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definitely annoying
Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
130,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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1998 Volkswagen Beetle engine problems

engine problem

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1998 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

problem #1

Apr 302010

Beetle 4 cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 130,000 miles


This car is the worst thing on the market today! My girlfriend bought this car maybe two months ago and this is the fourth time she is going to need it looked at! From the fuel pump failure, to fuel leak and then the rear brakes completely stopped working almost causing an accident! Now, of course when i got into it, it started shaking and trembling after a few minutes and the check engine light came on. Drove it for about ten more mins on the highway and when I came to a stop light it smelled very sulfur like as if something was burning. Clutch is working ok but the engine has a sparatic pulse or shake to it. I checked over the engine and oil was low so I added a quart but car still seems to be sputtering when going to accelerate and when coming to a stop. Not sure what the problem is but definitely getting the point that this car SUCKS ASS!!!! Any suggestions?

- , West Chester, PA, USA

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