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2000 Volkswagen Cabrio

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:

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Year: 2000
Model: Cabrio
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.

A non-refundable $500.00 deposit is required via PayPal as soon as you win the auction and absolutely within 24 Hours of the auction ending, unless other arrangements have been made. We only accept PayPal for the initial deposit, the balance due must be paid in CASH or by ELECTRONIC WIRE TRANSFER.

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.



  1. KevinR
    KevinR November 4, 2016

    Like a lot of people, I never really warmed up to the Cabrio. Overly complicated, overweight and under-powered didn’t really make for an inspiring combination. It’s a shame VW chose not to fit the 12V VR6 motor to this model; it would have made for a much more desirable vehicle.

    I do wish car salesmen would familiarize themselves with the cars they are selling rather than taking the “move more widgets” approach. It’s nice that the automatic shifts nicely, but since this car doesn’t have one I have to wonder what else is misrepresented in the ad.

    It has been ages since the last time I saw one of these running, let alone in pretty good condition. That alone makes this car somewhat unique. For $3k-ish money, it’s probably going to be a pretty good investment in fun.

  2. Warpspeed1vw
    Warpspeed1vw November 4, 2016

    I have had several Cabrios. Absolutely love them. VW did make it almost impossible to repair body issues with later model. Cabrio specific hood, fenders and grill….. But a great fun car!

  3. Maxwell Rich
    Maxwell Rich November 4, 2016

    I had a 1995 British racing green Cabrio, what a fun but electrical gremlin addled car; window regulators, instrument light, instrument panel operation, ABS, everything went wrong; still loved it. I am under the understanding these these became more robust and reliable in later production years.

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