We purchased our VW Cabrio GLS new because of its styling and our impression that VW makes quality vehicles. I must admit that the car was involved in a rear-ender in which the front end of the VW took a good smack, but fortunately, it was all cosmetic. My wife is the main driver (and I play the mechanic) and loved her car for the first two years. Then glued on interior parts started coming off. At about 45,000 we lost the speedo and tach gauge ($900 to replace, can't be fixed). The convertible top no longer works ($810 for the motor), the power steering leaks badly, the engine sprays oil all over, and this car has been babied, TLC'd, and garaged. $26,000 and you still get a stamped steel valve cover.
More power, spend some engineering money on a real German motor, not junk. If VW has to cut too many corners, it would be better to not make this car.
I loved this car until it hit 40,000 miles. Since then, it's cost me around $200/month just to keep it on the road. No major mechanical problems, just things like air bags, lights, and now a problem with the window regulator -- the window won't go all the way down because, apparently, they don't make the regulators fit the window frame! Still, it's a fun car to drive and I'll keep it as a second vehicle -- just have to buy one to drive while this one's in the shop.
Cool looking style; good fuel economy; great top-speed and handling;
Make the window regulator replacements fit and extend the warranty to cover all of the problems that start well after warranty expires!
This car is FUN! Although I don't
really feel it lacks horsepower (has
115), if you're looking for something
that goes from 0-60 in a sec, this
isn't for you. It's surprisingly roomy
and comfy inside and 2 young kids or
petite adults can easily fit in the
back seats. Back seats go down and
trunk is a good size for a convertible -
the car passed my COSTCO test! Has ABS
and also has a Roll bar on top for
safety. Gives me great mileage too-
27MPG. AND it takes REGULAR unleaded
gas. That saves me a lot and is a big
deal. Very good resale value. Car is no
noisier than a Honda Civic when top is
on. A fun, yet PRACTICAL and economical
6-CD changer/AM/FM/tape player
Great Mileage - REGULAR unleaded gas
Comfortable Leather seats
Good size trunk
I've had my cabbie for four years and
it was great until the car hit 30,000
miles! The car began dying on me after
sitting at traffic lights. When
brought to the dealer they said there
was nothing wrong with it.
Right....until I got hit after the car
died in the middle of an intersection!
The check engine light constantly comes
on and in the last 5 months I have
spent close to $3,000 dollars fixing
engine problems. The car has been
babied since it was bought and there's
no reason for all of these problems.
Well except the car is a piece of JUNK!
Cupholders! Better build quality. Good
thing the model has been discontinued
as soon as i got into my cabrio, i fell
in love with it. unfortunately that
quickly ended when my fuel pump relay
system went two weeks after i bought
the car (34000 mi on car). soon after
i found out that my windows weren't
hitting the weather stripping, causing
them to leak, which isn't covered under
my 2yr factory warranty because it is
an "adjustment." my front wheel tie rod
went bad a few months ago, way before
it should have. my window regulators
are going bad as well. just yesterday
my check engine light came on, so we'll
see what kind of surprise i have in
store next. it's impractical for me to
have my car in the shop 1-2 times/month.
styling, gas milage, stereo system. so
much fun to drive. LOVE the roll bar
all mechanical things are really bad.
too many things go bad too quickly.