1998 Volkswagen Cabrio GL from North America
All-time favorite car. Fun, fun to drive
I had a weird electrical issue when the car was under the original warranty, and three dealers couldn't find the problem. I took the car to the guy who fixed my sister's Rabbit, and he knew what the problem was without checking the computer. I can't remember the name of the part he replaced, but it had a hairline crack, and when it rained, the car stalled out.
Battery blew up around 60,000 miles and dented the hood. The largest part left from the battery was two inches long -- I have no idea if that was a battery issue or a VW electrical issue. My insurance company took care of it.
Transmission was rebuilt around 135,000. Had the clutch replaced at the same time. It cost about $1700 total.
Right after I had the transmission rebuilt, some kid valet who lied about being able to drive a stick, snapped the cable from the gear shift to the transmission. That was a $19 repair.
Accelerator cable snapped around 125,000.
A/C went out around the same time. Replaced it, but now has a leak that I haven't bothered to look for.
The door latch broke this summer at 193,000 miles. Apparently, the Cabrio used a latch that was not common to other VWs of the era. That was almost $300.
Top lasted for 14 years, but has finally torn at 190,000 plus miles. Will need to replace it next spring.
This is my all-time favorite car. It drives as well today as it did when I drove it off the lot. Still gets 31-32 MPG on the highway. Still fun to drive on curvy roads. Other than the weird initial electrical problem, everything I've replaced has been wear and tear.
The paint has not faded at all, except on the hood that was replaced when the battery exploded. There are some minor rust spots starting to bubble up on the bottom of the driver's side door and near the top of the windshield. The driver's seat needs to be replaced. My very large father drove the car for a year and destroyed the seat.
I wish VW would reconsider selling the new Cabrio in the US. I would much rather buy another Cabrio soft-top than the ugly EOS convertible top that takes up the entire trunk.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th September, 2012