1988 Volkswagen Fox GL 1.8 gas from North America
A love child of Brazil and Germany
Rear shock failure.
Interior door lock buttons broke off.
1st gear difficult to engage when hot.
Reverse gear grinds once in a while.
Seat belts do not retract properly anymore.
Overall, this is a good cheap and cheerful car! These days the Fox is quite rare, and its boxy shape is impossible to get new!
It flies on the highway, the motor is smooth, but wind noise is a constant companion at any speed over 90 kph...
Fuel economy is alright on the highway at 8L/100 km, but the Fox turns into a pig in the city, gulping almost 12L/100 km, if you try to keep up with modern traffic from the stop lights.
The seats seem to have metal bars in them for lumbar support, and cause back pain after 15 minutes of driving. Taking this car on a road trip will mean buying seat cushions for sure.
Performance wise, it's good, and its 2 stage throttle body is fun to explore... although the fuel economy will plummet as the revs rise/
motor gets LOUD after 4000 rpm, so its 6500 rpm red line is unrealistic, since the noise will kill you.
It corners well in normal driving, even when pushed a bit. However, hitting potholes is a very loud affair in the Fox, which detracts from the good build quality of this car.
The Fox is a good little car. Not really great at anything, but it seems to try hard, and has been very very reliable. Definitely happier on the highway, if you can stand the wind noise ;-)
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 5th November, 2011
So, 20 000 km later, and this Fox is running better than when I got it. Timing was off, so making that right made the car quicker and better on fuel.
I don't notice the wind noise as much any more, probably mainly because I've gotten used to it.
But I like it more now than when I got it for sure. Oh, and I also installed seats from an Audi 4000 GT. Way better now :)