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Volkswagen Cabrio Questions


Does The Spring Need To Be Compressed When Replacing The Control Arm On A 1...

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Bernie Malasig

I Have A 1999 Volswagon Cabrio 2.0 And I Want To Change Transmission Oil? C...

I was told by a ARCO STATION, according to his computer this car don't need transmission oil at all. I'm surprise? Is this true?

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Where Is The Fuse For The Speedometer?

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Bernie Malasig

Need Help

My problem is when I'm driving the car just die out. I replaced ignition coil already, tune up car, replaced vacuum hose. Still car dying on me. Any suggestion I can do? Pls help!

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2001 Volkswagon Cabrio. Is There Rust Issues In Fuel Tank? What Relay Is Fo...

Fuel filter , plugs and coil were replaced. Car just stalled on road. Only turns over. Goggle gives me a number of options for relay location and wiring diagram. Which one is correct ? Dealership of...

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Older Volkswagen Cabrio

1998 Volkswagen Cabrio Overview
1998 Volkswagen Cabrio
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1998 Volkswagen Cabrio reviews:
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1997 Volkswagen Cabrio Overview
1997 Volkswagen Cabrio
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1997 Volkswagen Cabrio reviews:
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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.