by forreal1 on Jul 3, 2013 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.
by cmartin on Jul 31, 2009 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.
by Gogi on Jun 24, 2009 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.
by Julie on Dec 10, 2008 Vehicle: 1999 Volkswagen Cabrio GLS 2dr Convertible
I purchased my carbrio in the dead of winter 1999 & have driven it year round since with basic maintenance and care. Would like bigger better placed cup holders but love absolutely everything about my car so much I am finding it hard to find a suitable replacement for the future. I am nearing 100,000 miles & have required no major repair.
by azcabrio1 on Jun 12, 2004 Vehicle: 1999 Volkswagen Cabrio GLS 2dr Convertible
I have replaced 2 wheel bearings, an
axle, strut assembly and I had a dry
rotted EGR vacume tube when the car
only had 35k miles. The stereo
doesn't sound good and there is no
bass. I haven't been impressed with
the dealer service. When my second
gauge cluster died after 12 months and
1 day from my last replacement, I was
told to call VW of North America and I
did so. They accepted no
responsibility for the quality of
their parts and became very rude with
me when I asked to speak to the rep's
supervisor. Stay away from this
by azcabrio on Jun 12, 2004 Vehicle: 1999 Volkswagen Cabrio GLS 2dr Convertible
Never buy this car!! The market is
horrible if you are unlucky enough to
already own one. Germans can build a
good driving car, but from my
experience they don't know anything
about electronics. In the 2 years I
have owned this car I have had to
replace the entire gauge cluster
TWICE -- $400 each time. I have also
replaced the alarm module, window
pinch sensor, and cruise control
relay. The leather wears out
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