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Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) is a category of used car. Often late-model vehicles, they have been inspected, refurbished, if necessary, and are under warranty by the manufacturer.
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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 21/28 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1999 Volkswagen Cabrio

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  • Safety
  • Pros

    German ride and handling. Optional side impact airbags. Glass rear window with defogger. Amazing powertrain warranty. Free scheduled maintenance for 2 years or 24,000 miles.

  • Cons

    Engine taxed by 2,771-lb. curb weight. Styling is more chunky than sporty.

  • What's New for 1999

    Volkswagen imparts new Euro-styling on the '99 Cabrios, making them more aerodynamic and adding twin headlights that show their elements through the lens. Cabrio interiors also receive makeovers.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 21
  • cty
/
  • 28
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews


1 of 1 people found this review helpful

99 vw cabrio gls, what

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Vehicle: 1999 Volkswagen Cabrio GLS 2dr Convertible

I purchased this 99 VW Cabrio used some many years ago. I wanted a convertible and My Grand mother swore by VW. Lest we forget, she bought her VW's when Volkswagon was still Volkswagon. So, as my Cabrio ages, I would be in for some of todays technology short falls or upgrades that the car could/should have done without and be better for it . I prefer it's look to todays cars, it has a great ride and handles well. And where do they come up with no power in the reviews. Mine goes like a bat out of, err a hot oven. It is pleasing to drive, fantastic when the top is down and the mid support has a good look. I drive this car anywhere I care to go with a big smile on my face.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Fun and problematic + $$

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Vehicle: 1999 Volkswagen Cabrio GLS 2dr Convertible

The reviews point towards a car that is fun to drive, good-looking (unique style), comfortable for even tall drivers, higher clearance than many convertibles, a/c and heater works, heated seats put out moderate amount of heat, good winter driving capability (if you choose to), good on gas and easy to park. I think these points are valid and are the experience of the majority of owners. For me, the problem was a leaking transmission, which turned into a replacement of the filter and fluid. This was the beginning of an expensive problem. Many transmissions don't like changing older fluid for newer fluid. It upsets the balance inside the transmission. Stay away from cars with trans work.




Great car!

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Vehicle: 1999 Volkswagen Cabrio GL 2dr Convertible

I bought my cab with 62,000 miles on it and it is now at 115,000. I have only had to replace a few minor things, probably only totaling to $1,000. The A/C does not work, but I don't really use it anyways. It drives great in the snow, I have never had to purchase snow tires and it out-drives my Ford F-250. Minor leaks in heavy rain. I get nearly 30 mpg, I love this car.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

1999 vw cabrio 2 dr.

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Vehicle: 1999 Volkswagen Cabrio GLS 2dr Convertible

Currently the owner of a second VW Cabrio and you would have thought I would learn my lesson. The car is cute, however I have realized that certain major & costly things go wrong with VW's - just a few examples: The window censors, the automatic roof motor, rotor & distributor moisture (which causes yearly replacement), cruise control malfunctions, and items within the interior to just fall off. While I love the exterior design I would never purchase another VW.




I love my cabrio but...

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Vehicle: 1999 Volkswagen Cabrio GLS 2dr Convertible (midyear)

I love my cabrio. It is so fun to drive and so cute, but I have had to replace my cluster twice, replace my tail pipe and I'm due to replace my whole muffler system. My power top is leaking in 2 places and I have to replace the hydrolic fluid every summer or pay over 1,000$ to fix the leaks. I had a bad sensor, my check engine light is always on and my ABS light is on. It is also rusting all over despite my waxing it multiple times a year! This car is costing me almost as much in repairs as I payed for it! It is also going to be very hard to sell because who wants a convertible with a top that doesn't work with check engine lights on and incorrect mileage because the clusters were replaced?




9 years later

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Vehicle: 1999 Volkswagen Cabrio GLS 2dr Convertible

I bought the 99 cabrio in 2000 for around $20,000. I have replaced brakes, tires, muffler, window washer blades. It now has 66,000 miles and I am trading it in for a newer car. The automatic roof broke, but I didn't have it repaired. It's easy to do manually. I loved the car. I didn't have any of those problems mentioned in other posts.



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Full 1999 Volkswagen Cabrio Review

What's New for 1999

Volkswagen imparts new Euro-styling on the '99 Cabrios, making them more aerodynamic and adding twin headlights that show their elements through the lens. Cabrio interiors also receive makeovers.

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kwazie7
kwazie7
07-14-2014
I have about 5 holes in the under body open near the front of the car. I have a 1999 VW cabrio GL convertible. What are these holes for? Do I need to plug them up or leave them open? I was thinking it...


1961kittymom
1961kittymom
01-18-2012
Hello! I just joined this forum because I just purchased a 1999 VW Cabrio Convertable. Unfortunatly, there was no owners manual. Is there anyone out there that would copy their manual and send it to ...


mlcorejr
mlcorejr
02-26-2006
I have been looking for the 6CD changer wires in my 1999 Cabrio trunk (a small space to explore!). I think I found the connector today, but it is plugged into a small box under the taillight. Is this ...



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