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1998 Volkswagen New Beetle

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Vehicle Highlights

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 1106 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

good gas milage, fun to drive, snappy little car,

By on Thursday, May 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 74,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "fun to drlive"

Cons: "expenslive to work on"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"lots of leg room, somewhat hard to get into, especially if you are like me and over weight. gas mileage is good"

My new beetle is fun to drive

By on Saturday, May 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 120,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "fun to drive, looks real cute top up or down."

Cons: "It's a gas guzzler!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"It's fun to drive but it does cost me--$$$ Cuz it's a guzzler! Everyone makes comments to me about its economy. Little do they realize that it ain't the old beetle bug of yesteryear. Drive it in a fun way, and you'll be a frequent flyer at the gas pump too!"

1 person out of 5 found this review helpful

Do not buy!

By on Monday, April 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 235,000

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
3/10
Comfort
2/10

Pros: "Fun to drive"

Cons: "Cup holders, smells like crayons, unreliable"

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

"I have had this car for almost 2 years now and it has to be the most unreliable car I have ever driven. I can name very few things that we have not had to replace on it in the short amount of time that I have owned it. I hate my car and I am incredibly ready for a new one. As a college student, I need something that isn't going to break on my way home and cause and accident but I can not count on this car for that."

10 people out of 15 found this review helpful

LUV MY BUG!

By on Saturday, April 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 78,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fun to drive, practical, reliable"

Cons: "No compass, no MP3 connection."

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

St Nick loves riding in the back of Blondie!

"I bought my convertible Beetle used nearly five years ago, as a certified used vehicle. I love this little car as much now as I did the day I bought it! I've traveled back & forth across the U.S. many times in the past five years without a single issue EVER. I have a small business (which is the reason for the cross-country travel) and constantly amaze people with the amount of product I can pack into this little jewel! The only "problem" I've ever had with this car was the volume knob on the radio started acting up - I took it to the dealer, the radio was promptly replaced, and the car's been good as new ever since. I'm meticulous about keeping the maintenance done and I'm a fairly conservative driver - I drive fast on the highway but don't tailgate and don't ride the brakes - with the maintenance kept up and the lack of abuse this car is like new inside & out. When I don't have the car packed with product, and the weather's nice, it is pure joy to ride with the top down. Gas mileage is always very good (averages 30 mph overall) and the reliability is immeasurable to me. The only thing that would convince me to get ride of this car is the opportunity to upgrade to the new generation convertible Beetle - LOVE the new look even more than my Blondie's look!"

8 people out of 11 found this review helpful

St Nick loves riding in the back of Blondie!

Pretty good car

By on Friday, April 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 150,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fun cute car"

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

"I really like the new beetle I would buy and drive another one, a newer one than the 2001 but I don't like the latest model."

6 people out of 10 found this review helpful

amazing car

By on Tuesday, March 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,500

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: "great highway and around town car."

Cons: "cup holders are crummy short things."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"love this car, not sure what I will replace it with when I have to let it go. has been completely reliable, comfortable, affordable and efficient. love the heated seats, sun roof and spaciousness of the interior."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

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