1998 Volkswagen New Beetle Consumer Review: overall a good car

1998 Volkswagen New Beetle - Consumer Review

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TDi 2dr Hatchback (1.9L 4-cyl. Turbodiesel 5-speed Manual)

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overall a good car
By bigd on


1998 Volkswagen New Beetle TDi 2dr Hatchback


i bought the car used with 58k for 10k. My mechanic at 60k changed the belt for 600 bucks.The maintenance cost are high at the dealer.The Dealer replaced the headlight assembly 425.54.The fuel door was sticking so back to the dealer. Total parts with labor 204.30.I also had to change the battery about 75k.The bulb or light for the a/c panel doesnt work either at night.Also a new set of pads front and back 80 bucks and 4 new tires from discount. Basically this is a very good car.I have put 42k 1yr the car with no problems.It does handle very well.I have heard stories of people going over 100mph but mine just wont quite get there.

Best Features

The gas mileage, ability to maneuver and park in small places, headroom is great and love the blue and red gagues

Worst Features

make easier to work on. no more cheap plactic rubber coated interior pieces that the surface/finish peels off
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