1998 Volkswagen New Beetle Consumer Review: Constant Problems........

1998 Volkswagen New Beetle - Consumer Review

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

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Constant Problems........
By ccinsf on


1998 Volkswagen New Beetle 2dr Hatchback


Wow, where to begin? POTENTIAL BUYERS BEWARE!! My Beetle's factory installed radio had a short in it. The dealer couldn't diagnose it properly, so I've purchased three batteries for the car and a new old stock radio on eBay. The alternator went at 26,000 miles (out of warranty). The exhaust manifold deteriorated, catalytic converter died, spark plugs keep dying causing 3 out of 4 cylinders to work (happened twice- replaced plugs twice), and the gas cap release has been replaced twice and still does not work. Also, the interior of driver's side door is peeling behind the interior handle. The gearshift cover has fallen off (it has been re-glued twice). The speakers in my car have shorts. Last but not least, the wheel's metallic paint has peeled off

Best Features

I've always loved the circle / 1/2 circle design of the car. It is a good looking car.

Worst Features

Build these cars better, from the inside out! This car is riddled with malfunctions and poor quality. It was not a cheap car, either.
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