4th Generation (1999—2002) Cabrio Problems

This generations ranks 18th out of 45 Volkswagen generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (40%), exterior (13%), and the interior (13%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Power Windows Fail 1 complaints at an average of 90,000 miles in the 2001 Volkswagen Cabrio.
  2. Rough Idle and Acceleration 1 complaints at an average of 36,000 miles in the 2000 Volkswagen Cabrio.
  3. If It Can Break, It Will Break 1 complaints at an average of 40,000 miles in the 1999 Volkswagen Cabrio.

What Cabrio Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Volkswagen model years.

Watch out for the 2001 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2002 1 0 54 0.22
2001 10 1 50 3.22
2000 1 1 49 0.57
1999 3 0 29 0.68

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