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Volkswagen Cabrio Difficult to Diagnose Electrical Issues Are Typically Due to Ground Issues

 
Volkswagen Cabrio Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002

Average Mileage: 82,200 mi (19,000 mi - 150,000 mi)

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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.

  • Visitor, , 42,000 mi

    Began with CD player, mounted R. Rear; then r. f. running light, now R.Rear tail light; clearly electrical.Fuses check out fine.

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  •  Rookie

    Dash, dome light and rear licence plate remain lit and will not shut off.

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  •  Rookie

    There is no power to driver side door

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  • Visitor, , 150,000 mi

    we just had the same problem, however we have noticed it only happens when it rains.

    The Lights will flicker in the cluster panel and the fuel pump starts to prime on a constant basis until you put the key in the ignition and try to fire it up. at that point you get nothing.

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  •  Rookie

    My headlights, wipers, heat/AC, and convertible top won't work...need to get the electrical issue resolved.

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  • Visitor, , 75,000 mi

    Trunk light comes on, while trunk is shut. Radio won't work if truck light is on. Continuously blowing fuse for inside lights.

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  • Visitor, , 60,000 mi

    My brake light comes on once in a while, with part of the electricity system not functioning, such as windshield wiper does not work. After restarting the engine, the brake light goes off and the electricity system works again.

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  •  Rookie

    Hi, I have a 2002 Cabrio with 19,000 original miles on it. I am having a problem with the lights in the instrument panel. When the headlights are on, some of the panel lights are on and some on and some go on and off when they want. The clock and how many miles I have on the Cabrio are lit all the time. The speedometer and the other 3 panels are dark, intermittently. Can the bulbs be replaced? Does the entire instrument panel need to be replaced?

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