Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP), also known as "sticker" price, is a recommended selling price that automakers give a new car that is above the invoice price paid by the dealer. It is a price that does not include any options that can be added to a particular car style. When shown as a range, the prices are starting MSRPs, without options, for multiple styles for that model.
This price range reflects the Kelley Blue Book Suggested Retail value for all trim levels, but not necessarily all available options.
The Kelley Blue Book Suggested Retail value represents the amount an auto dealer might ask for a specific vehicle; the actual sale price will vary. A vehicle's popularity, condition, warranty, color and local market conditions are factors involved in determining a final price. The retail value is not a trade-in or private party value.
The Suggested Retail value assumes that the vehicle has been fully reconditioned and has a clean title history. The Suggested Retail value also allows for advertising, sales commissions, insurance and other costs of doing business as a dealer. Most vehicles offered at this price have passed an inspection, and some may carry a warranty. Vehicle mileage is assumed to be normal or below normal.
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By Jim Mateja
October 8, 1989
The VW Cabriolet is cute, but after cute what have you got? The 5-speed manual requires that you lean over or bend down or contortyourself to shift. The seat is one of those fancy designs that does away with conventionalforward-backward
controls. Instead, the driver performs an acrobatic routinein which shifting his weight fore or aft raises or lowers the seat to try tosave him from embedding his thighs in the steering wheel. The softtop, which doesn`t fold all the way down, is
what attracts youth. The look resembles an unmade bed. The car has two redeeming features: The 1.8-liter, fuel-injected, 4-cylinder engine is very lively once up to cruising speed, and StephanieZimbalist drove one in the detective series
``Remington Steele.`` Base price: $15,990. The car will be redone in about two years. Wesuggest you wait.