1998 Volkswagen Beetle User Reviews

1998 Volkswagen Beetle Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 18 reviews

  • Performance:3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars 3.9 / 5
  • Appearance:4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5
  • Build Quality:3.1 out of 5 stars3.1 out of 5 stars3.1 out of 5 stars3.1 out of 5 stars3.1 out of 5 stars 3.1 / 5
  • Overall: 4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5

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PROS
"ride" 10 reviews
"fuel economy" 8 reviews
"handling" 5 reviews
"reliable car" 3 reviews
"power" 3 reviews
CONS
"seat" 5 reviews
"expensive car" 5 reviews
"ride" 2 reviews

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Scott writes:
1998 Volkswagen Beetle 2 Dr STD Hatchback Review
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Fun to drive, fun to look at... good German engineering.

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Don't buy a 1998...just too many small issues...the new 2.5L Beetles are much better.

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Decent Car...fun And All...but Don't Get A 1998...too Many Hassles. — Performance was adequate for a city environment...good brakes and handling. Rudimentary traction control took a little getting used to. The build quality was decent but a few frustrating things broke...gas filler cable, back hatch latch, hood latch, to name a few. It was decent on gas...fun to drive...easy to park. The fact that I could drive it (6'4", 275lbs) as easily as the wife (5' nuthin') made it a good fit for our family. Rear seating wasn't great but enough for short runs. It did well in the snow, too. Being the first year model for the New Beetle, it did have it's quirks and bad habits, but all-in-all it was a decent car. Heck, we ended up buying a 2005 and 2007 Beetle...and we might buy yet another!

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Ryan3171 writes:
1998 Volkswagen Beetle 2 Dr STD Hatchback Review
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Clever styling, good handling and a contemporary chassis combine to make the New Beetle more than a remake of a good idea. It is a full-fledged, functional small car that overflows with the kind of whimsy and personality rarely found in cars today

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The back seat lacks headroom, the dash is as deep as a minivan and the wide windshield pillars occasionally block your view around corners.

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Dream Come True — 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 repair and are tough to replace) and the fabric on the ceiling is falling off. Even all the plastic molding and covers in the engine compartment are, in my opinion, unnecessary. Mechanically, the car is fabulous. I love it!

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Sebastian writes:
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4

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everything

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brakes, and the exaust

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Pichirilo! — It doesn't have the best brakes, a bit hard to move the steering wheel, didn't need major repairs just a few details, the engine is in perfect shape, i spend 10 to 15 dolars of fuel per week, (pretty economic in my country for a gasoline car)

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Vaughnrush writes:
1998 Volkswagen Beetle 2 Dr STD Hatchback Review
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4

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Super sporty, super cute, gas mileage, comfortable, reliable.

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Cheap plastic parts, expensive to repair, cramped backseat.

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Bubbles! — I'm pretty in love with my blue Bug. I got her with 156,000 miles on it with the check engine light on and it was driving rather oddly (turn was horrible, brakes needed work, etc.). But after putting $1,000 into fixing her up (radiator, ball joints, oil leak, etc) runs perfect. Not bad considering I bought it for $2,500. The funny thing is though everyone says that this car fits me, and I can't deny it. And i'm a freaking guy. But, it's just way to adorable not to love. I love the steering, the handling, how smooth it is and how it handles weather. It's extremely powerful for an older and smaller engine. I have an automatic, and it usually gets about 25-30 mpg all the time. And it still turns heads wherever I go. It's very relaible for me and hasn't had a problem except for the radiator (which was my fault....didn't have enough air in my tires, pulled into a parking space and hit the curb a little bit on the front end). I'm in love! EDIT: I need to update my review. I lost this car in a horrible accident a few months ago, and, let me tell you, this car is extremely sturdy and durable when it comes to side collisions. I was hit on my drivers side by someone going 20 over the speed limit and I made it out with no injuries. I am very thankful for having had this car as my first car and surprised at how well it took the damage and was still able to drive fine afterwards. A bug saved my life.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Heidi writes:
1998 Volkswagen Beetle 2 Dr STD Hatchback Review
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handles great,good gas milage,looks cute..

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high maitenance,bad on snowy icey roads...

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Good And Bad Of The New Beetle-- — 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 holders are too small under radio and none for back seat.Hard for people to get in and out of back seat. --Fun to drive,easy to drive,super cute car,my 98 still looks like a brand new one.I love the flower vase and driving it daily.--Not a country car,best on only paved roads,does badly on snowy icey roads--

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Quimby writes:
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Makes a great first car.

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Can't think of any right now.

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Vw Beetle — 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 handles excellently and it sticks to the road, it's the safest car I've ever driven.

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LLG86 writes:
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I really appreciated having an old, beat-up car to learn how to drive a manual transmission so that I didn't have to ruin a newer car.

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Once I fixed something, something else fell apart. And EVERYTHING was expensive to fix.

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Rip Betty The Bug — It was exactly what I wanted...when I was 18. As I got older, the "cutesy" look of the bug was no longer me. I definitely received ridicule from boyfriends, and car guys took advantage of me (based on the image of a cute girl with a red VW Beetle) by charging me for unnecessary repairs.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Annika writes:
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I love this car

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it's not a family car I guess

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Love It — this car is great, was just a little old, and expensive to take car of. acceleration is very good. Its fast and easy to drive. I even got through the deep snow without getting stuck. It has all you wanted, leather seats, heated seats, 6 CD changer - just great!!!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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wdk1313 writes:
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cute factor, fun factor

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crazy-through-the-roof-expensive repairs

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Its Just A Love/hate Relationship. — I purchased this car in 2003 when it was a young 1998 with only 5, 500 miles. Sigh. It now has 61, 000. I never really wanted a beetle, we just got such a heck of a deal I just couldn't pass it up. And it's been alright since then- nothing too majorly wrong with it, mechanically. The interior is another story. Every single little plastic piece has come off. Eventually, I gave up and just started collecting them in a crate in the back seat. I have more pieces in the back-seat than I do on the car (seat flip up cover, both sides seat lean back roll thing, window switch covers, rear cup holder, door handle, fuse panel cover, the list is endless. . . VW needs to learn to make better trim pieces [and headlights, and brake light switches, and electrical systems. . . ] Overall though, I've had no major mechanical catastrophes YET, so I consider myself lucky. She is a good car and is reliable (she's only quite on me like four times lol) enough. Don't misinterpret my long list of cons, because I love my little car, when she isn't driving me insane.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Andy writes:
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looks, handling

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nothing

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1998 New Beetle — Solid car, very fun to drive, still looks good, handles very welll for it's age, reasonable to maintain, parts are not very expensive, has had very few problems considering age & mileage, interior has held up well with all the abuse it gets.

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