2008 Volkswagen Gol GIV 1.0 from Brazil
Worst car I've ever bought
The transmission was almost falling down (did not engage first gear sometimes, sometimes the reverse did not engage, and sometimes I could not go to another gear).
The motor had a lot noise.
LEDs stopped working on the panel.
My car was FLEX (gas and ethanol). The small tank of gas used to start the motor stopped sending gas.
This car was uncomfortable. I sold it in within 8 months. It was the worst car I've ever bought.
This car was terrible. I don't know why. Because few months later I bought another Gol. Now a 1995 Gol Plus. And I did not have any trouble with this car. Almost everyone that I know who bought a 2009 Gol has had the same problem that I had.
VW HAD A RECALL THIS YEAR TO CHANGE THE ENGINE OF THE 2009 GOL. (CHANGE THE WHOLE MOTOR OF THE CAR.)
It was the worst car I've bought, and I lost R$5000,00 in the 8 months of ownership.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 27th July, 2011
They may have de-contended the new models; by that I mean they may have used cheaper materials and construction.
I don't know what they did. Everyone I know who bought this model year had problems. After that, I bought a Honda Accord. A great car. And now I have the Accord and a 1995 VW Gol (the 1995 VW Gol is a great car. I wouldn't expected that it would be that amazing comparing the 1995 Gol with the 2009 Gol). Comparing with the 2000 Honda Accord, I don't even have to say anything.
So the 1995 Gol cost me like 25% of what the 2009 Gol cost me, and is so much better. I did not have any problems.
The 1995 Gol cost me R$6.000,00.
The 2009 Gol cost me R$23.990,00.