1998 Volkswagen New Beetle Review | Edmunds.com

1998 Volkswagen New Beetle

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Volkswagen New Beetle Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.0 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 115 hp @ 5200 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 20/27 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1998 Volkswagen New Beetle

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  • Safety
  • Pros

    It's cute. It's quirky. It's retro. It's an image car we can all afford.

  • Cons

    It's a fancy-schmancy Golf, which means it's not the same as the original. Good or bad? You decide.

  • What's New for 1998

    Volkswagen revives a legend using retro styling touches wrapped around Golf underpinnings.

Full 1998 Volkswagen New Beetle Review

What's New for 1998

Volkswagen revives a legend using retro styling touches wrapped around Golf underpinnings.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



Don't do it!

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Vehicle: 1998 Volkswagen New Beetle 2dr Hatchback

I bought a 1998 Beetle, 5 speed manual transmission from my neighbor. They saw me coming! The car now has 112,000 miles on it and the control module, catalytic converter and ignition module all went out. It is going to cost me more to fix it than its worth. Don't bother with VW. The glove box and trunk release are broken. The clear coat has peeled off. Regretting spending $3K on this car. My Honda has 200,000 miles on it and runs like a top!!




Rough around the edges but

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Vehicle: 1998 Volkswagen New Beetle 2dr Hatchback

Bought this car to go back and fourth to university with. Its a pretty good little car for one person if you ask me, it drives smooth and is easy to maneuver. the interior is a bit vexing, but easy to accept given the lovable exterior :) would never wanna sell it! its become my partner in crime.



2 of 2 people found this review helpful

It's worth the few flaws!!

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Vehicle: 1998 Volkswagen New Beetle 2dr Hatchback

I bought this car last year with 100,000 miles on it, and throughout the additional 16,000 miles i've driven, the problems have been minor, few, and far between. I felt confident buying it with so many miles already on it because Volkswagen engines seem to be bulletproof. Initially when idling, the engine would have a tendency to overheat in the Florida summers but having a mechanic for a father and adjusting the cooling system there haven't been any problems since. The transmission is a little rough during acceleration and deceleration, but it's 14 years old. I rear ended a pickup once pretty hard and the truck suffered a lot worse than the Beetle! Very safe, love this car.




Our 98 beetle

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Vehicle: 1998 Volkswagen New Beetle 2dr Hatchback

We like our's, runs great, good on gas, inside is a joke ! But for a good sound,,, take off the muffler just run the cat :)



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Do not waste your time

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Vehicle: 1998 Volkswagen New Beetle 2dr Hatchback

I beg you. I have spent over 3000 and now need a new transmission (everybody seems to need these with these cars.) The car only has 70 K's and when I bought it only had 39,000. NOTHING BUT A MONEY PIT of problems and every time I turn around I see more and more people with the EXACT same issues as me to a, "t." Like others have said, it should be illegal to make a car this unsafe, and unreliable. Even though my car is older there are similar problems with newer models of this car. I can't think of a worse car to own then this one. Seriously.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

My love bug!

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Vehicle: 1998 Volkswagen New Beetle TDi 2dr Hatchback

I've got around 80,000 miles on it. I bought it approx 5 yrs ago, when it had 50,000 miles, from my elderly Mom. We've both took great care of it, kept it maintained. I've had very few problems, just regular normal problems. I've just now had to replace the AC compressor due to small leak, only $400! I still love, love, love my Bug!



Talk About The 1998 New Beetle

1998 Volkswagen New Beetle Discussions See all Started By

lepto
lepto
05-01-2001
purchased June 1998 I/ $1500.oo Master Guard Platinum Plus warranty...


jdsolds
jdsolds
11-07-1999
So it comes down to this: did VW fix its maintenance nightmare for the New Beetle during 1998-1999 and is the 2000 set to go? Or will the maintenance horrors of those years continue?...


vwguild
vwguild
04-01-2001
in a different economic environment and with produced units as small as the New Beetle in...



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