1988 Volkswagen Fox Reviews - Page 7 of 9

1988 Volkswagen Fox GL 1.8 gas from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.8 gas Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired142000 miles
Most recent distance158000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Golf

Summary:

Probably one of the best economy cars ever built

Faults:

Electronic temperature sensor was replaced shortly after I bought it at 145,000 miles.

A little water leaks into the interior when it rains a lot. Not bad.. but it smells a little musty sometimes.

The timing has needed adjustment a few times.

General Comments:

I only paid $800 for this car.

I have spent less than that total in repairs and maintenance.

It has been a most incredible value for me.

I cannot believe this car is 15 years old and has over 150K miles.

It has aged miraculously.

There are few other cars, including other VWs, of this vintage still on the road in such good condition.

It may never die.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th January, 2003

1988 Volkswagen Fox from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Don't Know
Performance marks 1 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 1 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.4 / 10
Distance when acquired150000 miles
Previous carBuick Regal

Summary:

This is a hunk of junk with no aftermarket for parts

Faults:

Fuel line leaked between the fuel pump, accumulator, and fuel filter. Some of the doors and windows have problems opening and closing. Front hood locked onto the frame because the battery put in it by the privious owner was too high and it caused the hood to go onto the body at a weird angle. The battery shorted on the hood because it was too high.

General Comments:

This is not a good car to own because this is no aftermarket for parts that one needs. It has little power and once something breaks down one is trapped because no one not even the scrap yards have the parts.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th January, 2003

31st Dec 2004, 20:35

Doors would not open or close? Try a Fox that was not creamed and straightened by the local butcher! Battery too high? Come on, who was your mechanic? Mickey or Goofy?

17th Sep 2007, 10:46

No parts available? Any VW dealer will have them, any VW aftermarket place carries them, and all the local wreckers that I have been to have plenty of parts. Where do you look? Also, you are blaming many problems on the car which are the result of your or other people's mistakes.

7th Apr 2008, 10:47

I like my Fox. It is 2 door, and it has a kicking sound system.

The owner before me had a window problem and tore up the door panel trying to fix it... so I think the window thing is normal for Foxes...

I like it more than I hate it... my CRX was just as good on gas, but the Fox has 4 seats.

1988 Volkswagen Fox GL Sport 1.8 Liter 5 speed from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1988
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.8 Liter 5 speed Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired150 miles
Most recent distance200000 miles
Previous carDodge Daytona

Summary:

Indestructible!

Faults:

Not Much. The usual belt driven accessories had to be replaced after very high mileage.

Alternator at 105,000 miles.

Water pump at 105,000 miles.

Timing belt tensioner at 135,000 miles.

The typical VW recall for leaking heater core on their late 1980's models.

General Comments:

This was our "good" car for 6 years. It lasted so long I bought a house and had two kids while using it for 14 years. A loaded stratos blue beauty with factory alloys, GTI steering wheel and 5 speed hand shaker.

The book rated the engine at only 81 hp, but you would never know it once the car was moving. Plenty of highway roll on power and it cruised at 80 mph all day. Air conditioner was colder than a No'east blizzard.

The Fox does have a fair amount of wind noise at high speed because of its boxy shape and rather large mirrors. Rides smooth with the 70 series tires that came standard with the 4 door GL model.

The interior would play you for a Buick - real nice upolstery on the '88 model. Very firm, supportive seats even after 14 years. Handled like a slot car. Power train was absolutely bulletproof. Never had the head off in 14 years of continuous use. No oil leaks or consumption. Sold it with original drive shafts and transmission. No rust holes after 14 New England winters.

The first foreign car in our family. It buried every Detroiter in the lot. Sometimes two consecutive Detroiters.

Happy ending - The salesman who sold me our new Passat bought it for $550.

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

Review Date: 18th October, 2002

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