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Volkswagen Cabrio, Convertible
#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!
#58 of 153 Re: Replacing 1999 Cabrio Power Roof Motor - Cost? [hallkane]
Jul 30, 2008 (8:01 pm)
Excellent, thank you so much!! I'm keeping my fingers crossed! =D
#59 of 153 convertable top repairs
Sep 03, 2008 (1:08 pm)
My window has come loose also but I found a seamstres to fix it for me so to replace it isn't the only option. I reglued it then had it hand stitched and knotted between each stitch
#60 of 153 Re: Replacing 1999 Cabrio Power Roof Motor - Cost? [ambrocked]
Sep 10, 2008 (3:27 am)
I haven't read the whole thread but, if the resevoir is low look for a leak. The hoses on my 99 dry rot and one came loose behind teh rear seat trim panel. If the motor runs it's probably a leak. I'm sure you read the emergency brake must be on.
#61 of 153 2001 VW Cabrio Convertible Canvas Roof Coming Unglued!!!
Sep 10, 2008 (12:26 pm)
I've learned a lot from reading the blogs on the Cabrio and see that a lot of folks have the same issues I do with the Cabrio convertible I just purchased. The roof automatic motor stopped working (I have a button to raise and lower it on my dash) AND the factory glue just above the rear window where the roof bends started coming unglued and slowly but surely, it's coming apart all the way across. Not good since we just skidded by Hurricane Ike here in South Florida. The guy I bought the car from gave me an upholstery shop number in Ft. Lauderdale who wants $400 cash to remove my top, sew up the roof and replace it. He also told me he would look at the motor to see why it wasn't working , but I'm sure.
I saw some folks were buying glue for the seam. Anyone use glue and have success? In Florida?
Does anyone in Hialeah or South Florida know of other upholstery locations that will remove, sew and replace a Cabrio top? If the top looks brand new, is it better to repair than to replace???
Any other recommendations in terms of vendors/mechanics/upholstery shops in the South Florida area would be GREATLY APPRECIATED! Thanks.
#62 of 153 Re: NEED NEW CONVERTIBLE TOP FOR MY 2001 [momjenni]
Sep 10, 2008 (12:27 pm)
Hello. Can you tell me what you ended up doing with your Cabrio? I just posted a question and I have the exact same problem as you and I live in So. Florida.
#63 of 153 Re: 2001 VW Cabrio Convertible Canvas Roof Coming Unglued!!! [bluefx]
Sep 14, 2008 (6:17 am)
I lived down in S. Florida and the stitching came undone on my top, I had it resewn a year ago. This year, the window became unglued from the canvas. I took it to several places, and my only option was to replace the top for about $1800. If it is stitching, you can have it sewn, I had mine done for around $300 in West Palm Beach at a little canvas shop off of Okeechobee, not far west of 95. Honestly, you are lucky that you found someone to do it that way, the dealership told me I had to replace it completely and I found the guy to stitch it on my own.
#64 of 153 2002 Motor Top not working
Sep 14, 2008 (6:18 am)
My boyfriend wanted to drive my car and went to put the roof down without unlatching his side. Now the top won't go down. It bent the metal part attached to the front of the car. It didn't seem like he tried it for too long, so I can't see how it could have done mega damage. Is there a fuse I can check? Any suggestions? Thanks!