1997 Volkswagen Cabrio Consumer Review: A Mess

1997 Volkswagen Cabrio Convertible - Consumer Review

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A Mess
By JK on


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.

Best Features

it's a fun car to drive - unique look, handles well for a small car

Worst Features

everything - when the dealer told me the tranny was shot even he said it wasn't worth it to replace in the car because of all the problems i've had and how often i've been in.
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