by greatfavad on Apr 7, 2011 Vehicle: 1997 Volkswagen Cabrio Highline 2dr Convertible
I bought my Cabrio new and recently turned over 100,000 miles.
The car has been terrific from the beginning and remains so.
Very exciting performance.
The only car I've owned that was more fun was a 1974 Alfa GTV Veloce.
During this time, the only problem I've experienced with it is an occasional malfunction of the cruise control.
All other systems and controls have been perfect. Garage kept and routine maintenance and three tire changes in almost 15 years.
I'm planning to bring it to Florida as a second car after I get a new Eos for NY.
I'll change the shocks and some touch up body paint and I'll have a great vintage Florida convertible.
by Osedax on Sep 25, 2009 Vehicle: 1997 Volkswagen Cabrio 2dr Convertible
Bought it used. Super fun to drive, but will never buy a VW again. Parts are incredibly expensive! Taken to the same VW ind. service dude who's been in business servicing VW's for 30 years. HE says they are great to 50K miles, then dump them--they break and are too expensive to service (but that's been good for him he admits!). Sage advice. I keep my cars a long time, and thus will never buy a Cabrio (or any VW) again. Purchase at your peril.
by Beth on Aug 6, 2009 Vehicle: 1997 Volkswagen Cabrio 2dr Convertible
I bought it new in 1997. Still have it. other than tires, batterys and maintenance only made two repairs...new starter 5 years in, and new top 8 years in. I have had to glue the side trim back on with boat glue from home depot..dealer wanted $300 for that repair. Also, have glue on many places on the body..back cup holder, side trim inside by door, radio buttons. All electronics still work, engine still reliable, AC died at 10 years/100,000. Pretty good car though.
Cabrio comes in two trim levels for 1997: Base and Highline. Base models are decontented versions of last year's car, priced a couple thousand dollars lower to entice young drivers. Highline models have standard alloy wheels, foglights and leather seats. Engines have a redesigned cylinder head resulting in quieter operation.