1998 Volkswagen Beetle User Reviews

1998 Volkswagen Beetle Review Ratings

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  • 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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GabbyGebel writes:
1998 Volkswagen Beetle 2 Dr STD Hatchback Review
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5

Pros

For an older car, it has done pretty well so long as you take care of it.

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Small, this could be considered a pro however

GabbyGebel
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Love — I really love my bug. I love the style and color and general uniqueness. Great for a first car. It's really fuel efficient. Contrary to popular belief, this car handles great in the snow. I am from near buffalo and have never gotten stuck, even without snow tires.

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LLG86 writes:
1998 Volkswagen Beetle 2 Dr STD Hatchback Review
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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.

LLG86
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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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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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Scott writes:
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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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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

wdk1313
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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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Amy writes:
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I think this car definently fits my personality

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when it breaks it breaks and cost lost of money to fix

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I Like This Car When It Is Running Great — I like this car when it runs good, but when it breaks it really breaks. It also is very expensive to fix it never knew that until I owned one. Besides that it gets great gas mileage. Get one if you like being safe cause it is

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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Heidi writes:
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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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