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It seems extra hard to shift into 1st gear after initially coming out of reverse gear. This problem does not happen each time but often enough it just seems like first gear has disappeared.

I looked in the fuse box by the foot pedals but dont know which of the larger relays is what needs to be repaired. If there any way to test to make sure which is bad?

drove for 1 hour pulled into driveway and died. restarted and left in garage overnight and now won't start.

Someone told me you would mess up the lock mechanism if you just push the button down when inside the car, but is there a way to lock all the doors from the inside? Just bought this car used and it did not have owners manual.

air flow sensor, oxygen sensors, catalytic converter and still the problem seems to be that somehow the gasoline is not properly being processed though the vehicle. Now, the car will start, and immediately die. Before it was very sporadic - didn't always die - then suddenly would begin to dog down, die, and then would restart. I've spent so much money on this car and still have the same problem.

Any idea what it could be?

I am looking for the cost to repair the main head gasket

I wanted to find out what kind of noise you will hear if you are needing a front strut replacement. I just had new brakes put on the front and was told that I needed struts.

My heater/cooler blower only works on 4. 1,2,3 does not blow air. I picked up the appropriate part but do not know where is goes. I was told under the pasenger side dash but can not get to it. Please help!! Thank you

The car seems to be at its worse when warm. This just started about three months ago. I replaced one motor mount and it appeared to help, but is still vibrating upon acceleration. Otherwise the car runs perfect.

ok the car is hard to start but if it starts only make it short time till it shuts off.mother got this car and loves it i hate it the igntion is a push button to start it by the way. is there some problem with these that is a problem ?

Car has spark, fuel pressure, pump relay actuates, and after
cranking the car for a bit,when you release the key, you get a backfire.

does a 2000 volkswagan cabrio run its water pump on a timing belt or a fan belt

What should I check if the heater blows air that is not hot?

The coolant level is full. Fan blows air so the fuse and switch are good. Engine temp is not high, but engine is warmed up.

Every time I put my car in reverse, there's a loud clanging noise. What has to be done to correct this?

My daughter has a 2001 VW Cabrio. I'm never sure if the oil level should be checked with the engine warm or cold.

Hi I need a little help with this 2001 cabrio. The check Engine light comes on with the code P1476. This car has 165080 kms on it.I need to know the proper name of the valve under the rear bumper On the RHS. it looks like a small hose is broken off? will this cause the INT check Engine light? The screws look very rusty holding the sensor in. it has 2 wires . My email is

water is boiling every time i drive it

i can hear the blower running at all speeds but no matter where i put the slector , floor or defrost i do not seem to have much air coming out of any vent. i pulled the dash control out and the cables are moving with the selector . what is wrong ? or is this all the air i get ?


Recently replaced a fuel filter on my car, and when i replugged the battery the anti theft alarm re armed itself, stopping me from trying to restart the engine( won't crank at all) and i can't find the stupid sensor that's stopping it from turning off. Any ideas?

I just bought this car and while driving home it started raining, I turned on the windshield wipers and they worked slowly at first then a little faster and then stopped, after that they would only work when they felt like it. Is this a known problem?

how do i remove the battery of my 2000 VW cabrio?

I bought my car used over a month ago, the trunk doesnt open, not with a key or using the trunk release button. Is there an additional key that i was supposed to get that opens the trunk?

The brake light and ABS light come on when I start the engine. Sometimes they go off in a few seconds. Sometimes they go off if I turn the engine off and turn back on. It has also happened while driving and at that time the wiper blades that were runing stopped. Any ideas?

flushing the cooling system

Have checked & replaced fuel filter. Took to shop, diagnostic cost $179, say it is due to ignition distributor. Cost to replace plus part $387, total w/diagnosis about $566. This sound reasonable? Where is the part located, Cannot find this in repair estimator online.


How much does it cost to replace the convertables top?

Thank you so much. Replaced fuel filter, got info on fuel relay & other fuel related. Taking one step at a time. Did take to a mechanic, his first suggestion was replacing the ignition & key at a cost of $1-3,000. I dont see where the problem points to this. Could it be a key problem? I lost the origianl ignition key and have been using a spare key. I see from this website that this could be a problem on other model vehicles. Thanks again.

Car will not start, cranks. Wont turn over. Replaced the fuel filter today. Thought I ran out of gas,added gas & fuel cleaner. Same issue. Not too cold here in Tucson, mild days,cooler nights. What would be the next most common things to check without buying an expensive fuel pump?

i left my dome light on in my car over the week=end and and drained the battery completely dead i took it the advance auto to charge and it took 9hr to full charge i put the battery back in my car and the car will idle fine go in reverse fine but once i put it in first gear it will go for a sec the sputter and then die out out on me but the car will fire right up after it dies and do the same thing over and over again