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#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?
#51 of 70 Re: Engine light [donewithvws]
Apr 10, 2010 (1:06 pm)
Boy, can I relate to your blog! However, my cute little red Cabrio convertible has only 25,000 miles (driven by a little old lady!) and yet I seem to have it at a mechanic every other month. Thus far, they have only replaced a hose, and some other minor thing, but usually they find nothing (even certified Volkswagon mechanics--NOT the dealer), the light is out for a few weeks and then suddenly it comes on again, and another trip to the mechanic! Luckily, unlike you, I haven't had any serious problems while driving, but that dashboard light is driving me so crazy, I, too, am thinking of telling my cute little car goodbye!
#52 of 70 Re: Warning light on dash- engine? with lightening bolt through it [celeste
Apr 10, 2010 (1:14 pm)
Hate to be the bearer of bad news, Celeste, but my 2002 Cabrio has less than 25,000 miles on it but has had that nasty red engine light lit up on dashboard more times than I can count. First few times, mechanic found minor adjustments, however, now the mechanics are at a loss for a solution, so they get the light off and two weeks later, it is back on! Very frustrating to say the least.
#53 of 70 Re: 95 CABRIO OIL PRESSURE LIGHT BLINKING [detaildave]
Apr 14, 2010 (12:01 pm)
its fixed.i dis-connected the wire going to the oil sending unit(the one sitting on top of the oil filter) and connected it to a good ground ,and the beeping and the light have stopped. it now has 205 k on it.
#54 of 70 Re: 95 CABRIO OIL PRESSURE LIGHT BLINKING [detaildave]
Jun 17, 2010 (10:29 pm)
I hope you're still around because I need step-by-step instructions on how to fix the never-ending beeping of my oil sensor on my 95 Cabrio, and I signed up on this Web site specifically because you seemed to be able to fix what has been driving me crazy. It also seems this is a problem other people have had with their VWs.
So... No leaks. Oil pressure is fine, but the light and alarm won't stop. They usually go off with high rpms. My local dealer doesn't seem to want to touch it, so I thought I'd try to do it myself. While I'm good at electronic/mechanical things, I have very little idea what I'm doing. I don't even know where the oil filter is in my car. Can you walk me through it? My local mechanics seem to have given up on me and my rather beat up vehicle.
Oh yeah, I bought the car used many years ago and it did not come with a manual.
#55 of 70 Re: Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL) [hallkane]
Jun 23, 2010 (8:07 am)
I am new to this site but wanted to say thanks for the tip. My check engine light was on 2 days after I had taken it in to be fixed. The mechanic had repaired some vacuum hoses on 3 lines. After I drove the car for a day it was back on w/the same error code (P1582). I had seen your post and asked him to clean this part and he must have not taken my girly advise. My boyfriend did as you said and the light has been off ever since. I am the new owner of a 2002 Red Cabrio and loving it, even if it does come with a few repairs. Thanks Again!
#56 of 70 Re: Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL) [stacky1]
Jun 23, 2010 (11:57 am)
HI Stacky1 -
Glad to have helped with the check engine light. Thanks for the feedback. FYI -- We are still doing it from time to time - it still needs it-- with over 150,000 miles!
#57 of 70 99 Cabrio Engine Problem
Jun 25, 2010 (6:14 am)
Greetings all! We have a 99 cabrio and the other day when my husband was coming home from work the check engine light popped on, and the car came to a complete stop. He got it towed to auto zone, and there they read they checked the codes to see why the check engine light was on and they told us that one of the spark plugs was bad and that the car needed a tune up. So that is what we did we got new spark plugs, a distributor cap and coil. The only thing we had not changed out was the wires which the guy said we didn't have to right now, but very soon needed to change out. Well the car started up, but the check engine light was still on and now we can here like a ticking nose in the engine and the car is shaking. We asked some friends and they said it could be a vacuum leak and we checked for that last night and found no leaks in the hoses. Then someone else told us to make sure we had the firing order right and that the wires were hooked on correct and we did. The order is right we tripled checked and the wires are on there pretty good. So we still don't know what could be wrong. can anyone give us some guidance so we can get our car moving again. Thanks!
#58 of 70 Re: 99 Cabrio Engine Problem [kperry27]
Jun 25, 2010 (7:56 am)
Yikes, sorry to read about the drastic trouble. Haven't experienced what you have on our 99. One tinsy item we've learned over our 150K miles is we can only use Bosch spark plugs. The car hesitates and misses with other plugs. We dread paying the premium but it performs smoother with them. Also, plug and wire #3 are perpetually a problem. Inside the wire's cap it is often "white" from misfiring, and we have replaced just that wire a few times to achieve a smoother idle. (V W will sell the distributor wires individually). Good Luck!