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Volkswagen Cabrio Questions

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I Bought A 2000 Vw Cabrio With A 2.0 It Starts But No Power, Why?

the person we bought it from says they swapped motors from a vw golf. and says they didnt change the computer with the motor. we done a compression check and each cylinder reads between 90-100 on th...

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I Lost My Original Key And Had Lock Smith Make Me A New One For My C...

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Where Do I Put In My Transmission Fluid - There Is No Visable Dipstick -199...

I'v taken my car to many oil change places and asked about filling or checking my transmission, but neither of the station could do it. I was told that I must go to the dealer for service. This is t...

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David Gardner

With The Battery Hook Up You Turn Key To The On Position And Nuthing Lites ...

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99 Volkswagen Cabrio Gls Convertible

i just bought a 99 cabrio GLS Convertible,it has 117k.No problems except the power top is not power(dealer said it cost a fortune to fix power mechanism)My ? is how many miles are these cars capable o...

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Older Volkswagen Cabrio

1999 Volkswagen Cabrio Overview
1999 Volkswagen Cabrio
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1999 Volkswagen Cabrio reviews:
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1998 Volkswagen Cabrio Overview
1998 Volkswagen Cabrio
51 pictures
1998 Volkswagen Cabrio reviews:
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1997 Volkswagen Cabrio Overview
1997 Volkswagen Cabrio
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1996 Volkswagen Cabrio Overview
1996 Volkswagen Cabrio
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1996 Volkswagen Cabrio reviews:
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1995 Volkswagen Cabrio Overview
1995 Volkswagen Cabrio
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1995 Volkswagen Cabrio reviews:
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About the Volkswagen Cabrio

Introduced in 1995, the Volkswagen Cabrio was a  replacement for the Rabbit-based Cabriolet. The Cabio not only came with a shortened name, but also was based on a new platform, which it shared with the Golf hatchback and the Jetta sedan.

Throughout most of its run, the Cabio was powered by a 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder, 115-hp engine that was linked to a five-speed manual overdrive transmission. A four-speed automatic overdrive transmission was available as an option.

The Cabrio is often distinguished by its distinctive fixed rollbar, which not only served as a safety feature but also as a styling cue. In addition, it offered stability to the body when the top was down. Other than that, one of the Cabrio's best features was its convertible top, which was a multi-layered cloth top that had good weatherproofing capabilities and sealed tightly all around when in place. In the Cabrio's first few years the top was operated manually, but a power top was added in 1998 to the higher-end GLS trim package. One nice feature of the top was that it came with a glass rear window with a defogger, which aided visibility out the rear.

The Cabrio came with a long list of standard and optional features, including power windows, power door locks, front and side airbags, daytime running lights, an anti-theft alarm system, cruise control, leather seats, and an AM/FM/cassette stereo system (in later years a CD player was added as an option).

Like the automaker's New Beetle, the Cabio was appreciated by drivers for its "fun" factor. They also cited as positive points the Cabrio's handling, roominess (for a small car), and gas economy. In its early years the Cabio got high marks from drivers for its quality and value, though in later years drivers noted that the car was often in the shop for repairs, and questioned its overall quality.