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#309 of 492 98 Cabrio - My experience
Jul 18, 2006 (9:30 am)
I purchased my 98 Cabrio brand new from the dealer in February 1999. From the very beginning I have had the following problems: 1) Check engine light. This goes on and off on a regular basis for no apparent reason 2) Alarm on car is triggered during very wet weather (this happens occasionally) 3) Problems with drivers side rear evening running light. The first time dealer thought the bulb was out, replaced it, 2 weeks later it was out again, they replaced it again, it went out again within 2 weeks. They took the whole thing apart, spent several hours on it and told me they couldn't figure out why it was out and they would need to put their best guy on it and would cap the cost of doing this at $500. I told them I wasn't going to pay that I'd rather keep replacing the bulb every couple of weeks. So I got the car back and figured I'd take my chances. That was over a year ago and the light is still working without a problem?! 5) Have a power top on my car, one day I try to put the top down and it wouldn't work (thankfully it was stuck in the 'up' position!). Tried to get the top to go down several times over the next few days, wouldn't work. Week later tried it again and it worked, this was 3 years ago and have not had the problem since.
5) Craziest thing to happen with car so far: the passenger window stopped working, it was like this for over a year. A friend of mine is a good mechanic and he dismantled the entire passenger door to see what the problem was, he thought I needed a new motor, priced it out and it's not cheap ($400+ at the time). so since it's a convertible and I have a/c and it's the passenger side window I figured I had not need to get it fixed. Brought the car to VW for service a couple of months after this problem and specifically told them to LEAVE THE WINDOW ALONE I did not want to pay to fix it, the guy at the service desk said he thought there was a recall on it so they'd check it out. They called me a couple of hours later and told me I needed a new motor and it wasn't covered under a recall. I told them to leave it alone don't replace the motor, of course then they wanted to charge me for taking the car apart (think it was about $200-$300) I refused and they wound up caving on that. Get the car back and confirm passenger window still does not work. Approximately a year later my nephew is sitting in the car with me and he hits the window button to try and put the window down and AMAZINGLY THE WINDOW WORKS?! It has now worked for approximately 3 years. Occasionally when I have that window down and I hit the button to put the window up it will go up and down on it's own a few times and ultimately will close. HOW WEIRD IS THAT?!
Anyway, I thought that sharing some of my experiences with this car would help others to understand the fickleness of the Cabrio. I live in CT and I ski, so I've driven it to Vermont through snow storms (I did have snow tires) and I never had a problem getting anywhere with it. I still love this car and while I am in search of another car now (SUV) my intention is to keep my Cabby until it won't run anymore. It's a fun vehicle and was worth every penny and every frustrating experience I've had with it.
#315 of 492 Re: Brake problems [jdeghart]
Sep 15, 2006 (3:10 pm)
I have run into the same problem. Anyone have a reason for this occurring? Could it be the master cylinder?
#316 of 492 Re: should I buy a cabrio? [misswendyt]
Sep 22, 2006 (10:41 pm)
Did you choose? I have the same dilema!
#317 of 492 Re: Suggestions for a Replacement Convertible? [rtc1]
Sep 24, 2006 (4:52 pm)
Just wondering how you hooked up your kids car seats with no shoulder belt. I just got a 1990 Cabriolet and it does not come with rear shoulder belts. Trying to find out what other people have done. I have two kids...2 and 4.
#318 of 492 Re: Suggestions for a Replacement Convertible? [ljbelle]
Sep 30, 2006 (8:50 pm)
We use the toddler car seats with the built in 3 point attachment for the kids. The car seat itself is attached via the regular waist seatbelt in the backseat + the long belt that is used with the central latch system tied to the top center rear of the carseat; I thread the belt between the back of the rear seat and the rear dashboard into the luggage compartment. I hook the latch onto the back upper rim of the luggage compartment (where the rubber seal is for the compartment) and tighten the belt. This provides a secure 3 way seating for the carseats. The older child is now eligible for the booster seat, but we've kept her in the toddler seat due to lack of a shoulder harness to go with it.