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Volkswagen Cabrio, Convertible
#41 of 70 Re: Engine light [jcashell]
Jul 26, 2009 (9:46 am)
It's so funny reading all these posts because my 02 Cabrio has had most of these things happen. There's been so many that I can't really remember the fixes off the top of my head but if anyone is desperate for a fix they can't figure out, let me know and I will check with my repair guy (we've become good friends after my Cabrio has been in there so many time).
The latest fixes I can remember:
The stalling out problem in the rain was resolved by simply replacing the coil. I have had some similar issues in the past after filling up like some previous posts and one time I think replacing the fuel filter helped but we never really figured out what exactly the problem was there.
Wheel bearings have always been a problem on this car and have had to repair/replace several times.
In addition, the car's underneath always seems to get rusted out around the muffler, etc. and eventually leads to having to weld the pipes together or replace the entire exhaust sysytem..
My little temperature light had been coming on, which ended up being a leak in the coolant tank.
My check engine light is now on, which my repair guy says is because the car needs a new cadalytic converter (an emissions thing so will not pass inspection unless fixed) and also needs a new radiator (which is something that has to be done asap).
My E-break light is now on as well which is something related to one of the e-break cables. The e-break still works however. I've always had problems relating to the e-break.
So with several sensor lights on, and several problems on this car in the past, I feel your pain. I have had a lot of fun in this car, but for a 2002 and having been the sole owner of this car, seems like more problems than normal, especially compared with a Honda as mentioned previously. My repair guy agrees.
This is why, despite my love for the car, I have finally decided to move on (after several years of my repair guy telling me to do so) to a Honda or Toyota.
Again, if anyone has particular problems they want to discuss with me, I'm sure I've had them and can make a few recommendations, but my best recommendation would be to trade it in and get a more reliable car, unless you don't do much driving and just want a little convertible to chug around your town in. And NEVER go to the dealer unless your car is still covered under warranty. Go to some one you trust!
I've decided to trade my 02 Cabrio with 138k miles in for a Prius 2010. I am only getting 2300 for my trade-in, which they say is the 'auction value' but you could probably get more if you trade-in at a car retailer that also sells VWs because the KBB trade-in value is more like 4-5k, and it helps to not have a bunch of miles and warning sensors on. I would not trade-in for another VW though. Too many problems and most private repair shops dont have the computers to read the german cars.
#42 of 70 95 CABRIO OIL PRESSURE LIGHT BLINKING
Aug 27, 2009 (2:57 pm)
THE LIGHT WAS COMING ON ONCE IN A WHILE.CHANGE THE OIL AND OIL PRESSURE SWITCHES AND CLEANED THE ENGINE,NOW THE LIGHT IS ON ALL THE TIME.NO LEAKS,OIL LEVEL IS GOOD,NO ENGINE NOISES.HAS 192000 MILES ON IT.
#43 of 70 Re: Warning light on dash- engine? with lightening bolt through it [celested9]
Aug 30, 2009 (10:54 am)
My 2002 Cabrio also has that light with the lightening bolt through it- I have no idea what it means- have you figured it out yet?
#44 of 70 Re: 95 CABRIO OIL PRESSURE LIGHT BLINKING [detaildave]
Sep 01, 2009 (2:43 am)
replaced oil pump,still have same problem.looking for pressure relief valve on a 95 vw cabrio.does anybody know where it is.
#45 of 70 Re: Warning light on dash- engine? with lightening bolt through it [rhondad]
Sep 10, 2009 (8:52 am)
i had the same problem with my 95 cabrio.Turned out to be the cam sensor.
#46 of 70 No Link Message on code reader
Oct 12, 2009 (6:40 am)
I have gotten a No Link message on the emissions code reader device - actually on three seperate devices. I believe I have a problem with the computer that it reads. Has anyone else experienced this, and if so - What may be causing the problem.
I just had the Catalytic Converter and exhaust to the rear of the car replaced and the place that did the exhaust said his two devices couldn't link to the computer either.
If anyone has a clue, please help.
Kelly in CT
#47 of 70 Re: No Link Message on code reader [craffield]
Oct 31, 2009 (3:31 am)
I had same problem it was related to the radio I unplugged all wires to radio and they were able to read the code something to do with the radio???
#48 of 70 Re: Engine light [donewithvws]
Nov 25, 2009 (8:49 pm)
The MIL is the least of the problems we have had in the only 5k miles we have owned this lemon, which only has about 54k miles in total on it. The code we get from our reader is P0455, aka evap. emission control. At times, the light has stayed off for weeks after a reset, which seems odd because either there is a leak or there isn't, I would think. We have tried all sorts of things, incl. the usual gas cap replacement. Currently it comes on regularly after a few drive cycles. Any thoughts on this?
Today I had yet another disturbing interlude: after very heavy Florida cloudbursts, it suddenly stalled and died on me at a stop sign. I was able to start it again easily but a few miles later after going through a big puddle, it stalled and died again, and this time it took me a little longer to restart it. My husband sprayed WD-40 on all sorts of parts, and it didn't die on us anymore after that. Of course, he was driving because I wouldn't anymore.
I could go on with more interesting anecdotes, but I don't want to bore you.
#49 of 70 Emissions won't test
Dec 18, 2009 (6:41 am)
2000 Cabrio convertible. OK. Talk about a rock and a hard place! Emissions says they can't test the car until the drive cycle is complete. The mechanic says we can't get a waiver until the car actually fails an emission test. We have taken it to a VW dealership and they have kept it for 11 days now. They think someone disconnected the engine light. It has never been on since I have had the car.(3 mos). Anyone else have THIS problem?
#50 of 70 Re: No Link Message on code reader [craffield]
Dec 18, 2009 (6:50 am)
I am going through the same thing. Emissions can't test it, mechanic can't give a waiver until it actually fails. I have owned my Cabrio for 3 mos and the check engine light has NEVER shone. The VW people think it is unplugged. Has anyone answered you?