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VW Gol 1.8 (yes Gol, Not Golf)  
User currently offlineKay From France, joined Mar 2002, 1884 posts, RR: 3
Posted (10 years 9 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2461 times:

My ex-girlfriend wants to buy a VW Gol 1.8. This is a Brazilian made model for South-American and, I would suspect, a few other countries. Does anyone know anything about it? It is so damn cheap, yet looks acceptable for its price. It costs $9,000 new here, whereas any Golf starts at $18,000. The interior quality looks pretty close to that of a Golf/Polo.

What worries me is that I just heard its 1.8 is not the famous eternal 1.8 of the Golf, but a utilitarian-based engine of 100bhp. I think this would make it a very poor driving experience, to be confirmed. On VW Brazil's website the most powerful Gol is the 1.6. There is no 1.8, and I can't wait to ask my local dealer how he came up with a 1.8.

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User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7792 posts, RR: 16
Reply 1, posted (10 years 9 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2453 times:

Which 1.8 VW engine are you thinking of? I would highly doubt it is the 20V Audi engine, but rather the old tried and true 8V VW engine.


Stop drop and roll will not save you in hell. --- seen on a church marque in rural Virginia
User currently offlineKay From France, joined Mar 2002, 1884 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (10 years 9 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2443 times:

I definitely would like that 8V engine, but it seems it has only 100bhp, and is based on a utilitarian vehicle... eww

User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7792 posts, RR: 16
Reply 3, posted (10 years 9 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2437 times:

Here are some pics to give others an idea what this car looks like.





Don't know what platform is rides on. But it is at least decent looking, but doesn't look too much like a VW though. Hey, if the price is right and is dependable enough why not buy it?



Stop drop and roll will not save you in hell. --- seen on a church marque in rural Virginia
User currently offlineCaptaingomes From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 6413 posts, RR: 55
Reply 4, posted (10 years 9 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2414 times:

I really wish I could help you, but I don't know anything about this product. I suspect Desertjets is correct, this being the old 1.8 they used to have in their products, and has been out for a very long time. It would have nothing to do with the Audi engineered 1.8T engine, currently seen in North American and European VW's and Audi's.


"it's kind of like an Airbus, it's an engineering marvel, but there's no sense of passion" -- J. Clarkson re: Coxster
User currently offlineCPDC10-30 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 4791 posts, RR: 23
Reply 5, posted (10 years 9 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2406 times:

It kind of looks like the old Golf III. The new version of the Golf CL is also made in Brazil.

User currently offlineKay From France, joined Mar 2002, 1884 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (10 years 9 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2405 times:

What worries me is that it isn't even that 1.8, but a more rudimentary one...

User currently offlineDaV From Italy, joined Jun 2001, 669 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (10 years 9 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2376 times:

It looks like a Fiat Palio (or how's called in Brazil)...

DaV



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User currently offlineFMAL From Brazil, joined Jan 2004, 486 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2341 times:

Its a good car. It was the best selling car in Brazil for decades, but then the design got a little out dated. The platform is its own, the car is all Brazilian made. I myself had one a few years ago, great car, comfortable, affordable, and the 1.8 engine is all you need for city use and it will perform well on highways too.

User currently offlineKay From France, joined Mar 2002, 1884 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2326 times:

That's good to know, FMAL,

Dealer claims the engine is the 1994 Golf 1.8 engine, which was something like 90bhp. It was refitted for Euro IV for the Gol and develops 100bhp. A test drive is soon to be set up.

But a major question here, how was its fuel consumption, do you have any figures? the dealer claims it would make 220km/gallon, each gallon being 20 liters unlike the American gallons, which is something like 4.4liters.

I think that this, along with the very average quality of the interior, is what worries me the most. Do the electrics, or anything else fail?


User currently offlineANA From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 294 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2322 times:

The Gol is the hatchback of the Fox platform i.e. a special VW (it would sit in-between the Polo and Golf but I don't know if it is a chassis of an old Polo or Golf or something in its own right). I think they have two engines a 8V or 16V engine the 16v (is that the 1.8?) is 70- 80 bhp which is not too much for what is probably a heavy car.

the '99 Gol is more Euro VW like but still has the same engine and drivetrain

I don't know about its quality, tho I am sure it is not quite as good as the brand new Golf!

I think the front end looks a bit like the last generation VW Polo.

I am afraid I can't read the VW Brazil website as i can't speak Portuguese to confirm what i have written.

Anders



User currently offlineGodbless From Sweden, joined Apr 2000, 2753 posts, RR: 16
Reply 11, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2305 times:

Back in 2001 when I was in Brazil I got a shock when I saw a to-me-unknown VW... Living in Germany I thought that I would know any kind of Volkswagen around. I was so amased that I took tons of pictures of a GOL.

Max


User currently offlineFMAL From Brazil, joined Jan 2004, 486 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2291 times:

I sold my 1.8 Gol around 6 years ago, but from what I can remember, I could go like 400 km with a full tank of fuel, but this is in bad Rio traffic. If you get better traffic there, it should be more efficient for sure. Its not know as much of a "drinker". Its reasonably economical for its engine.

Test drive it. But from my own experience, I can only say good things about the car.


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