One or more power windows may fail. Our technicians tell us this is commonly due to a failed window regulator which will require replacement.
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1998 Volkswagen Beetle
1998 Volkswagen Beetle Problems
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.
Due to an ignition component and/or engine coolant temperature sensor failure, the Check Engine Light may illuminate. Replacement of the failed component will be necessary to correct this concern.
Erratic turn signal operation can be a result of a failing turn signal flasher relay which will require replacement.
The mass air flow (MAF) sensor may fail, resulting in drivability issues and/or illumination of the Check Engine Light.
1998 Volkswagen Beetle Recalls (Recent)
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.Learn more »
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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.
1998 Volkswagen Beetle Questions and Answers
Sometimes my car won't start, the engine won't kick over. I've had this problem for about 10 mths. I've been to 2 mechanics and had fuel pump replaced twice, new starter. major ...
In your response if the engine turns over....I think it does. i turn the key and the engine won't kick over.
1991 headlight removal complete and new headlight installation. Please note 1991 not 1998. It would not accept 1991
cold air not coming out of AC
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 a CHEAP deal has gotten so far out of hand...I'm going to get it running and let it go!!! A 2013 with a full warranty might be interesting...
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 exploded. I had no idea the volkswagen was having so many issues with wiring and issues. I almost died yesterday. Seeing my car explode and burn to a crisp, I would not wish that fear on anyone. Be careful of owning any Volkswagens without checking the electrical systems. It is dangerous and has proven so as of yesterday.
I just went through blog and if I would have heard all this 18 months ago I would not have purchased my 1998 Beetle. it had a bad mass air flow meter on it when I purchased it that I diagnosed on the spot when I Bought it. yea it was a Total guess. because it was my first non American car. but with gas price's and the fact that the man selling it didn't know what the problem was so I got a great deal $2,000 but it had 188,000 miles on it. now at 215,000 I have only had to replace the M.A.F.S. along with regular oil change's. and a starter. so I'am happy with the gas burning Manual trans,bug that gets 34 MPG.
I owe a 1998 VW Beetle in wish i loved, when it was in good conditions i drove it for 1 year than everything started to fall apart. I replaced the motor, changed the radiator,double cooling fans, thermostat, timing belt. cat. converters, did a complete 2 times tune ups in 6 months, changed the cables and all, water pump starter, and still check engine on. the interior started breaking, door panels, door locks, upholstery fading. headlights moldings broke, it seems that nothing works, but yet very expensive to get it going. I already spend $6,056. replacing everything. I didn't know what I was getting my self into. sucks!