1998 Volkswagen New Beetle Consumer Review: A Bug that will bug you ...
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1998 Volkswagen New Beetle - Consumer Review

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Base 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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A Bug that will bug you ...
By J Thomas on

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1998 Volkswagen New Beetle 2dr Hatchback

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Consistent problems mark this car. Electrical system required a major investment to get the car running again. The air conditioning went out annually requiring finally another major investment to fix. The power windows go out almost as often. The back hatch rattles periodically as the wiring harness in it slides around. Seals came down from around the windows. The two dealerships that serviced the vehicle were inept at fixing problems and bent on creating reasons to jack up the cost of repairs. They seemed to be distinctly dishonest. (In contrast to the dealers for my BMW or Chrysler.) I have vowed to never buy another VW.

Best Features

Styling. Handling around curves. Visibility. Maneuvering in tight spots. safety features.

Worst Features

Not a well built car. What happened to the vaunted German engineering?
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