1997 Volkswagen Cabrio Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1997 Volkswagen Cabrio

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1997 Volkswagen Cabrio Problems

Reverse Gear Failures and/or Noise From Manual Transmission

Reverse gear failures and noise in the manual transmission models are common.

Coolant and Oil Leaks

The water pump and/or other cooling system may develop a coolant leak. Oil leaking from the  valve cover gasket is also common.

Mass Air Flow Sensor May Fail

The mass air flow (MAF) sensor may fail, resulting in drivability issues and/or illumination of the Check Engine Light.

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1997 Volkswagen Cabrio Questions

What is the Grinding noise in reverse? (2 answers)

Overheating,no leaks,new thermostat, water pump good, no coolant circulating. (1 answer)

Burped air but no coolant circulating.Pump looks intact, no noises, leaks, impeller is intact. Could water pump seem good but have impeller spinning on shaft?

Why won't my Car start in the morning? fuel line and system checked out ok. (1 answer)

The car runs fine after the sun comes up and it gets closer to noon, but won't start in the morning. Sometimes it will fire up and run for 5 or so seconds, and then quits. I had the fuel system checked and the mechanic says that it is an electrical problem that he is not equipped to deal wi...

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