Liter Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.5 / 10
Distance when acquired148000 miles
Most recent distance180000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Fox

Summary:

A little workhorse of an engine!

Faults:

Gas tank had to be replaced when I bought it.

Blew main seal @ 151,000 miles.

Rear struts went @ 156,000 miles.

Front struts went @ 158,000 miles.

Front tie rods, sway bar bushing and brakes went @ 159,000 miles.

Passenger's side axle @ 167,000 miles.

Driver's side axle @ 170,000 miles.

Alternator @ 171,000 miles.

Distributor & Ignition Coil @ 179,000 miles.

Clutch @ 180,000 miles.

Car was purchased for $360 Dollars in April of 2003 and has cost me $3900 Dollars total to fix.

Next trip is to a body shop.

Both temp sensor and gas gauge do not work either.

General Comments:

For a little 1.8 liter this car has good pick-up and gets great gas mileage.

Seats are stiff, but I don't feel uncomfortable in it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 24th March, 2004

1990 Volkswagen Fox Volkswagen 1.8

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired176000 kilometres
Most recent distance195000 kilometres
Previous carGMC Van

Summary:

A wonderful bargain, don't mist it

Faults:

I change de back suspension, and the radiator. The top gasket engine, I do it my self very easy to change, it cost 10$. Buy the book for repair. I change full pump my self, very easy to change also, but you have to remove back seat to, it much easer this way. I change my interior light to.

General Comments:

It a wonderful car. I buy my Fox at the price of 1400 can $ in 2001 after the 11 September. The guy who sold the car was using it only the summer for doing some mountain bike. He was a broker, I lost money because of you know what. So it no have any rust on it. The interior still beautiful. And it works perfect. I when to the dealer to make a general inspection, and the find nothing to change except tire. But that was normal. I have so much confidence on this car. It take me this winter on a road trip around EST coast of Canada, and it never felt. And I was doing hard time to the engine, running it at 130 km/h four 8 hours 7 days a weaks. It take a road tickets to. I recommend this car. But be careful take your time to find one like mind. And do your repairs buy your self you will a fun and save a lot of money, and take use part on a car juke, they have plenty of old fox.

The fox it a gold mind for student people. And it so fun to drive.

Well done Volkswagen.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th June, 2002

1990 Volkswagen Fox 1.8

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.7 / 10
Distance when acquired200500 miles
Most recent distance0 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Golf

Summary:

Nice for its price

Faults:

It stalls and there are some cables near the intake that I don't know where they go.

The paint is coming off the hood.

It had a high idle, but I fixed that.

The pedals are too close together. When they made it they could have improved the air intake and made it a 16 valve.

General Comments:

It's a nice little car and I like it, but I can't find where some cables go.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th January, 2002

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 5 reviews