1988 Volkswagen Cabriolet User Reviews

1988 Volkswagen Cabriolet Review Ratings

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  • 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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Displaying 1 - 10 of 11 1988 Volkswagen Cabriolet reviews.

Alex writes:
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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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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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Michele writes:
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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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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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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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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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jasonkellems writes:
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5

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great car, the interior is awesome

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needs a bigger engine

jasonkellems
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I Have Wanted One Since Forever, And Now I Have One — I enjoy my Cabriolet, I have had an 1988 Volkswagen Scirocco 16V and now my Cabrio and despite the fact that I can pretty much any car I would want, I will never get rid of my volkswagen. Everyone should have the chance to drive one.

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

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Gavin writes:
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4

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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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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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ibblkman writes:
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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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1987 Volkswagen Cabriolet Reviews

It Is A Pretty Little Headache By littlelucky7

I bought this car with 86,000 miles on it from someone who drove it ocasionally. It ran pretty good for a while but then the parts started going out one by one. The clutch cable streches for some reas... Read More

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Even though I have problems with the car, that at times are very frustrating; I love this car too much overall to get rid of it. Problems: Leaky seal where windows and top meet; cant find a repair sh... Read More

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1989 Volkswagen Cabriolet Reviews

I Love This Car By zippycabby

This car is like driving a go-kart. It turns instantly, handles like it is glued to the road, and has a really tight turning circle. Just about the perfect size for a car around the city. I especially... Read More

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1990 Volkswagen Cabriolet Reviews

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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

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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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