Reverse gear failures and noise in the manual transmission models are common.
Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your 1996 Volkswagen Cabrio
1996 Volkswagen Cabrio
1996 Volkswagen Cabrio Problems
Electrical issues that are difficult to diagnose—and sometimes intermittent—are typically due to ground wiring issues. The most troublesome ground locations are under the battery or at the engine.
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.
Throttle body failure is not uncommon and can lead to shifting issues with the automatic transmission and other drivability concerns.
The engine may develop an overheating condition due to a damaged water pump impeller. Our technicians tell us the repair should include replacement of the water pump, thermostat, and flushing the cooling system.
1996 Volkswagen Cabrio Questions and Answers
can at trans fluid be serviced w/o going to dlr. ?
what maintance is required on 1996 cabrio convt. top ?
does a 1996 vw cabrio have a drive belt or chain what are te maintance schedules?
how do you get it out once you have the cap off?? is it stuck, or is there a screw i need to remove?
1996 Volkswagen Cabrio Reviews
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.
how do you take out the fuel pump??? i dont know if its stuck or i have to unscrew it somewhere
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!