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Volkswagen Fox Problems

Engine -- Verified

Ignition wire breakdown is common, resulting in misfires.

Engine -- Verified

The water pump and/or other cooling system may develop a coolant leak. Oil leaking from the  valve cover gasket is also common.

Drive Train -- Verified

Extensive transmission damage can occur in some of the automatic transmission models when the transmission oil cooler fails and allows coolant to mix with the automatic transmission fluid.

Drive Train -- Verified

Reverse gear failures in the manual transmission models are common.

Electrical & Lights -- 93FoxPolo and 1 other

The switch above the steering wheel to turn on/off the headlights has lost traction. The button itself still moves, but it no longer goes through the three clicks (off/parking/on). Its just loose. Its the sort of sliding/toggle switch VW was using in the early 90's.
I tried to pop it off but got worried about breaking it so I stopped. I have a 1993 5spd Fox.
Thanks for any help/suggestions!

Volkswagen Fox Recalls (Recent)

Engine, September 22, 1995

Summary: IN THE EVENT OF A COOLING SYSTEM COMPONENT FAILURE WHILE THE VEHICLE IS DRIVEN, THE COOLANT CAN OVERHEAT CAUSING THE COOLING SYSTEM PRESSURE TO RISE TO A LEVEL WHERE A LEAK IN THE HEAT EXCHANGER CAN OCCUR.

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Engine, May 22, 1992

Summary: THE FUEL HOSE ATTACHED TO THE FUEL DISTRIBUTION RAIL ON THE ENGINE MAY SHRINK BEYOND THE CLAMP FORCE OF THE FUEL HOSE CLAMPS, ALLOWING FUEL TO LEAK.

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Engine, July 5, 1991

Summary: METAL FUEL LINES WITH AN INCORRECT CONTOUR WERE INSTALLED IN THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT. THE INCORRECT CONTOUR CAN CAUSE THE METAL FUEL LINE TO RUB AGAINST THE INTAKE MANIFOLD.

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Volkswagen Fox Questions and Answers

mollycrew, 1991 Volkswagen Fox, Albuquerque, NM

Years ago when my car broke down, the Firestone guys told me that when they checked the area where you put your oil in ( and removed the dipstick) & ran the engine, there was air coming out of...

Visitor, 1990 Volkswagen Fox, 1.8L 4 Cylinder, Charlotte, NC

when i press on the brakes,the brake lights&park lights come on, but when release, both the tail&park lights goes off.

Valgal, 1990 Volkswagen Fox, 1.8L 4 Cylinder, Memphis, TN

What is a rough estimate if only the the linkage needs repairing?

tigerlilly514, 1990 Volkswagen Fox, 1.8L 4 Cylinder, Cottage Grove, OR

I thought it could be out of gas so I got some gas and then it started and died and wouldn't start again. The battery is fully charged, it turns over but will not start. I have replaced the sp...

derrick82, 1990 Volkswagen Fox, 1.8L 4 Cylinder, Clinton, IA

my car vw fox GY engine can travel well going 120km/h or even 140km/h but then sometimes it cuts out like there is not enough petrol it just start jerking whislt driving. i have checked fuel supply...

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Volkswagen Fox Reviews

I bough this car 5 year ago and has never let me down.

The VW Fox has a nice engine and transmission, they were trouble free for the few years I drove this car. The interior was pretty cheap and it handled terribly. The suspension was non responsive and it kind of floated as you drove it, much like an old Buick.

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