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#29 of 153 Replacing 1999 Cabrio Power Roof Motor - Cost?
Jun 02, 2008 (4:56 pm)
The hydraulic motor on my 1999 VW Cabrio GLS convertible power roof must be a goner. I merely clacks when I want to put the roof down.
I'm trying to get a handle on replacement options and cost.
Anyone got an idea what the cost of just the part (motor) is?
Anyone got an idea how involved it is to replace the motor? It seems relatively easy...but the huge VW service manual offers no discussion about the motor.
We've checked the obvious (fluid on motor is ok, fuses not an issue).
Or anyone got an idea of what a garage/VW Repair will charge?
Thanks for any help.
#30 of 153 Re: Replacing 1999 Cabrio Power Roof Motor - Cost? [hallkane]
Jun 11, 2008 (10:14 am)
I just had my car in the VW shop last week for my broken automatic roof on my 2001 Cabrio. I was informed that I was lucky b/c only some lever thingy on the driver's side of the roof was broken. Repair cost = $900!! I was "lucky" because if the entire hydraulic compressor was broken, the repair would be $3,000! Anyway, I asked the guy if my automatic roof could be converted to manual and he told me it could. I was told that there is a release for the hydraulic compression, but I picked my car up, drove it home without checking the top (dumb me) and found that I am not able to push the top down manually. I've been calling the dealership ever since without a return phone call. Service at my VW dealer is horrible! If anyone has info on whether an auto top can become manual, please let me know.
#31 of 153 Prefer Manual Vs Auto Roof
Jun 11, 2008 (11:00 am)
My 99.5 Cabrio auto convertertible top went out a few years ago. I did not look too deep into the options of getting it repaired or replaced. I was just glad I had the option to make it manual. Having logged a few years with the top automatic and a few years as top manual I can honestly say I prefer the top in manual mode. This is because you can just disengage the clasps and throw the top back in a 2 seconds vers 25 seconds. Doesnt sound like much but it is to me. The only minus is when it is time to put back up you have to get out of the car then back in to turn the engine off and roll up the windows. I pretty much keep the car in neutral to turn avoid engine on, off again cycle. Take all things into account I prefere manual.
#32 of 153 Re: Replacing 1999 Cabrio Power Roof Motor - Cost? [vlbjunk]
Jun 11, 2008 (12:37 pm)
HI and Thanks for your reply.
I have since received the same type of info from my local foreign car repair specializing in VWs. The pump itself was a $795 part, retail. No quote on the labor cost involved. I was told the same motor is used from models 99 - 2001 -- so a junk yard might work. I was afraid another old motor from a 99 would have the same issues. VW does sell a repair kit for the roof motor, but it is meant for repairing fluid leaks, which I don't have. It appears a gear is stripped inside.
I had the same surprise about going manual. We tried it at home, and couldn't lower it manually. The repair guy turned the toggle bar on the motor (not sure if clockwise or counterclockwise) and it released it. I can now lower it manually. Good luck!
#33 of 153 Re: Prefer Manual Vs Auto Roof [angelchicago]
Jun 11, 2008 (12:41 pm)
HI and thanks very much for your reply.
What a surprise to read you prefer manual roof changing to the automatic.
You must be a lot stronger than me and/or taller than me!!
I have a bit of trouble putting it up when standing behind the car but can do it.
Standing off to the side and raising it is even tougher.
But I'm really glad I have the manual option.
I'll hope to "grow into" my new manual status like you did.
Thanks for your post.
#34 of 153 Was the motorized convertible top optional for 99 Cabrio?
Jun 12, 2008 (10:23 am)
HI, I just bought a 99 Cabrio GLS here is FL ref: http://www.automobilemag.com/classifieds/14/1999/volkswagen/cabriolet/gls/florid- a/melbourne/218828846/113/index.html & there was no motor to operate the top but I did notice a switch on the dash board to raise & lower the top automatically.
My questions is, did the 99 Cabrio have the automatic operation for the top as standard equipment or was it optional & not put on all 99 Cabrio? Also how many like/dislike the automatic convertible option for their Cabrio.
How reliable are the convertible motors?
How fussy are the automatic convertible motors?
How expensive & labor intensive is it to install/maintain the convertible motors?
How long do the convertibles motors usually last, especially in tropical areas such as FL?
Does any one know of any aftermarket convertible motors?
#35 of 153 Re: Was the motorized convertible top optional for 99 Cabrio? [charocfl]
Jun 13, 2008 (1:03 pm)
The next generation Cabrio (which was the final generation for VW) was introduced as a year 1999 1/2. Based on the photo you sent, tip off being the headlights, it appears to me you have the new 1999 1/2 Cabrio. In that generation vehicle the "GLS" model came with auto roof as standard which probably explains why you have a switch on your dash.
#36 of 153 Re: Help! I can't open the Trunk on my 1996 [danas200]
Jun 24, 2008 (7:41 am)
I have a 1999 Cabrio. The key thing is tricky. Try putting the key in so that the alignment is vertical. Press in, while holding in, turn to the right. That's how my trunk opens.
#37 of 153 Re: Help! I can't open the Trunk on my 1996 [barbara28]
Jun 24, 2008 (10:02 am)
Is this a new car to you or a new problem on a car you've had for awhile?
If the car is new to you -- I remember being fooled by the trunk a few times too.
In addition to putting the key in and turning the key, you have the push the whole black area "in" too. Also, if you're not familiar, check your manual, there could be a position you can leave your trunk lock in, so then you won't need to use the key to open the trunk if all doors are unlocked (presuming you have the same electric package I do, 99 GLS). You just have the push the black area "in" to open, without any key. I use it all the time!
#38 of 153 Re: Replacing 1999 Cabrio Power Roof Motor - Cost? [vlbjunk]
Jun 25, 2008 (4:12 pm)
There IS a way to raise and lower the convertible top manually. In the trunk, on my 2000 Cabrio, on the left side there is a circular opening in the side of the wall. In this opening, approx. 1 1/2 inch diameter, there is a metal switch. Wind or turn this switch counterclockwise to put in manual mode and tighten to the right to return to engage the motor for automatic mode. Once this switch is set to manual you can raise and lower the roof in a snap!