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Volkswagen Cabrio, Convertible
#168 of 492 THINKING OF SELLING MY 2000 CABRIO
Nov 08, 2002 (8:03 pm)
I'VE HAD QUITE A FEW PROBLEMS WITH MY VW. 3 SETS OF DOOR HANDLES THE PEELING WAS A REAL ISSUE. THE RADIO/CD PLAYER CONSTANTLY GOES INTO SAFE MODE. A COUPLE OF ELECTRICAL PROBLEMS WITH THE DASH, ETC. THEY HAVE ALL BEEN REPAIRED, BUT WHAT A PAIN. I ONLY HAVE 19,000 MILES ON THIS CAR AND IT HAS BEEN GARAGE KEPT. DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY EXPERIENCES THEY WOULD LIKE TO SHRE WITH ME ABOUT SELLING A CAR ON THE INTERNET, LIKE EBAY.
#169 of 492 Recall on defective roofs
May 18, 2004 (6:57 am)
Does anyone have any further information regarding the class action suit against VW regarding the defective roofs on a number of cabrios built in the late 90s? I was under the impression that VW agreed to re-imburse owners who owned their vehicles less than 5 years 100% and 50% for those who owned them more than 5 years. VW was supposed to have sent out a mailing regarding this issue in early May. Any ideas?
#170 of 492 Disgusted VW Cabrio owner
Jun 11, 2005 (1:32 pm)
I bought a used 2000 cabrio convertible with 31,000 miles last April. I wish I would have thought to look into this discussion group before I bought. I live on Hilton Head Island and I wanted a fun little inexpensive convertible. It has been fun when it works. I have always bought General Motors boring cars and never had any problems. My last one was a buick! I still have it my daughter drives it back and forth from college. I had no problems with the buick in the whole 8 years of ownership. I love driving the cabrio convertible but in the past 15 months 4 starters blew while I was driving shutting down the motor. My mechanic after the 4th such eposoid realized that I had a faulty ignition switch. I thought its problems were solved. Since then I've replaced the mechanism for the power windows, my seat warmers don't warm, my automatic top doesn't work. I replaced an engine fan. I had a problem with a brake light constantly blinking making shorting noises. It has been fixed. I thought its demons were fixed and I was happy for about a week. It is so much fun driving. I was having a ball tooting around the island. When again disaster struck, engine light came on. I couldn't handle it anymore. I went and bought a Toyota Prius. It is being delivered next Thursday. So I have my cabrio for a little while, I can still drive it the engine light came on becuase I overfilled the tank!! Once I used up the gas it went out. That over filled gas tank cost me $24000!!!Too late I already bought the Prius. But guess what now the brakes are squealing. I guess I made the right decision. But boy was my little white cabrio fun when it was working. I just can't take anymore.. After I first engine stall I called VW saying that I could have been killed when the eengine shut down. They could have cared less.I only put 10,000 miles on it in 15 months!! This is not normal. Thank you for allowing me to rant
#171 of 492 Engine Hesitation
Jun 26, 2005 (4:48 am)
My daughter has a 2001 Cabrio that she loves with the exception of one problem that we have not been able to get corrected even after several trips to the dealer. He Cabrio is the base 2.0L with automatic. Every couple hundred miles, as she is driving along at any speed, the engine speed/power will just drop instantly to essentially idle (with dramatic change in speed of the car). After a couple of seconds this problem will clear, the engine speed will return and everything is fine until the next occurrence. As the problem is intermittent, tough for dealer to pin down. They did replace one of the engine sensor, but this did not fix the problem. Looking for any advice / experience from folks on the board.
#172 of 492 Problems with My 2000 VW Cabrio Power Door Locks
Jul 02, 2005 (4:16 pm)
I have a 2000 VW Cabrio with power door locks. The power locks do not work when attempting to lock the doors from the inside using the power door lock buttons on the door. Likewise, the remote will activate and deactivate the alarm system but cannot lock or unlock the car. I checked the fuse box in hopes of it being something simple such as a blown fuse, but all the fuses were in good shape. Has anyone had a similar problem and/or advice on how to proceed from here?
Jul 04, 2005 (10:09 am)
I am looking to buy a Cabrio within the next couple of weeks. I would like to know if buying a manual or power is better. And what is considered low mileage for a VW. I am looking to buy anywhere from a 96 to a 2001 if the price is right and the mileage is right. I have been looking to buy one that has all the extras with power windows etc..... but now thinking that all that isn't important. Trying to make the right choice. Any thought would help. Thanks.
#174 of 492 2001 Cabrio Power top fluid level problems
Jul 05, 2005 (8:09 am)
I have not had any problems with my 2001 Cabrio. I bought used - so you take your chances. I did have to replace the trans & clutch, but that was covered under the warranty. I am currently experiences problems with the power top. The fluid is very low, I refilled it not long ago. VW sent the directions and it was not too difficult. Has anyone else had problems with the fluid level in the power top?
#175 of 492 Brake Light and ABS Light Problems
Jul 08, 2005 (7:19 am)
I have been having some problems with the Brake Light and the ABS light on my 2001 Cabrio.
The Brake light has been flashing all the time now when i drive, and it seems like when it flashes, it coincides with a type of rattling noise underneath the hood.
The ABS light has also been coming on. It comes on when I sometimes start the car. When it comes on, the Air Conditioner, among other things, don't work. I only have to turn the car off, and restart it, and then its usually fine.
Does anyone know what could be causing these problems?
#176 of 492 RE: 02 CD changer [dotanuki]
Jul 08, 2005 (12:54 pm)
AWESOME! I have been struggling for a week trying to install my cd changer on the right side of the trunk. I did what you said it works great! Thanks!
#177 of 492 Re: Brake Light and ABS Light Problems [blondejen]
Jul 11, 2005 (4:15 am)
Last week my daughter reported that the ABS light on her 2001 Cabrio was coming on intermittently -- she didn't say anything about a noise under the hood or the air conditioner not working. In searching the internet for other reports/solutions to this problem I did see a post on another board that indicated that some VWs had a problem with the ignition switch not fully returning to the right position after starting the car. Evidently, while the car runs, perhaps some accessories/features are affected. Maybe try wiggling the ignition switch when you experience the problem to see if it clears. If it does, it may need adjusted/replaced. I'm going to have a more detailed look at my daughters car, and maybe drive it a day or two myself to see if I can experience the problem and then try to see if I can relate it to the ignition switch.