1989 Volkswagen Fox Reviews - Page 2 of 2

1989 Volkswagen Fox GL 1.8 Liter from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.8 Liter Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired109701 miles
Most recent distance109710 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Beetle

Summary:

One of the best cars made.

Faults:

Front brakes have had to be replaced.

Bad shock absorber on the right side.

One of the rods in the engine is knocking.

The engine is badly burning oil.

The odometer doesn't work properly, but it'll work occasionally.

No air conditioning.

General Comments:

The Fox is an excellent car, I've gotten positive reviews from everyone I've asked about it.

The 1.8 liter engine, even though compression is bad, can still provide great acceleration and top speed.

The interior is comfortable and cozy.

The car is small, which makes it very easy to fit into compact parking spaces. I can park it just about anywhere.

Although it looks like it's falling apart, it is really a great, reliable car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th August, 2003

8th Apr 2012, 07:32

Yeah, that makes sense, to name a car that was built in BRAZIL, after the president of MEXICO who did not even take office until 10 years AFTER they stopped selling the FOX.

1989 Volkswagen Fox 4 door GL 1.8 from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired119611 kilometres
Most recent distance155000 kilometres

Summary:

I recommend the Fox, but like ANY used car, inspect it before you buy it

Faults:

When I got the car, the odometer wasn't working, so I don't know the real mileage of my Fox. Must be over 200000 kilometers :). I fixed it since then.

A little glitch I often observed on many Foxes: the speedometer needle tends to oscillate around the real speed. When rolling 90km/h, the needle is waving from 85 to 95. Mine is almost O.K., I have a 2-3km/h difference.

To this date, I only had "normal" part wear problems.

I changed the starter, alternator, front brakes and shocks absorbers and some exhaust tubing & muffler.

Oh, and a pair of headlights too. Not the most expensive parts around, and I have done most of the work by myself.

My Fox has a little bit of rust on the sides, result of snow & salt (and some careless previous owners), but it's only surface rust. It pierced only in 2 small places, but I fixed it (for now).

I check my oil regularly, since the car drinks about 1-2 pints (1 liter each) per month, depending of the use (city - freeway).

Now here's the biggest issue about my Fox: water (not much of it, but enough to dampen the trunk's floor mat) gets in the trunk. I don't know how it gets in there, (the seal looks flawless) but I guess it's due to a kind of condensation phenomena. It happens more often during Winter...

General Comments:

I'm very satisfied of the Volkswagen Fox. I didn't have many problems with it, and surely would have less if it had seen better maintenance before I've bought it.

Of course, it's not as quick as a Ferrari, but I once smoked a Mustang (OK, OK, a 1985 2.3 liter automatic one, but it's still a Mustang! :) ). It manages very well to follow and flow through the traffic. You can thank the Golf/Jetta 1.8L engine for this. It's the same engine, except there's some exhaust restriction on the Fox, to make it less powerful.

I feel really safe when driving my Fox, the handling is incredible for a car in this category and age. I personnally use Volkswagen aluminum wheels and 175/70R13 tires. I think stock tires were 155/70R13.

The seats are quite comfortable, but there's a lack of leg room in the rear places, which make it an inappropriate car if you have lots of friends on the basketball team. The dash switches works in some weird manner, it can take a while to get used to them. In my opinion, the meanest drawback of the interior is the lack of cup-holders. (And the beige color scheme, of course. :) )

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th November, 2002

9th Feb 2005, 06:39

Concerning the leaking problem you mention in the trunk, mine did the same thing, what I did to fix it is I removed the trunk seal completely, removed all dirt inside the seal, then re-bent the seal before putting it back in place. Since then, no leaking problem with my Fox inside the trunk.

Good luck.

1989 Volkswagen Fox 1.8 from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 0 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired94000 miles
Most recent distance98000 miles
Previous carOldsmobile Ninety Eight

Summary:

The Fox is a fast car on corners

Faults:

The car is loose on the highway at speeds over 65.

Rear quarter windows have bad seals (leak).

Battery dies down and warms up slow.

Wheel bearings are noisy.

Light switches easily break.

The car's idle is up and down all the time, bad idle spark.

General Comments:

The car is great on corners.

The car is fast at the line.

The car lasts a lot of miles.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th February, 2001

12th Oct 2001, 14:31

It is not fast off the line. Sorry.

Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 7 reviews