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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,000 miles

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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 Volkswagen Cabrio engine problems

engine problem

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2001 Volkswagen Cabrio Owner Comments

problem #3

Nov 272003

Cabrio 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 60,000 miles


While driving, the vehicle suddenly accelerated very rapidly without the gas pedal being touched. The car was put into neutral, then the engine RPM's increased to 5000. The gas pedal was checked to make sure it wasn't stuck down, or being pressed by the rug. The car needed to be shut off and restarted before it could resume normal operation.

- Quincy, MA, USA

problem #2

Nov 222001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle would attempt to stall while driving. Dealer notified. Engine crackles; oil pan leak found; cruise control fixed then broke again, dealership couldn't find problem, engine still revving at slow speeds and at stops, also experiencing harsh downshifts.

- Green Valley, AZ, USA

problem #1

Nov 222001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle would suddenly accelerate while driving, dealer notified and replaced the fuel pump, however problem still exists. Consumer states that the transmission fluid is low.

- Green Valley, AZ, USA

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