2nd Generation (1989—1991) Cabriolet Problems

This generations ranks 6th out of 45 Volkswagen generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (100%), We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Engine Cuts Off After a Few Minutes 1 complaints at an average of 102,879 miles in the 1991 Volkswagen Cabriolet.
  2. Oil Warning Light Blink Engine Cut Off After 7 Min Driving 1 complaints at an average of 164,283 miles in the 1989 Volkswagen Cabriolet.

What Cabriolet 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 1991 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
1991 1 0 0 0.28
1990 0 4 2 0.0
1989 1 2 1 0.25

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