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9.2

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,667 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.

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1998 Volkswagen Beetle engine problems

engine problem

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1998 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

problem #6

Sep 151999

Beetle 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

When cruise control was engaged vehicle would suddenly accelerate beyond the set speed. The dealer examined the vehicle, and found that the throttle control module was defective. The vehicle's speedometer would not go past 60 mph. The A/C compressor failed which caused a loud squealing noise when turning the A/C on. The mil light illuminated intermittently. The dealer replaced the air hose, air pump and mass air flow sensor.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #5

Dec 122003

Beetle

  • miles
While driving at an undetermined speed the vehicle stalled. The consumer took the vehicle to a mechanic. Please add any additional information.

- Cranbury, NJ, USA

problem #4

Apr 102000

Beetle Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Ongoing problem with engine check light keep coming on. This has occurred on nine occasions, and vehicle stalled out while traveling at 40 mph or more on two occasions. Dealer unable to locate cause. Consumer states other beetle vehicles have been recalled, however she has not received any recall notification.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #3

Feb 082001

(reported on)

Beetle

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While driving plastic cover that protects engine/ exhaust system and plugs disengaged from under vehicle.

- East Grandy, CT, USA

problem #2

May 051998

Beetle

  • miles
Mil light is on in the dash due to faulty secondary air change valve.

- Columbia, MD, USA

problem #1

Oct 291998

(reported on)

Beetle

  • miles
The pistons in the engine had to be replaced because they were leaking oil. Dealer does not know the cause.

- Raynham, MA, USA

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