Reverse gear failures and noise in the manual transmission models are common.
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Most reported 1998 Volkswagen Cabrio problems
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.
Throttle body failure is not uncommon and can lead to shifting issues with the automatic transmission and other drivability concerns.
One or both head lights may not work due to premature head light bulb burnout and/or bulb harness failure. Care should be taken to inspect the head light harness connector for damage when replacing bulbs. Damaged connectors should be replaced.