1998 Volkswagen Beetle Overview


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2 Dr TDi Turbodiesel Hatchback
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4.15 stars

Based on 21 reviews

Good And Bad Of The New Beetle-- by Heidi
 — great turning ratios,handles great,good gas mileage. High maitenance,lots of plastic pieces and fiberglass.defrost isnt that great.back seat has bad ventialtion and heater dosnt reach back seat. Cup h... Read More
Dream Come True by Ryan3171
 — This is such a fun car to drive -- zippy as can be. As with most VWs, the plasticky interior is a bit cheap and shoddy - the dash is stupidly put- together (top dash panel clips broke during an AC/fan... Read More
Vw Beetle by Quimby
 — 10 years with my car and she's still going strong. Only in the last 2-3 years have I needed to start doing repairs. My car is over 100,000 miles so it's understandable. I love driving the bug! It hand... Read More

1998 Volkswagen Beetle Overview

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1998 Volkswagen Beetle

After generating huge buzz as a concept car displayed at auto shows throughout the mid-'90s, the Volkswagen Beetle made a triumphant return to North American showrooms in 1998, after having been discontinued (in the U.S., at least) in the late 1970s. Freshened up with a look that mixed contemporary styling with a retro attitude, it was still distinctively a Beetle, and American drivers loved it (European drivers less so).

There were some major differences between the New Beetle and earlier models, though, starting with the engine, which was now located in the front instead of the back. The New Beetle was also longer, more powerful, and safer than the original. In fact, it received high marks from the U.S. Insurance Institute of Highway Safety.

Power was provided by a 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder, 115-hp gas engine or a 1.9-liter, 4-cylinder turbodiesel engine (called a TDI, or Turbo Direct Injection) that generated 90 hp and got an impressive 48 mpg on the highway. Available transmissions were either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic.

The New Beetle was built on the VW Golf platform, and a lot of its features were lifted from that model. Power steering, power brakes, power heated mirrors, front and side airbags, air conditioning, cruise control, keyless entry, and an anti-theft alarm system were among the standard features.

The most common comment heard from drivers was that the new Beetle was "fun." The automaker played up that entertainment angle by making the car available in bright colors like red, blue, and lime green. Drivers found the car comfortable and easy to drive. . . but not on long trips. And while they thought it was reliable, economical to drive, and relatively inexpensive to maintain, they also found it "quirky" . . . and in that respect, it was remarkably similar to the original Bug.


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How To Reset The Airbag Light In My Beetle 1998.

i changed the seats to sporty ones and since that time the airbag light is on! i dont even think if these seats has any airbag plug like the original ones. what to do???

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Car Alarmed Itself, Wont Start, And I Cant Program My Key Fob To It.

I have a 98 VW Beetle and the battery went out a couple weeks ago, I took it out to charge it and when I put it back in, the car alarmed itself. every time I unlock the drivers side door, the alarm so...

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I Have A Leak In My Exhaust, Overheats And With Smoke Coming Out. How To Fi...

I have a 1998 VW Beetle. I recently took it in to be diagnosed for issues it's been having. The body shop told me that *two front oxygen sensors need changing, Flex Pipe Gasket (joint is leaking on ...

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1998 Vw Beetle Clicked When Tried To Start Thought It Might Be Starter Push...

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How Much For A Beetle That Doesn't Run?

I have a 1998 VW Beetle. Just got water pump, timing belt, serpitine belt all replaced. It has new tires as well. However, we just found out the motor seized and we have to replace transmission. Im ...

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