2000 Volkswagen Cabrio Keeps Dying, Help!!

45

Asked by Jan 14, 2008 at 06:27 PM about the 2000 Volkswagen Cabrio

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

1 week ago I accidentally drove my 2000 Volkswagen cabrio, manual 75000 miles, through approximately 1 foot of water at 35 MPH.   The car died half way through the puddle and would not restart.  With the hood open and my wife cranking I noticed arcing from the coil wire back to a ground on the coil its self.  The car eventually started and I drove it home.   The next day the car died after 3 minutes of running smoothly, same problem; I waited and the car eventually restarted and I finished driving it home.  The car runs fine for the first few minutes or until the engine warms up.  When I hit the water I had only been driving a few minutes and the engine was still cool, so I don’t suspect a cracked head.  The car cannot be driven for more than a couple minutes at a time without dying, when it does die it is only when I shift into a higher gear and give the car throttle.   The engine sucked in significant amount of water, I have already changed the oil and dried the air filter, replaced all plugwires since the water accident.  Please help!!

3 Answers

you could have shorted out the coil.

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
Best Answer
42,575

Yes, sounds like either a shorted coil or perhaps a short in one of the other sensors that controls the vehicle. I would take this to a dealership or mechanic you trust to figure it out.

45

Thanks, it was the coil alright. I installed a new coil and the car started right up and the CEL even cleared its self, how amazing! Car runs great.

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • How I can change the ECT on my Cabrio 2000 2 answers

    I have a VW Cabrio 2000, the engine light came up and I got code P1296 I went to Autozone and they told me I need to change the Engine Coolant Temperature (ECT) I got one but when I tried to change ...

    2000 Volkswagen Cabrio

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • 2000 cabrio convertible top fuse replacement 4 answers

    The top on my cabrio won't work and i was told the fuse needs to be replaced, can you tell me which fuse it is?

    2000 Volkswagen Cabrio 2 Dr GLS Convertible

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Need Help! 8 answers

    So i have a 2000 Volkswagen Cabrio GLS, starts up fine almost everytime. The thing is, itll drive for maybe a minute or so if that, then die off. I just had to replace the oil sender seal because over...

    2000 Volkswagen Cabrio 2 Dr GLS Convertible

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Just replaced fuel pump on 2000 cabrio still stalls at idle. 1 answer

    We've been working on replacing the fuel pump on a 2000 VW Cabrio because it was stalling at red lights. We replaced it and it still stalls at idle. What could be some common issues that would stall...

    2000 Volkswagen Cabrio 2 Dr GL Convertible

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Volkswagen Cabrio overall good cars? 2 answers

    Im really interested in buying a 2001 Cabrio. I heard they're always at the shops getting repaired, is this true?? HELP...

    2001 Volkswagen Cabrio

    -

    Shopping & Pricing

Cabrio

Looking for a Used Cabrio in your area?

CarGurus has 83 nationwide Cabrio listings and the tools to find you a great deal.

ZIP:

Search Volkswagen Cabrio Questions

Volkswagen Cabrio Experts

#1 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 4,030
#2 Mike Bonnell
Mike Bonnell
Reputation 1,230
#3 Fkpeach
Fkpeach
Reputation 810
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Volkswagen Beetle
138 Great Deals out of 8,968 listings starting at $1,500
Used Volkswagen Golf
33 Great Deals out of 2,605 listings starting at $1,850
Used Volkswagen Jetta
408 Great Deals out of 37,845 listings starting at $1,385
Used Jeep Wrangler
282 Great Deals out of 18,673 listings starting at $2,995
Used Chevrolet Camaro
148 Great Deals out of 32,804 listings starting at $1,995
Used Volkswagen GTI
82 Great Deals out of 6,472 listings starting at $2,000
Used Honda Civic
516 Great Deals out of 89,501 listings starting at $1,299
Used Volkswagen Passat
229 Great Deals out of 23,141 listings starting at $999
Used Audi A4
183 Great Deals out of 10,867 listings starting at $700
Used Ford Mustang
390 Great Deals out of 47,148 listings starting at $1,999
Used BMW 3 Series
968 Great Deals out of 33,584 listings starting at $1,000
Used Toyota Corolla
701 Great Deals out of 73,119 listings starting at $1,950