1998 Volkswagen New Beetle Consumer Review: Love the Look, Hate the Repair

1998 Volkswagen New Beetle - Consumer Review

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Love the Look, Hate the Repair Bills.
By paige on


1998 Volkswagen New Beetle 2dr Hatchback


I love the look of the Beetle, it looks like a smiling face. I however, am not smiling anymore because of the numerous repair bills, including replacing the tail, head, and brake light bulbs all of the time. I have replaced the auto window switches numerous times. I have had my car for 8+ years and I expect to replace and repair things, but this car is nickel and dimeing me to death! It's a horrible feeling taking your car somewhere and not being sure you will be able to get back home. I had to replace a plastic component in the gear shift that broke and I could not get out of third gear, then some months later, a gear shift cable broke and I couldn't get out of 2nd gear. Time for a new car!

Best Features

I like the exterior design. The front of the Beetle looks like a smiling face.

Worst Features

Improve the electric window switches, these should never really have to be replaced once let alone two or three times.
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