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1997 Volkswagen Cabrio Convertible

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Volkswagen Cabrio Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.0 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 115 hp @ 5400 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 21/29 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1997 Volkswagen Cabrio

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  • Safety
  • Pros

    Affordable top down fun

  • Cons

    No ABS on base car, underpowered engine

  • What's New for 1997

    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.

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Customer Reviews

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97 cabrio highline

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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. That's it. 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.




Fahrvegnugen, but....

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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.




Got in new, still luv

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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.




Just got it

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Vehicle: 1997 Volkswagen Cabrio Highline 2dr Convertible

Just got the Cabrio 97 convertable for the wife, at 125K miles, she loves it. I'm already doing work on it, and seen records of work from previous owner, which concerns me and the costs(online purchases are the way to go.) The side trims have come off, the cloth top is torn (heard the cloth is prone to that)..so got viynl online, which I heard takes awhile to install..10hours? For a 4 cylinder, it runs nice and tight. I'm getting around 30mpg, more than the 24 stated. I have to get used to the reverse being in the same spot as 1st. Nice seats, but have problems with the back seat folding down completely..would be better for a dog and storage. High dash with low front seats. Fun to drive!




A mess

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Vehicle: 1997 Volkswagen Cabrio Highline 2dr Convertible

The car is fun to drive and looks great. BUT: problems problems problems! Outside door trim falling off (seems to be a trend with mid 90's vw's), window trim warped so rain leaks in, leak at driver's visor (cannot drive or park in rain or water drips on your leg), backseat floods when rains, coolant leak x 2, and, to top it all off: transmission failed at 115,000 miles. the parts store in my town knows my dad by name because of all the parts he picks up (luckily he's been able to do a lot of the work himself). oh yeah, let's not forget, the electrical went out at 89,000 miles. the car would not start if it rained and would stall out wherever you were if it started.




So good, i'm getting another

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Vehicle: 1997 Volkswagen Cabrio Highline 2dr Convertible

I bought my Cabrio a year and a half ago, and I've had a blast ever since. I loved the leather interior, the heated seats, CD player, AWESOME speakers...unfortunately I was hit by another driver and that car was totalled but I am currently looking for another Cabrio!!! I'm HOOKED!!



Full 1997 Volkswagen Cabrio Review

What's New for 1997

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.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 21
  • cty
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  • 29
  • highway
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