1998 Volkswagen New Beetle Consumer Review: Lots to like in a small car +

1998 Volkswagen New Beetle - Consumer Review

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TDi 2dr Hatchback (1.9L 4-cyl. Turbodiesel 5-speed Manual)

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Lots to like in a small car + 47 MPG
By rickf on


1998 Volkswagen New Beetle TDi 2dr Hatchback


I see a lot of complaining about New Beetles in here, but reviews are created by the people who love and the people who hate the car. So you get either side... I have a 1998 Beetle that has 104K miles on it. Yes, it is 11 years old, yes it needs a little this or a little that, but honestly... show me any 11 year old car that starts every time even in sub zero weather, gets great gas mileage, and all in all is a great car. Take care of your vehicles and they will take care of you.

Best Features

MPG 47+, car doesn't age, great for small trips.

Worst Features

Ride could be smoother, but the short wheel base makes that difficult... ESP would have been a nice touch, but is now available on newer models.
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