1989 VW Cabriolet, good condition except when you stop you need to wait about an hour before it will start. have replaced the starter can any one help?

Asked by Jun 01, 2015 at 06:06 PM about the 1989 Volkswagen Cabriolet

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

5 Answers


VW has a bulletin on this very problem. It only occurs in automatics, and usually is aggravated by cheap aftermarket starters. A relay needs to be installed between the ignition switch and the starter solenoid and wired correctly it will deliver more volts/amps to the solenoid. Both VW and Bosch have step by step instructions available. By the way, VW did create a service bulletin on this issue back in the mid 80's and letters were sent to car owners. Any legitimate VW repair shop or foreign parts source is well aware of this and other common problems. Good luck!

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THANK YOU! We will check this out. I do not know who replaced the started however I can find out. Thanks again, Glen

Thank you found the part and car is fixed!!


Nice! What part did you replace to fix the issue? Just wondering because if anyone clicks on this thread with the same issue, they will not know what you did to resolve the no start condition. Thanks.

My mechanic fixed it, not sure what all he did. Gave him the suggestion from CarGuru and he fixed it. Starts every time now, no problem. Mechanic is at Lakeland Import Auto, 419-627-9626 in Sandusky, OH Sorry not of more help.

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