1998 New Beetle

Consumer Reviews

1998 Volkswagen New Beetle

$26 - $7,214  MSRP Range
1998 Volkswagen New Beetle

Review Score

4.2 out of 5 stars

4.2

5 Reviews
80% of drivers recommend this car
Score Breakdown
4.2 out of 5 stars Comfort
3.8 out of 5 stars Value for the Money
4 out of 5 stars Interior Design
3.8 out of 5 stars Reliability
3.6 out of 5 stars Performance
3.8 out of 5 stars Exterior Styling

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5 out of 5 stars

46 mpg!!!

by VW owner from Columbia City, IN on Sat Mar 03 2007

I have put over 50,000 miles on my diesel beetle, and have had minimal problems. Great car! I used to drive a 3/4 ton 4x4 to work, and since I got my beetle the payment, insurance, and diesel fuel is less than I used to pay a month just in gas! Great car, 12year warranty against rust. I have a 1998 and have yet to see any rust even under the car!

4 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
5 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
4 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Does recommend this car!!

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5 out of 5 stars

Fun to drive - Great economy!

by Biobug from Madison, WI on Wed Jul 04 2007

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!

4 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
2 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
4 out of 5 starsPerformance
4 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Does recommend this car!!

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4 out of 5 stars

New beetle

by Ajayna on Sat May 19 2018

If it?s taken care of properly it?s a good car to have. It can also last you awhile. I always thought these cars were neat.

5 out of 5 starsComfort
3 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
3 out of 5 starsInterior Design
3 out of 5 starsReliability
3 out of 5 starsPerformance
3 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car!!

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5 out of 5 stars

Fabulous Condition Pre-Owned Beetle

by RjayH1 from New York, NY on Sun Oct 22 2006

This Vehicle drives very well and is in perfect condition. I would recommend this Vehicle because of the price. It is a low price for a car which is in the condition this is. The color is electrifying and sharp. Good Luck!

5 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
5 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Does recommend this car!!

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2 out of 5 stars

Never Again:VW No!

by buggin me no more from South Portland, Me on Sat Feb 26 2011

I always wanted a bug since I was a little kid and I got a used 1998 5years ago and initially I was thrilled. But that didn't last long. It was the first year of the New Beetle and it didn't take long for me to realize that there were lots of problems that should have been recalled and repaired by VW America(esp the electrical system). Even though the car had only 35k and no rust it cost me between 1.5 and 2k in repairs per year. The engine light was on all the time for one thing or another, the 98 was so low to the ground that I went through 2 catalytic converters from frost heave and from driving in snow the grill and fog lights were constantly getting smushed. Any time a mechanic had to work under the hood they had to drop the engine out which added to the cost of repair. I loved the drive but I only got 23-25mpg because of the weight. It was like a bad marriage: I loved the car but never again!

3 out of 5 starsComfort
1 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
5 out of 5 starsInterior Design
1 out of 5 starsReliability
2 out of 5 starsPerformance
2 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does not recommend this car!!

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Our Take on the 1998 Volkswagen New Beetle

There is an adage that says, "History repeats itself."

In the case of the new Volkswagen Beetle, you can add "Yes, but not in the same way."

The beloved Beetle that made its appearance on American shores shortly after World War II exited the scene some years ago.

But not to fret.

It has been replaced by the 1998 Beetle, an automobile that is rekindling the magic of its legendary namesake.

A completely new motor car, the '98 Beetle tends to evoke more memories than anything else of the original vehicle.

The engine is in the front rather than the rear. It is water-cooled rather than air-cooled. And it's a front-drive rather than a rear-drive.

It also is equipped with air conditioning and a heating system... Read More