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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,799 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1998 Volkswagen Beetle accessories - exterior problems

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1998 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

problem #5

Jun 142006

Beetle 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,997 miles


: the contact stated without incident, both the lower pivots for the exterior rear view mirrors fractured. The mirrors are inoperable and cannot be turned. The dealership determined the entire mirror assembly needed to be replaced.

- Bellaire, TX, USA

problem #4

Dec 102004

Beetle 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
I own a 1998 Beetle and I am making you aware of a safety concern that can possibly lead to an accident or even cause a death. I have complained before and nothing has been done. The external mirrors on the early new Beetles are dangerously oversized thus causing a significant blind-spot(s) when driving. These blind spots, (especially drivers side) prevent visibility to the front sides of the vehicle. Ex. if there is someone in the crosswalk in front left of you, you cannot see them or it!!! on too many occasions to count I and others have almost hit a pedestrian and another oncoming vehicle due to this failure!!! I don't know how many more times I will be so lucky, but I feel as if I am driving a ticking time bomb. VW has come up with the solution by redesigning newer Beetles with smaller and relocating the external mirrors thus eliminating the problem. But, those of us who have theses older versions are stuck with this very critical safety concern...please help!

- Malden, MA, USA

problem #3

Jul 172001

(reported on)


  • miles
The left side, outside rear view mirror in combination with the left, lower a pillar create a severe blind spot. When making a left turn with a vehicle in front of you, the view of that vehicle is completely blocked by the mirro/pillar. If the vehicle in.

- Wappingers Falls, NY, USA

problem #2

Jun 112001

(reported on)


  • miles
The outside rear view mirrors on the doors of the car are placed exactly in the line of vision and in order to see when turnng a corner the consumer has to put his head down and look under hthe mirror, the consumer feels this design is unsafe. Nlm

- Corte Madera, CA, USA

problem #1

Sep 181998


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The pillar on which the driver side mirror is attached hinders the driver's vision severely.

- Westlake V, CA, USA

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