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

1998 Volkswagen New Beetle - Consumer Review

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90 Total Reviews

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

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


1998 Volkswagen New Beetle 2dr Hatchback


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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