How the Rear Seat Folds Forward
If your rear seat does not have the pull strap, follow steps 1 and 2 above. Then, lean inside the trunk and push the rear seatback hooks (one on each side of seatback) up and away from you. Replacement straps can be made or bought; see the Parts page for more info.
How to Remove the Headrests
There should be a metal spring clip in the center of the black plastic trim pieces where the headrest slides into the seatback. That spring clip needs to be pulled out/off of the trim piece in order to pull the headrest out. Click here for picture.
Installing Seats From Another Volkswagen
Only the front seats are heated. There is a switch for each seat in the instrument panel that controls the heating elements. Heated seats were an option on particular Cabriolet trim levels from '91-
Many people have asked where to obtain the original seat fabric for restoration projects. Unfortunately, almost all OEM seat fabric is unavailable (there are a few covers still available through VW's ClassicParts in Germany). You'll either have to source a close match, have all four seats re-
Front Seat Belts
Front seat belts are no longer available new. You will have to source good used belts, or adapt other belts to fit.
The rear shoulder belts in the '91+ North American Cabriolets are installed as such: the belt guides are mounted to the seatback and the belt retractor assemblies are welded to the car (inside the trunk and behind the rear seat). Therefore, if you want to install the rear shoulder belts from a '91+ Cabriolet, you have some work to do. If you feel uncomfortable with only lap belts in the rear seat, it would be wise to buy a '91+ Cabriolet. Installing rear shoulder belts, whether OEM or aftermarket harnesses, is, however, a doable project. Click here for further information.
Can be done, but be aware that your stock manual window cranks will not work in the stock location. The 1990+ USA kneebar was specific to these cars due to the addition of the airbag and was, probably, the main reason for the addtion of power front windows being standard equipment. Countries outside of the USA received these kneebars only if the cars had center console gauges along with power windows.
Another model's dash can be installed, but with major or minor modifications depending on the replacement dash and its compatibility with the kneebar.
It has been done by many, but it's not recommended. The metal kneebar (behind the external padding) is part of the structural reinforcement Karmann added to the cars.
The glove box is heat-
The glove box lid is separate from the glove box; however, to remove the lid completely the side vent must be removed in order to gain access to the lid's spring. Remove the lid screws and the spring to lift out the glove box lid.
The cassette tape holder in the center console simply pulls out. The later cassette holders that are lighted will have a wiring harness to disconnect prior to removing the cassette holder completely.
This is a common swap; it's simply a matter of some re-
Click here to see what your trunk contained from the factory (guide does not include the top boot, which came with the car from the factory and just flopped around inside the trunk when not in use).
Making The Trunk Floor More Sturdy
Have a piece of plywood cut, insert it into the trunk and lay the carpet over it. Click here for a photo example.
Replacement part numbers:
The trunk light is wired into the lighting circuit with a separate "switch" installed at the trunk opening. The light switch on the dash must be turned to the parking light and/or headlight-
The rear windows will not roll down all the way due to a) the shape of the glass and the space inside the rear quarter panels; b) the speakers are in the way.
For power window issues, please refer to the electrical page.
A tonneau cover is an accessory that covers the interior of a convertible when the top/roof is down. Volkswagen sold an OEM accessory tonneau cover (pictured here) to European Cabriolet owners, which is now no longer available. North American Cabriolet owners will be hard-
Many folks have asked what type of cupholders are available for Cabriolets. Click here for a list of various options folks use.
Keys Your Car Came With
2 master keys
1 valet key
2 gas cap keys
1 key code tag
The HV key is also considered to be a universal key. This means that if your car originally came with an AH key, you can also use an HV key, if need be.
Key blanks are on eBay, at WatercooledKeys.com and/or at your local VW dealer. Some dealers will cut the keys for you, or a local locksmith will too.
Vacuum regularly; use a carpet cleaning machine to wash/shampoo the carpet as needed (but don't do it too often).