1998 Volkswagen Cabrio Reviews - Page 2 of 5

1998 Volkswagen Cabrio from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission  
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.5 / 10
Distance when acquired75000 miles
Most recent distance136000 miles
Previous carVolkwagen Cabrio

Summary:

It made life fun

Faults:

Sorry I sold this little BEAUTY. Did not cost a penny to run, except for gas, and ALWAYS GOT THE OIL CHANGED every three months.

Loved the way the seats fitted my body, and also the quality of the leather seats.

For a smaller car, I found the ride comfortable.

Must have got a Wednesday car.

Going to pick up my third V/W Cabrio this week.

General Comments:

Handled very well in all fields.

Interior an absolute delight; bright and detailed.

Expenses, oil every three months, and gas.

When sold, it still had a sparkle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th December, 2010

1998 Volkswagen Cabrio GLS 2.0L 4 cylinder. from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.0L 4 cylinder. Manual
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.7 / 10
Distance when acquired94000 miles
Most recent distance110000 miles
Previous carMazda MX5

Summary:

A rare convertible that is sure to turn heads... but be in the shop as well

Faults:

The wires on the car have gone out about three times since I bought the car about 7 months ago. However, most wires now a days are lifetime warranty, so they havnt cost me anything, but 40 bucks for the original wires.

General Comments:

The car is very, very nice. A very well built German car. The Cabrio is one of the quietest convertibles I have ever driven, and is a very easy car to drive. The manual transmission is hard to get used to. The gas mileage could be better for a four cylinder engine too. The car has broken down a few times. Nothing major, but still, very inconvient. Accident repairs are very pricey. The car is slower than dirt, which is a turn off for most convertible buyers. The car itself is very comfortable and elegant. I would recommend it to anyone.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th May, 2006

1998 Volkswagen Cabrio GLS 2.0 from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership1999
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.4 / 10
Distance when acquired17 miles
Most recent distance14000 miles
Previous carMitsubishi Eclipse

Summary:

Serious quality concerns. Unreliable

Faults:

Broken passenger window button.

Would not idle smoothly. car was in shop 11 times for this problem. Dealer stated that this was a VW trait. Eventually bought back by VW under lemon law as it was never fixed.

General Comments:

Nice looking car and fun to drive when it wasn't in the shop.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 19th March, 2004

1998 Volkswagen Cabrio Highline from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired18900 miles
Most recent distance68700 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

This is one fun, reliable convertible!

Faults:

I have had to replace the spark plugs.

The battery needed replacing at 65k miles.

The driver side window has just started to act up, when all of the windows are going up at once it stops moving.

The carpet under the gas pedal is beginning to wear, a small hole has started.

The beige cloth seats look very dirty, but it is water marks that only get worse when cleaned.

General Comments:

All of the "problems" I have had with this car have been very minor.

I would recommend this car to anyone, I have had so much fun with it.

This car has just enough guts to get around town and road trips are great fun!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd September, 2003

1998 Volkswagen Cabrio GLS 2.0 Liter, Inline 4 from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 Liter, Inline 4 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.4 / 10
Distance when acquired35000 miles
Most recent distance42000 miles
Previous carJeep Cherokee

Summary:

Built with the care of a 3rd world plumbing system

Faults:

The front brake rotors wore down at 36,000 miles and needed replacement.

Toe and camber angles of the front wheels needed adjustment. As a result of the improper alignment of the wheels, the tires wore out quickly and needed replacement.

A part of the heating unit in driver's seat began to poke out of the leather causing discomfort.

Timing belt wore out and needed replacement.

Exhaust system broke. The exaust pipes and mufflers corroded and the welds between the muffler and the exaust pipe broke, resulting in a very annoying rattling noise and decreased performance. This was a very expensive repair.

The clutch wore out and needed replacement. This too was a very expensive repair.

General Comments:

I am a fast driver and I'm hard on my cars, but I never neglect them. I wash them and treat the soft-top with soft rags and special soap every time I clean it. I use the best oil, gasoline, coolant, wax, etc.. on the market, so make no mistake, I take good care of my cars, but the VW Cabrio simply has not lived up to my expectations.

The VW Cabrio is a really fun car to drive. Although the engine only creates 115hp and 120 ft. lbs. of torque, it has enough pep to get it going quite quickly.

Steering is tight and responsive.

The car is connected to the road and is easy to drive.

The suspension is plush and if you do any quick driving, you will find yourself lost in the car's pitch and roll.

The interior is well done and looks great.

Trunk space is large considering the smallness of the car and that fact that it's a cabriolet.

Sound quality is good and can easily be heard even when driving top down on the highway.

In conclusion, I really do love the Cabrio, it was fun to be in, fun to drive, and great to look at, but it isn't built well. Take heed when looking at these cars, you will fall in love with one, but in a matter of time, it will break your heart.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 19th August, 2003

Average review marks: 6.2 / 10, based on 17 reviews