1998 Volkswagen New Beetle

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1998 Volkswagen New Beetle Reliability Rating

KEY: Minimal Problems Minimal Problems Moderate Problems Moderate Problems Significant Problems Significant Problems

Category

Rating

Comments

Engine

Significant Problems Occasional problems on this vehicle are failures of the Timing Belt and Mass Air Flow Sensor. Periodic problems on this vehicle are failures of the Intake Manifold Air Induction Passages, 1.9L diesel engine only, Water Pump and the Vacuum Hoses. The cost to repair the Timing Belt is estimated at $49.00 for parts and $175.50 for labor on the 2.0L engine, $62.00 for parts and $195.00 for labor on the 1.8L engine or $80.00 for parts and $260.00 for labor on the 1.9L diesel engine. The cost to repair the Mass Air Flow Sensor is estimated at $80.00 for parts and $58.50 for labor on the gas engine and $380.00 for parts and $65.00 for labor on the diesel engine. Volkswagen has issued a warranty extension due to the high number of Mass Air Flow failures. Mass Air Flow sensors are now warranted for 7 years, 70,000 miles on 1999 through 2001.The cost of cleaning the carbon from the Intake Manifold Air Induction Passages is estimated at $11.00 for parts and $169.00 for labor. The cost to repair the Water Pump is estimated at $113.15 for parts and $169.00 for labor. The cost to repair the Vacuum Hoses is estimated at $25.00 for parts and $65.00 for labor. All prices are estimates based on $65 per flat rate hour and do not include diagnostic time or any applicable sales tax.

Transmission & Driveline

Minimal Problems Infrequent problems reported, all with low repair costs.

Steering & Suspension

Minimal Problems Infrequent problems reported, all with low repair costs.

Brakes

Minimal Problems Infrequent problems reported, all with low repair costs.

Heating & Air Conditioning

Minimal Problems Infrequent problems reported, all with low repair costs.

Starting & Charging

Minimal Problems Infrequent problems reported, all with low repair costs.

Accessories

Minimal Problems Infrequent problems reported, all with low repair costs.

Overall

5 out of 5 5 out of 5

*Repair costs are based on a flat rate of $65.00 per hour and do not include diagnostic time or any applicable sales tax.

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KEY: Minimal Problems Minimal Problems  Moderate Problems Moderate Problems  Significant Problems Significant Problems
Click year for details: 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
Engine Significant Problems Moderate Problems Moderate Problems Significant Problems Moderate Problems Moderate Problems Significant Problems Moderate Problems
Transmission & Driveline Minimal Problems Minimal Problems Minimal Problems Minimal Problems Minimal Problems Minimal Problems Minimal Problems Minimal Problems
Steering & Suspension Minimal Problems Minimal Problems Minimal Problems Minimal Problems Minimal Problems Moderate Problems Minimal Problems Minimal Problems
Brakes Minimal Problems Minimal Problems Minimal Problems Minimal Problems Minimal Problems Minimal Problems Minimal Problems Minimal Problems
Heating & Air Conditioning Minimal Problems Minimal Problems Minimal Problems Minimal Problems Minimal Problems Minimal Problems Minimal Problems Minimal Problems
Starting & Charging Minimal Problems Minimal Problems Minimal Problems Minimal Problems Minimal Problems Minimal Problems Minimal Problems Minimal Problems
Accessories Minimal Problems Minimal Problems Minimal Problems Minimal Problems Minimal Problems Minimal Problems Minimal Problems Minimal Problems
Overall 5 out of 5 5 out of 5 5 out of 5 5 out of 5 5 out of 5 5 out of 5 5 out of 5 5 out of 5
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