2008 Volkswagen Gol GIV 1.0 from Brazil

Summary:

Worst car I've ever bought

Faults:

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.

General Comments:

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

28th Jul 2011, 11:16

They may have de-contended the new models; by that I mean they may have used cheaper materials and construction.

2nd Aug 2011, 06:54

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.

2004 Volkswagen Gol Sportline 1.8 from Colombia

Summary:

Cheaply made

Faults:

First of all, I have to start stating that this is a follow-up review. I posted the first one with my first impressions of the car, and now, five years later, the real deal.

First of all potential consumers must be warned that the Gol (2008 and before) is an OLD car (speaking from a technologically standpoint). Its platform and engine are from the early 80s or late 70s, so it will not have all the bells and whistles newer cars have.

Things that have gone wrong with the car include a very crappy electrical system: I have replaced all of the light bulbs in the car with higher quality ones.

Reverse light thingie that turns it on had to be replaced too.

The interior tends to develop rattles and squeaks constantly, thanks to the sub standard plastics used in the doors and dashboard. Other squeaking sounds come from the doors hinges and locks, while others come from the suspension. Most of this noises and squeaks can be solved with the use of some lube that could be applied at the factory, making the Volkswagen ownership experience easier to overcome.

The steering wheel deteriorates with time due to the sweat in the driver's hands. The fabric in the seats is highly wear resistant, but does come off the seats and a modification needs to be done there too.

Power locks work erratically, and power windows have some crap aftermarket system that needs to be replaced after 20,000 kms or so.

Seat belt springs become loose after a short time and they no longer retract. In short, the interior lacks and leaves a lot to be desired.

On the outside, paint chips are the norm. It seems to me that the clear coat used is too hard and chips easily when debris or small rocks hit it at highway speeds.

General Comments:

The gearbox and tranny is old too, so there is a significant lag time between one gear and another, and no automatic transmission is offered.

My car came with the sport package (hence its name: Sportline, duh!) and it included a sporty rigid suspension that has contributed enormously to the rattles and squeaks inside the cabin, but to be fair, it makes one of the best handling cars I've driven.

On the bright side, the engine and tranny, despite being old, are very reliable and resilient, and have never showed any signs of trouble.

As a bottom line, the car takes you from point A to B efficiently, but it IS a cheaply made car that has to follow a very strict maintenance schedule in order to be kept in barely decent shape. If it is neglected, it will deteriorate in a sneeze unlike Japanese cars.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 6th April, 2009