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.
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.
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.