1988 Volkswagen Cabriolet User Reviews

1988 Volkswagen Cabriolet Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 11 reviews

  • Performance:3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars 3.3 / 5
  • Appearance:4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars 4.9 / 5
  • Overall: 4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5

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Alex writes:
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5

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Fun to drive and cheap on gas!

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A hard top would be more convenient

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1988 Vw Cabriolet — There is nothing better then driving this car downtown somewhere and getting noticed without having a huge fart can as a muffler. I bought this car over a year and a half ago and besides it needing a tune-up from sitting for over 3 years I haven’t invested a single penny into it besides unnecessary parts, oil changes and other regular maintenance. This car was defiantly a hidden gem in the automotive industry and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a fun and simple car!

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Crystal writes:
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4

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very stylish, has a lot of potential, lot of new parts, value will increase with time

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old, air conditioning isn't fully working, has some rust spots
I marked that I would not recommend it to a friend, only because I have no friends that know how to restore cars. I would recommend it to someone that enjoys this kind of work.

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So Cute, Fun To Drive, Stylish — I loved to take this car on joy rides. It was so fun and I got a lot of thumbs up. Everybody loves the look of this car. It has a lot of engine work done to it and some cosmetic work, but it still needs to have more restoring done to it. My hope is that someone who likes to do restoration on cars can purchase this car and finish what we started on it. It has so much potential to be so valuable with just a little more TLC.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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carpman999 writes:
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Very Dependable,extremely Economical,absolutely A Blast To Drive ! — My daughter bought her 1988 cabriolet in 2005.She paid too much and it shook,rattled and barely rolled.Thank god my best friend is a mechanic so between the two of us the car has recieved a new rebuilt motor(original one),a complate body job,everything underneath is new,and a brand new top.We are now starting on the interior.My point is that when she first bought it i hated the car,and now two years later i hate to admit that i have more fun driving it than my 1985 corvette(except when im going 150 mph and i do ).its absolutely a blast to drive . as far as expensive to repair you just have to be willing to source out parts and stay away from the vw dealership when possible.you'll be amazed what you can find on the internet now for these cars.Go VW.

Owner for 2 years, 0 months

Miles Driven per Year:5,000

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Cito321 writes:
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Fun to drive, 30/26 city highway ( I dont understand how), reliable, easy to fix

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Leak where window and top meet in the corners. Weatherstripping impossible to find

Cito321
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Best First Car — I bought this car junior year of highschool and three years later I still love her. She's reliable but with that said there are some minor problems (what can you expect with a 24 year old car.) all my repairs could have been completely avoided if I would simply check the belts and hoses to make sure they look good. This car has been a perfect car for me especially considering my 300 mile a week commute with gas at $3.50. Its compact but im 6'2" and i am comfortable, back seat not so much. With the top down i can fit me, my girlfriend, and our surf boards so its a perfect ride for the beach. Would I buy another? In a heart beat. It's fun to work on and it's given me a chance to learn more about how autos operate.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Michele writes:
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3

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maybe not pretty enough for a car show but pretty enough to drive around and show everyone you're having a good time.  a great car for driving to the Motor Vu

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its not a lamborghini, it can't go that fast

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Great Car For A College Kid — bad breaks, bad shocks, moderatly good at acceleration, very squeaky and rattly. Great appearance, old car with only a few bruises, original seating in good condition, black leather dash feels great to touch and shines nicely, averages 18 mph in town, low maintenance required. stick shift and a soft top turns the cabriolet into a go cart! very fun to drive

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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ibblkman writes:
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4

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cheap, cheap and did i say cheap.  its easy to work on (mostly). cheap to fill. cheap for ins.

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the way the roof comes up.

ibblkman
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Wow — there is a pull switch behind the trunk lid. it has to be pulled to drop the rear seats. it makes for just one more step to lift the top. not impossible, just a pain. aside from that its a pretty good car.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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beaver writes:
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5

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mechanical parts easy and fairly cheap to buy if you search around a bit

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body replacement parts extremely hard to find other than hood,fenders

beaver
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A Real Blast — bought one for my wife and this is probably the best purchase we have made. She drives this car rain or shine. Few minor problems but nothing major. Has rust and I am finding it hard to find a trunk lid to replace the rusty one on the car. also slight leak at doors when raining hard. Other than that it is a real head turner, people are always commenting on the cute car

Owner for 2 years, 0 months

Miles Driven per Year:25,000

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Cabi88 writes:
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Lowered 2 in handles fantastic most reliable car I have owned I am 56

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Rides a little ruff that's it

Cabi88
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Fun In The Sun — Handles great feel very safe great on highway plenty of power. Best car for the SUMMER WITH FOOD WINTER TIRES SHE GREAT. Only no place to put a drink for a holder. Oh ya don't forget the SUN SCREEN really

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Suzanlee_69 writes:
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Performance, dependability, MPG

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Haven't really found any cons...

Suzanlee_69
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A Great Investment If You Are Looking For An Inexpensive And Fun Car To Drive! — I love my Cabriolet! Great MPG, dependable, fun to drive and absolutely adorable! A real head turner that consistantly gets remarked, on. Parts are cheap if you put some time into the search for them. With routine maintenance, these cars seem to last forever!

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Gavin writes:
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its a vee dub

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none

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Its A Beast — performance: cars slow as hell to me but wont be for much longer got lots planned performance wise excluding turbo Build Quality: 1st class its a vee dub what can a say Appearance: not too good just now but will be shortly Fun Factor. The Car is fun to drive cause its like a feckin boat but handles good enough for a cabby

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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1993 Volkswagen Cabriolet Reviews

I Absolutely Loved It. By courtneybriton

I had my cabby completely restored, by me, as a first time project. When it was finished it got about 40mpg on the freeway and close to 30 city. You got a classic looking car with a newer car driving ... Read More

Sell It For A 240sx By Kick'em

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1992 Volkswagen Cabriolet Reviews

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I loved my VW because it got great gas mileage, it was sporty and small so it hugged the curves in Colorado well and it had great get up and go for a four cylinder. I love German engineering and you ... Read More

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1991 Volkswagen Cabriolet Reviews

$1,599 By vwcabriolet

This is the most fun I have ever had in a car. The little convertible is small but has tremendous punch and power. Everything in the car works as it was garaged and owned by only one family. The p... Read More

Vee Dub Clipper By Oliver

Great car,looks funky fooking old thou 17yrs,what can you expect, ok on fuel,sounds faster than it actually goes,needs alot of loving,when you fix one thing something else packs up,but parts are so ch... Read More

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1990 Volkswagen Cabriolet Reviews

Fun,fun,fun By mojonopo

I bought this as one of the final fifty things on my bucket list....too old for a motorcycle, but this is the next best thing...looking forward to a great driving summer. smile, it's a good world. G... Read More

Great! By Pettis12

Parking in tight spots? You can park this car where no man has parked before! The handling is great. Appearance seems to hold up well after all these years (exterior/interior). Just a very enjoyab... Read More

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1989 Volkswagen Cabriolet Reviews

Cool Little Buggy By Randi

Its a VW, it likes and needs to be tinkered with. So make sure you have a TinkerBell or TinkerBo to tinker with it...Its a classic VW Wolfsburg Edition and is fun to drive, really fast, that is...VW Read More

Sportive And Nice !!! By Aaron

Really great performance for the frontwheeldrive, maybe 2 direct !!! The bumps are a bit stiff and the suspension was maybe 2 hard... also no power streering but I don't mind. It was a great fun car ... Read More

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