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#182 of 492 Re: Problems with My 2000 VW Cabrio Power Door Locks [bdenny]
Jul 14, 2005 (8:37 pm)
I have a 95 VW Cabrio with an aftermarket alarm on it and I am having similar problems. After I unarm the car with the remote, get inside the car and start the engine, I cannot unlock the door locks with the power door lock button. Is this what you were describing? If it is, the VW dealership told me to take it back to the place where the alarm was installed and have them take a look at it. Right now I have it sitting at Best Buy trying to figure out what's wrong. One thing that could be the possibility (that I'm hoping it is and not something bigger) is that the factory alarm and aftermarket alarm are not communicating correctly or the factory alarm was not properly disabled.
Hope I could help!
#183 of 492 Re: 2001 Cabrio Power top fluid level problems [sbach]
Jul 14, 2005 (8:49 pm)
My Girlfriend has a 2000 Cabrio and has the low fluid problem with the Convertible Top. I purchased the fluid and for some reason, I can't get the fluid to go into the reservoir. I have the top bolt out and there seems to be some sort of pressure preventing me from adding the fluid. Do you have the instructions from VW that you can post or e-mail to me?
This has been such a pain - the top goes down but can't come back up.
#184 of 492 Re: 2001 Cabrio Power top fluid level problems [newguy2008]
Jul 15, 2005 (6:39 am)
You need a small oil can with a grip pump and hose to fill the reservoir. There's a 90 degree turn from the bolt hole to the reservoir. Once it's filled (should be just above minimum when the top is down - half to full when up) put the bolt back on - but don't tighten. Cycle the top up and down 3-4 times to remove any air bubbles in the lines, then tighten the bolt all the way.
My top sometimes still gets stuck half way up - I just release the button, and tap it again - seems to work.
What type of fluid are you putting in? It should be power steering fluid - that's what VW sold me. It's frustrating that instructions are not in the owners manual - but my local VW dealer was nice enough to fax me instructions from their repair manual.
#186 of 492 95 factory 5 CD Changer- Error Message
Jul 20, 2005 (8:41 pm)
Anyone out there have a clue what's going on...... The radio and cassette player work great- but when I try to play CDs... I get an ERROR- E3 message. I tried switching out the CD changer unit..... with an identical unit- that works fine in another 95 Cabrio. Well- after changing it out- I still get the same ERROR-E3 message.
Any insight is much appreciated... as I am getting ready to take a long road trip. THANKS !
#187 of 492 Wind Screen for 95 Cabrio
Jul 20, 2005 (8:47 pm)
Do these things actually make a difference ? Anyone have experience with an "after-market" model ?
#188 of 492 Re: Old Cabrio Discussion Gone [cabrioglx]
Jul 21, 2005 (8:22 am)
What was the story with the checking the groundwire on the CD player ?
#189 of 492 New owner, NooB question
Jul 21, 2005 (10:18 am)
Just purchased a '96 Cabrio this past Tuesday. Relatively good shape for a 10-year-old VW, only had 58k miles on it. Had a few minor issues, had to replace the brake shoes, front rotors, and the valve cover gasket.
I've been considering getting a CD changer for this (car has the Premium sound system, AM/FM/Tape); as I peruse the forum I keep hearing about the CD connector being located somewhere in the rear-right of the trunk. I took a quick peek in last night, but as I'm somewhat unfamiliar with the VW's wiring, I didn't know exactly what I was looking at.
Here's the question: What exactly does the connector itself look like, and which panel/floorborad/whatever to I need to move to find it?
#190 of 492 Suggestions for a Replacement Convertible?
Jul 23, 2005 (8:29 pm)
Back in 1984 when I was single and started to get a paycheck, I bought an year-old dealer demo 1984 Volkswagen Rabbit convertible (VW started calling them Cabriolet in 1985). Twenty one years later, after mostly short commutes, it has 130,000 miles but still gets 30 MPG. About two years ago, various items started to fall apart. I thought about donating it to charity, but because it was paid for and I live in Atlanta where you can drive with the top down most of the year, I decide to invest ~$3000 for 1) new top, 2) new engine gasket, 3) new tires, 4) new master cylinder and rear drums.
If I was still single, I would probably just keep driving it forever. But I now have two young children (2 and 4 years old) who enjoy riding in their respective child carseats in the rear. My wife is pressuring me to sell it as she is concerned about 1) its lack of airbags, and 2) some other major equipment may fail resulting in personal injury and/or costly repairs.
She drives an Acura MDX that we transport our kids in most of the time and we also own a low mileage 1996 Honda EX (her previous car), now used mostly by the nanny or as a backup.
Curious if others share her concerns? One option is to sell both the Rabbit and the Civic and buy another used (safer) convertible with the proceeds. If so, appreciate your suggestions.
Many thanks in advance,
#191 of 492 98 VW turn signal problems
Jul 27, 2005 (6:11 am)
I just bought a 98 cabrio that is in very good condition with 92k miles on it. It recently started having a problem with the turn signals. The turn signals work at all times except when I am breaking (this is when it is most important too). Also, the cruise control doesn't work and I since it is on the same stalk as the turn signals, I thought they might be on the same circuit. If anyone has any insight on what the problem is and how to fix it I would be very appreciative.