1998 Volkswagen New Beetle

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1998 Volkswagen New Beetle

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Available in 2 styles:  New Beetle 2dr Hatchback Base shown
Asking Price Range
$1,667–$6,383
Estimated MPG

23–41 city / 29–48 hwy

NHTSA Vehicle Safety Recalls

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New Beetle

ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE

Recall number: 14E007000
Recall date: 03/07/2014

Problem Summary:

THE GATES CORPORATION (GATES) IS RECALLING CERTAIN AFTERMARKET TRU-FLOW WATER PUMPS, PART NUMBER TFW 41127, MANUFACTURED AUGUST 2013 THROUGH OCTOBER 2013 THAT HAVE A SILVER-COLORED PULLEY/SPROCKET OR DO NOT HAVE 'US9377' STAMPED ON THE WATER PUMP HOUSING. THESE SERVICE REPLACEMENT PARTS WERE SOLD FOR USE IN MODEL YEAR 1999-2005 AUDI A4, 2000-2006 AUDI TT, 1998-2005 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE, 1999-2006 GOLF, 1999-2008 AND 2011-2013 VOLKSWAGEN JETTA, AND 2000-2005 VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT. IN THE AFFECTED WATER PUMPS, THE PULLEY OR SPROCKET THAT TURNS THE TIMING BELT MAY DEVELOP MICROFRACTURES CAUSING THE TIMING BELT TO FAIL.

Consequence:

A FAILURE OF THE TIMING BELT MAY CAUSE THE ENGINE TO SHUT DOWN, INCREASING THE RISK OF A VEHICLE CRASH.

Corrective Action:

GATES WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE WATER PUMP, FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON MAY 5, 2014. OWNERS MAY CONTACT THE GATES CORPORATION AT 1-303-744-1911.


EXTERIOR LIGHTING

Recall number: 09E012000
Recall date: 04/07/2009

Problem Summary:

SABERSPORT IS RECALLING 16,270 COMBINATION CORNER AND BUMPER LAMP ASSEMBLIES OF VARIOUS PART NUMBERS SOLD FOR USE AS AFTERMARKET EQUIPMENT FOR VARIOUS PASSENGER VEHICLES. THESE HEADLAMPS FAIL TO CONFORM TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 108, "LAMPS, REFLECTIVE DEVICES, AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT." THESE LAMPS DO NOT CONTAIN THE REQUIRED AMBER SIDE REFLECTORS.

Consequence:

DECREASED LIGHTING VISIBILITY MAY RESULT IN A VEHICLE CRASH.

Corrective Action:

SABERSPORT WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND OFFER A FULL REFUND FOR THE NONCOMPLIANT COMBINATION LAMPS. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING APRIL 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT SABERSPORT AT 1-909-598-7589.


EXTERIOR LIGHTING:HEADLIGHTS

Recall number: 08E050000
Recall date: 08/11/2008

Problem Summary:

K2 MOTOR IS RECALLING 1,921 AFTERMARKET HEADLAMPS OF VARIOUS MODELS SOLD FOR USE ON THE ABOVE LISTED VEHICLES. THESE HEADLAMPS ARE MISSING THE AMBER SIDE REFLEX REFLECTOR WHICH FAILS TO CONFORM WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 108, "LAMPS, REFLECTIVE DEVICES, AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT.

Consequence:

WITHOUT THE AMBER SIDE REFLEX REFLECTORS, THE LIGHTING VISIBILITY MAY BE AFFECTED, POSSIBLY RESULTING IN A VEHICLE CRASH.

Corrective Action:

K2 MOTOR WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND OFFER A FULL REFUND. THE RECALL BEGAN ON DECEMEBER 17, 2008. OWNERS MAY CONTACT K2 MOTOR AT 1-909-839-2992.

The manufacturer first notified owners of this recall on 12/17/2008.


EXTERIOR LIGHTING

Recall number: 06E060000
Recall date: 06/29/2006

Problem Summary:

CERTAIN AAI MOTORSPORTS COMBINATION LAMPS SOLD AS REPLACEMENT LAMPS FOR USE ON THE ABOVE LIST PASSENGER VEHICLES. COMBINATION LAMPS NOT EQUIPPED WITH AMBER SIDE REFLECTORS FAIL TO CONFORM WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 108, ┬┐LAMPS, REFLECTIVE DEVICES, AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT.┬┐

Consequence:

LACK OF AMBER SIDE REFLECTORS IN THE LAMPS WILL DECREASE LIGHTING VISIBILITY TO OTHER DRIVERS AND MAY POSSIBLY RESULT IN A VEHICLE CRASH

Corrective Action:

AAI MOTORSPORTS WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND REPLACE THE LAMPS FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON AUGUST 1, 2006. OWNERS MAY CONTACT AAI MOTORSPORTS AT 909-923-9188.

The manufacturer first notified owners of this recall on 08/01/2006.


EXTERIOR LIGHTING:BRAKE LIGHTS:SWITCH

Recall number: 06V183000
Recall date: 05/24/2006

Problem Summary:

ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH AUTOMATIC OR MANUAL TRANSMISSIONS AND CRUISE CONTROLS, A BRAKE LIGHT SWITCH ON THESE VEHICLES MAY MALFUNCTION IF IT WAS INSTALLED INCORRECTLY DURING SAFETY RECALLS 03V-265 OR 04V-096.

Consequence:

THE BRAKE LIGHTS COULD BECOME INOPERATIVE, OR REMAIN ON. FAILURE TO PROVIDE THE PROPER SIGNAL WHEN BRAKING COULD LEAD TO A CRASH WITHOUT WARNING.

Corrective Action:

DEALERS WILL INSTALL THE NEWLY DESIGNED BRAKE LIGHT SWITCH FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON NOVEMBER 27, 2006. VEHICLES WITHIN THE MAKE, MODEL, AND MODEL YEAR OF THIS POPULATION MAY BE INVOLVED IN EITHER THIS RECALL OR 06V-183, BUT NOT BOTH. THE REMEDY IS THE SAME FOR EACH RECALL. VOLKSWAGEN DEALERS WILL APPLY THE REMEDY BASED ON THE VIN NUMBER OF THE VEHICLE. OWNERS MAY CONTACT VW AT 1-800-822-8987.

The manufacturer first notified owners of this recall on 11/27/2006.

This recall affects vehicles manufactured between 01/01/1998 and 11/30/2001.


EXTERIOR LIGHTING

Recall number: 06E049000
Recall date: 05/24/2006

Problem Summary:

CERTAIN CK MOTORSPORTS COMBINATION HEADLIGHTS, CLEAR CORNER, BUMPER, AND SIDE MARKER LIGHTS SOLD AS REPLACEMENT LAMPS FOR USE ON THE PASSENGER VEHICLES LISTED ABOVE. SOME COMBINATION LAMPS THAT ARE NOT EQUIPPED WITH AMBER SIDE REFLECTORS FAIL TO CONFORM TO FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 108, LAMPS, REFLECTIVE DEVICES, AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT.

Consequence:

WITHOUT THE AMBER REFLECTORS, THE VEHICLE WILL BE POORLY ILLUMINATED, POSSIBLY RESULTING IN A VEHICLE CRASH WITHOUT WARNING.

Corrective Action:

CK MOTORSPORT WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND REPLACE THE NONCOMPLIANT LAMPS FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON JULY 1, 2006. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CK MOTORSPORT AT 1-909-610-7211.

The manufacturer first notified owners of this recall on 07/01/2006.


EXTERIOR LIGHTING

Recall number: 06E026000
Recall date: 03/23/2006

Problem Summary:

CERTAIN PRO-A MOTORS CORNER LAMPS, TURN SIGNALS, AND HEADLIGHTS SOLD AS REPLACEMENT LAMPS FOR USE ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES LISTED ABOVE. SOME COMBINATION LAMPS THAT ARE NOT EQUIPPED WITH AMBER SIDE REFLECTORS FAIL TO CONFORM TO FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 108, LAMPS, REFLECTIVE DEVICES, AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT.

Consequence:

WITHOUT THE AMBER REFLECTORS, THE VEHICLE WILL BE POORLY ILLUMINATED, POSSIBLY RESULTING IN A VEHICLE CRASH WITHOUT WARNING.

Corrective Action:

PRO-A MOTORS WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND OFFER TO REPURCHASE THE LAMPS. THE RECALL BEGAN ON APRIL 3, 2006. OWNERS MAY CONTACT PRO-A MOTORS AT 323-838-2988.

The manufacturer first notified owners of this recall on 04/03/2006.


EXTERIOR LIGHTING:BRAKE LIGHTS:SWITCH

Recall number: 03V265000
Recall date: 07/25/2003

Problem Summary:

ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES, THE BRAKE LAMP SWITCH MAY MALFUNCTION.

Consequence:

IF THIS HAPPENS, THE BRAKE LAMPS COULD BECOME INOPERATIVE; OR THE LAMPS COULD COME ON AND STAY ON, EVEN THOUGH THE VEHICLE IS PARKED.

Corrective Action:

DEALERS WILL INSPECT AND, IF NECESSARY, REPLACE THE BRAKE LAMP SWITCHES. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN SEPTEMBER 26, 2003. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT VWOA AT 1-800-822-8987.

The manufacturer first notified owners of this recall on 09/26/2003.

This recall affects vehicles manufactured between 04/14/1998 and 11/30/2001.


ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:WIRING:FRONT UNDERHOOD

Recall number: 98V100000
Recall date: 05/13/1998

Problem Summary:

VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER VEHICLES. THE ELECTRICAL WIRING LOCATED IN THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT WAS ROUTED TOO CLOSE TO THE ENDGE OF THE VEHICLE'S BATTERY TRAY. THE WIRING CAN BECOME DAMAGED OVER TIME BY CHAFING AND THE AIR-CONDITIONER COMPRESSOR AND/OR THE FUEL PUMP CAN MALFUNCTION.

Consequence:

A MALFUNCTION OF THE FUEL PUMP CAN CAUSE THE VEHICLE TO STALL, AND IN SOME INSTANCES, COULD ALSO RESULT IN A WIRING FIRE IN THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT.

Corrective Action:

DEALERS WILL INSTALL A MODIFIED BATTERY TRAY AND INSPECT, PROPERLY ROUTE, AND SECURING THE WIRING IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE RECALL REPAIR INSTRUCTIONS.

The manufacturer first notified owners of this recall on 05/14/1998.

This recall affects vehicles manufactured between 01/01/1998 and 05/31/1998.


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