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Volkswagen Cabrio, Convertible
Aug 07, 2002 (5:34 am)
My wife and I got a 2002 Green/Beige/Beige 5-Speed Cabrio GLX last October.
We went to the closest dealer (North Penn VW in Pennsylvania) and talked to them about the Cabrio. They agreed to order one for us (Blue/Grey interior). We waited a couple weeks and then went to go pick it up. It was the wrong car. This one had a black interior which we thought was a bad idea for a convertible (scorched buns and all)
Plus, they were jerks about the whole thing.
We then went to Holbert's VW/Audi/Porsche. It was a little further away but the service was incredible. Our salesman got a printout of every Cabrio coming into the area and the details. We chose the one we wanted and drove it away a couple weeks later.
The driveability (Fahrfegnugen?)....
I drive (abuse?) a '95 200SX SE-R which I think has a decent amount of power and handles great. I was concerned that the Cabrio would be lacking from a driveability standpoint.
The engine is small... but with the 5-speed I can rev it up to get moving quickly.
The suspension is amazing on this car. There is a lot of body roll, but the wheels stay down. It takes bumps/manholes/potholes without a hiccup.
The brakes are better than amazing. The rotors are huge on this tiny little car. This car stops better than anything else I've driven including Maximas, Aleros, Mustangs and my 200SX.
The overall build is incredible. Everything is solid and the overall engineering is very thorough. The car is well thought-out and well-built.
Now the maintenance....
We've already had to replace the top once.
My wife was using the power-washer at the local car wash and it damaged the cloth top. There was a patch below the rear window where the fibers were all bunched-up and deformed. After some conversations with the owner of the car wash and our contact at Holbert's VW the top was replaced free of charge. That's nearly $2000 in parts and labor that didn't cost us a dime.
Other than that, the car has about 8k miles on it and we've had no mechanical/electrical problems.
The wheels show a lot of brake dust, but that's a common drawback of high-performance brakes. The heated seats have allowed us to ride around with the top down on fall/spring days where it would've been too cold otherwise.
The stereo is fantastic. Even blasting along at 80mph it cranks up loud without distortion.
Don't power wash the top.
#146 of 492 Get em while you can!
Aug 07, 2002 (8:50 pm)
Production of all cabrio's ceased this past spring,5 speeds ended last fall.The cabrio is to be replaced by the beatle cabrio this fall.
#147 of 492 Justin- hold out for a 5-speed!
Aug 14, 2002 (7:40 am)
Granted it is all about what you're used to, but I find that my '01 5-speed cabrio has plenty of pick-up. However, my friend with a '02 automatic does not feel the same way- but that might be a break-in issue. I originally wanted to buy a '02, but I ran into the same problem you are facing- brand new 5-speeds were non-existent, or only available in colors that I didn't like. My advice is to stick to your research and don't settle for an automatic- you'll probably regret it. Would you consider a pre-owned? I got mine for Edmund's True Market Value- and it had less than 4,000 miles on it- and I couldn't be happier. Good luck- and please let us know what you end up with.
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#149 of 492 I bought a 2002 GLX -automatic...
Aug 14, 2002 (2:10 pm)
I am used to driving a 5 speed 318I BMW ('91) so when I made the decision to buy the Cabrio...the car I have always wanted I looked everywhere is So. CA for a 5 speed-Silver/Grey top....there was not one dealer that had one...so I test drove the automatic probably 10 times....and I still wasn't sure...after a lot of thought and deliberation I decided to take the plunge and do it! I bought the automatic...and I love it....it definitely has pick-up once you break it in....and with living in So. CA (San Diego area)...traffic is soooo bad here these days that I am glad I got the automatic....once you break it in the car moves...Good Luck
#150 of 492 Cup holders
Aug 15, 2002 (11:01 am)
My wife has a dessert wind 2001 Cabrio GLX 5sp. Since the cupholders suck, she uses the handle under the front seat to hold a bottle of water. Just stick the bottle between the seat and the handle and it works great.
BTW we've put over 30,000 miles on it and it's been great. We have had 3 minor problems all covered under warranty. A bad sensor caused the engine light to come on, the seal around the driver's side window was deformed, and the muffler separated from the exhaust pipe. They fixed the exhaust even the it was 1,000 miles out of warranty. I'm glad they did because we only had the car for 1 year at that point.
#151 of 492 no decision yet
Aug 17, 2002 (3:55 pm)
i know they are not being made anymore. i MIGHT wait until winter, and pick up a new-used 2002 GLS for cheap hopefully, there will be one or two on the market at that point.
anyone here had any oil consumption issues? i have a VW turbo, no probs at all, but i understand the 2.0 has some people upset.
i saw a bright red GLX with black leather and black top the other day. BEAUTIFUL car.
#152 of 492 is this topic KAPUT?...
Aug 21, 2002 (11:22 pm)
...since the cabrio has been axed after this year, does this mean there will be no more additions to this topic?
#153 of 492 VW CABRIO, ENGINE SKIP
Aug 22, 2002 (7:11 am)
I just bought a used 19991/2 Cabrio 5 speed.
Great little car runs great plenty of power but one annoyance...when car is warmed up there is a skip in the engine at idle.
Mechanic changed wires, plugs, distributor, filters and cleaned throttle plate....skip still there, mechanic says not valves so live with it!! anyone else experienced this? If so what was resolution?
#154 of 492 knowledge about 1992 cabriolet
Aug 29, 2002 (4:58 pm)
this is my first time here but i think i might get some answers. i currently own a 98 passat ( which i love!) but am looking at purchasing a used 92 vw cabriolet from a private party. i'm trying to do some research on the car but i'm not finding much of any.
what is the difference and how can you tell between the std style and the carat, and does anyone know about this year such as rating or any kind of problems? i've been looking for the last couple of days on the computer and at the library but i'm not able to turn up anything.
it's a gorgeous car and runs great with 106,000 miles on it.
please help with any info you might have!!!!