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1998 Volkswagen New Beetle

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Information shown for entry-level Hatchback.

Fuel Economy:
City 19/Hwy 24/Comb 21 MPG
Max Seating: 4
Engine: 4-Cyl, 2.0 Liter Transmission: Automatic
Country of Origin: Germany Country of Assembly: Mexico

1998 Volkswagen New Beetle Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
6.9
Out of 10

Based on 1089 Ratings for the 1998 - 2010 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    7.3/10
    Quality
    7.0/10
  • Reliability
    7.2/10
    Performance
    7.7/10
  • Comfort
    7.6/10
    Styling
    7.9/10

Money Pit

By on Friday, November 21, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,000

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
3/10

Pros: "Tiptronic is fun, good seats"

Cons: "unreliable, expensive to maintain, loud interior,"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"This could be the cutest car ever made, but that is one of the few redeeming values. The electrical system burned up while driving on the highway. It has never had a service at VW for less than $176 dollars. It is nearly impossible to work on at home, and I am fairly handy. The bearings went bad at 95k miles. We have replaced almost every light in the car and you can't buy aftermarket lights because the car operates on a 12v system (very european)."

I have always wanted a VW Beetle!

By on Sunday, November 16, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 28,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Most fun car I have ever had!"

Cons: "The interior picks up road noise."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"As far as personal reaction to the VW Beetle and to this particular vehicle, I love this little car. It is a fun city car to drive, easy to maneuver in traffic, the automatic transmission doesn't wear you out in stop & go traffic, the reduced pick up isn't an issue in town, the color red and the sun roof are lots of fun! For real car buffs, this isn't the car for you. There is road noise, road bumps, not enough engine power, not enough vehicle weight for you, the car probably won't last as long as a BMW or a Lexus (but you aren't paying for one either), it's difficult to get in and out of the back seat, to carry much luggage or groceries. Beetle drivers tend to tootle around town so don't get behind us, we sing loud and stop for flowers to put in our vase!"

Bought new...Worst car I've every owned.

By on Friday, October 31, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 110,000

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
2/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Looks Great"

Cons: "Stays in the shop more than on the road. Beware!!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"Bought new. Transmission problems, 4 alternators, coolant leaks, rear windows stopped working, timing belt, pistons, valves, etc... Never, ever, ever buy Volkswagen!!!"

9 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Best Vehicle/Many Uses

By on Tuesday, October 28, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 43,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This car is a tiger in a box. I've had it for over six years and it has 43,000 miles. I use it for a multitude of jobs including carrying tools, lumber and furniture. The back hatchback lifts up and the front drivers seat goes forward and I place eight foot pieces of lumber etc. in the car. People are shocked by the headroom and carrying space. It handles the road very well. In fact I don't like the new models because they are not as versatile as this 08. The ONLY thing I don't like is that when "old man winter" comes, and the snow plow, causes the ridge in the road; the snow hits the bottom of the car. My original beetle in 65, was higher off the road, and I never had a problem. With few repairs, I can't speak to the person, who had many repairs. I only know that owners should get an authorized VW repair person or one that specializes in foreign cars to work on the VW. I found that sometimes people used to working on American cars, will keep replacing VW parts, before they find the correct solution. THIS IS A GREAT CAR."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Only problem is cupholders

By on Tuesday, October 28, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Everything but cupholders"

Cons: "Cupholders"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"I love my car! I'm 5'0" tall and the size of this car is perfect. It's 14 yrs old and has only required minimal mechanical repairs. It's neither fancy nor luxurious, and it doesn't perform like a Mercedes might do. But I don't need anything more than what my Beetle gives me--reliability, comfort, great gas mileage and an easy and pleasant drive. And did I mention reliability? I'll keep my Beetle till she can't go anymore, and then I'll get another one. I like the style of my 2000 but don't like the newer ones. I hope they change it back. As a child of the 1960's, that's the style I love. Hey-why mess with a successful classic? The only negative is the position and size of the cupholders. But I can live with that."

6 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Not interested in a convertible top car

By on Monday, October 27, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,690

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "CUTE NICE CAR FOR YOUNGER PERSON"

Cons: "DONT CARE FOR THE CONVERTABLE TOP"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"THIS IS A VERY NICE CLEAN CARE HAVE HAD FOR 2-YRS THOUGHT I WOULD LIKE A CONVERTIBLE TOP THIS IS JUST NOT FOR ME AT MY AGE THIS WOULD BE A NICE GOOD RUNNING CAR FOR A YOUNGER ADULT"

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

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