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About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2001 Volkswagen Cabrio brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Volkswagen Cabrio Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 232004


  • miles


When starting car 75% of the time ABS and (hand) brake light would switch on though brake not engaged; at the same time headlights and A/C didn't work. Was told it is an ignition switch problem. Also, window automatic close malfunctioning which dealer service says is unrelated. Necessitated about $1,800 parts and labor. Also, unfortunately at the mercy generally of VW dealer service since many mechanics do not stock the computer necessary to diagnose electrical problems. I have experienced service problems with two VW dealers in my area (northern virgnia). One dealer (alexandria VW) failed to tighten wheel nuts after a routine check-up and claimed after looking at the car that nothing was amiss. Another (stohlman in vienna, va.) replaced the ignitiion switch but broke a part while doing so, so that the key could not be removed from the ignition.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #1

Nov 222001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
At 2 miles when braking in reverse a loud grinding noise would come from rear wheels. Vehicle has been to the dealer on several occasions, and they were unable to locate the problem. ABS light came on, replaced rotors.

- Green Valley, AZ, USA

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