1998 Volkswagen Beetle Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1998 Volkswagen Beetle

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1998 Volkswagen Beetle Problems

One or Both Head Lights May Not Work

One or both head lights may not work due to premature head light bulb burnout and/or bulb harness failure. Care should be taken to inspect the head light harness connector for damage when replacing bulbs. Damaged connectors should be replaced.

Power Window May Fail Due to Window Regulator

One or more power windows may fail. Our technicians tell us this is commonly due to a failed window regulator which will require replacement.

Engine Oil Leaks

Engine oil leaks are common from the valve cover gaskets and camshaft chain tensioner gasket.

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1998 Volkswagen Beetle Recalls

Volkswagen Recalls 1998-2002 Models Due to Malfunctioning Brake Light Switch

Volkswagen has recalled certain 1999-2002 Jetta and 1998-2002 Beetle models because a brake light switch may malfunction if incorrectly installed during a safety recall. This can cause the brake lights to become inoperative or remain on. Dealers will install the newly designed brake light switch free of charge.

Recall 03V265000
ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES, THE BRAKE LAMP SWITCH MAY MALFUNCTION.
Recall 98V100000
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.

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1998 Volkswagen Beetle Reviews

I bought my 1998 Beetle with over 170,000 miles on it. I've driven to over 20,000 miles. The door lock broke...alarm sounded and now...the car won't start...something to do with the circuit...Electrical and wiring issue are too many to list...The motor runs great! The 1st gear and reverse only work when they want to...I have pushed this car more than I care to say...I do like the beetle...but...
There is only 2 problems we have had with our 1998 volkswagon beetle. The air condition quit working and the handle you close the door with came loose. would we get another beetle. Theyre cute but,.. probably not
6/25/2012 Was the scariest day of my life. Due to electrical problems in my Beetle, I almost died. My car over heated at the Mc Donald's here in my hometown. I pulled out of drive-thru and my car caught fire. Setting my passenger seat beneath me on fire and then mine. Spreading to the rear and front of the car, I was engulfed in flames. Luckily, a good person pulled me out before the car explod...

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