1988 Volkswagen Fox Reviews - Page 5 of 9

1988 Volkswagen Fox GL Sport 1.8 from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired100000 miles
Most recent distance141000 miles
Previous carFord Fairmont

Summary:

Best mileage and dependability of any car I've owned

Faults:

The rear main seal leaked onto the clutch.

Head gasket blew at 101,000 Miles.

Wiper switch went bad at 140,000.

General Comments:

I loved this car! I commute over 80 miles per day and was getting between 33 and 38 mpg.

Car had plenty of power on the Colorado mountains considering the size of power plant.

My biggest complaint is the drivers side wheel well footrest will put your foot to sleep.

I liked it so much we bought a new 2002 Jetta for my wife and I am buying a low miles Audi 4000 Quattro for my new commute of 120 Miles each way. Just figure the Audi will be more comfortable for the longer drive. My brother in law is the proud new owner of my Fox and he loves it also. I was never a foreign car lover until a friend talked me into this Fox after trying his 91 Fox.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd September, 2004

1988 Volkswagen Fox 1.8 litre SOHC from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.8 litre SOHC Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired192137 miles
Most recent distance207964 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Fox

Summary:

A great car for the money

Faults:

I have had very limited and minor problems with this car in the eight months that I have had it. I had to replace the heater core when I first got it because it was cracked.

After that, I haven't had many other problems aside from the clutch cable breaking due to improper replacement procedures. The cable was kinked during installation by the local Volkswagen dealer.

General Comments:

I love my car more than almost every other one that I have owned. It has been very reliable and dependable and hasn't failed me even when I pushed the limits.

The extra low gearing in the transmission makes some serious torque for acceleration and pulling large loads. I have towed more than a couple cars out of ditches and mud with nothing more than my car and a chain.

The only complaint that I have is that the drivers seat is badly worn and at times, uncomfortable and the seal around the windshield leaks frequently when it rains.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th March, 2004

1988 Volkswagen Fox GL 1.8 from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired50000 miles
Most recent distance200000 miles
Previous carDodge Dart

Summary:

Great reliable car

Faults:

Wiring from the starter to the alternator went bad.

Alternator has been replaced 4 times.

Hood catch mechanism is bad.

Drivers seat is worn pretty bad.

General Comments:

I bought this car when I was 17 I am 21 now and it is still running like a top. It commutes 93 miles each way to work and gets about 40-45 MPG. I could'nt ask for a better car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th March, 2004

1988 Volkswagen Fox GL 1.8L from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.8L Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired187000 kilometres
Most recent distance260000 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Fox

Summary:

What a ride!

Faults:

Had to replace belts, door latch on both rear doors, repainted 2x (thank goodness for tremclad spray-paint!), repacked rear bearings, shocks and struts needed a refit at 200,000.

General Comments:

Ah, yes, my little Fox - $500 as a present to myself on my 21st Birthday (my first car). I drove her for two and a half years - across the great country of Canada four times (to and from College) without even a hiccup that delayed my travels (other than nearly running out of gas in Northern Ontario). I wish that I had never let her go - a great investment and probably would have been worth maintaining into the 300km range. Not a peak of comfort, but a good little car for a first-time-owner and a great car to just run errands in and have fun while doing it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th February, 2004

1988 Volkswagen Fox GL 1.8L from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.8L Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired214000 miles
Most recent distance233000 miles

Summary:

One of the best engineered and built autombiles!

Faults:

Fuel Pump went out @ 224,000. Stored for two years until it was replaced

General Comments:

This is the best car ever made. I love the way it just keeps going and going.

I have driven it across the country several times and I drive to oregon a lot and it just amazes me how well this auto has been built.

The handling isn't the best, neither is the comfort, but it is reliable, and the cheapest running I have ever seen. I get over 300+ miles per tank of gas!

Great car! Classic! I wish they would bring it back!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th November, 2003

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 27 reviews