1998 Volkswagen Cabrio Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1998 Volkswagen Cabrio

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1998 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.

Difficult to Diagnose Electrical Issues Are Typically Due to Ground Issues

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.

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1998 Volkswagen Cabrio Questions

I've been told my secondary air pump is broken. Do I need to fix asap? How much (1 answer)

Had 100k service done. Wondering if putting more money in is going to be possible at this point.

cranks but no spark (2 answers)

driving when car quits will not start not getting any spark

could my car be draining the battery because of a faulty ignition. (1 answer)

my car was bought used, ad i noticed it didnt have a stock ignition. it was fine until we had to replace one of the headlights, then the battery problems started. during the day when left sitting it is fine, but if it sits over night the battery drains completely. also if you try to start it when...

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1998 Volkswagen Cabrio Recalls

Volkswagen Recalls 1997-2003 Models Due to Possible Fuel Leakage

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.

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1998 Volkswagen Cabrio Reviews

Rated
based on 3 customer 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 wha...

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