by smn on Jan 31, 2014 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!!
by koypond on Aug 25, 2013 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.
by kassidyheath on Aug 2, 2012 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.
by lylarose13 on Nov 21, 2011 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.
by GJR on Nov 25, 2010 Vehicle: 1998 Volkswagen New Beetle 2dr Hatchback
cant believe its 12 yrs old. Held up great, but, so many repairs and each was very costly,$400-$800. Fun car to drive, but too many simple flaws that were too costly to bother fixing, ie:gas cap not closing. and breaking of same parts-bargain price, but too costly to maintain after a few years. Although many parts still original and reliable car, ends dont justify the means.