1998 Volkswagen New Beetle Consumer Review: If your not a mechanic don't b

1998 Volkswagen New Beetle - Consumer Review

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

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1998 Volkswagen New Beetle 2dr Hatchback


Windows failed out of warranty, rip off repair. A/C quit needed new compressor, condenser and expansion valve, I put them in. Front wheel bearing right side went bad, I put new one in. Lights fail alot hard to change both rear and front lights. Parking brakes cables stuck from rust, I replaced. Rear brakes wear way too fast, calipers go bad for no reason. Water pumps fail randomly, I replaced that. Beetle needs may parts redesigned for reliability. Simple things cost too much, center of hub caps emblems fall off cost 30 dollars way too much for nothing. Gas door gets stuck, adjusted alot to make it work right. VW engineers have no clue on design for easy of maintenance nor reliability.

Best Features

Fun to drive and great fuel milage that's if the Mass Air Flow sender has not failed. Which they do often.

Worst Features

Get a clue on electrical reliability design of components. Design parts that fail for easy replacement. 6 to 8 hours to replace the water pump. I have 4 VW's the earliest is a 95 Cabrio and it has a external mounted water pump 14 years old and has never failed. New design of the pump is a mess.
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