1st Generation (1989—1993) Fox Problems

This generations ranks 4th out of 45 Volkswagen generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the electrical (33%), fuel system (33%), and the transmission (33%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Won\'t Start, Just Clicks 1 complaints at an average of 93,000 miles in the 1993 Volkswagen Fox.
  2. Whining and Chugging 1 complaints at an average of 168,000 miles in the 1989 Volkswagen Fox.
  3. Gears Are Not Working Properly 1 complaints at an average of 158,456 miles in the 1991 Volkswagen Fox.

What Fox Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Volkswagen model years.

Watch out for the 1993 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
1993 1 2 6 0.3
1992 0 2 6 0.0
1991 1 3 7 0.11
1990 0 2 2 0.0
1989 1 2 1 0.2

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