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Volkswagen Cabrio Problems

Drive Train -- Verified

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

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

The Check Engine Light may illuminate because of evaporative (EVAP) emission failures and/or intake manifold vacuum leaks.

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

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.

Engine -- Verified

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.

Miscellaneous -- Verified

One or more power windows may fail. Our technicians tell us this is commonly due to a failed window regulator which will require replacement.

Volkswagen Cabrio Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., July 29, 2003

Summary: CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES FAIL TO COMPLY WITH REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 225, "CHILD RESTRAINT ANCHORAGE SYSTEMS." CHILD SEAT ANCHORAGES INSTALLED IN THE VEHICLE'S REAR SEATS MUST BE IDENTIFIED BY MARKINGS, AND THEIR LOCATION AND USE BE DESCRIBED IN THE OWNER'S MANUAL.

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Engine, June 13, 2003

RepairPal Expert Overview:

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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Volkswagen Cabrio Questions and Answers

kyllie, 1995 Volkswagen Cabrio, Honolulu, HI

I have put too much oil in my 95 ca brio .... I need to know how to get it out, I have nil experience with VW , there is a pressure build up due to the oil over load.... car still drives ok but I h...

kyllie, 1995 Volkswagen Cabrio, Honolulu, HI

Ok, ok , I am a idiot... I have stupidly put oil in my coolant container How can I get it out? should I use a hose and flush it? or will that screw it?

tjcrash2002, 1995 Volkswagen Cabrio, 2.0L 4 Cylinder, Pearl Harbor, HI

I think I must have blocked AC condensation drain tube but can't find it. I have water spilling out from under the dash when I make a turn and condensation blowing from the vents. I would appr...

tjcrash2002, 1995 Volkswagen Cabrio, 2.0L 4 Cylinder, Pearl Harbor, HI

Can you describe how to remove the drivers side door panel without ruining it. I need to check the electric window switch. Sometimes it works, most times it doesn't.
Thanks again,

po-dunk, 1995 Volkswagen Cabrio, 2.0L 4 Cylinder, Smithville, TX

This is driving me crazy! Just replaced oil pressure sencor and housing, temprature is normal but the oil light and buzzer in the car wont stop. Help me before i drive this otherwise enjoyable car ...

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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!

I bought my car new in 2000 . I have had very few problems. The check engine light did stay on until burned out. The back passenger side brake light has a short sometimes works sometimes not. I did have to change the vacuum pump for door lock. 13 years and 150000 miles later I still l9ve my car.

Leaks transmission fluid from the front. What do I do? Do I need the transmission rebuilt, as some say.....

2001 VW Cabrio...... will start when cold. from time to time
it will not start when warm. engine cranks fine but nothing.

I have had the car for almost a year. I had it checked out before I bought it and had to replace a few belts including the timing belt because the mechanic suggested it would be time soon enough. I LOVE the car but have to look past a few issues with it. My brake light comes on out of the blue even though the previous owner had them replaced a few months before I bought it (I saw the receipt). The drivers side window leaks and soaks the seat. Power locks no longer work which makes opening passenger side door annoying. Drivers side power window has to be rolled up twice to get it to stay up. Im guessing water leaking in that window might have caused this. Annnnd NOW the temperature light keeps coming on even though the car isn't running hot and I have filled the coolant to appropriate levels. So shop bound it is. It being winter and not being able to have the top down for a few more months makes me change my previous statement to I LIKE this car. OH one more thing...Im constantly having some sort of foam insulation stuff blown at me when using the AC/Heat. I honestly dont know how such a little car could hold that much foam!

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