UCOTD: 2001 Volkswagen Cabrio GLX

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

Today's UCOTD is a 2001 Volkswagen Cabrio GLX.


This one is stock and the seller says it's in perfect condition. I was a bit concerned about the condition of the body as I viewed the pics, but I think that's just a wire, not a cracked body panel.

It's a five-speed stick and there are 175K miles on the clock. Our seller says that the car has been well maintained and that there are plenty of new parts, including a Bilstein TC suspension, tires, spark plugs, spark-plug wires, valve cover gasket, cv joints/axles, and water pump.

The seller says the convertible top works and doesn't leak and the car hasn't seen snow.

It's based in New Jersey and the asking price is $3,500.

Click here to take a peek.

[Images: Seller]

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at Web2Carz.com. He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for About.com, CarFax, Vehix.com, High Gear Media, Torque News, FutureCar.com, Cars.com, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as AutoGuide.com, Off-Road.com, and HybridCars.com. He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • Tassos Tassos on May 12, 2024

    Utter garbage, like most of Tim's laughable finds.

    PS idiots who commented: NEVER, you DAMNED FOOLS., buy your silly daughter a VW, ESPECIALLY a 24 year old POS like this one. WHat happened to your BRAINS, if any?????

    • Tassos Tassos on May 13, 2024

      HI TIM I FIND YOUR POSTS LAUGHABLE BUT I ENGAGE WITH EVERY LAST ONE OF THEM. JOKES ON ME I GUESS. 🤡


  • El scotto El scotto on May 12, 2024

    Bah to all the worrywarts. A perfect used car for a young lady living near the ocean. "Atlantic Avenue" and "twisty's" are rarely used in the same sentence. Better than the Jeep she really wants.

    • 28-Cars-Later 28-Cars-Later on May 13, 2024

      "Better than the Jeep she really wants."

      The one that's in the shop all the time?


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