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#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!
#39 of 153 Manual top on 1999 Cabrio
Jul 01, 2008 (6:21 pm)
OK, must be that time of year, the motor on mine croaked too. I had naively thought it was a simple screw motor but from looking at the forum I see it's a hydraulic jobby.
I had been aware from reading the owner's manual when I first got it 2 years ago, there is a way to go manual, but I don't recall and thought maybe I could get the insider's view on the forum! It's a 99 but I don't know if old or new, had thought from the VIN it is a new but then the fuse box cover I bought based on that did not work (admittedly, haven't tried an "old" to see if it did the trick).
When I look in the trunk the area where I think the lift is, on the left, is neatly covered with some sort of finish material, with a couple of fasteners I haven't ventured to try to off yet. Is that where I should be looking for the switch that I can flip/spin/turn to go manual, at least to get the top up?
Also, I'm 5'4" and wondering if I'll be able to reach and easily raise and lower the top manually (without making the guys at work snicker).
#40 of 153 Re: Manual top on 1999 Cabrio [eenbean]
Jul 07, 2008 (4:38 am)
Hi - Sorry to hear you lost your motor too!
Yes, in the trunk, drivers side. Yes there is a neatly covered area. On the front side of that area, should be a round rubber circle. You can pop that off using your fingers, or take the whole housing off, it's only a few screws. You should see (or feel) a brass toggle bar once inside the circle. Turn it clockwise/counterclockwise to release the motor. Frankly I had trouble with it too..but it works.
Yes, the roof is heavy. I'm 5'5" and probably much older than you. I can do it alone, but with effort. Standing from the rear is best to get it started upward but you will get the front of your clothes dirty from leaning on the car. Then you can slide to the drivers side to finish. When lowering, I was told to not force it down by pushing the entire way. Push to get it started and then when gravity works, let the pistons and gravity do their thing to lower on their own. I miss being able to raise/lower the roof at traffic lights!!
#41 of 153 Re: Manual top on 1999 Cabrio [eenbean]
Jul 07, 2008 (10:43 am)
Hi, I am also 50+ & just bought my 99 Cabrio last month. I had to take it into the shop for a few issues & asked them to look at my convertible motor. There were a few things I wanted to know like was the motor still there, was it repairable if. I had figured that since it was apparent the top had been replaced this may have been an oversight for some reason. Well $225 later my top is up & running & I am very pleased with it operation. A few tid bits the mechanic said was that when the fluid gets below a certain point the motor will stop working, I guess it is a self protection mode. Also he said it was a bit of a bear to prime the hydraulics but with persistence all is working well. Other items I did not know since I did not get the owners manual is that the emergency brake must be engaged in order to operate the hydraulic rams in either the up or down directions.
Maybe you may want to check the fluid levels in your hydraulic rams (I believe the mechanic said there were 2) before you give up on the top motor. I have been doing the manual operation for the last month here in FL & between the nice sunny days & the after noon storms & have been doing it quite a bit & the motorized operation is much nicer.