Used 1998 Volkswagen Golf Pricing


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1998 Highlights

The Trek and Jazz models disappear for 1998, but the winter-enthusiast K2 model sticks around. Late in the model year, Volkswagen offers the upscale Wolfsburg Edition, which comes standard with sport seats; upgraded velour upholstery; silver/white-faced gauges; leather-wrapped steering wheel, hand brake and shift knob; the eight-speaker sound system with cassette player; air conditioning; a power moonroof; a cargo net; alloy wheels; a chrome exhaust tip and a roof-mounted antenna. And you can option the Wolfsburg with useful features like cruise control, power windows with one-touch operation and heated power mirrors. All Golfs get keyless entry, and side-impact airbags are now optional across the line. The four-speed automatic gets a new shift logic pattern, which should enhance shift timing.

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Pros

  • Fun to drive. Chunky but distinctive styling. Seat comfort. Rare four-door hatchback. Great powertrain warranty. Free scheduled maintenance for two years or 24,000 miles.

Cons

  • Engine spunky, but needs a few more ponies.

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Features & Specs

GL 4dr HatchbackK2 4dr HatchbackWolfsburg 4dr Hatchback
MPG242424
SeatingN/AN/AN/A
Transmission5-speed manual5-speed manual5-speed manual
Fuelgasgasgas
Horsepower115 hp @ 5400 rpm115 hp @ 5400 rpm115 hp @ 5400 rpm

Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

    OverallNot Rated
    Driver3/5
    Passenger3/5
  • Side Crash Rating

    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating

    OverallNot Rated
    DriverNot Rated
    PassengerNot Rated
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings

    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover

    RolloverNot Rated
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated

IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Not Tested
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Not Tested
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    M
    Marginal

Top Consumer Reviews

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Consumer Rating


great daily driver
Bought a pristine K2 with heated seats for $4k-ish. Great daily driver. Good on gas, just enough pep, simple to work on yourself. Airbags, so relatively safe. No better $4k beater out there. 5 way heated seats a bonus in winter. Nice cold A/C.
Fun to drive, easy to live with
This car is the only car in a house with 2 adults, a large dog, and a baby and we are hardly ever lacking for space. The best thing about this car is the versatility of changing from a 4-passenger car to a small utility hauler. Cupholders are terrible. Reliability has been good except for a number of small problems that keep popping up (horn and A/C switches stopped working, turn signal sticks, trim falls off, etc.). Still burns no oil at 75,000 miles. Great car that handles great but acts much bigger than it is.
Fun and reliable so far
I bought this car several months ago with about 68,000 miles, and I've put a couple thousand more miles on it. So far my only maintenance has been scheduled items like replacing the timing belt and new tires.
Used 1998 Volkswagen Golf Overview

The Used 1998 Volkswagen Golf is offered in the following submodels: Hatchback. Available styles include GL 4dr Hatchback, K2 4dr Hatchback, and Wolfsburg 4dr Hatchback. Pre-owned Volkswagen Golf models are available with a 2.0 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 115 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 1998 Volkswagen Golf comes with front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 5-speed manual.

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1998 Volkswagen Golf Gas Mileage

1998 Volkswagen Golf GL 4dr Hatchback, 5-speed manual, regular unleaded
24 compined MPG,
21 city MPG/28 highway MPG

1998 Volkswagen Golf K2 4dr Hatchback, 5-speed manual, regular unleaded
24 compined MPG,
21 city MPG/28 highway MPG

1998 Volkswagen Golf Wolfsburg 4dr Hatchback, 5-speed manual, regular unleaded
24 compined MPG,
21 city MPG/28 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG24
Transmission5-speed manual
Drive Trainfront wheel drive
Displacement2.0 L
Passenger VolumeN/A
Wheelbase97.4 in.
Length160.4 in.
Width66.7 in.
Height56.2 in.
Curb Weight2544 lbs.