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Volkswagen Cabrio Questions


What Is Draining The Battery Of My 1995 Cabrio?

The battery keeps getting drained when the car is not running. I thought it was the alarm......I even disarm the alarm, I connected the wires 5 and 6. ...a "bypass".....It started for 3 days in a ro...

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Where Is The Fuse For The Passenger Window?

My window on the passenger side will not go down. I am hoping it is a fuse problem.

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Drivers Side Door Will Not Close

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How To Remove Rear Window Panel. I Am Replacing A Broken Window

Could you email me with answer at Thank you

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Locking Vacuum Pump Stoped Working And Top Of Case Melting

I had a bad locking vacuum pump I replaced it with a used one it worked for about a month then quit this case was melted around the top to possible another bad pump or something else John

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Older Volkswagen Cabrio

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.