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#48 of 153 Re: Replacing 1999 Cabrio Power Roof Motor - Cost? [charocfl]
Jul 08, 2008 (10:24 am)
HI Again CharO -
Thanks for the great tip!! Definately could be an override switch issue connected with the emergency break...Had not heard/thought of that idea...these threads are a wonderful thing!! Yes, I'll keep you posted when I can get to investigate that.
As for your other questions about the rams and fluids...the only fluids I can readily see is in the reservoir on the side/back of the motor. The reservoir is light colored plastic so you can see it easily, no dip stick needed. The fluid is a special VW fluid, I recall. No idea about any fluids/lubricant in the rams/hydraulics, mine seem to be a-ok and operating smoothly, haven't been forced to look into it.
#50 of 153 glued seam coming apart VW Cabrio 2002
Jul 22, 2008 (7:28 pm)
I live in South Florida and bought this 2002convertible about 3months ago. I have only put top down two times when I first bought it. The top is in great condition and when I took it by the dealer they thought it was a new top ----------EXCEPT suddenly the glue on the seam is seperating . I recently bought a cover to keep further damage BUT ineveitbaly it must be repaired. I have spoken with 3 shops ( one is ued by Geico, state farm etc) and I know that eventually I will have to go this route. Their prices range from $375,$400 and $675- the last would glue and seam and warrantee for 3 years - the others 1 year and seam only. It also seems this is a common problem on this vehicle . I heard from two of them that some customers have complained successfuly to VW and obtained some help.
Meanwhile I would like to wait until the hurricane season has passed so that I dont have to spend for a second repair or new top.
I asked the most reasonable shop if Glueing would work but she said that if I did that she might not be able to sew through the glue.
I see the suggestion about using duct tape ( I have a small section that is open and I could tape it from the inside as weell as the outside BUT AGAIN I am told by an acquaintance that the duct tape residue might damage the canvas when it is removed. This seems unlikely to me since I am only talking about 2 to 3 months aand I am sure I will have to periodically remove and retape - I would think one could remove residue with something. Any comments or suggestions to get me through the HURRICANE SEASON INTACT??? I JUST FOUND THE "hole" TODAY AND I PUT A SMALL TOWEL BENEATH IT TO CATCH ANY WATER AND AS I MENTIONED IT HAS A BREATHABLE WATER REPELLANT COVER ON IT. I know this is not great for a really major thunderstorm- a hurricane would be covered by comprehensive.- minus deductible.
#51 of 153 Reattaching rear window on my Cabrio convertibl
Jul 23, 2008 (5:29 am)
I own a 2001 VW Cabrio convertible and live in the Tampa Bay area. The rear window has come unglued and has dropped out. The gasket that holds the glass up to the top is still intact. We called a local dealer and he referred us to an upholstery shop. They said that it you can't reglue that and that I need to replace the top. I just can't believe that. I repair inflatable boats and have some experience in gluing fabrics. I would like to know if it is possible to reattach the rear window? What type of adhesive can I get that will bond to these surfaces? Please respond
#53 of 153 Re: Reattaching rear window on my Cabrio convertibl [topper2]
Jul 23, 2008 (1:35 pm)
There is no weatherstripping around this window. There's what looks like seam tape attached (glued) to the inside of the rear window. The flange of this is glued to the inside of the convertible top. I WISH there was weatherstripping like what you show in your posted link.
#54 of 153 Re: Replacing 1999 Cabrio Power Roof Motor - Cost? [hallkane]
Jul 29, 2008 (10:11 am)
Oh wow. I figured it wouldn't be cheap, but yikes! Good to know about the fuse. It's weird, because in the manual for the car there's one listed, but ON the car, where the fuses are listed, it's not there. That's what lead me to believe there was one, just maybe not where I was looking. =) So far, mom's just resorted to using the top manually. Can you tell me where to look for the fluid levels please? (I'm not even sure where the motor for the roof is located...) That's also an interesting idea to look into the emergency brake- I hadn't thought of that either, so thanks charO for the great idea! I really appreciate everyone's help here- you guys are wonderful!! =D
#55 of 153 Re: Replacing 1999 Cabrio Power Roof Motor - Cost? [ambrocked]
Jul 30, 2008 (8:26 am)
Yeah, I'm still raising and lowering manually. I prefer automation, but I'm too cheap for an $800 part!
The fluids reservoir is in the trunk. For my year (1999), look on the drivers side for a bump "in" of the trunk. There are a few simple bolts holding down a black cover over that bump "in". Once you get that off, there's the motor. The fluid reservoir is part of the motor and very obvious once you get the cosmetic cover off. If your fluid is low, it will be obvious. I hope for your sake that you are. I think you need to buy the special fluid at a VW dealer. If you find you have a leak of fluids, there is also a special rebuild kit for leaks. Alas, my problem was neither of those. Enjoy the summer!
#56 of 153 Re: Replacing 1999 Cabrio Power Roof Motor - Cost? [hallkane]
Jul 30, 2008 (10:35 am)
I have been doing research on my 2000 Cabrio's power roof to see what my options are.
The roof motor is no longer working. VW has confirmed it is leaking fluid. They claim they have to replace the motor and the hydralics which has a price tag of $3300. This is a huge bill-about $2300 more than I expected. I have asked them if they can make it manual (answer is no) what my options are (answer is none) and I have had my car in the shop for the past week thinking about if I am going to spend this much for this repair.....I see that there are options here that VW has not made me aware of and I am pissed...I am printing off this forum and bringing it with me when I pick up my car today.....Has anyone else ever received a quote to fix that was this steep?
#57 of 153 Re: Replacing 1999 Cabrio Power Roof Motor - Cost? [imissukelly]
Jul 30, 2008 (7:59 pm)
Yeah, it sounds like you definitely need to get a second opinion (with an honest mechanic)! And I thought $800 was bad... Sheesh! I'm guessing you've already looked thru the rest of this forum, but posts #38 and #40 are particularly helpful in figuring out the manual operation of the top. Good luck!