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#449 of 492 Re: 2000 Cabrio - Speedometer and Tachometer [cabi919]
Sep 21, 2008 (1:04 am)
My speedometer on my 99.5 Cabrio GLS is also not working. It has not been working for a good 5 years. I brought my car into VW for another reason (I dont fix things unless it effects car starting or running) and asked the dealer to include a separate quote repair for speedometer. They said I would need a new instrument Cluster, just checked the quote paperwork, and it would involve removing my dash at which point I said no Thank You because I knew my budget was $200 or less for such a repair. I want to say they wanted $800 bucks just for that. I cannot remember for sure but I know it was over $400.
I have been living without the speedometer for the past 5 years and frankly do not miss it. Seems today I just drive the way I want which is not too fast anyways.
#450 of 492 Hood will not open
Oct 02, 2008 (1:05 pm)
How can I open the hood if the inside latch does not work?
#451 of 492 2002 cabrio power lock malfunction
Oct 21, 2008 (2:05 pm)
my wife's 02 cabrio's power locks all of a sudden stopped working (kind of). both remotes don't work to open the doors (although they do work to set the alarm). she has to key open the door and then manually pull up the passenger lock. even the little button to unlock the doors from the inside doesn't work when pressed.
this is a new development. but the car did have an issue with the horn not working for the longest time. and that is still intermittent.
any suggestions? it is not a fuse correct?
#452 of 492 Re: Problems with My 2000 VW Cabrio Power Door Locks [bdenny]
Oct 22, 2008 (12:25 pm)
did you ever find an answer to your power lock problem?
#453 of 492 Re: VW CABRIO, ENGINE SKIP [gducharme]
Oct 24, 2008 (12:41 pm)
Hi, I am having a missing/engine skip issue also with my 99 Cabrio. I to have had the mass air flow sensor changed out for an earlier reason, now the Distributor & distubrator module as a unit have been replaced. Also the spark plugs have now been changed & the plug wires had also been changed out earlier.
I am still having the engine skip/missing problem. At one time before the distributor was changed out the car completely died & would not start so I had to have it towed. Note one mechanic said the top of the distributor was toast in is words.
Note: I believe I have also hearing exust noise under the car for a short while now & I am planning on looking into this also just in case it has something to do with the skip problem.
Pleas help if any one as any ideas.
#454 of 492 Re: Loud whistling noise from front convertible top/sealant [uneektecneek]
Oct 30, 2008 (4:40 pm)
Ours used to whistle also until my son found that you can simply adjust the latching arms tension. By using a torx screwdriver to loosen the adjustment and then then adjust the cogs to get more latching power. Snugged it up and now totally quiet at 70mph. Have a look at where the latching arms hook into the frame and you should be abale to figure it out. Thanks.
Nov 13, 2008 (3:54 pm)
Put my 99 cabrio away this week and will sell it in the spring!!!!! What a money pit sorry excuse for a car!!!! 2 years ago the power top stopped working,found out it was a 450 dollar hose,450 for a plastic hose?? Didnt fix it will put it up and down manually for 450 plus the dealer said the most the pump fail on these at $1000+ dollars.Last year 2 windows failed at 250 each and the steering rack failed at $800. This year the transmission failed at $2800 the engine airbox at $300+ and the list goes on and on. what a horrible car. It only has 55000 miles on it now, and I dont drive in the winter or abuse it. If anyone sees a VW for sale , RUN dont walk far far away from it . It will drain you of all money you have
#456 of 492 Re: Im done with all VWs [gocerygetten]
Dec 15, 2008 (3:54 pm)
Man, you must have got a lemon. I have a '98 and never have any problems. Except when I screw up and wreck the front end when I hit something. Which leads me to a new post...
#457 of 492 '98 cabrio undercarriage
Dec 15, 2008 (4:01 pm)
There's a plastic cover on the undercarriage that protects rain from splashing up to the engine. I need to replace this. Does anyone no the part name?
#458 of 492 Re: Im done with all VWs [gocerygetten]
Jul 02, 2009 (5:02 pm)
That's the best thing you can do with a VW - get rid of them. The engineering and service standards are atrocious. I've had a bunch of them, from a '61 bug, '67 Ghia, '72 bug, '68 fastback, two '91 cabriolets, '02 cabriolet, and '84 Audi 4000S twodoor (a rarity). They get worse as they get newer.
The'02 cabrio is the worst of them all. Within les than a year, the driver's side window has failed 3 times. Catalytic converter failed crossing the US and got stuck in Omaha for 4 days. The dealer did not have the part and the computers were down so he could not even order it from the distribution center. He could not use a 3rd party part wthout charging me about $600-$700.
A few months later, coming back from TX the car begins shake on accelleration, Find a dealer, bring it in, they do a diagnostic, and replace some electronic components for $900. I start driving it and the problem is still there. They never even road tested it to determine the problem or verify the fix. Turned out it was an axle part that they fixed but did not charge me for. This is not one isolated dealer, but is typical of their maintenance philosophy: start fixing things until you get it correct.
I visited this board to see if I could determine a fix for the window. What I learned is that VW does not get to the root of the problem, but fixes a problem with components that have design flaws.
The second '91 cabriolet cost me $4,000. Within 5 years I put $5,000 into it.
Go ahead, waste your money.