Reverse gear failures and noise in the manual transmission models are common.
Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your 1998 Volkswagen Cabrio
1998 Volkswagen Cabrio
1998 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.
A damaged water pump impeller may cause an engine overheating condition. Our technicians tell us the repair should include replacement of the water pump, thermostat, and flushing the cooling system.
1998 Volkswagen Cabrio Recalls (Recent)
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Volkswagen has recalled certain 1998 Cabrio, 1997-1999 Jetta, and 1998-2003 Passat models because the fuel tank filler neck can suffer abrasion damage if the rear tire goes flat and the vehicle is driven until the tire disintegrates. This may lead to fuel leakage, which can result in a fire. Depending on the model, there are different solutions to the problem. Contact Volkswagen at 1-800-822-8987 for more information.
1998 Volkswagen Cabrio Questions and Answers
when I put my windshield wipers on a fuse blows. When I change the fuse and turn on my wipers the fuse blows again
My Check Engine light is on and the car is throwing the 16990 code. Any suggestions for narrowing down the possible causes. Thanks!
Air conditioner does not blow cool air. Have taken it to 2 shops & neither could find the problem, or a leak. Help!
My abs light comes on, the windshield whipers come on, the head lights go off, my ac quits working,and the brake light comes on...
1998 Volkswagen Cabrio Reviews
DO NOT BUY THIS CAR! LET ME SAY THIS AGAIN, DO NOT BUY THIS CAR. I honestly believe VW made this car to keep their auto shops busy. Things in the car just go wrong or break with little or no use, bought the after having it looked at and it has not been drivable most of the time. Every fix is an expensive fix...poor buying decision!
The car grows on you.
Love my 98. Got it three years ago and have had to do very little, although the right rear wheel bearing disintegrated a few weeks ago, causing almost $600 worth of damage to to the rr brakes, drum and ABS sensor (had them replace both sides' brake shoes and wheel bearings) -- was too cold to do the work myself. I did the front brakes in less than an hour last summer. The AC has a leak, but what car's AC system goes this far without needing repair? Currently getting a 17990 (idle adaptation at limit) code but confident I'll figure it out. For a 2.0 engine, it has plenty of get up and go and she corners like a sports car. The automatic top is a big plus. I hope to get another 100k miles on it! Being triple black with leather, it is in no way a "girly" car.