In an attempt to challenge Mercedes-Benz’s R107 for chassis longevity, Volkswagen’s introduction of a more affordable German drop-top in the 1980 Rabbit Convertible stretched production until 1993. That meant that the A1 outlasted all of the A2 production cycle and was no squarely into the newly launched A3. Volkswagen introduced their replacement for the aging and renamed Cabriolet with the Mk.3 Cabrio in 1994. As with the A1, production again would extend beyond the A3 chassis life, because in 1999 VW introduced us to the fourth generation Golf. As with the 2nd generation, VW didn’t plan a convertible version for the Mk.4 – well, at least, not for the Golf, as convertible duties would be handed off to the New Beetle. But since the launch of the nostalgic Beetle Convertible waited until 2003, VW covered the gap with the “Mk3.5” refresh on the Cabrio. It received softened and rounded bumper covers, Mk.4 inspired lights, and a lightly revised interior. As with other VW models, there was a base GL model or the better equipped GLS, like today’s example:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2000 Volkswagen Cabrio on eBay
Engine: 2.0 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 65,505 mi
Price: Reserve Auction
We are offering this nice: 2000VOLKSWAGEN CABRIO. This is a decent little fun car. It has some nice equipment and very low miles for the year. It has operating power windows, door locks, power mirrors, heated seats, AM-FM Stereo with Cassette player and CD Changer, ICE COLD air conditioning. The 2 Litre engine starts right up and idles nicely. There is none of those annoying check engine or warning lights on. The automatic transmission shifts nicely and smoothly. The power brakes stop this car quickly, safely and in a straight line. The blue paint is clean andWe are offering this nice: 2000VOLKSWAGEN CABRIO.
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To me, the jury is still out on whether the Mk.4 look works on the Mk.3. In some ways the front end is a bit too fussy and the headlights especially look like aftermarket units on all of them. I guess in the end I like the dual-chamber units from the Mk.3 a bit more, and the 80s throwback multiple reflector bumper cover even if it is a bit silly. But the overall asthetic of the Mk. 3.5 works reasonably well, and looks nice in Windsor Blue Metallic with a matching blue top, offset by the GLS-spec Flyer 14″ wheels. Motivation is modest from the 2.0 ABA, but mated to a 5-speed as it is here it’s not a bad drive if a bit buzzy. Here’s where the seller seems to loose me, since they very clearly depict a 5-speed manual but in their listing refer to the automatic shifting smoothly. I see three pedals beneath those sport seats, jjmatter23! The market still pretty much ignores these cheap to run, cheap to buy convertibles, but properly presented they’re not a bad drop-top option. The reserve is still on but bidding has only hist $1,280 at time of writing. Figure a reasonable price on a lower mile, good condition GLS like this is only around $3,000 – $3,500.