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Old 12-04-2010, 11:51 PM
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I am looking to buy a 1998 Bug. What should I look for? Are there any major problem in that year?
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Old 12-05-2010, 12:33 AM
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Just stay away from the automatics and make sure you get the timing belt, water pump and tensioner changed right away.
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Old 12-05-2010, 03:48 AM
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What is high mileage for one of them Beetle?
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Old 12-05-2010, 05:43 AM
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Same as any other car really, a lot of it comes down to how it is driven and how well it was taken care of. They can run for a very long time when properly maintained. I'd rather buy a car with 180k well-maintained highway miles than one with 80k miles of city driving and neglect.

Bottom line, you're looking at a car that is 12 years old. There are going to be issues no matter what. But a little bit of proactive care will go a long way.
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