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I Love My Little Car!
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By misanthropist
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1998 Volkswagen Cabrio Convertible GLS 2dr Convertible


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I've had my Cabrio for only about a month and I've noticed a few flaws such as the tires the previous owner put on it are too big and grind when I have rear passengers. That or my suspension needs an update. My ABS and E brake lights stay on when driving but not ALL the time. A few of the automatic features don't work.. my top is now manuel which I don't mind. My driver window doesn't like to roll up normally. My mirrors aren't automatic anymore. My cruise control I don't believe works.. I havn't really looked into figuring how to set it though, so maybe it does. My seats are difficult to move back and forth and My trunk light doesn't come on. However, those are all minor things to me.


Best Features

It only had 98,000 miles. The trunk is very large considering the size of the car. I like the seats shape. The AC works great in my specific car. It can get up and going if need be. It fits in parking lot spaces very easily. It's not a great mountain car but it's a great city/beach car. I just love her.


Worst Features

I suppose nothing.


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For a 14 yr old car this is a great little car
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By mparadise
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1998 Volkswagen Cabrio Convertible GLS 2dr Convertible


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I bought a '98 Cabrio GLS earlier this year as a summer toy and to save on gas vs my large V8 truck. I was fortunate to find one that was well taken care of with 105k+ miles on it. This thing is solid and a BLAST to drive. I needed to do some minor maintenance to it when I bought it but it just goes & goes. I am hoping that with proper maintenance it will last me 4-5+ more summers of fun if not more.


Best Features

Easy to operate power top, comfy heated seats


Worst Features

Larger/better located cup holders. Love everything else about it.


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STAY AWAY!
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By ashley
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1998 Volkswagen Cabrio Convertible GLS 2dr Convertible


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i HATE this car. i take care of it and all it does is fall apart on me. there are countless holes in roof *one 1 FOOT hole*, the windows don't go up or down, the driver door doesnt open, the vanity, dash and overhead lights don't work. when the visors are up, the open trunk light comes on, the leathers ripped, the speakers and radio don't work, the air vents broke off and are inside my dash somewhere. it doesn't tell me how much gas i have. im ALWAYS on complete empty. the exhaust rusted off completely. its a stick and 2nd gear ALWAYS grinds. bc of holes the backseat floors r constantly wet making it smell so bad and nothing that touches it is ruined. frost develops on inside windows.


Best Features

nothing


Worst Features

they cant improve the worst. that's why they don't make it anymore


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Bag for the buck
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By Al Hopkins
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1998 Volkswagen Cabrio Convertible GL 2dr Convertible


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Great car to drive!Not my first VW I have bought, this is why I bought this one. Fun to drive, even with the top down:>) For me easy to work on,great bag for the buck. Had to replace ball joints 'cause rubber boot was torn, These Cabrio's are a very durable reliable vehicle. Super fast no! Although for a 2.0 it is pretty quick for the placement under the hood Handling is excellent. For a '98 friends/people cannot believe it is this old of a vehicle. This is a "best kept secret" for those of us young at heart. Miata eat your heart out!!!


Best Features

Of course the convertible, five speed, great gas mileage (aver-30 plus) regardless if I zip or take it easy. Easy to check fluids. Security system, power widows too!


Worst Features

I don't know! May complain 'cause lack of cup holders, care less 'bout that anyway.


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Avoid 90's VWs
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By Jim
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1998 Volkswagen Cabrio Convertible GLS 2dr Convertible


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My 2 daughters both insisted on VW (98 Cabrio and 99 Golf). These cars are killing me,. The cabrio has a ton of electronic issues, the top is now manual, warning lights come and go, power locks don't work speedometer is intermittent. Getting these repaired is expensive as VW parts are year specific and EXPENSIVE. Nearly every plastic piece has snapped off (visor, glovebox handle, knobs). It has happened on both cars. Do not buy VW's. I own 2 old VW's (1973 Bug and 79 Bus), but have purchased my last modern VW product.


Best Features

Cute car


Worst Features

Electrical and mechanical nightmare that will end up costing twice the purchase price


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