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1997 Volkswagen Cabrio Overview


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Vw Cabrio by Ryan
 — once i get somehting fixed something else breaks but i lovce it especually in the summer with the top down, alright in the winter horrable if it gets on ice , its defently a fun car to drive . ... Read More
This Car Is My Baby And I Love It by je_jaz
 — This car is my baby. It handles great and hasn't really needed any repairs until recently. I had to replace the ignition switch and coil. This car is really fun to drive and I don't want to get rid... Read More
Take The Top Down And Cruise by Gordon
 — Real small car, not good for carrying bikes in. Nice for cruising around with the top down. Read More

1997 Volkswagen Cabrio Overview

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1997 Volkswagen Cabrio

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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