1994 Volkswagen Cabrio Review

1994 Volkswagen Cabrio 1.8 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired11000 miles
Most recent distance50000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Cabrio


If you like reliable, open top driving and need a family size car this is good


The rubber seals around the front driver window have let in trickles of water in heavy rain. They could be replaced for under £200. I have not been using a silicone spray on them, but will do so on my newer cabrio purchase as this is supposed to help considerably.

No mechanical faults.

General Comments:

This was my fourth Cabrio, beginning in 1985. I now have a fifth one. They have all been the most reliable cars, none needing more than tyres and exhaust, apart from a rear brake cylinder seizing up, but I think that was poor servicing by a local garage.

The tyres do wear quite quickly if you don't change them from front to back.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th January, 2003

30th May 2004, 12:50

I own a 1994 Avantgard Golf convertilbe, I acquired it with 72,000 miles on the clock and I was the 6th owner, in over a year, there has been little to fault the car, apart from the passenger airbag light coming on permanently, and a few groans and creaks from the left handside of the roll over bar I cannot fault it.

Considering the car is 10 years old it has stood up remarkably well, and the hood is in great condition apart from 2 very minor tears where it folds, it doesn't leak and insulates sound very well.

Economy on a long drive is good, reaching nearly 40mpg with the roof up, and well over 100mph is possible with the roof up or down.

I love my Golf and would recommend it to anyone.

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 1 review