1998 Volkswagen New Beetle Consumer Review: Eh, it's ok

1998 Volkswagen New Beetle - Consumer Review

Average Consumer Rating

90 Total Reviews

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

Build Quality
Reliability Value
Eh, it's ok
By whitney1313 on


1998 Volkswagen New Beetle 2dr Hatchback


My 1998 bug now has 72,000 miles (bought it with 5,000 miles). So far, I have replaced the timing belt, spark plugs / wires, window regulators multiple times, alternator ($$$$$$$), wheel ball bearings, taillight (twice). The list is endless. Some of the parts that have been replaced are normal wear items, but even my mechanics have said that the car shouldn't be doing this with only 75,000 miles. Also, about every interior trim piece is sitting in the back seat. If you do buy one, be prepared to take the three layer door apart often to fix the window problems- they're notorious.

Best Features

The car is fun to drive, like a go-kart. The gas mileage is ok as well.

Worst Features

Volkswagen should definitely redesign the interior trim parts and fix the darn windows!
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