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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,123 miles

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2001 Volkswagen Cabrio electrical problems

electrical problem

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2001 Volkswagen Cabrio Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 242002

Cabrio 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,246 miles


Consumer states: Had 2nd electrical failure on the engine, the wiring harness burnt up. Under warranty the dealer replaced partial wiring of the harness. Also 3 ignition switches put in. Mass airflow sensor, oxygen sensor, and coolant temperature failed. Currently, the vehicle needs two hole wiring harnesses, an original harness and main engine harness.

- Portland , CT, USA

problem #1

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

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