1998 Volkswagen Golf Overview


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4 Dr GL Hatchback
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4 Dr K2 Hatchback
4 Dr Wolfsburg Hatchback

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4.45 stars

Based on 16 reviews

Very Fun To Drive And Quite Versitile. Performance Is More Than Expected. by James1421
 — This is my car and has over 205k on it. It runs almost like new and still smokes the competition. It's the most fun in winter; it being front wheel drive, it handles unbelievably in snow. However, the... Read More
Vdub by Dominik
 — performance- awesome acceleration, great braking, good handling, built quality- never needed body repair, has had upgrates, curretly needs a power steering rack and a front wheel bearing, appearance... Read More
German Wolf On City Streets by Sridhar6
 — I had this car for just under 2 years and it was fun to drive, especially on the smaller roads in Ireland. It had 75HP engine and the fuel consumption was low and gave excellent mileage. It handled th... Read More

1998 Volkswagen Golf Overview

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1998 Volkswagen Golf

For 1998, Volkswagen scaled back its list of special-edition Golfs. The Jazz and Trek, available the previous year, were gone. Only the Golf K2, designed to appeal to winter sports enthusiasts, remained. It came with either skis or a snowboard, special upholstery and gauges, and an upgraded stereo system, among other special features.

The Golf K2, as well as the base-model GL and the higher-end Golf GTI, came with a 115-hp, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that had been the workhorse of the Golf fleet for a number of years. It was linked to a five-speed automatic transmission, which was standard. A four-speed automatic was optional. The GTI VR6, also part of the Golf lineup, received a 172-hp, 2.8-liter V6.

New for 1998 was the Volkswagen Golf Wolfsburg Edition, which came with air conditioning, a power moonroof, upgraded upholstery and gauges, foglights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and an upgraded sound system.

Standard features for the Golf included power door locks, power brakes, power steering, dual airbags, and an anti-theft alarm system. The GTI and GTI VR6 added anti-lock brakes, air conditioning, a moonroof, and alloy wheels.

The 1998 Volkswagen Golf got enthusiastic high marks from many drivers, who thought the car was comfortable, handling, and fuel economy. A number of drivers, however, noted that the car needed frequent, and often expensive, repairs. The electrical system was noted as particularly problematic.


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My Vw Golf 98 1.8 20v Hatch Wont Change Into Drive When Driving

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Automatic 98 Vw Golf Shift Cable Linkage Break

When I shift gears it is completely loose, stuck in the last gear it was in before the cable link broke. Do I have to buy a whole new cable or is there a part that will reattach it at the end?

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