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1997 Volkswagen Cabrio Overview
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For 1997, Volkswagen upgraded its Cabrio line by adding a new trim package, called the Highline. It joined the base-model Cabrio, which was stripped of a number of standard features and lowered in price to attract a wider range of buyers.
Both versions were powered by a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that generated 115 hp. It was linked to a a five-speed manual overdrive transmission. A four-speed automatic overdrive transmission was available as an option for both versions. Both trim packages also included the fixed roll bar that served as a styling cue as well as a safety feature, and a highly weatherproof, manually operated multi-layer cloth top, which had a glass rear window with a defogger.
Standard features, however, varied widely between the two trim packages. While power door locks and dual airbags were still standard on the base Cabrio, it no longer had anti-lock brakes, power windows, power door locks, heated mirrors, or cruise control. The Highline package, however, came with all those features, plus alloy wheels, fog lights, and leather seats.
Drivers noted that despite being a small car, the Cabio had adequate legroom for four passengers, although those who rode in the back were admittedly a bit cramped. The ease of lowering and raising the drop-top was also noted by drivers. And although it was generally agreed that the Cabio would never win any races, its engine was called "zippy" and "peppy" by drivers. Gas economy was also considered a positive point, though some drivers moaned about the vehicle's cupholders.
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Volkswagen Cabrio Questions
Cabrio Won't Start In Rain
Turns over fine and takes several attempts to get it started. when really wet, it will cut out at stops until it get dry, or whatever. Today, it stopped turning over after several long cranks, but t...
Fuel 20a Fuse Blows On Crank.
Fuel pump fuse blows on "crank" even with fuel punp unplugged.
I Have 1997 Cabrio Nèeds A Paint Job
It needs a paint job and new muffler with the bars down on the bottom the guys that did it did not do it right it rattles bad Is it worth it
When It Rains My Vw Cabrio's Engine Gets Full Of Water And It Will Stop Run...
When I drive in the rain and I stop at a light, my car will stop and it will not start again. If I leave it in a garage overnight, the next morning it starts just fine. I have replaced the ignition wi...