I love my Cabbie and she loves my private Mechanic. I will never trust a VW Dealer for the rest of my life and this will surely be the LAST VW I own. My Mechanic keeps her running. One door lock, two door handles, wheel bearings, vacuum pump, muffler, interior trunk release (VW permanently ruined this)and a dead radio. Did I mention she has 134,000 miles and keeps on running? She costs me quite a bit and I am thankful I have a good salary! Not looking forward to trading her in someday as she is a hoot to drive. "Baby Baby" hopefully will make it to 200,000 miles or by some miracle 250,000 miles. Caution: VW Cabrio....lovely to behold, lovely to drive but not lovely to maintain.
Quick pick up and convertible; small turning radius
The VW Cabrio is cute but frequently needs high cost bits and pieces replaced. The latest is over $260 for a plastic front grill which took several weeks to arrive at the dealership. The grill ws broken by the dealership because that was the only way for them to get to the broken hood latch. It is also very expensive to insure, even if it's just state minimum requirements. This high maintenance for its appearance and high insurance costs eat up any savings from the good fuel economy.
The good gas mileage, the convertible top is fun, it handles very well, and it is mechanically sound.
Make the appearance items like grilles, cup holders and similar more sturdy so that owners aren't always taking a financial hit on appearance related repairs.
This is a really fun car, but the
problems I've experienced are
definitely not worth its fun. Numerous
problems with the electrical system--
dash lights come on for no reason, I
have to restart the car to get the ac
to come on, and it doesn't always like
to start on the first try. It has
terrible acceleration, and can be
uncomfortable on long trips, but it is
a fun beach car.
For the most part, this was a reliable
little car and fun to drive. Like most
VW's it was a rough ride but it was the
roomiest, most relaible convertible
Until the oil light come at 60K. I
changed the oil but it was still on. I
brought it in and the dealership said
it was a comoputer problem and would
cost at least $800 to fix. Otherwise,
the car was fine. A week later, the
engine seized. Neither the dealership
nor VW accepted any responsibility. I
will never buy a VW again. I really
like the Beetle but I don't want to
give my business to a "take-your-money-