1998 Volkswagen Beetle LX 1.7 turbo diesel from North America
Fun to drive, but a nightmare to repair
The glow plug light comes on after the car has been running for a short time. The dealer repaired it four times and each time it came on again as I was driving home from the dealership. It's still on three years later.
The turbo charger failed at four months. The car was towed in and was repaired - all covered under warrenty. Alas, it took five weeks to get the part in for the repair.
The protective cover under the car has come loose twice, both times immediately after having the oil changed. Apparently the cover must be removed to change the oil. The second time was during a 2,000-mile road trip, late on a Saturday night in the middle of Kansas. Two truckers helped take it off and the car ran okay without it. I've been waiting for four weeks for the replacement cover to come in.
Parts availability is apparently a problem.
The electrical/wiring system has some annoying bugs.
Mileage is stupendous!
The car is a hoot to drive, lots of pickup and handles great.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 3rd October, 2001