2000 Volkswagen Cabrio GL from North America
I'd rather stick a pin in my eye than own another Volkswagen!
Over the course of my 39 month lease term:
2 factory tire blowouts.
Engine light on 4 times. Usually each time it was for some faulty sensor.
Windows never functioned properly, even after replacing the motor in the driver side. Both driver and passenger windows would not close on a daily basis. This is most fun during a thunderstorm.
Alarm stopped working within the first few months. 1 1/2 years later and 4 trips to the dealer, it was finally replaced.
Faulty door latch. 9 months after I got the car, the door swung open while I was driving. Thankfully I was in a parking lot.
Poor idle. The car would race into the red. Dealer never found problem.
Faulty gas cap. For this I failed my first trip to inspection. The dealer wouldn't replace the cap. I had to purchase a new one and return to re inspection.
Rubber around door handles wore off.
Center console lights were disastrous. Some stopped working, some blinked.
Emergency brake cable snapped. Private Volkswagen mechanic told me he typically does not see that happen until the car is over 10 years old.
Never judge a book by its cover! Although this car is adorable it is not worth the pain. I spent over 15 hours sitting in the dealership waiting area.
Countless times the car spent the day. When I would get a ride to go pick up the car, most times the problem still occurred.
My trade in had over 100,000. I had bought that car used, and it only required normal maintenance.
Sadly, my first brand new vehicle.
The GL stands for good luck!
Volkswagen Credit, as well as the customer service center, will only say they are sorry. I will never own a Volkswagen again. I wouldn't even tempt fate and purchase an Audi, since they are made by the same company.
In the end, thankfully I leased! If you are its current owner, my condolences.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 15th September, 2003
I have a 2001 Cabrio GLX, and it idles poorly, some sensor is always acting up, and now it randomly stalls itself just to choke my chain.
This is officially the last time I will ever look or own a Volkswagen. I have had nothing but problems, and it would be my greatest joy to find the SOB who put it together, and run over him until the car either gets better or craps out completely.