1996 Volkswagen Cabrio Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1996 Volkswagen Cabrio

1996 Volkswagen Cabrio
$461 to $642
1996 Volkswagen Cabrio
$196 to $251
1996 Volkswagen Cabrio
$1,001 to $1,276

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A coolant leak may develop after oil filter replacement. When tightening or loosening the oil filter the filter housing may turn damaging the coolant o-ring seal. The recommended procedure is to hold the filter housing when tightening or loosening the oil filter.

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Engine cranks, but won't start. Fuses are okay and belts all look good including timing belt.

I have a 96 Cabrio it is a standard. When you turn the key the headlights work but wont turn over. I have checked the terminals, the starter, and I am checking all of the relays but nothing seems to be the problem. I would love it if there is anything you can think of that may help. Thank you for...

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A used cabrio is an *awesome* deal. Cheap, fun, and light, they'll toss out more performance than you'd believe - who would have thought you could get whiplash with a beater 110hp convertible? This car beats the rap of being a chick car. With a few tweaks like a modern MP3 stereo system, you'll have fun for years. I bought mine used w/90k miles for $5500 and now have ~245k miles on it!

how do you take out the fuel pump??? i dont know if its stuck or i have to unscrew it somewhere

see hears the thing the car looks and handles like a charm but the car has some major hidden problems like the tac will work when it wantes to or the miss fires that happen all the time other than that the car has a bold stance when you put 18" rims on it and it's fairly fast for a 4 banger.

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