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Volkswagen Cabrio Parts and Volkswagen Cabrio Accessories

Fascinating Facts about the Volkswagen Cabrio

  • The Volkswagen Cabrio was introduced in 1995 by Volkswagen as a sporty alternative to the Volkswagen Golf, part of their small family car segment or C-segment in Europe. Production ended seven years later.
  • The Volkswagen Cabrio is the successor of the Volkswagen Cabriolet. They both have the same distinctive styling that sets them apart from their derived models: Jetta and Golf for the Cabrio and the Rabbit for the Cabriolet.
  • The word Cabrio and Cabriolet in the Volkswagen Cabrio is a French word that pertains to the light horse drawn vehicle popular during the era, when automobiles were still weren't invented. The design was developed in France during the 18th century and was prevalent all throughout Europe. It was famous for being the carriage of choice for vehicles for hire back in the day. The modern-day word cab is the shortened version of this word, and its meaning inspired the taxi cab.
  • Nowadays, cabriolet trims, such as the Volkswagen Cabrio, are referred to as convertibles. But the main differences between the two words are the place where they are usually used and their design. Most convertibles are designed to be more of a hard top. The cabriolet, on the other hand, comes in more as the soft top type. The term convertible is widely used in North America. Meanwhile, cabriolet is much more frequently used in Europe.
  • The Volkswagen is the only sole manufacturer of the Volkswagen Cabrio. Before that, its predecessor, the Cabriolet, is built entirely at the Karmann factory, from stamping to final assembly. Volkswagen only supplied the engine, suspension, interior, etc. for Karmann to install. The Karmann badges exist on all Cabriolets that existed to pay tribute to the company that built the cars.
  • The Volkswagen Cabrio came in on the third generation platform used by the Volkswagen Golf, and was named Mk 3.5. However, in its five years of existence, it was never upgraded to the fourth generation platform Mk 4. Instead, what Volkswagen did was they incorporated the styling of the Mk 4 onto the Volkswagen Cabrio in 1999, when the Mk 4 platform came out. It was the last design seen with the Cabrio until it got discontinued in 2003.
  • When the Cabrio saw its run end in five short years, Volkswagen decided to create a new model of cabriolets and dubbed it the Eos, the Cabrio's successor. However, it also didn't last long. In 2011, Volkswagen introduced the Mk 6 Volkswagen Golf with a convertible trim once again named Golf Cabriolet available the following year.

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  • Common Complaints on the Volkswagen Cabrio

    The Volkswagen Cabrio took the reins from the Volkswagen Cabriolet, ending its 16-year run. Instead of taking the styling points from the Volkswagen Rabbit, the Cabrio was introduced with an all-new platform-the Mk 3. It was the same platform used on the Volkswagen Golf. The Volkswagen Cabrio's legacy was cut short in 2003 when Volkswagen decided to introduce an all new line-up of cabriolets with the Eos. Like all cars, the Cabrio had its shares of ups and downs. These are some of the down moments that came from complaints about the Cabrio.

    Electrical system

    The Cabrio was plagued by its faulty electrical system throughout its short-lived career. The car got involved in a number of embarrassing moments. Some of its electrical components such as the lighting, mirrors, and switches stopped working all of a sudden. These led to varying effects, and diagnosing the core problem was difficult. However, most of these issues were caused bygrounding problems.

    Drive train

    On an average of 117,000 miles, some manual transmission Volkswagen Cabrios experience reverse gear failures and noise from the transmission system. There was no particular car year or model that was beset by this as all of them experienced the same kind of problem. In some cases, the transmission becomes very noisy, and it keeps on slipping in and out of gear. Most of these problems were taken care of by a total transmission replacement.


    In the much later Cabrio models, there have been reports about the Cabrio's air leaks emanating from the intake manifold vacuum or EVAP emission failures. Because of this, the Cabrio's check engine light will pop up.


    Two recalls, with dates not far apart, were made for the Volkswagen Cabrio in 2003. First, on June 13, the 1998 model got recalled, along with some Jetta and Passat models of the same year. As it turned out, the fuel tank filer neck can suffer from extreme abrasion if the rear tire is driven while it is flat. This was resolved by fitting better shields over the fuel tank.

    The next recall was made on July 29 by the NHTSA. Some 2000-2001 Volkswagen Cabrios failed to comply with the "Child Restraint Anchorage Systems." Child seat anchorages installed in the back seats must be identified with markings, and their location and use must be described in the owner's manual. To remedy the problem, owners were provided a supplement for the owner's manual and one set of four guidance fixtures intended to be used with the child seats.