1998 Volkswagen New Beetle Consumer Review: Fantastic Commuter Car!

1998 Volkswagen New Beetle - Consumer Review

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Fantastic Commuter Car!
By dieselbreath on


1998 Volkswagen New Beetle TDi 2dr Hatchback


I ordered this car Jan.1998 after
sitting in one at the Vancouver
International Auto Show (I'm 6'5"). But
its so much better than just an economy
car with headroom. Beetles handle
well. The torque launches
the car off traffic lights faster than
most "performance" cars! Maneuvering
in tight locations is a breeze, and
there are parking spots it will fit
into everywhere.
- its low to the ground ... if you
encounter lots of snow its not the car
for you.
- the suspension doesn't have the
travel to soak up bumps like a typical
German car.
- the back seat is NOT for adults. (but
kids love it)
Other than that its reliable and

Best Features

1. 53 MPG at >80 MPH (Cdn gals) 2. Solid, stable handling to over 100 MPH 3. 53 MPG at >80 MPH 4. Go-kart quick handling 5. Incredibly good brakes! 6. 53 MPG at >80 MPH 7. So much interior space 8. Park in tiny spots 9. 53 MPG at >80 MPH 10. Police pull over the BMW you just passed!

Worst Features

hmmmmmm.............. Build in a radar-detector. A larger fuel tank would be great ... I'd rather fuel up monthly!
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