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2002 Volkswagen Cabrio Convertible


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Volkswagen Cabrio Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.0 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 115 hp @ 5200 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 20/27 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2002 Volkswagen Cabrio

  • A fun-in-the-sun ride. If it's good enough for Gidget, it's good enough for you.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Germanic ride and handling, standard side airbags and ABS, glass rear window, exceptional warranty.

  • Cons

    Sluggish off-the-line power, dated styling, limited storage space.

  • What's New for 2002

    Reflex Silver with a gray top and Flannel Gray interior will be added to the spectrum, and Marlin Blue will replace Batik Blue. An on/off…

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (62 total reviews)

I love my cabrio!

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Vehicle: 2002 Volkswagen Cabrio GLS 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

The only problem I have had is that the top is splitting at the seam! All the way across the back and to my dismay I discovered that it is glued!! That is crazy! I have it taped right now but I am going to find out if someone can sew up the seam. So far everyone has said that it won't work, but I'm going to try it anyway! I can't afford a new top(that is probably glued too!) That has been my only disappointment. I've not had any big repairs. It's great in the snow! I can get in and out of everywhere and if I could get another one, I'd upgrade to another one. I've got about 160000 miles on it and I hope it lasts for another 3 to 5 years!

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Just love it

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Vehicle: 2002 Volkswagen Cabrio GLX 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 4A)

There are only a few things that I would change. First the power Windows button is too small. The cup holder is set to deep into the consol, which makes it hard to put a med. Size drink in there with the ashtray being directly above it. And sometimes I bump the control for the window wipers when I put in the key into the ignition

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I've already spent several thousand!

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Vehicle: 2002 Volkswagen Cabrio GLX 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

Had the car for 8 years and It's a lot of maintence. Those who haven't had problems are lucky. So far I've had to buy several hoses, my back drink holder broke, new catalytic converter, timing belt, new a.c. compressor, I was actually locked inside my car once (long story but true), and my key got stuck on the outside of the car, I had to call AAA and send it to get it fixed asap. I now need to get my tires aligned because I'm going out of tires like crazy. Also my windows won't roll down, if they do they don't roll back up. It's about $400 a piece. I don't know if I got a lemon, but I have spent several thousand dollars on this car.

Gas Mileage


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  • 27
  • highway
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Full 2002 Volkswagen Cabrio Review

What's New for 2002

Reflex Silver with a gray top and Flannel Gray interior will be added to the spectrum, and Marlin Blue will replace Batik Blue. An on/off switch will allow you to govern the electrochromic mirror. For the 2002 model year, all-new Volkswagen vehicles will come standard with an improved four-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, up from two years/24,000 miles. In addition, Volkswagen offers a fully transferable limited powertrain warranty that covers five years or 60,000 miles.

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I have a 2002 Cabrio with 163K miles and the car shakes when I turn on the A/C, it's in drive and I'm at a stop. The RPM gauge fluctuates below the 1 and up to the 1. I have a secondary air injection ...

stored in a freezer after being opened. For a VW Cabrio, the problem seam is across the top of the rear window continuing down both sides to the body. First put the car in a garage and raise the top ...

I am having the same problems of the windo issues. I bought a 2002 Cabrio. I had a new key programmed. THe back windows rolled up and down fine. Someone put the key in the drivers door to lock it and ...