1998 Volkswagen New Beetle Consumer Review: I HAD to have it!! Now so SOR

1998 Volkswagen New Beetle Hatchback - Consumer Review

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I HAD to have it!! Now so SORRY!!!
By Unlucky on


1998 Volkswagen New Beetle 2dr Hatchback


Problems that required replacement
include headlight harnesses, door
locks, window switches, air
conditioning compressor and four
batteries in less than five years (one
exploded when I started the engine).
The inside finish is peeling off, the
radio is mostly static unless right in
the city, the cupholders are pathetic
and the VW emblems on the wheels have
fallen off. I use only dealerships
for my routine maintenence/service and
they claim that my problems are
unique. Each time I get ready to sell
the car I have another $1000.00 repair
bill and feel I must drive it a bit
longer to justify paying the bill!!

Best Features

Fun to drive--I feel safe with the good ratings for that particular feature

Worst Features

Have the dealerships take responsibility for the costly repairs by putting pressure on the manufacturers to stand by their vehicles. Be honest re: similiar problems being had by other owners
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