Volkswagen Cabriolet Reviews

1986 Volkswagen Cabriolet GTi from North America

Model year1986
Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission GTi Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired150000 kilometres
Most recent distance201000 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Cabriolet

Summary:

Lulabell the cabriolet is a lifesaver!

Faults:

Replaced the radiator at 199000km.

Replaced the alternator at 200000km.

General Comments:

I honestly owe this car my life, she was the best car ever. She ran extremely well, never let me down, and was always a cheap fix.

Extremely good on gas! And great in the winter, and even better in the summer with the top down! Everyone is always envious of anyone with a convertible in the summer, especially when it's as cute as this one!!

Unfortunately she lived a short life and ended her life in an accident, but saved mine miraculously; a very, very, VERY safe car. I recommend this car to anyone who likes to have fun in life and appreciates a good car!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th August, 2012

11th Aug 2012, 09:17

I hate to be the one to break it to you, but a motor vehicle is not a human being, they do not have genders, and 26 years for a car is actually quite a good run, not a short life.

Now a question you might be able to answer for me, as I've been wondering this for a long time. Why do some folks give their cars human names?

1985 Volkswagen Cabriolet 1.8L CIS-E from North America

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.8L CIS-E Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired304000 kilometres
Most recent distance307600 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Cabrio

Summary:

The most fun you'll ever have with your top off!

Faults:

Driver front leaky strut and loose strut mount.

Steering wheel bearing popped out of place.

Shifter linkages very loose and it has that good ol' second gear grind (both typical older VW traits :P )

Outer CV boots ripped open.

Leaks a bit of oil.

Leaky gas tank (keep in mind this car is 24 years old! Rust happens!)

General Comments:

This is an amazing little car! I am on my second one now and I absolutely love it, she's my pride and joy. These cars are great for anyone who likes that classic but fun feel. The interior is great. It is by far nicer and better than those new Fords and Dodges that look like Rubbermaid made the dashes. This car is true German quality, they don't make them like this any more. The interior is a mix of fabric and a leather like material, which give the car a quality feel.

The engine is of course, very VW. Yes, it occasionally needs work done, but in the long haul, this is a good, practical and reliable engine that cannot be killed. The fuel mileage is pretty good, especially for a car as old as it is.

But of course the best part of this car is that the roof comes off!!! Who doesn't love cruising around with the top down? This is one of those cars that you don't have to customize or do anything to, it'll get looks on its own! The circular headlights and chrome bumpers give the car a perfect oldskool look and feel! And the roof, when it's needed, is insulated quite thick.

One downside of the convertible Rabbits is the trunk space. There isn't much, but it's pretty decent for a convertible. The important thing though is that I can fit my 12" subwoofer inside!

This really is a fun car. I love to drive mine, and I think anyone who gets the chance to drive one will love it to. They have so much personality, and who doesn't love the classic VW Rabbit? However, I wouldn't recommend one of these cars to just anyone. The mechanically injected engine isn't like engines nowadays, and unless you're a VW nut, it could be tricky to work on (*note* some do come carbureted). And if you don't do your own work, I would strongly suggest finding a reliable mechanic who specializes in Volkswagens. Parts can be tricky to come by, but are often still out there.

All in all, if you like the classic look of an older car, the originality and character of a VW, and something reliable and fun, the 1985 Cabriolet is just for you! :)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th November, 2009

10th Nov 2009, 14:21

I love the old Rabbit based Cabriolets as well. I've owned 4 of them since 1982. Unfortunately they can become real money pits, requiring constant repairs. My last one was a 1993 model and was actually superbly reliable, but it had very, very low miles on it.

I switched to a Saab 9-3 Convertible three and a half years ago, and although not the fun run-about that my Cabriolet was, it is certainly a fantastic ride and gets very similar fuel mileage (over 30mpg hwy).

Average review marks: 8.2 / 10, based on 4 reviews