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aalan (alanmontagueii@xxxxx.xxx) - Mon, 26 Jan 2015
My 1987 vw cabriolet shuts off when it gets hot The fan comes on but still wants to shut off after cooling down

Brian (brian.lam79@xxxxx.xxx) - Tue, 6 Dec 2011
I have a 87' Cabriolet that seems to run and drive fine, its just once you give it gas it starts to knock a bit, can't tell if it's in the top or the bottom of the motor, I took the oil pan off and looked inside and it looked good except there was a bolt laying in the bottom of the pan, but I can't find any where that the bolt goes,any help would be great thanks

Larry B (lostcaws1@xxxxx.xxx) - Thu, 21 Jul 2011
I have a 95 cabrio. Just replaced the head gasket and when everything was put back and timing set, the car idles well...but when you push the gas pedal the power drops and car stalls. Any suggestions?

Gary McQuate (garymc8@xxxxx.xxx) - Thu, 26 Aug 2010
Ihave an 1987 white cabriolet for sale 5 speed and excellent condition, just spent 1000.oo for new fuel injectors, body is almost perfect only one small rust spot and it does need a new top, shifting linkages have all been replaced and it has the ORIGINAL R-12 in the a/c.. cools great wanting to sell it.. if interested contact me and i will send pics of it and we can discuss pricing and delivery cell phone 561-315-1031 you wont be disappointed i bought if for my wife, but do to bad health she cannot put the manual top down, so i bought her a audi a4 conv..

Condy (Condy31@xxxxxxx.xxx) - Wed, 18 Aug 2010
Just picked up an 88 Cabriolet. It has a few issues, but the one that stumps me is oil dripping onto the floor mats driver side. Hard to get neck turned into cramped area with brake pedal and gas in the way. Any ideas out there??

Sharon (henningersh@xxx.xxx) - Fri, 23 Jul 2010
Hello all....been a long time. My 1987 is still in storage under a cover. Need alot of work on it to get it running again... anyone know the who, how, and when and how much information on getting that done. TX

Sharon (henningersh@xxx.xxx) - Thu, 7 Jan 2010
My 1987 Cabriolet is still sitting with a car cover. Someone called and wanted it for parts LOL. He only wanted to give me $100.00 if even that LOL. If I win the lottery (don't play or come into a fortune at least 15,000.00 I will get it fixed). Everyone enjoy your 2010 with VW Cabriolet and sickmiller.com.

angela (angelasmiles@xxxxxxx.xxx) - Thu, 7 Jan 2010
My 1987 Cabriolet shuts off if it gets below 1500 RMPs and I am constantly having to jump it.

fred powell (iamfredpowell@xxxxx.xxx) - Fri, 25 Dec 2009
looking for a 1987 volkswagen cabriolet for a parts car

andrea (andi.jaxson@xxxx.xxx) - Tue, 15 Dec 2009
We have an Audi Cabriolet 1994. Looks like transmission is leaking? Friend said it was the hose from the radiator to transmission. Anyone else have this problem and is it an easy fix or go to dealer??

Andy (aswain@xxx.xxx) - Sun, 29 Nov 2009
Hello, I have a 1999 VW Golf Cabrio, great car, however, roof motor has started to run after the car is turned off, even though the roof has not been put up or down. Any thoughts or ideas will be appreciated. By the way this is a UK model.

Elaine Wagar (elainewagar@xxxxxxx.xxx) - Tue, 1 Sep 2009
NOTHING BUT PROBLEMS with our 1998 Cabrio convertible! Cannot seem to repair a transmission leak. Repeatedly taken to a VW repair shop and they are stumped, too. EVERYTHING seems to be replaced and redone but still....it leaks! Wish we could say something good about this car but sadly, it was a terrible investment of money and we paid way too much money to keep it on the road!

Alex (wahoo22@xxxxxxx.xxx) - Wed, 20 May 2009
hi im having the same problem with it leaking where it drips from the handles where that open the roof.. any fix?

Dave (dsbrooks@xxxxxxx.xxx) - Tue, 12 May 2009
Help, my daughter is at school and her 2001 Cabrio would not start. She got a jump, drove around but when she stopped it went dead again. Does anybody know if this could be a battery issue or something more like an alternator. Thanks

Steph (Stephaniemayronne@xxxxxxx.xxx) - Fri, 3 Apr 2009
Linda, Try putting a thicker oil in.

Steph (Stephaniemayronne@xxxxxxx.xxx) - Fri, 3 Apr 2009
My 89 VW cab is leaking when it rains. It seems to be dripping in at the handles any ideas for a fix?

Linda (lmryan114@xxxxx.xxx) - Sun, 22 Mar 2009
What does it mean when the oil pressure light and noise comes on but the amount of oil seems to be ok?

borrero sm (borrerosm@xxx.xxx) - Wed, 29 Oct 2008
my clucth pedal stays up or down when engaged is a cable clutch. Could it be the fork that holds the cable in place?

Sharon (henningersh@xxx.xxx) - Tue, 22 Jul 2008
HELP... I have a 1987 VW Cabriolet Karmann... must move...needs break system fixed(peddal goes to floor)...new top...please call 203-824-8336 if interested in fixing or buying.

David Sickmiller (david@xxxxxxxxxx.xxx) - Thu, 3 Jan 2008
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Sharon (henningersh@xxx.xxx) - Mon, 12 Nov 2007
Hello All...... My 1987 VW Cabriolet Karmann ........ it is now a Voch-Tech School and students are trying to get it up and running again. It is in saaaaad shape. The instructor said they will have to do it in many projects (UGH!) 1)GET IT RUNNING THEY DID 2) FIX THE STARTER all corroded with rust 3)BREAKS BACK ONLY. I WANT TO KNOW IF ANYONE KNOWS HOW TO FIX LEAK SO THE WATER WILL NOT BE FLOODING THE FUSE BOXES

frank reed (frank@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.xxx) - Mon, 8 Oct 2007
Have a 1984 Cabriolet - It has 14" VW wheels on it - i see in the door jamb that it should take 175/70-13 tires - Should this car have 13" wheels on it ? Please let me know as I will have to swap these wheels before I buy tires .

David (david@xxxxxxxxxx.xxx) - Wed, 22 Aug 2007
Testing the cabriolet feedback form...

Andrea (puffcatinahat@xxxxx.xx.xx) - Thu, 2 Aug 2007
Hello! what a brilliant site! so yesterday i test drove an 97 vw cab convertible - loved it! - my only question is Can it be driven in the wintertime? i am on little PEI - and need a car all year. cheers! A

Amy (amy_lsl@xxx.xxx) - Sun, 15 Jul 2007
My OXS light on my 85 Cabriolet just came on. Any help on the least expensive way to get this turned off would be much appreciated. Also, how hard is it to fix the odometer.

Sharon (henningersh@xxx.xxx) - Fri, 22 Jun 2007
My 87 is still sitting .... anyone looking to buy it. henningersh@aol.com Subject VW Offer

JR (studleeJr@xxxxxxx.xxx) - Fri, 15 Jun 2007
I have a 1989 cabriolet and it runs fine the first 15-25 minutes then it starts to sputter and die. then when it does start again it violently jerks . I can tell the fuel or something is sputtering pretty bad, have you heard of this prob befor or have a an idea. thankx JR Lawrence KS

clair (clairfrazer03@xxxxxxx.xxx) - Mon, 21 May 2007
I have a friend with an '87 cabriolet, I gave her a cd player. But cannot find an stereo adaptor to easily install the stereo for her type of car. Do you know if they are available?

clair (clairfrazer03@xxxxxxx.xxx) - Mon, 21 May 2007
I have a friend with an '87 cabriolet, I gave her a cd player. But cannot find an stereo adaptor to easily install the stereo for her type of car. Do you know if they are available?

sheila (peoples_sheila@xxxxx.xxx) - Mon, 7 May 2007
i own a 89 cabriolet. one day while driving the car it popped out of fifth gear, it just makes a terrible noise when i try to put it back in. all the other gears work fine, although i noticed if i let the cluth out it makes the same noise. suggestions?

scott davidson (scottyjd22@xxxxxxxxx.xxx) - Sat, 28 Apr 2007
i bought a 1993 cabrio for my wife and the clutch cable moves throught the fire wall and i dont know what parts to get and in what order to install thanks scott

Sharon (henningersh@xxx.xxx) - Mon, 12 Mar 2007
1987 Cabriolet Karmann..... NOW STILL LEAKS had 5" water in the back seat... had hard time getting the ice out... but it was melting so did. NOW BREAK PEDDAL goes to floor filled it with fluid has some stopping power only when car is not running. When running peddal goes to floor....DOES ANYONE KNOW HOW TO FIX IT?

Sharon (henningersh@xxx.xxx) - Fri, 2 Mar 2007
My VW Cabriolet is still sitting.... however, it does have insurance on it but it doesn't stop... peddal goes to floor.... I don't like putting money into something that is not transportation.... has gas leak on passenger side.... no breaks...roof leaks.... Tires GOOD... NEW battery....NEW alternator

donna (dlbmoser@xxxxx.xxx) - Fri, 23 Feb 2007
I need help!! My car is a 89 cabriolet. I love it but here's the deal...When I bought it,it had an oil leak so we had it "fixed" by a guy my husband works with ( he supposidly rebuilt the motor for us ) It hasn't been right since. I had another mechanic look at it as a favor but he doesn't know much about VWs. The car floods out badly. When it's running I have to keep the gas peddle down and run it wide open or it dies. Any solutions/advice?

Lynn Lashmar (lashmar@xxxxxxx.xxx) - Sun, 28 Jan 2007
Please could anybody tell what the original colour roof of a Golf Karmann cabriolet Convertiable August 1993. Thank you Lynn

ralph () - Tue, 23 Jan 2007
brittany i have a 92 cab with a new top that leaks just like yours i thought the top wasnt proparly put on obviously its somethin else if yours does the same with the original top ?

Brittany Moitoza (zer0sk8ttchik74@xxxxxxx.xxx) - Sat, 20 Jan 2007
Hi.. i saw a few posts about having a problem with leaks.. my 1990 cabriolet leaks like a siv when it rains right along the top of the window it usually drips off of the convertible handle latches. any ideas if it sounds like bad seals?? let me know thanks.. -Brittany

Gary (garyf0@xxxxxx.xxx) - Tue, 5 Dec 2006
Looking for info on how to replace the convertible top- specifically around the rear window. I have a new top and headliner that came with this car. thanks

Jenn Brown (JennBrown77@xxxxx.xxx) - Mon, 27 Nov 2006
I just bought at 96 VW convertible cabrio and love it. But! I am having trouble to the reverse, it work but makes a horrible screeching sound. It's mostly in reverse but also when I am trying to fit in to a small parellel parking spot. :) Any ideas? Thanks!

Carol Moe (moe_carol@xxxxxxx.xxx) - Mon, 16 Oct 2006
I get a lot of water on the floor in the back and cleaning the hood drains did not seem to help. Any other suggestions? Also where could I buy roof seals and have them sent to Puerto Rico? I have a 1987 Cabriolet.

SD (mewbourn2000@xxxxx.xxx) - Tue, 10 Oct 2006
Help I can't reset my radio. I have done it in the past. Since I was having a problem programing it as easily as before, I figured that if I held the buttom down it would set the number. However now it shows SAFE 2. I am frustrated with my 2000 Cabrio's radio.

Sharon (henningersh@xxx.xxx) - Wed, 4 Oct 2006
My VW did make it to BOSTON for Inernational Conference on Community Media......... guess what???????? I had to have it towed back to CT. The bracket holding the NEW alternator fell out.....heard a clatter on the ground coming out of the Commons Parking area. Used panty hose leg to get home but only worked for 20 miles... NOW it is working VW lock nut worked. LOL Still have to put tarp now over car to enable it to start in the morning. The moisture is getting into everything.

Dondi (dondiokrasa@xxxxx.xxx) - Fri, 21 Jul 2006
I would recommend that you get your hands on this book published by Robert Bently called Volkswagen Cabriolet & Scirocco, 1985-1993. I have similar problems on my 89 Cabriolet. I have fixed them myself using this book & tools that I have at my disposal.

Sharon (henningersh@xxx.xxx) - Tue, 27 Jun 2006
My car is in trouble. Now: 1)Belts on 2)New Battery 3) Purchased New Alternator .... but can't figure out the wiriing (help -how do I look up on internet)small red wire with circle clip at end w h e r e d o e s i t go????? 4) Still have old one on and want to make sure it doesn't work right. 5) had to purchase bolt so can tighten now can't take old on off because back bolt hex hole stripped. Sprayed with lubricant but slipps when hex wrench in place. 6) WHO WANTS TO TRADE FOR CAR THAT RUNS AND WILL RUN FOR AT LEAST 2 YRS (MAYBE 3) LOL PLEASE E MAIL ME HENNIGNERSH@AOL.COM

Sharon (henningersh@xxx.xxx) - Sun, 18 Jun 2006
VW now has all three belts, however looks like one grove for belt is not on it. I have AC. The idiot light stays on when car starts. Battery starts with new battery at 12. Think alternator need to be replace but it was replaced two years ago and I don't want to do it again. Does 87 VW Cabriolet Karmann with A/C have to have all wheels for belts put on for everything to work. The VW still squeels when turning power steering. H E L P

Sharon (henningersh@xxx.xxx) - Thu, 15 Jun 2006
87 VW Cabriolet.... paid 1,800 for clutch...... got taken. Now very hard to shift into 1st (have to push shifter down and make sure not to hit reverse). Now friend of friend to put on new belts... my power steering went and thought should replace all 3. Still waiting. Hoping to drive it to BOSTON for Conference. Someone, can you tell me where to find diagrams about how to replace belts henningersh@aol.com

Jo (Irishbarliness@xxx.xxx) - Wed, 22 Mar 2006
Yo! Now I don't feel sooooo alone! I bought a 91 VW Etienne Aigner Cabriolet from a friend a few years back. Battery drain, tire issues, exhaust from the cat conv, back - door handles, e-brake replacement, new tires, battery, odometer fix, speedometer fix, front driver cv/axel just went -fixed. Leaks a bit....think it's from dash and/or broken antenna....let's see, what else? Oh, oil light comes on, supposedly just a switch. Finally found an honest mechanic who happens to like VW's and steers me the right way...I think.....your usual lights, bells whistles....passes inspection...her name's evelyn. She's high maintenance but I loves her. She's green/black top...she probably needs suspension work, antenna, washer fluid feed/tubes need to be fixed (don't ask)....engine mounts?, cat conv. My friends and family keep telling me to ditch evelyn as I keep sinking money into her...she has 136k....probably a bit more as this car and other VW's have a hx of odometer puttering out on occassion. Great site - great info and now I feel somewhat justified in sticking with Ev.....Irish in NH

Maria K. (mkrautlarger@xxx.xxx) - Wed, 22 Mar 2006
1985 Cabriolet...problem starting..sat 2yrs,grndson lost keys...started 1 time but forgot 'bout stale fuel issues!.., SeaFoamed & 10 gals. good gas...getting lots of fuel, even comes out tailpipe when crank a bit too long! changed rotor, cap,wires, & plugs as well as oil...to no avail....stuck piston in fuel distributor? even fuel in crankcase...yer guess is as good as mine! got "new" top,pad & frame for $250,.not as easy to install as would seem! now small tear is larger tear...getting NEW top if keep...keep charging battery as wears down from crankin..'bout to give up!! no reliable mechanics in OKC area that seem to want to make "side money" & the $ is good! fix it or forget it? body is good, minor drivers rear rough spots, needs paint & windshield, interior redo ..but planned to if would only go for me! help......

Maria K. (mkrautlarger@xxx.xxx) - Wed, 22 Mar 2006
1985 Cabriolet...problem starting..sat 2yrs,grndson lost keys...started 1 time but forgot 'bout stale fuel issues!.., SeaFoamed & 10 gals. good gas...getting lots of fuel, even comes out tailpipe when crank a bit too long! changed rotor, cap,wires, & plugs as well as oil...to no avail....stuck piston in fuel distributor? even fuel in crankcase...yer guess is as good as mine! got "new" top,pad & frame for $250,.not as easy to install as would seem! now small tear is larger tear...getting NEW top if keep...keep charging battery as wears down from crankin..'bout to give up!! no reliable mechanics in OKC area that seem to want to make "side money" & the $ is good! fix it or forget it? body is good, minor drivers rear rough spots, needs paint & windshield, interior redo ..but planned to if would only go for me! help......

Alysha (bisous092@xxxxxxx.xxx) - Thu, 9 Mar 2006
I own a 98 cabrio that I love very much however, it has a major leak. Like a few other people that have posted here I can get up to 2 inches of water behind the drivers seat. This has caused my car to become moldy inside! Someone told me it might be my weather stripping? If anyone knows anything else it might be please let me know.

Tracy (tgoodson@xxxxxx.xxx) - Thu, 2 Mar 2006
I just bought a 1988 cabrio. and I love it!!! I do have a problem though. When the car gets warm, it will not start again for a while. Like if you run in the store, you have to wait for it to start again. Any ideas? Also, how do I change the headlights? The low beams? Thanks so much!!!

Chanda (chandalianne@xxxxxxx.xxx) - Wed, 11 Jan 2006
Yay, first comment of 2006..I hope people are still around! I have an '87 Cabby that I purchased for 200 bucks! It's super cute but it just runs like crap..I was wondering if there is anyone in the San Diego area that would want to help me fix it up. I just have 0 knowledge on the damn thing but I don't want to get rid of it! Thanks! You can email me at Chandalianne@hotmail.com

chanda (sunnysidedaydream@xxxxx.xxx) - Mon, 5 Dec 2005
I am hoping to find some help for my '89 cab. I have replaced the starter two times due to it not starting it does this odd clicking sound, but doesn't turn over. The battery tests good and lights, radio, etc all work it just won't turn over. I'm not sure how many miles it has on it because it stopped at 134,000. This is the 4th time that it has done it to me and I don't want to get rid of it, but it's puzzling my mechanics. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated, my email is sunnysidedaydream (at) yahoo (dot) com.

j. (jmc1022@xxxxxxx.xxx) - Tue, 8 Nov 2005
looking for a '92'93 cabby automatic,near lake tahoe calif/nev. within aprox. 500 miles thanks jmc1022@hotmail.com

j. (jmc1022@xxxxxxx.xxx) - Tue, 8 Nov 2005
looking for a '92'93 cabby automatic,near lake tahoe calif/nev. within aprox. 500 miles thanks jmc1022@hotmail.com

Robert Ridgway (rridgway@xxx.xxx) - Sat, 5 Nov 2005
I'm looking for the trim for thr right front fender for my '87 cab.... Looked all around San Diego but no luck. Any suggestions? Thanks, Rob.

Jon (jondelneg@xxxxx.xxx) - Thu, 20 Oct 2005
great site, my girlfriend has a 2001 Cabrio and the temp gauge doesn't work at all, other than a fuse, what could the problem be? thankx Jon

olegj71 (olegj71@xxxxx.xxx) - Tue, 4 Oct 2005
If any one could help i would greatly be thankfull... I just got a 1997 VW cabrio 2.0 Auto and drove it from New York to Florida in the last couple of days I put over 1,500 miles on it the car ran good all the way down the only that happened was that the temp. light started flashing, I pulled over and added fluid. Yesterday that light came on I went to add fluid and seen it over flow from the plastic add tank it was steaming the temp gauge did not move, the tank still steams, the radiator hoses feel empty and with out pressuere. Is this a thermostat problem or some thing else. p.s. where is the thermastat/waterpump on this thing no body buy me sells the manual 2-3days i need help A.S.A.P. thank U

len spensley (lenspensley@xxxx.xx) - Wed, 28 Sep 2005
How do I get the fuel tank down from susp.crossmember in my '91 cabriolet conv.(1.7litre)Straddles over suspension!!HELP...

Robert Wilson (roboink555@xxxxx.xxx) - Wed, 21 Sep 2005
Did you put the top on yourself...? Hard...one or two person job...how many hours?

Robert Wilson (roboink555@xxxxx.xxx) - Wed, 21 Sep 2005
Hello, I have a 1992 Blue/with white top Cabby. Just bought it and I am having the leaking coming from under the dash (from the firewall?) I'm not sure where its coming from...which holes are was the other cabby owner talking about? I am getting 2 more leaks one on each side by the fixed wing vent windows..drips...I'm in Grand Rapids,MI.

Sharon (henningersh@xxx.xxx) - Mon, 12 Sep 2005
Just found out how to stop leakage of water into car from a person who owns a car similiar to mine. When she got it it leaked. 1) make sure the holes are cleared under the hood for proper dranage. Thanks Carbiolet owner at Lake Lilinoha, Ct.

Sharon H (henningersh@xxx.xxx) - Sun, 14 Aug 2005
H E L P is there any car meets in town. Your town, my town, any town. Need to meet others who fix own Cabriolets. Haven't received much feedback other than info on faulty tops.

Sharon H (henningersh@xxx.xxx) - Sun, 14 Aug 2005
WOW! A yellow Cabriolet... I was thinking of painting mine Yellow. Ebay has one in it (originally yellow). Right now I'm working on getting the cracks fixed on the top(will use appoxy; get a cadillatic converter back to fix exaust. Replaced part to manifold had to be welded in some spots(bracket snapped) In Ct. my emissions is due Sept 9th. Anyone with suggestions on how to get c h e a p c h e a p parts. Please email me with Subject: Cabriolet VW Repairs Thanks. henningersh@aol.com

Wendy (Wendy@xxxxx.xxx) - Thu, 11 Aug 2005
I have a 1993 Cabriolet. It just developed a hole in the top which seems to get larger each time I put the top up and down. Any idea how I can fix this?

Seth Rosen (Rolpher@xxx.xxx) - Sun, 24 Jul 2005
Got an 87 too. Her name is Dot (short for Dorothy, but she hates that...way too formal). Am the second owner. I put new motor mounts in...not too bad a job...but I can't figure out the one bolt on the alternator. ANyone help on this one? It is the "headless" bolt that is on the swivel. HELP!!

Sharon Henninger (henningersh@xxx.xxx) - Mon, 27 Jun 2005
Hello Cabby Owners: My VW is still running, running and running..... "You Go Cabby You Go" I might need a new top...it is cracking. Used apoxy last year and will have to do again.(looks O.K.). Took advise and covered cracks under the hood on rain catcher with tape. It needs exaust system... catalic coverter back.. hit a manhold in Newtown and they said it was my fault. Manhole was about 2 1/2 above road (CT. DOT stinks). Need info on Top, Exaust system. My e:mail add: henningersh@aol.com Thank you all. Great Information.

She. (Indygo13@xxxxxxx.xxx) - Wed, 15 Jun 2005
Aww Cabbie.. Okay.. for the record .. I am 29 and I have been watching The Cabriolet since I was about 15.. U know when these cars are new no one can really afford them.. and so time passes and u never really think U will have a chance to get one.. Well Crazy as it sounds.. I ended up in a mountian town full of SUV's and here.. NO ONE wants a convertible.. I bought it for 1000 dollars at a dealer!! It drove home.. It needed some sort of ground cable replacement that my dad did that was affecting the starter.. we replaced the starter just to be safe cause it wasent reading the voltage right.. A few months later the clutch went.. Well the clutch was prolly gone when i bought it.. But thats pretty standard.. It needs a roof.. But i dont care.. :) It seems to be lowerd but im not really an expert.. its brite yellow (someone painted it..) and put some matching paint on the wheels.. too pretty cool.. Who ever had it took the stereo out so il hafta figure that out later.. the cluch is back in and we are just changing some brake pads right now.. while we got the wheels of.. As of today the 89 Cabriolet has 131k miles.. which as it seems is nothing for a vw? So far we have put a couple hundred into it.. and it seems okay.. I hope for the best.. And I leave this message sorta as a rub to the budda's head.. I love reading stories about Cabby's with 500k on them.. It inspires me to keep mine forever.. Or for as long as She'll have me.. So if anyone has any tidbits.. pleace let me know.. Its a 5 speed manual.. umm like i said the roof leaks.. and i have been caught in a fly away.. generall i just pull over and put the top down.. so thats kinda sketchy.. thing for peeps to watch out for.. But other then that.. Im excited to see how it goes.. and i just hope it keeps going.. Power to the VW people. -- She.

Damon (damonandrewbaker@xxxxx.xxx) - Sun, 29 May 2005
I have an 88 cabriolet..I bought it a few months ago and finally got the converter replaced (expensive!) Much happier withthe car now that it's so quite!!..I still need to put a radio and some speakers in the car as well...THe car has had lots of work done to it and it's only a 104000 miles....low for the year...I would love to repaint it if I could get it done cheap...and also am looking for a few other things to make it look nicer..a black boot for the top, and a bra maybe...oh, and a seat cover for the back seat... surprised how hard it is to find......a real fun car but now my head turns and looks at these Cooper Minis..love the look....

Jim () - Thu, 19 May 2005
Original owner of 87 vw cabriolet..262000 miles...love this car... 140000...main seal let go...new clutch... 180000 ...new cv axles....210000 complete ac replacement...240000..new fuel pumps...3 tops along the way...keep this car looking new.

Alicia Yoder (a_scovill@xxxxxxx.xxx) - Sat, 14 May 2005
I have skimmed your site and see that you replaced your odometer cable yourself. Was it difficult to do? I have an 88 Cabby that I love...because it runs great. I just have a few minor problems such as .....the odometer....and the oil pan gasket...any advice?

Sharon Henninger (sharon_h_06513@xxxxx.xxx) - Thu, 28 Apr 2005
Hello, My car still leaks.... tarp helps. The clutch peddal snapped and purchased one for $20.00 had installed for $60.00 (should of not paid)..... my cousin Leonard had to fit it after paying the mechanic. Still leaks, my radio antennia is broke (will fill with filler). The plastic plate under the hood is cracked (will put tape on it). The car now needs from catalic converter back... any suggestions on how to do this cheap. Thanks to all who help and post information.

J (Justin.Hughes@xxx.xx.xxx) - Mon, 25 Apr 2005
Jordi...my 82 that I used to have would leak around the fender wall on the drivers side and check the antena seal also. Good luck. Email me with any cabby questions. I drove a crapy but lovable 82 for 2 years and have currently been driving my 88 for 3.5.

jordi (jordiherold@xxxxxxxxx.xxx) - Sun, 24 Apr 2005
WATER LEAK FROM DASH AREA INTO PASSENGER COMPARTMENT. I have similar problem to your post below. I have a 1990 cabrio that leaks thru fire wall. A host of dealers, indie mechanics, and national chains have been telling me this is my imagination since week one. The windshield has been replaced four times for sole purpose of getting a better seal, AC block resealed, I keep the drains in the cowl pretty free, door seals are fine... still this AM after a down pour I had not the usual "some dampness" but a record 2" in the passenger side --mostly pitched to the rear (and yes that drain was easily letting water by [maybe not faste enough?] when I opened the hood..). Someone, somewhere has to know what this is about. I am willing to replace/repair most any part as I am trying to keep the car another 15 years what with recent paint job and new top, a young 140,000 mile engine, etc... Any help vastly appreciated. Sharon (sharon_h_06513@xxxxx.xxx) - Wed, 8 Dec 2004 My 1987 VW Cabrio has sprung a leak. Water behind the drivers seat gets to be 2". Now using tarp when rains and snows. Any suggestions as to how I can fix it c h e a p. P.S. My cousin fixed the clutch cable..... foreign car repair in my area suggested and agreed it could of been the cluch not peddal.... HE WAS WRONG...thank you Cousin Leonard for fixing it (placing the cable one bracked below where was.)

Wynn Collns (dubbyac@xxxxx.xxx) - Fri, 15 Apr 2005
Just did my first engine swap.1982 cabriolet,donor engine came from 1982 scirocco.No problems except after 15-20 mins it sputters and dies.Will not restart for hours. Relay or junk in the tank? Anyone?

alex (randaginomessanger@xxxxxxx.xxx) - Wed, 13 Apr 2005
Our family has the same car since 20 years, a black golf 1800 convertible. looking at the pics of your car, i have seen something very special. the small triangular 2 vindows in the front of the car (i dont know the name in english maybe "no draft ventilation" i think) can be opened, no similar option was available in italy in the 1985 when we buy the car. can someone help me? is it possible to change to fixed small window to "open" type. please help. ciao from italia!

Sarah Mangone (sarah4one@xxxxx.xxx) - Wed, 6 Apr 2005
Ran across your site and can only say FANTASTIC JOB. I have a 1984 Rabbit Convertible and every issue you have listed about yours has happened with mine. I am slowly re-doing mine as well. I refuse to let it die! It's a great running car when it goes. Please email me....Sarah in Florida

Chrissy (seymourc@xxxx.xx.xxx) - Fri, 18 Mar 2005
Your site is great! I just bought my '92 Cabby today (3/17/05) and HAD to give it a run with the top down! I laughed out loud (literally) over your statement, "On a happier note, I drove with the top down on Wednesday. It was reasonably warm out; I couldn't even see my breath!" I'd love to see more of your posts, they're entertaining, but also offer ideas for various problems that may come up.

Imgr8fulone (imgr8fulone@xxxxx.xxx) - Tue, 1 Mar 2005
Just picked up a 97 cabrio for my wife. Great car ,but, every time I go over any bump , the right side of the roof rattles when up. Any ideas? Thanks

Sharon Henninger (sharon_h_06513@xxxxx.xxx) - Fri, 28 Jan 2005
Cabriolet hard starting in -0 degrees. But it starts ... have to keep the gas peddle going up and down for about 2 minutes before gas gets to starting and then continue pumping peddal till car stays running. It is great in the snow. IT IS THE ONLY CAR THAT HAS STARTED FOR ME IN THE WINTER for a long long time.

shemendi (shemendi@xxxxxxx.xxx) - Tue, 25 Jan 2005
I drive a 92 Cabriolet that has only 69,000 original miles. I live in Texas but the car was in Upstate NY until a two years ago. So...lots of rust underneath. I need a new catalytic converter and, just tonight, the clutch broke. I don't yet know what is wrong. Love the car but thinking of selling. How much should I ask? How much does a new clutch cost, including labor, since I know nothing about cars.

shemendi (shemendi@xxxxxxx.xxx) - Tue, 25 Jan 2005
I drive a 92 Cabriolet that has only 69,000 original miles. I live in Texas but the car was in Upstate NY until a two years ago. So...lots of rust underneath. I need a new catalytic converter and, just tonight, the clutch broke. I don't yet know what is wrong. Love the car but thinking of selling. How much should I ask? How much does a new clutch cost, including labor, since I know nothing about cars.

Meesh (meesht@xxxxxxx.xxx) - Tue, 25 Jan 2005
looking at buying 98-00 cabrio, but hear to many bad things about VW's, any major problems or recalls that i should be aware of. looking at 5spd(will be driving in winter) thanks

Et (tistbarts@xxxxx.xxx) - Tue, 18 Jan 2005
I have a '92 Cabriolet. Love it, never had a problem until lately whenver it rains very hard or snows, very cold weather. IT has hard time to start. Ti takes me 4-5 times to get it started. My Mechanic could not find anything wrong with it. The battery is ok, When I try to start it sounds it has almost no power, could it be any wiring problem, that I should get checked ? In normal weather it has no problems. I appreaciate for any advice or anybody who has similar problem?

Tim (pluckyou2@xxxxx.xxx) - Mon, 17 Jan 2005
you can change the wate pump yourself, as long as you have the tools...I've done it on all of my vw's, most recently my 88 cabriolet AND my '85 Golf... while you are in there, change the timing yourself, it's easier than the water pump. If you've got a bentley manual, then you have all of the instruction you need. go here http://www.hotdub.com/forums/ and do some searching around...vwvortex.com has great info also...good luck and send a shout if you need some pointers...

ron lopez (rickylo@xxx.xxx) - Tue, 11 Jan 2005
i have a 1986 convertable Cabriolet i would like to sell for 800$ or best offer.the car is in fair shape.i have the pink and it has been smogged.

Sam (skiersch@xxxxx.xxx) - Tue, 4 Jan 2005
I have a 1989 Cabriolet. i have had everything replaced under the hood. I've replaces the top(also has a boot), new fuel pumps, its an automatic, new paint job, and 4 new tires. The problem it runs until you stop then the engine kills. I wastold it needs a new motor. Something I can not afford I have a babyon the way. Sadly I have to sell. How much do I ask for? A junk yard would only give me $50.00. I know they will make a lot more than that from all the new parts on it. I don't think that was a fair offer on this cabriolet. I was insulted by it. If anybody can give me any advice on how much to sell it for. I will really appreciate it. Thank You Sam. My email address is skiersch@yahoo.com

Daludestar (Daludestar@xxx.xxx) - Wed, 8 Dec 2004
I own an 87 Karmann Cab with only 80K original miles. It runs/looks great with only one problem. It has a crack in the exhaust manifold which makes the car extremely loud. You could probably here me in TN coming from FL. I want to get it fixed but am unsure of what to buy. I hear there are 3 different types of em's: no bolt, 4, and 6. Which works for me? Can it be dual? and where can I get one? I hear they are not produced anymore. By the way, this is a wonderful site. Not many people appreciate the Cab's anymore.

Sharon (sharon_h_06513@xxxxx.xxx) - Wed, 8 Dec 2004
My 1987 VW Cabrio has sprung a leak. Water behind the drivers seat gets to be 2". Now using tarp when rains and snows. Any suggestions as to how I can fix it c h e a p. P.S. My cousin fixed the clutch cable..... foreign car repair in my area suggested and agreed it could of been the cluch not peddal.... HE WAS WRONG...thank you Cousin Leonard for fixing it (placing the cable one bracked below where was.)

keri Cullipher (keric_1@xxxxxxx.xxx) - Tue, 19 Oct 2004
finally bought dream car; 88 VW cabriolet, brand new top, paid $1000us. Orig yellow w/black top, but owner painted over that with ugly gray blue. int is in bad shape, they would just leave top down for days during rain, poor baby. only has 98K mi tho & runs good. just learned how to do an oil change, looking to learn how to replace everything myself. any info, manuals, usefull websites would be helpfull! thanks, keri.

steve sitton (stevehvac@xxxxxxx.xxx) - Sat, 9 Oct 2004
HAVE A 1985 VOLKS CABRIOLET STARTS AND RUNS FOR A FEW MINUTES THEN DIES.HAS ALL NEW FUEL PUMPS NOW AND MOGULE FOR ELECTRONICS ACTS AS IF IT RUNS OUT OF GAS BUT STARTS UP EASY THEN RUNS AND REPEATS PROBLEM I HAVE CHECKED ALL I NOW TO.

Luis () - Sat, 11 Sep 2004
To whom it concerns:

Robert Clark (Robert_J_Clark@xxxx.xxx) - Fri, 30 Jul 2004
I bought a 92'Cabby Triple White that had been parked in Georgia for three years. The pine trees had caused a green moldy moss to grow on every inch of the car. I removed the engine/tranny and replaced everything. The engine had good compression so I did not change anything inside the engine except the head gasket. I replaced $4000.00 in parts and did all the work myself. I love my Cabby. She is typical of any cabby with the usual rattles and ailments.1st and 2nd gear are elusive even after a couple repair attempts.The roof seal dumps water in my lap every time I put on the brakes (when it is raining). I would not trade her for anything. I took out the back seat and passenger seat to go to Home Depot. She holds 20 bails of pine straw! How much will your pickup hold? Ha.I need to find a "pen pal" in the North East Atlanta area that knows about Cabbys. I am a single 50 year old (straight) guy and I guess my cabby is my midlife crisis.I would join a club if there was one in our local area. Hey, Great web site! Keep being creative and add more to it. You can never have too much CABBIES!!!!

Sharon Henninger (Sharon_h_06513@xxxxx.xxx) - Sun, 25 Jul 2004
Purchased a 1987 Karmann Cabrio for $500.00. Have a prob... the clutch didn't come up after shifting. Purchased a cable but can't get it adjusted right. Do you think it could be the clutch assembly??? (Was very hard shifting before cable snapped) . has new radiator . has new tires . has new clutch cable . was running great until clutch peddal wouldn't return in it's proper position.

scott ross (ro2sco@xxx.xxx) - Sat, 24 Jul 2004
A friend has a commercial air-conditioner and when he turns it on all it does is make a hum? What does that mean and what to do?

dane (edaneno9@xx;.xxx) - Tue, 20 Jul 2004
i own a 1986 cabriolet , it quits running in hot weather i am currently trying to fix. i also broke the top latch on passenger side can you tell me were you got your replacement latch? thanks for any help i can get----

Natasha (nrobinson@xxxxxxxx.xxx) - Mon, 12 Jul 2004
I just bought my dream car a 1989 VW Cabriolet about a month ago for $350 from a junk yard. It is red with a white top. The body is in perfect condition except for the top. I bought a new top off the web thinking I could replace it on my own. Now I realize this is a difficult task. I've called a few places in my area for labor prices but they are asking way too much. Any suggestions? I am located in Northern New Jersey. By the way GREAT SITE!

Ben (ben@xxxxxx.xxx) - Thu, 17 Jun 2004
Impressed by the detail of your site. I am a self taught backyard mechanic and I also own a 1987 black vw cabriolet. My problem is the car runs fine except when it is over 75 out. Then the car runs until it gets warm, about 20 minutes, and if I get caught in traffic, it will stall, sputter and die. If I let it sit, it will come back to life, but only for a few minutes. As long as i am running at the same rpm it will drive. My question was actually where did you get your top clamps. You said you replaced both. Thanks, Ben

nikki (nickelnose98@xxxxx.xxx) - Tue, 15 Jun 2004
I have an 88 cabriolet and love my car to death Iam 23yrs old and my 1st car was an 85 cabbby, replace with my dream cabby 2 yrs ago right before my 1 st child was born. this car is white with a white top and white avus wheels, however the dash is blk. was wondering about these "boutique " models i have been hearing about? can anyone help me, tell me more about the boutique?!!!!

Kelly (kellybeli@xxxxxxx.xxx) - Sun, 6 Jun 2004
I have an 89 cabriolet that needs a little TLC. I need to replace all the window seals. The car leaks like a siv. I have searched every website and found nothing, does anyone know where I can go to find these items.

mario (mario_ogando@xxxxxxx.xxx) - Thu, 15 Apr 2004
I need the capota for my car cabriolet vw 1986. please i need information 911. I am dominican republic and speeker litle inglish. now in spanic. hola soy mario y necesito comprar la capota de mi cabriolet vw 1986 y quiero saber cuanto me cuesta ya que en republica dominicana no me aparece. es urgente! cuando llueve me mojo!

Kim (kimlatta@xxxxxxxx.xx) - Wed, 4 Feb 2004
I've just recently purchased a 2000 v.w.cabrio. I absolutely love it and I'm trying to find a 2002 model. The only 2 concerns I have are: 1.The cruise control is not working. Is this a common problem? And,is it expensive to fix? 2. The inside door handles(where you pull the car door shut when inside the car) are very worn and look awful! It looks like someone peeled the coating off. Is this also a common problem and are there any inexpensive ways to fix this eye sore? I really do LOVE my car and am now a loyal cabrio owner. I have a power roof and am wondering if I should anticipate any problems or if there are things I can do to keep my top in good shape? Anyone interested in selling their 2002 cabrio, please contact me at the e-mail address listed. I really don't like the look of the new v.w. bug cabrio. Thanks and happy trails!!!!

dana heileson (danabeth2@xxxxxxx.xxx) - Thu, 29 Jan 2004
i have a 1989 cabriolet. all it needs is a new top. where is the best place to order one and how much do they cost?

Nicole (calikitten15@xxxxxxx.xxx) - Fri, 9 Jan 2004
Ok. i had a 1990 cabriolet,,,but 10 min after my graduation i rollled it....that thing is a life safer cause if i was in any other car i wouldnt be here.... My dad got her for me for my 16th birthday presant.. He paid $750. (us dollars) for it... it wouldnt start,,needed new starter,,then some small other parts were needed but i would have never traded that car for the world it was my baby .. my ex teased me by saying it was the only wine ill ever have (cause it looked like a burgandy wine) and i dont drink...so it was a big joke...today thou im looking to buy a new one...$1800.00 Blue on Blue its a dream come true Oh and its true what the people say about cabriolets once u have them ull never go back....my friends cant see me in anything but my lil ol' convertable top always down,,(i even drove with the top down in the ran)lol ciao raining on the topless

Sarah (brooksie1920@xxxxxx.xxx) - Sun, 16 Nov 2003
Is there anywhere i can get a relay diagram for my 1989 cabriolet?? i have a chiltons repair manual but the body wiring diagram looks nothing like my relay panel. HELP!!

James Vang (Jamesbvang007@xxxxxxx.xxx) - Thu, 30 Oct 2003
Hey, I just bought a 1990 Cabriolet for 7k. Yeah I know, you think I got ripped off?? No I didn't!! This baby is in mint condition. It's color is bright red w/white convertable top. It's only got 35,000 miles currently. Today is the 29th of Oct. I love my baby!! My car has no rust! I runs like new and smells like new! I bought the car from a couple old guys. . . the car has never seen snow! Maybe this year it might! I'm trying to avoid to havong to drive it during the winter. I want it to stay in the mint condition is is in now. I'm also thinking if I should sell it!! Hmmm . . if anyone is willing to pay me my 7k back for this car, most likely I 'll accept. If you would like any info on the car, please email me at jamesbvang007@hotmail.com. Trust me! This car is stock, and it get a lot of heads!! I'm a male, usually you don't see men driving in these babies! I'm like the first!! This baby will suprise the heck out of you all! The car runs like new, looks like it was just made form the original VW company. I haven't seen any other in great condition as mine. I just bought the car about a month ago. I put about 2k miles on it only. If interested, please email for pics!!

John B. (Beanbeer@xxx.xxx) - Tue, 16 Sep 2003
Great site! I own an 86 Cabriolet I bought from my brother for $300 that I adore. I'll begin restoration on it soon. I've noticed a number of comments from readers who are having difficulties shifting into first gear. My sister(the person who I originally bought the car for) seems to have found an answer. She's found that if you double clutch(like you would on a tractor trailer) you always find first gear. Good Luck all and VWs forever!

Anthony (Whaddaguy4u2@xxxxx.xxx) - Sat, 9 Aug 2003
i brought a cabriolet 89. It has 65,000 miles with me and the only big problem i got right now is elec. and i need a new top and a new fram for the top. If anyone could help me out that would be greta. E mail me back. i found a place to get a top package but i still need a fram.

Malachi (malachim@xxxxxx.xxx) - Wed, 25 Jun 2003
where did you get your cover for your car? I just bought a 1986 Red one from my 90 year old neighbor that has had it since it was brand new. He kept it in the garage and drove it every Saturday. It looks like a brand new car. The interior and top are flawless, as well as the body. It is a fun little car to drive but I have crap in my garage and don't have room. I need a cover like the one in your picture. Please let me know. Nice talking with you.

Joy (joylynn66@xxx.xxx) - Wed, 11 Jun 2003
Hi, I am a new owener of an '87 I bought off of Ebay. I am so dissappointed I could scream. The former owner was not very honest. The cabriolet arrived with an unrepairable flat and would not start. I replaced the tire just to tow it home. We attempted jumping it but it would not start. It seems the fuel pump won't shut off and that wore the battery down. I replaced the battery but now it won't even turn over. Nothing turns on at all no acc light, nothing at all turns on. What do I do first?

Molly (matnmol@xxxxxxx.xxx) - Mon, 9 Jun 2003
Hi... my 17 year old daughter is wanting a 1987 cabby that a local man has for sale. It has a new top and it is white on white. Very cute car and she like the way it drives. There has been some dents on the side of the car that he repaired and painted over. He restored it and is selling it for what he has in it which is $1800. It has 117,000 miles on it. What do you think? Is this a good deal? It is in good but not great condtion. The new top really makes it look good. It is made in Germany because it has the round headlights not the square. I had a VW rabbit when I was a teen and my Dad was always upset about how much they are to repair and how often the need repaired. Your opinions are needed. Help me decide. matnmol@hotmail.com

Ryu Tashiro (ryutashiro@xxxxxxx.xxx) - Sun, 20 Apr 2003
great site! i just bought an 88 cabriolet and i love this thing despite the fact that something goes wrong every week. I hope to find other cabriolet drivers in the Nashville, TN area for exchanging info and stuff.

chuck ackerman (planetgraphic1@xxx.xxx) - Tue, 15 Apr 2003
Hi, I was quite amused while I read your story. I have an 87 cabriolet and have been tinkering with it on and off for about a year (elec., fuel)but I think i'm just about there anyway you said you put audi seats in yours, what year and model did you use and did they fit right in? anyhow you have a great site and I really enjoy it, Best of luck, Chuck

Kristen Parr (kristen.parr@xxxxxxxxx.xxx) - Mon, 14 Apr 2003
I just bought a 1990 with only 65,000 miles on it for 3600.00 on E-bay. I was thinking about replacing the seats (the leather is a little worn) does anyone know where I would begin to look for something like this?

Mark Jordan (mmsdjordan@xxxx.xxx) - Thu, 10 Apr 2003
This site still active? Status of the car? A few tips. First off I've been a vw nut case for YEARS. I own a 74 bug, rebuilt motor myself, welded and painted it. Looks great. I have restored a lot of old bugs as a hobby and sell them off at cost for something to do. I have a 63 VW bus single cab truck that I restored from scrap a few years back. Anyway back to the story. I bought a 2001 cabrio last week , well it's perfect. I found your site looking for parts and found it cute. Keep at it, Learn, you don't even know how much you don't know. I notice this fuel pump/relay issue here a lot, a tip. The Fuel pump relay is only to get the pump to start pumping before the car starts. You will hear a buzz and then it stops waiting for you to start the car.After the car starts the relay shuts off and the OIL pressure sensor (low oil pressure sensor) sends the input to the 'puter to keep the pump running. Safety item. If the oil sensor has a reading the motor is running and needs gas. The reason they did this is IF you roll the car on it's roof or are in a crash the motor should stop. The fuel pump then stops also. If the relay kept the pump running you will be pumping gas and BIG fire. Can we all say marshmellows! Now If you motor is worn out, large bearing clearences your oil pressure runs low and the little light flickers and BTW the pump stops! Guess what, you stall! Just a tip. Have fun learning and enjoy your Cabbie later Mark Jordan

Stina (stinaf@xxxxx.xxx) - Tue, 18 Mar 2003
I also, am the proud owner of a 1987 Cabriolet. I bought it in October 2002 and have had wonderful luck with it. Just put on new tires am ready to put the top down and enjoy the sunshine. Have a slight problem though, the Oxygen sensor light stays on. The previous owner said he went on the net and found out that you can go under the dash and turn off the light. If it stays on, then I need to take it in for servicing. Does anyone know where this function is and if so, would you let me know? Thank you.

cesar (atorseker@xxxxxxx.xxx) - Tue, 4 Mar 2003
podria usted mandarme una galeria de fotos?, de el carro modelo cabriolet de la vw se lo agradesco........

Michael Miller (forthemillers@xxx.xxx) - Sat, 1 Mar 2003
Great site. I just bought my wife a 1987 Cabriolet (147,000 miles with perfect interior/exterior), for $1300 and had to put in about $500 in repairs. It shakes a little when idling at a light and I just had all mounts replaced. Any suggestions.

Ryan Savage (stupidflysk8er@xxxxx.xxx) - Wed, 19 Feb 2003
I have an 86 Cabriolet and it needs a new water pump but i cant seem to find it on the car. it is a Karmann edition and someone told me that the water pump was external. I have only had it for a week now.

Ted Weiby (taweiby-at-hutchtel.net) - Mon, 20 Jan 2003
Cabriolet, what can I say, my wife loves it. But as anyone knows, any car that a woman drives, is prone to problems that only happen when they are driving it. Overheating was a problem that seems to happen due to several issues, mostly due to leaks and poor performance of the radiator. Then the problem of stalling while driving on the highway or in lots of traffic. It was because the fuel system recirculates the fuel back to fuel tank, the fuel warms up, and the fuel tank transfer pump fails. You know, the pump inside the tank, accessible from underneath the rear seat. This '87 needs to be repainted, install a new top, and get a stronger, younger engine.

david (postdavid@xxxxxxxxx.xxx) - Thu, 9 Jan 2003
This site is a godsend. Nice. I have an 87 cabby and it's been quite good to me (and me to it). Recently it began to lurch and then stall. I'd start it up and it'd lurch and stall again. Some kind of fuel system problem, I assumed. Well, the garage who has the car in hand says it's a fuel injection problem, that I need a whole new fuel injection system. My question, does the 87 cabrio have fuel injection? What's the difference between the fuel injection system and the fuel pump? The garage is quoting me a price of $600-$800 just for the part. Can anyone give me a heads up here? Should I have this repair? Help!

Mimi Mercado (jaydinsdhestiny@xxxxx.xxx) - Mon, 23 Dec 2002
Hey Fellow VW Cabriolet Lovers! I have been in absolute love with Cabrio's sice I was 11 and I saw it in the movie License to Drive with Corey Haim. When they drove off together at the end of the movie I knew that was the car for me. I had tried to fall for other cars and never could. I just purchased a 1989 triple white(leather) Cabriolet for $300.00!!! They had it in my local paper for $2000.00. The owner could not get it started. My brother rescued me! He cleaned off the battery terminals and walla it turned on. Il leaks when it rains like crazy. It gets very hot (almost overheats) when I'm at a complete stop. The oil light comes on and off (blinks) all the time. I refuse to sell it! (no way!!!) Any suggestions? Please help keep my car. P.S. The owner trashed the seats. I actually have Jetta front seats on right now. Any suggestions????? Sincerely, Mimi VW Lover in Windham Connecticut!!!!!

Kimber (klawrence@xxxxxxx.xxx) - Tue, 10 Dec 2002
In 85 I bought my first car. A white 77 rabbit (fuel injected). Saved all Summer for it and drove it till I fried the engine, approx 4 years. Always wanted a Cabrio though, always in the back of my mind. So I finally did it. I found one for sale at a gas station in April. Couldn't resist and without telling my husband I bought it. Paid $1900 for it and it is in great shape. Triple White 87. Such a chick car! I have done some work to it but I would expect that for 177k miles. My kids especially love it. They always ask me to "Take the lid off". Perfect car for driving along the coast of California. Oh, my husband loves it too!

Dave Eickman (Eickmand@xxxxx.xxx) - Sun, 8 Dec 2002
Hi, I have an "87 cabriolet, red with white top. Have had it since july '99, paid $2400 for it which was probably too much but it was the colors i wanted and the body had no rust. I have put in arround $4000 and put on 24,000 miles. Right now the car does not idle when it is cold and I must let it warm up 5 minutes before driving, not sure what the problem is. Any ideas? here's a few more things i'v found: There was a recall for a cracked gass tank, which i didn't know about, and i replaced my tank last year, the dealer didn't say a word about the recall, but i 'm going to find out why they didn't and ask for a refund .... Had a new fuel pump put in at the same time as the tank, and the pump makes more noise than the engine at times, the dealer saays this is normal, but i doubt it. Anyone have the same problem? Please let me know. I have been restoring the car gradually, and use it as an every day driver. People stop me all the time to comment on the car, it's unreal how many people do! I'm 49 and own 3 other cars and no one ever does that about any of the others. Love your web site, thanks for having it! Dave eickman Cincinnati Oh

Vidar (vidar@xxxxxxx.xx.xx) - Fri, 22 Nov 2002
Great site! Bought my California (i.e. no rust) '87 cabriolet w/114K miles on it from a friend a couple of months ago. He'd had mechanics do a fair amount of work over the last few thousand miles, ranging from new shocks and pinion to new water pump, timing belt, radiator fan, etc. The top was completely rotten, so that was the only major thing to be done (initially). And for those of you who have asked about doing it yourselves, I did, and it took me a Saturday to get it in place, plus a couple of more hours to do the rear window. The good news is that Cabrioworld (www.cabrioworld.com) sells them for $140 + $13 shipping (the outer layer only - the "padding" and the inner lining are extra if you need them), and that you don't need any special tools. I'd say anyone with a little common sense and skill can do it. The top comes with rough instructions, and it's fairly intuitive. The hard part (for me) was to get the rear tension cable into place - be patient. You will probably need new side tension cables, too. Can be bought at the same place, but you can also make them yourself for much less. Also, be aware that the rear window frame is hard and can be brittle, so when you staple the top to it, make sure you have a good staple gun and staples (thinner than usual, if you can find them). The alternator went, and had to be replaced. Recently, the AC compressor started squealing, most likely the pulley/clutch bearings are kaput. I'm currently looking for a reasonable solution - replacing the clutch costs $160-190 plus labor, and I'm not too keen since the AC doesn't work, anyway. Any ideas would be welcome. Otherwise, the car has been good. The automatic gearbox is a little quirky sometimes, and the cooling system has become temperamental (no pun intended). Also don't seem to get much over 20 miles/gallon. Good luck!

Robert Fuentes (arob281@xxxxxxx.xxx) - Fri, 18 Oct 2002
Hello, i donīt speak english as you because Iīm a latin person, but while I was reading your text I tought that, I would like to get a cabriolet because is a very nice car obviously in good terms, so i would like to get contact whith somebody to help me to get one, could you? my mail is arob281@hotmail.com and I live in Mexico

bill (acme85@xxxxx.xxx) - Thu, 3 Oct 2002
i need to know what the fuse numbers are because the guy i bought it from didnt have it so i dont know what to hook up my amp and everything up to

franco jan (francoy209@xxxxx.xxx) - Wed, 25 Sep 2002
hello. i just "exchange" my 95 mazda 626 with 125k miles to a 92 cabriolet with 99k miles.hehe... what a great deal to make my high school dream come true.... it is a karmman edition. i love it!! but, the only thing is the power steering pump is making noise. where can i buy one with good price?? used or new?? please tell me what to do?? thanks. i live in Florida..so, you can image how happy i am...hahahah..

Rick & Sharon (painters51@xxx.com) - September 10, 2002
David-
My husband & I inherited our 87 cabby. It was our daughters car. We are both in our 50's & have should I say my husband has spent many hours fixing this sweetie to perfection. We have spent a lot of time trying to get this car running to his liking. We have finally gotten there !!! yeah !!!! I am writing this because he has not read this site yet. I know he will be very familiar with all the woes each person has has to contend with with this car. We love this car & our pug loves it too. It's part her car too!!!! I am driving it to & from work each day & really love the way it runs. Good luck to you & your 87 cabby. Hang in there- the wait is worth it. sharon

Doug Harper (doug.linda@xxx.com) - September 4, 2002
I own a 85 Cabriolet and I love the thing!!! drive it everyday!! just too hot in Louisiana to let the top down right now!!

Lisa (asbullard@xxxxxxxxx.net) - August 30, 2002
I got my first Cabriolet in Hawaii, a 1985 for $1200.00. It was an awesome little island hopper. I did have the major problem of the fuel pump going out. It started stalling and then finally just wouldn't crank. My husband got another fuel pump and put it on, but still no luck at getting it to crank. He (not a mechanic) and my neighbor (Supposedly a mechanic) worked on this VW for over a month, finally to put a new engine in it....and guess what, it still didn't run. Just to shut up my moaning and groaning, my husband FINALLY got a REAL mechanic to come and look at it. Guess what it was....the fuel pump. These little babies have to have the Bosch fuel pump. They are almost 300.00. They will not run with a cheapy (one that cost about a 100.00). So if you do have problems with it stalling and you decide that it is the fuel pump do your self a favor and just go and get the Bosch. They pump about 75psi where as the other ones only pump 40 psi. I learned this the hard and expensive way...
Other than the parts being expensive for these little cars, they are great. I loved my and we are in the hot pursuit of another. I am looking for a 1993 Carbriolet as this is the last year that they were made. They are great on gas mileage, something my Suburban is not.
Take care and happy driving, Vrum-Vrum.

Petris (neibs@xxxxxxxxx.net) - August 28, 2002
I just got a VERY functional 1987 Cab for free, from a friend:he thought he blew the tranny and gave it to me , ha , it was a broken axle. His loss my gain I guess. Anyway , love your little site!! I was woundering is it easy to change the top?? I was going to order one also for my car. I saw you got one and was very interested!!!Let me know please , thanks . I can send you pics of my project car if you do that sort of thing! The VW Cab club LOL.
Pete

Angie (vwanjie@xxx.com) - August 28, 2002
HELP!!
I have a 89 VW Cabriolet.. I have always LOVED IT until recently.
The cruise DOES NOT work
The odometer stopped working some time ago and NOW....
I have been filling the (whatever you call it-reservoir) up with water that goes to the radiator/engine...
EVERY DAY......I could not find a leak until today...
The large hose located at the bottom base of the reservoir that runs directly to the engine (at the head) is leaking, actually pouring water out. I am hoping and praying that it is not the head head/gasket....however, it is leaking around the bolts. Its not the hose but I don't know if a regular auto parts sells the parts.
Its Wed. evening and I have to go to work tomorrow...LOOKS LIKE I WILL BE CATCHING A RIDE, HUH?

Vicki (vicki_renk@xxxxxxx.com) - August 28, 2002
Hi there. Love your site! I just purchased a 1886 cabrio the other day. So far I am really pleased with it. I bought it for 4000.00 canadaian. It is in great shape inside and out. I have a question though. I have problems shifting into first. I was wondering if anyone else was having this problem.

Neal Watts (watts_n@xxxxxxx.com) - August 26, 2002
Hello fellow Cabrio lovers. I own an 89 Cabriolet. I bought it three years ago and have loved it ever since. However, as you all know, I have seen it though good times and bad (usually expensive). Every quirk, every problem ever imagined (sometimes it seems my car makes ones up) seems to have happened over time, and, luckily for me I have always found the time and $$ to fix it. I love vw's. My cabrio has had a great three years, and if its not raining the top is down! If any of you are experiencing some of the cabrios quirks/probs, please feel free to email me at watts_n@hotmail.com I'll do my best to help you out as I feel like I have seen/heard it all. My cabrio is worth every penny especially after our roadtrip together last summer. I travelled from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (home) to Lajitas, Texas (where I worked for summer) with a few visits into Mexico, before taking the longway home through to Austin, Texas, back west to New Mexico through to Arizona to Reno, Nevada where I stayed for a few days. Then west to the coast in N. California, through Oregon, a short stay in Washington State, continuing onto Vancouver, BC, and all through the rockies to Alberta and east all the way back to Ottawa, Ontario. Oh and the only things I did all summer was fill with gas,change the oil 3x, and rotated the tires once! No problems! The best roadtrip ever!

Sabrina & Marissa (theblindsource@xxx.com) - August 25, 2002
Your website is very informational and funny, and we greatly appreciate it. We just had to get a new top for ours and are having a difficult time getting the original window out. Did you have to remove yours and cut a new hole in the new top? If so, HOW did you do this? We are having a very difficult time...any info. would be great.

Nigel Mitchell (mmitchell53@xxxxxxx.com) - August 18, 2002
My wife and I are the proud owners of a 1987 Cabriolet, her summer fun car and a hobby for me. I am searching for parts, in particular a driver's seat cushion/backrest covers and/or passenger seat (white)and/or whole car for parts. Ours is red with a white top and white interior...black carpet. Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated. FYI we live in Ontario, Canada.

Lenny & Sarah (Sarah.Paddleford@xxx.net) - August 8, 2002
We just bought our first VW Cabriolet ('89) July 26, 2002. Its funny how everyone simply falls in love with these cars. Looks like everyone has had their fair share of problems, but it doesn't affect their passion. Within 100 miles the cradle in the front, left brake assembly broke...freak occurence, but wow was that heart attack fodder. Luckily, we bought the car from a family friend/mechanic so he replaced the entire brake assembly. Interestingly, after we go the car back it seemed not to idle as hard, but now it tends to stall sometimes when we start it.
We also have the odometer problem...sometimes. No worries though my buddy has an '87 Jetta that does the same thing and it has >300K recorded miles.
If anyone has any experience with messing with the stereo/speakers please e-mail us at the addy above or at electronicmantra@yahoo.com. I think its actually a sin in the bible to have a red convertibl;e with a crappy stereo....I think someone got turned into salt for that, maybe a toad....anyways i love the site and will be afrequent visitor.... Fahrfenugen!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Joe (joebschmidt@xxxxx.com) - August 1, 2002
Cool site
I'm looking to purchase an older cabbie that needs an engine. My 92 jetta turbo diesel (365,000 flawless kms) got rear-ended, so I'm gonna put the engine and whatever else into a cabriolet (hopefully)!
Volkswagen forever!
Joe

Demetrios (betas@xxxx.net) - July 21, 2002
I am looking at buying a '91 Cabriolet w/ 130K. I currently own a B5 Passat and a 911--I am buying this car for my wife, as a fun secondary car. Nevertheless, is this a good car to buy or is it problematic? Are there certain things I should look at besides the normal used car inspection. I am aware that every car model has its own quirks. Any advice will be appreciated! Thanks!

Barry (rabbit82@msn.com) - July 21, 2002
Your gonna love this. I bought my Cabbie here local and drove it home for a grand. However it wouldn't start very well or run very well. It had been sitting and the fuel injection was junked up. My solution (and your gonna love this) was to go to the local junkyard lift the hood on a 1979 Plymouth Horizon and yank the intake and carb. You see the early horizons had vw engines in them. So I got my parts for $40.00. After a little grinding on the intake it was bolted to the block. Then I replaced the fuel regulator with a manual fuel pump. I turned it over and it started right up. I tweaked the air screw a little and drove it about 20,000 miles. The only thing I had to do was change the oil. The junk yard carb died and I went to advanced and bought a rebuilt one for a couple of hundred. It took about 30 min. to change out and I was off again. My car might die tomorrow, but I gotta tell ya it's been a great setup. If it dies I'll just put a new engine in and go again! . I get about 32mi/gal. Good luck with yours. If you do try to convert be sure that you don't get a lean burn carb. These have sensors and wires comming out of the top of the carb. I don't think they will work.

Jose (neptuno_cr@xxxxx.com) - July 20, 2002
Hola. Ocupo q me indiquen un lugar en internet donde pueda comprar el Convertible Top de mi Cabriolet 87. Ocupo un buen precio y buena calidad, Gracias y sigan con los caabrios!!

Shayna (Shay5909@xxx.com) - July 15, 2002
I was talking to my mother while on the computer and she mentioned the triple white 87 Cabriolet that we have so I looked it up and got your web page. I was so excited to see that someone else has the same problems I have with the car. I got my car for $1,500. It ran quite well when we bought it but found out later there were many problems. Being 19 and having a car that didn't run wasn't a good thing. How can you have the patience to work on this car!? I also now have another convertable but nothing is like my little VW. I am now a VW lover! Now if only I could get rid of my Mustang!
Great site and I hope to see more!
Shayna
Columbia, SC

Lindsay (UNHLindsay@yahoo.com) - June 24, 2002
I just bought a 1989 cabriolet. i absolutely love it. its been having a strange idle problem. right after a drive it can stay idle smoothly. like if i'm at a stoplight or something but if i'm sitting in traffic for a while it starts to idle rougher and rougher and runs a little hot. then the oil light flashes on and off. it stops again after i drive for a while. its just been tuned up and we've tried to adjust it a few times and it keeps happening. has this happened to anyone? HELP
~Lindsay

Steve May (Bmayii@xxxxxxx.com) - June 11, 2002
The stalling thing.... Everyone know what I am talking about. Check the adjustment screw on the back side of the intake for a good seal. Better idea, just replace the adjustment screw and o-ring at the same time. Save time, money and make your cabriolet happy.

Steve May (Bmayii@xxxxxxx.com) - June 11, 2002
To tell you the truth, I am tired of my car every day of the year that I don't get to drive it. If you weren't spending your money on a car you would be spending it on another car that isn't that much fun. When I bought my Cabriolet, I thought I was crazy along with my entire family. I didn't care for it was second car. It could have been a Geo Metro, Yugo or even a Ford Pinto I didn't really care but when I came across the Cabriolet I fell in love. It has everything I would wanted in a woman but I found in a car, willing to go anywhere I wanted and always Topless. I couldn't have picked a better car for the the time and or money invested. I have invested a crazy amount in my car: Stayfast top, timing belt, water pump, radiator, springs, struts, rims, all new seats, headliner, rear window frame, new bushings all under the car, clutch, I would have a shorter list of things if I was to list the things that I hadn't done to this point. But I wouldn't trade it........

Al (upstownal@xxx.com) - June 4, 2002
If I told you how I got my Cabriolet you'd think I was nuts. However, I've already taken it to Canada (1100 miles) and use it to commute to work 100 miles. I have fixed all the annoying little dash and console lights (you can get the small bulbs that fit at VW) and changed the big single exhaust flange gasket. I'm planning to install a 4 into 2 later style exhaust manifold for more power and am ordering a new top soon.Just to let you know I bought it from a junkyard and could sell it for 3-4 times what I paid. Happy Motoring.

Todd (shabadus@xxxxxxx.com) - May 15, 2002
I know car repair can be a real headache but if you want a fun car you can learn alot about a cabriolet is one of them. If you have mechanical apptitude, a bently manual and a vw mechanic that is not afraid to give a few tips and tricks then you are set. I did my own water pump and timing belt in 2 days after work and it wasn't that bad just have a little patience. the a/c compressor is a bear to get out but once you figure it out you will be baffled w easy you did it, and think of all the money you have saved. my repair cost me about 60.00 for both parts. The cabriolet is a fun car to drive, I put on a larger audi throttle body and it whip on some hondas now. I hope this helps and remember always follow your manual's reccomended safety procedures i cannot stress this enuogh!!!! Have fun I do with the top down................todd

Linda (lsmith2812@neo.rr.com) - May 14, 2002
HI! I have owned my cabbie fo 2 yrs and am still in love with it. I have replaced the top which i got from local parts yard for 200 dollars it took my boyfriend about 7 hrs. The oringinal top was white but i replaced it with a dark blue one. I have had some problems with it but like rebuilding the clutch and putting new top on, oh and just a couple of months ago i was on the road and the hood flew up on me because the latch completly rusted off but i got that fixed too. And i still love that darn car. I am thinking about getting a new. Ive been checking out ebay alot lately. I think the cabriolet will be the only car for me for quite some time.........see you later.

R.D. Bradford (rdbmjb@xxxx.net) - May 7, 2002
Great web site for the cabrio. I also have a air cool vw super. Good to read all the feed back about watercooled my is a 86 being restored back to orginal condition car was in the movies film,here in e here in portland Or. Good luck to all you vw peopleE mail is rdbmjb@wans.net

Shonda (thejohnsons@xxxxxxx.net) - April 28, 2002
I have an 87 cabriolet. It is in excellent condition both interior and exterior. The problem is the noise of the convertible top. when I travel on the interstate, the noise of the air rushing over the top is VERY loud. You have to shout to be heard over it. Is this normal?? is there anyway to fix this without getting a new top? Other than the noise, the top looks great. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

Amy (Oatiecyotie@xxx.com) - April 28, 2002
I have a 1988 VW Cabriolet that I LOVE!! I only drive it in the summer here in Michigan and it is stored winters. It is black with a white top and white interior that is still white. It has 104000 summer miles on it and it is a 5 speed. I had to have the motor mount bolts replaced but that is the only major thing that has gone wrong. It still has the origianal clutch and the brakes have only been replaced once. This has been a great summer car for me. My kids call it my chick car. Even the carpeting is in tip top condition. I will probably replace the top either this year or next becuase it has a small tear on the side from putting it up and down for years. VW's have always been great cars for me.

Steve (jkc6951@aol.com) - April 26, 2002
i have 2 cabriolets,one 1988,the other is 1992 for parts.im looking to get rid of some parts if somebody needs something,email me,and ill let you know what i have,also ill be selling the 1988 in about 2 to 3 months,it has 122,000 miles ,runs excellent.it has the 92 rims on it ,white with white leather(no rips),5 speed,with a very nice paint job. somebody let me know what it will be worth?i have the 88 white rims for sale(over all good condition)

Janette (nailsbyjanette@msn.com) - April 22, 2002
David,
I just bought a 87 cabby last week. I feel like I got a steal at $2200. The car is in perfect shape cosmetically with only a window crank that needs to be replaced, I have a bid in an ebay for $3, and a 1/8" tear in the seam of the top. Does anyone have a suggestion on a cheap fix? I have enjoyed reading your ongoing fixup of your car, good luck on the rest. My first love was for the beetle, but I couldn't afford one in as good as shape as I wanted. So this car came along and I thought I would "settle" for it. But since driving it I am totally in love!!!Also does anyone know of any cabby car clubs, if not maybe we could start one, I live in IN. I would love to get together with other cabby owners!! Sorry for rambling on, but I just love my new car and all my friends and family are getting sick of hearing about it I think!
C-ya, Janette

Bekah (Bekahie@juno.com) - April 16, 2002
I have 97 VW Cabrio, and we just experienced a wind and rain storm, and when driving my car this morning I found that my windshield wipers would not shut off when in the off position. I am not really a car person and not sure where to start with this. If anyone can help me with any tips it would be appreciated.
Thanks

kja66 (kja66@hotmail.com) - April 14, 2002
I bought an 1988 white cabriolet for $776.00 cash ttl total. that was dec-2001 now april 14 2002 I have put new brake rotors and pads, power steering rack. fuel injector and line, front strut and mount, pair of tires, distributor cap and rotor. both inner tie rod ends and a fan relay. car starts and runs like a champ now after driving it fro about 1000 miles it suddenly overheats but only when shut off does it boil over out the resivior cap. runs cool by the temp gauge right in the middle all day long in traffic fan kicks on everything but when you shut the key off its like mount saint helens boiling out the radiator cap resivior. so tell me which way does the fan go?? its supposed to pull air through not push air in tward the front of car. right??? anyway the car is a blast to drive just be carefull of speedshifting and yes its a dog and also note that I drive a 1998 chevy 1500 x-cab pickup truck and a 1996 nissan sentra both insured with the minimum insuran! ce for $478 a year. the VW cabriolet just to insure that doubled the insurance to $856 a year for just that one car and I NEVER had even one claim against my ins co who I have been with for 10 + years...

Bob (bobzoppi@xxxxx.com) - April 10, 2002
Hi,

I bought a 1987 Cabriolet for my daughter about a year ago. I just recently had some hoses go. I could not believe the price for a hose $62.00. Anyway, I have to get it smogged tommorrow. I am worried that it won't pass and will be declared a "Gross Poluter". Did you have any problems with Smogging??? Also, do you know where I can get a new soft top cheap??
Bob

Gustavo Quiroz (gusyco@xxxxx.com) - April 9, 2002
hola.tengo un cabriolet 1988,el cual estoy restaurando, y quisiera saber de un lugar donde pueda encontrar la capota original. ya que vivo en PUERTO VALLARTA.jalisco MEXICO. Y aqui no hay nada de estos autos , me gustaria saber si tienen una direccion o un telefono de quien se dedique a este caso . gracias por su atencion.

Tracy (twalter@xxxxxxxxxx.com) - April 5, 2002
I have a 1987 White Cabriolet with approx. 149000 miles on it. Runs great but I have put about $ 700 Canadian on it a year for the past couple of years - maintenance replacements by choice not due to breakdowns. I love the car!!! Was going to sell it when my daughter was born 3 years ago but... never got around to it. Now we both cruise with the top down. I drive it in the winter as well (in Canadian winters!) Very reliable buggy.

Alberto Soto (goldeneye_64@xxxxxxx.com) - April 5, 2002
Hello David and all you owners of Cabriolets. About 2 1/2 years ago I bought my dream car...a VW Cabriolet convertible. It's an 82...pretty old. The car was going to be for the owner's daughter. Since the daughter didn't want it because it was standard, the owner sold it to me for $300 dollars. I have to admit it, that car needed work! It had a major oil leak, needed a new interior and a new top. It also had minor electrical problems. Well, since being the son of a VW mechanic, my father and I fixed it. Now, the car runs like a dream! It's so quiet, I can actually compare it to a Caddy! (interior noise level) The car has been repainted and the top fixed (all white, of course). I still need to fix the interior but with a tight budget, things will be done a little slowly but surely. I have pictures of it that way y'all could see it before and after. The only problem that I have with it is that someone at my girlfriend's house hit my car on it's passenger! side. Now, my beautiful car has a huge dent! Well, if anybody needs tips on fixing up their VW's, email me at goldeneye_64@hotmail.com and I'll be glad to give you some pointers. Bye!
P.S. nice website, David.

Kristina (CrzycoolDread@xxx.com) - April 1, 2002
I bought my first 90 VW Cabrio Today. It has a manual transmission and I have just learned how to drive it.I've nick named her ladybug and yes it's a girl. she's very sassy too!Red with a white top, but I have noticed shes has been giving me trouble shifting into 1st gear, anyone have any idea why?

Now I know why they are soo hard to find!

I intend to stay topless.

Christy (hooaharmygirl@xxxxxxx.com) - March 27, 2002
help! i have an 85 vw cabriolet, and i would like to change the rims and upgrade them. does anyone know the best website to get these, and what size i need? thanks! oh, and this page totally rocks!

Charlie (kayoteq@xxx.net) - March 24, 2002
Nice to see any kind of community site for verts..

My story: A 1986 Cabrio with no wires, hoses.. the result of 2 years of parked near squirrels. Some $10 worth of wiring harness from the yard, more wires and hoses, and avoiding a $60 hose from the vw dealership with a new $7 aftermarket fuel line, it worked, and has since.. 330K or so, I use the OXY light as a odometer, dang gear still won't work.

My advice to others with woes of broken stuff; about every 15-20-30 thousand miles, something wears out. How many of those things actually got fixed before you got the car adds to the mystery..

The ideal, of course, is to replace everything you can get hold of and unbolt, at least once so you know the age of the parts. Reality, though.. most every one of us runs the things till they make enough noise to take notice of the problem at hand.. The non-mechanic, well, find a reasonable vw mechanic who respects that the car's a VW, not just a convertible and hopefully all will go well. cost wise..

Tops- well, its one of those things you either commit to it or get wet. Challenging, to go forth and spend nearly half the cost of a car just for the top replacement.. but necessary.

Tip:

There's a support bar, about over the rear of the back windows, that has staples that will vibrate loose and stick up into the fabric... move the top back halfway down so you can get to that area.. hammer down the staples and/or apply duct tape over the offensive staples..

This is preventive of having to put duct tape over the holes they create in the top..

This will prevent the second largest cause of wear (or in this case, tear) on the top.. (Folding the top is #1, but whaddaya do about that)

Overall, I plan to keep the thing till the motor goes, then get another motor. Ditto for the other thousand-odd parts that make up the things, but I prefer these clusters to about anything else made in the 80's..

Sure, I look lustfully at New Beetles, but for all the keen new mechanical parts that probably would fit in this thing. :)

Claus Christoffersen (claus.c@adslhome.dk) - March 13, 2002
Hey David...
Itīs a good site you have. Itīs allways interesting reading about other "Cabīs". Iīm the owner of a 83' Cabrio GLI, a very fine car with no rust, but here in Denmark they are very expensive, they cost about 5000,- USD for a 83' model. This summer is the first i'm driving my Cab... I'm looking forward to it... Best regards from Denmark, Claus Christoffersen

Mirna (mirna.griffith@ramstein.af.mil) - March 12, 2002
I'm finally an owner of an 87 Tornado red cabby. I too, will write along the way of the restoration process. I'm going to redo the interior, new top, paint job,stereo etc. i just had the strut and shocks changed and the mechanic was surprised to see the orignal oil-filled shocks!! I'm currently living in Germany so hopefully I can really fix up the ride before returning to the states. My top will be replaced by an auto upholsterer who recommends canvas because it doesn 't shrink. The old top is vinyl and I have to put plastic on the seats when it rains. Luckily I have a garage. Maybe one day you we all read bout my journey. This website is full of info and I enjoy reading your progress.
mirna

Mike (mdwyer@xxxx.ca) - March 11, 2002
I have to admit I have a love hate relationship with my Cabrio (1987) came direct from Germany, and now resides in Victoria BC Canada. I have 215,000 km on it and it is a beautiful car. I love the damned thing :) I also own a 1987 Jetta Turbo Deisel, that I will never part with. 200,000 Km and not a hiccup :) and 58 miles to the gallon

Krys (krysha1010@hotmail.com) - March 5, 2002
Hi! I own a 1997 cabrio, which I love. However, I've been experiencing a problem with water collecting on the floor board of the back seat. A lot of water, sometimes an inch. This only happens when it rains. I've checked the air conditioning lines and also took the car to a shop. They've tld me I probably need to change out all of the seals around the doors and windows. However, I never see water coming in that way. It seems to be coming in from under the carpet. Has anyone experienced this problem? Can anyone give me advice? Thanks

Gregory Sanders (gsanders@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx.com) - March 4, 2002
I've owned three Cabriolets a 85 and two 87's. These cars are cute and fun to drive. Over the years I've spent tons of money keeping these cars on the road and in excellent condition. Finding a good mechanic is the key to your Cabriolets ownership. I traded my last 87 Cabriolet in for a new 2000 Beetle and that car was nothing but trouble. I wish I still had my Cabriolet. Greg

Zora (Zora4ever82@xxx.com) - February 27, 2002
Hey,
I was looking to purchase a 1989 cabriolet conv. do they usually have this much trouble. Im sorry about your mechanic history. That sucks!Does it run like a champ now. Do you think it has a hard time running because you are in cold weather? Or it just came with problems. Well write back. I'm interested....

Naomi (schussn@xxx.com) - February 16, 2002
My '91 VW Cab has been sick since 11/2001. The symtom occurs frequently and resembles bad gasoline. All fuel filters, pumps, etc. have been cleaned and examined. The mechanic (German auto specialist) cannot isolate the cause. The engine does not die, just falters and occasionally bucks as if one had let the clutch out too fast. Has anyone else had this problem and if you able to find a fix, what was it? My car runs perfectly except for this. Have had problems in the past with the radiator and the temp sensor. Could there be any connection?

Jess (usmc1972@xxxxxxx.com) - February 6, 2002
I have a cabriolet 1986 and have had nothing but trouble with it.Now the clutch seems to have gone out of it.Does anyone have a diagram of the engine they could send me ,i seem to have lost the clutch resivoir.The clutch just dosnt go out and the pedal still has taughtness.

J.C. (sacrafice@xxxxxxx.com) - February 5, 2002
Okay, Ive been thinking about getting my 1st VW, a cabriolet between 89/92. But the more i read up on them the more they seem to be very unstable cars... Can anybody let me know what im getting into! before i dish out 7Gz on something i'll get to hate!

Thanks for your help.
J.C.

Luis Gustavo Solorzano (Luisgustavo_gs@xxxxx.com) - January 31, 2002
quiero entrar al circulo de los cabriolets...

Nikki Valley (ValleyGirlfiveOh2002@xxxxx.com) - January 29, 2002
Hey! I also own an '87 Cabriolet. It is kinda funny how I acquired the car. My boyfriend at the time, and I were driving in my old Plymouth Colt (ghetto), when some girl my age pulled right out in front of me. Due to the speed I was going, she totaled my car. No worries though... I was happy to get a new car. My boyfriend was working the drive up window at our local Taco Time in Gig Harbor, when an older lady pulled up in her cabriolet with a for sale sign on the back. He knew that I loved VW's, and got her number for me. My settlement was enough to buy a newer car, but I called her and asked about it anyway. I met her husband the following weekend, and bought the Cabriolet. I fell in love with it right then and there! Of course, there are many problems with it. If it's not one thing, it's another! That just comes with any VW (or so I've heard). Unfortunately, I live in WA state, and can only drive with the top down three months out of the year. I don't mind though. I enjoyed this website very much! It is nice to know that there are others that care so much about their Cabriolet's. Thanks

Sam (VolkswCbrlt@xxx.com) - January 26, 2002
First thing i want to say is i love this page you created its been alot of help. I just purcheased a 1988 VW Cabby for $800.00 the car is mech. sound but does of course need a new top. one thing id like to ask is did you replace your top yourself or have it done and if you did it was it difficult, and does anyone else have problems with there headlights switch. Once Again awesome web page look forward to checking it out more often THANKS

Courtney (courtneysmith30@xxxxxxx.com) - January 13, 2002
I've had a 1988 triple white Cabriolet for about 6 months now. I really like this car and it has not broken down on me yet. Bought in Savannah, Ga & drove it back to Charleston, Sc. Changed to 16" Ronal wheels, new tires and Techtonics exaust. Blaupunkt,Polk and Soundstream. More to come. Nice site to get ideas!

Robert Guirand (guirrob@xxxxxxx.com) - January 11, 2002
I have a 92 VW cabriolet. Two weeks ago I replaced the timing belt following instruction from a Chilton book. I aligned the camshaft mark with the engine as instructed and the distributor rotor with the mark on the body. Somehow, where they say to lign up the mark on the pulley with the dot on the sprocket it just does not jive. The car starts with no problem and flies on a flat road but when I am going uphill I floor the pedal and the car feels like it is not going anywhere. Any idea?
Thanks,
Robert

Tom Redding (tomyouth@xxx.com) - January 10, 2002
Hey everybody, I own an 87 cabby, red w/white top. What an awesome car. 113000 miles and it runs like a charm. Guts, style and power. I live in colorado at about 7500 feet. our road is dirt and steep. in the winter this little car digs in and climbs the road through upto a foot of snow. I've just recently began to have some small electrical probs. Heater fan swithch, headlight switch, turn signal fuse. Just small stuff. I sure would like to find a mowners manuel for my sweet 87. Anybody got one layen around. Is there a cabby rally in AZ, NM, CO, or UT, that anyone knows about. Later, tom

Kevin Wilson (kevin_wilson@xxxxxx.on.ca) - January 9, 2002
I've finally got some pictures scanned for my 1984 Cabriolet that is for sale. If you're interested, please e-mail me and I'll send them to you.

Thanks,
Kevin
SOLD

Vivi (Cherrylove27@xxx.com) - January 7, 2002
I am currently trying to buy a new 2002 Volkswagen Cabrio, but as i was browsing throught the internet i found this site and it totaly freaked me out. Now I don't know what to do because I'm wondering if a new model will give me those horrific problems?

Chris (carric@xxxxxxx.net) - January 5, 2002
Sounds like you could help me with my problem. I have a 1987 Cabriolet that will not start after a long drive. I can drive short distances and it seems fine. If I drive to work about 45 miles I shut the car off and try to start it and nothing. After it sits awhile it starts with no problem. Any suggestions??

Great web site :)

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