2000 Volkswagen Cabrio GLS from North America


I would NEVER EVER buy a VW!!!


At 30K engine light came on 3 times due to electronic emission control problems. 50K exhaust and brakes needed to be replaced, plastic pieces around the steering column and below the dash started falling apart, power door locks stoped working... remote to unlock car fell apart.

General Comments:

Noisy engine.

Uncomfortable on long trips.

Many mechanical and electrical problems at low mileage.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 27th December, 2007

2000 Volkswagen Cabrio GLS 1.9 gas from North America


2000 VW Cabrio in a word: YUCK!


Convertible top hydraulics had to be replaced.

Key-less entry had to be replaced.

Keys had to be replaced.

All sorts of oxygen sensors have been replaced, twice at least.

Air bags had to be replaced, along with sensors.

Odometer had to be replaced (the whole cluster).

Fuel line disintegrated - had to be replaced.

Antenna whip had to be replaced.

Windows never have gone up and down correctly - dealer unable to train them.

General Comments:

Very outdated styling, even when we bought it.

Seats/sitting position somewhat versatile, but never comfortable.

Back seats there for show only.

Fast at higher speeds, but not particularly quick at any speed.

Shifts harsh for an automatic, even a "sporty" shifter.

Supposedly a chick car - all females attracted to it for sure.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th July, 2007

2000 Volkswagen Cabrio GLS 1.9 from North America


Cute car for the wife, but we'd never buy one again if we had a choice


Have had to change out oxygen sensors at least twice.

Have had to have the steering wheel and side airbags replaced - not sure if they were operable or not, but the CHECK AIRBAGS light came on constantly.

Had to have motor/pump assembly for top replaced. On many occasions had to undo hydraulics so I could put the top up manually.

Automatic door-lock remotes died - dealer said that could be a big deal to fix, so we haven't done that yet.

Windows have a mind of their own. Dealer mechanic said you had to "teach" them before they would work properly.

Seems to burn oil - not sure what is up with that.

Leather holding up OK, but there are some cracks to it.

Clothes hook fell off.

Rubber texture on inside door pull wore off - quite ugly.

General Comments:

I was offered an extended warranty when I bought the car used at 30K miles - thank God I took it (I started not to). Very smart move if you think about buying one of these. The dealers seem quite pissed off when they have to eat the bill rather than charging me!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 19th November, 2005

2000 Volkswagen Cabrio 1.9L from North America


I hate this car


The axle needed to be replaced at 56000 miles due to CV joint problems.

The emergency brake cable needs to be replaced.

The check engine light comes on and off for no apparent reason.

Rubber on door handles is coming off.

The transmission has a rubbing sound coming from it, but the dealership continues to point to other problems.

General Comments:

My wife thought the car was cute and fought me tooth and nail to get it. Now, less than a year and 10,000 miles later, it's been up on the servicing block more than once.

The front brakes needed to be replaced and due to their poor design, a mechanic had to do it, rather than myself, costing me an extra $100.

The emergency brake cable is locked, so it's currently wearing the rear brakes horribly.

I took the car in due to a whine/rubbing sound coming from the transmission and before they will work on the transmission, they insisted on the clutch first (look up Jettas, as they have the same transmission). Now, out $800, the sound is still there.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th March, 2005

15th Apr 2005, 09:37

Instead of whining and driving the car with a locked parking brake, why don't you have it fixed?

15th Jun 2005, 21:37

I could go on and on about the problems I've had with my '98 Volkswagen Cabrio...but, as far as the whine/rubbing sound goes... I found out mine was being caused from a bad bearing and hub. It spent two weeks in the shop before they could locate the correct hub. Once they found it and fixed it, the sound is gone. However, still having probs with the ABS and the sound that is causing. Once again, I have had more probs with this car to even list. Can't wait to sell it!

Oh yeah, just hope your motor for the top doesn't go out. I'm being quoted aroung $800. just for that!

7th Feb 2008, 17:13

I bought a used 1999 Cabrio for my wife as an anniversary present. What a mistake. Constant maintenance problems. Check engine light came on numerous times. Had to replace the transmission at 50,000 miles and still problems with the replacement. Engine revs to extremely high rpm's before it shifts. Often will not come out of third gear for long periods of time. Wish she would get rid of it, but she still loves the "cute" styling.