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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,833 miles

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1998 Volkswagen Beetle windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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1998 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 082007

Beetle 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 84,500 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Volkswagen Beetle. When the contact activated the windshield wipers, the wiper arm detached. The dealer was unable to diagnose the cause of failure. The current mileage is 85,000 and failure mileage was 84,500.

- Northbrook, IL, USA

problem #2

Jan 082004

(reported on)

Beetle 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,000 miles
Headlights will go out while in use without warning. When vehicle is in cruise control mode it will either surge or continue to accelerate. Dealership stated they need to separate the engine and transmission in order to fix the problem. The windshield wiper works intermittently. The dealership replaced the motor but the problem recurred. Consumer noted he has seen a lot of one headlight Beetles and that the problem is widespread.

- Gregory, MI, USA

problem #1

May 291998


  • miles
Wipers do not clean windshield properly causing poor visibility.

- San Jose, CA, USA

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