definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,000 miles

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1999 Volkswagen Cabrio electrical problems

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1999 Volkswagen Cabrio Owner Comments

problem #1

Jul 012000

Cabrio 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 33,000 miles


1) due to vandalism, the convertible top was replaced by a reputable shop. I used the power top once after the replacement, then following that winter, the power top failed. It was beyond warranty according to dealer when I discovered the failure. Dealer wants $1200 for replacement. 2) the 6 cd changer stopped working just after warranty expired. Dealer wants $600 for replacement. 3) cruise control became intermittent after a throttle body replacement in March 2003. Dealer wants $800 for replacement. 4) the speedometer and tachometer became intermittent in Sept 2003. It has been removed and the contacts cleaned. It only works on extremely cold mornings, only on the first start. All other gauges work on the module. Dealer wants $600 for replacement. 5) the radio suddenly stopped working (no power) after hitting a pothole in Jan 2004. Dealer wants $600 for replacement. 6) the smog pump failed Dec 2005, and charred the harness wiring. It was replaced with a salvaged smog pump by reputable repair shop. Dealer wanted $1000 for replacement.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

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