Kay
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VW Gol 1.8 (yes Gol, Not Golf)

Tue Feb 03, 2004 2:39 am

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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RE: VW Gol 1.8 (yes Gol, Not Golf)

Tue Feb 03, 2004 2:44 am

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.
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RE: VW Gol 1.8 (yes Gol, Not Golf)

Tue Feb 03, 2004 3:01 am

I definitely would like that 8V engine, but it seems it has only 100bhp, and is based on a utilitarian vehicle... eww
 
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RE: VW Gol 1.8 (yes Gol, Not Golf)

Tue Feb 03, 2004 3:31 am

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?
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RE: VW Gol 1.8 (yes Gol, Not Golf)

Tue Feb 03, 2004 5:39 am

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.
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RE: VW Gol 1.8 (yes Gol, Not Golf)

Tue Feb 03, 2004 5:55 am

It kind of looks like the old Golf III. The new version of the Golf CL is also made in Brazil.
 
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RE: VW Gol 1.8 (yes Gol, Not Golf)

Tue Feb 03, 2004 5:56 am

What worries me is that it isn't even that 1.8, but a more rudimentary one...
 
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RE: VW Gol 1.8 (yes Gol, Not Golf)

Tue Feb 03, 2004 11:21 pm

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

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RE: VW Gol 1.8 (yes Gol, Not Golf)

Sat Feb 07, 2004 2:08 am

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.
 
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RE: VW Gol 1.8 (yes Gol, Not Golf)

Sat Feb 07, 2004 2:40 am

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?
 
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RE: VW Gol 1.8 (yes Gol, Not Golf)

Sat Feb 07, 2004 2:58 am

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

 
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RE: VW Gol 1.8 (yes Gol, Not Golf)

Sat Feb 07, 2004 6:19 am

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.

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RE: VW Gol 1.8 (yes Gol, Not Golf)

Sat Feb 07, 2004 9:12 am

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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