Run­ning gear

Car Mechanics (UK) - - Used Car Focus Volkswagen Fox -

There was noth­ing com­pli­cated to be found here, with sus­pen­sion com­pris­ing a Macpher­son strut lay­out up front and a tor­sion beam at the rear. With rel­a­tively soft spring­ing and a longer travel than you might ex­pect, the Fox soaks up rough sur­faces with­out com­plaint, while still man­ag­ing to keep body roll in check. It’s trou­ble-free, too, with parts that are cheap and easy to source. It re­ally only needs check­ing for leak­ing dampers and tired bushes.

Brakes were ven­ti­lated discs and drums with ABS as stan­dard and won’t give prob­lems un­less ne­glected – bud­get £30 or so for a set of pads and around the same again for discs from the likes of Euro Car Parts. An over­haul is an easy DIY task.

ESP sta­bil­ity con­trol was op­tional on ear­lier cars and be­came stan­dard from 2011, while an elec­tro-hy­draulic ar­range­ment was cho­sen for the power-as­sisted steer­ing.

Aside from gen­eral wear and tear, the only other is­sues worth watch­ing for are the usual kerb­dam­aged wheel trims and cheap, mis­matched tyres.

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