I just bought a beautiful 1996 Cabriolet Convertible. Very very happy
with it. Even though its an automatic the acceleration is good with
the V6 and the sweet spot is above 60 MPH. God bless the audobahn.
I apologize in advance that i am asking so many questions but am
thinking I might as well pick the brains of the experts out there...
There are just a few things I want to work on to make the car perfect.
1. Audio: Where to add a CD changer? The car is prewired to have
the changer in the back, however I would really like to have the
changer in the glove box or perhaps under one of the seats. Is this
possible? I've done the research and I need to use the 8DO 035 111
with 8-PIN connector. There are some indications that other models
may work with special connectors but at the cost of losing cd info
being displayed in the Delta head. Is this right? Also the speakers
seem to be not that hifi, maybe it's because I'm only doing the radio
now. Is it my imagination or should I be looking at aftermarket
speakers? The car is in excellent condition with minimal wear and
tear (Only 6K per year mileage) so the speakers probably haven't been
2. Check Engine light. Its on. The previous owner brought the car
to the dealer several times who checked everything, got the light off,
then it reappeared after a few days and would stay. Finally the
dealer said there were no problems with the car and the problem was
most likely a defective computer which would cost $$$ to replace. I
verified this. The previous owner said the check engine light would
reappear after a few days when he turned the ignition key. Do you
all have any obvious things to check? I saw that there was a factory
recall on 1996 cabriolet ignition switches on models manufactured in
1995 but carfax says this car started out in late 1996.
3. Keyless entry. The car didn't come with a keyless entry fob. I
THINK the car has the receivers to accept this but am not certain. It
does have motorized locks. Ebay has some keyless entry fobs for 96 A4
and Cabs. Would it be that simple with dealer reprogramming?
Actually they are kind of ... big and ugly. Could I get a newer key
with integrated keyless transmitter and get it cut for my car or
integrate the old key?
4. Alarm system. How is the default alarm system on the car? I spend
time in a big city and want to have good protection for the car. Can
I assume that the factory alarm is decent?
5. Seat belts. The seat belts don't retract all the way and sometimes
the door bangs on the buckle. Is there a fix for this?
6. Leg room. This one is kind of far out. I'm very tall. I fit in
the car well, but with seat back and down my knees are a bit close to
the steering wheel. Is there anything I can do for a reasonable
amount of money like lowering the seat, removing padding, moving the
steering wheel up or getting a smaller wheel to have a bit more leg
Advice on these or any other advice from fellow Cabriolet owners will
be very much appreciated.
Thank you in advance I am really enjoying becoming part of the audi