• (4.2) 8 reviews
  • MSRP: $1,045–$5,901
  • Body Style: Convertible
  • Engine: 115-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 4-speed automatic w/OD
  • Seats: 4
2001 Volkswagen Cabrio

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Vehicle Overview
Volkswagen’s convertible comes in three models instead of two this year, with a new GLX moving in as the top-of-the-line version. The GLX has a power cloth top and leather seats — features not available on its lower-priced siblings.

The base GL model now has a manual vinyl folding top instead of a cloth cover, as well as manual windows and mirrors. Automatic transmission is its only major option. The midlevel GLS comes with a manual cloth top, power windows and mirrors, and heated seats.

The front-drive Cabrio is based on the previous-generation Golf and Jetta and not on the current models.

The Cabrio has a more rigid structure than some convertibles, thanks in part to a fixed roll bar over the interior that helps stiffen the body. With an overall length of 160 inches, the Cabrio is an inch shorter than Volkswagen’s New Beetle.

The Cabrio seats four, and while the front seats are roomy for adults, the two-place rear seat is cramped. Cargo space is meager at just 8 cubic feet, and though the rear seatback folds, it provides only a small increase in usable capacity.

The manual folding top is easy to raise and lower. Both the manual and the power folding tops create a rear blind spot because they stack so high when lowered.

Under the Hood
The 115-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine used in the Golf and Jetta also powers the Cabrio. It teams with a four-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmission.

Side-impact airbags for the front seats and antilock brakes are standard on all models.


Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2001 Buying Guide

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Most fun car since my '69 Firebird convertible.

by Raylp from Newnan, Ga on March 7, 2017

Has lots of features. Heated seats, 5 speed, non- power top so it has lots of trunk space, great gas mileage, cruse all day at 75, motor has 140,000 miles on it and still purrs, leather interior, has ... Read Full Review

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Estimated Service & Repair cost: $5,000 per year.

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Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

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