1991 Volkswagen Cabriolet Problems

RepairPal has identified the most common problems with the 1991 Volkswagen Cabriolet as reported by actual vehicle owners. We'll tell you what the problem is and what it'll take to fix it.

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Known Problems

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

Extensive transmission damage can occur in some of the automatic transmission models when the transmission oil cooler fails and allows coolant to mix with the automatic transmission fluid.

Ignition wire breakdown is common, resulting in misfires.

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.

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

Shifting issues due to internal problems in high mileage automatic transmissions can be difficult to resolve without transmission replacement.