I am having a problem starting my 97' VW Cabrio after stalling it with the door open. It will not turn over, and I know the battery is good. There is something up with the security system, but I can not override it because I do not have a drivers side lock cylinder. Any other suggestions? I have also disconnected the battery.

Asked by Mar 29, 2015 at 12:25 PM about the 1997 Volkswagen Cabrio 2 Dr STD Convertible

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

4 Answers


If you don't have a drivers door lock cylinder, use the cylinder in the passengers door or the trunk to unlock the car; that should reset the alarm.

I did that! I tried every possible combination of opening my door. Any other suggestions I'm in such a bind.


Sometimes the wiring that goes to the lock mechanisms gets cracked and broken inside their boots, near where the door hinges. You might try, also, to check with a test light that current goes to the switched side of the ignition coil when the key is turned on. If it does, see if the current is still present while the key is in the start/crank position. You tried unlocking the pass door twice with the key, to disable alarm?

Best Answer Mark helpful

Thanks so much I will have to try that! I appreciate it.

Your Answer


Looking for a Used Cabrio in your area?

CarGurus has 87 nationwide Cabrio listings and the tools to find you a great deal.


Volkswagen Cabrio Experts

  • #1
    Tom Demyan
  • #2
    Mike Bonnell
  • #3
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Volkswagen Beetle
122 Great Deals out of 9,106 listings starting at $1,750
Used Volkswagen Jetta
397 Great Deals out of 27,922 listings starting at $1,650
Used Volkswagen Golf
71 Great Deals out of 4,630 listings starting at $900
Used Volkswagen GTI
76 Great Deals out of 6,738 listings starting at $1,100
Used Volkswagen Passat
288 Great Deals out of 26,067 listings starting at $1,000
Used Jeep Wrangler
304 Great Deals out of 19,982 listings starting at $2,900
Used BMW 3 Series
899 Great Deals out of 32,864 listings starting at $1,300
Used Ford Mustang
278 Great Deals out of 38,263 listings starting at $1,995
Used Chevrolet Camaro
252 Great Deals out of 29,972 listings starting at $4,980
Used Mazda MX-5 Miata
52 Great Deals out of 4,352 listings starting at $1,500

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.