I have a 98 Beetle that is having some issues. When I start the car, about half the time it won't start on the first try. I have to press the gas pedal while I turn the key to get it to start. I am also having issues where it hesitates upon pressing the gas. I actually almost got in a wreck because not only did it hesitate today, but it also stalled. I was turning into traffic and both lanes had to stop while I got my car restarted. I changed to fuel filter today, thinking that may be the issue, but my problem is actually worse. As of right now, I'm not certain if the fuel line was brittle and cracked just enough that we didn't notice it when we put it back together or if it's something else. It drove just fine for about half an hour, with a little hesitation but not much. I thought maybe it was just because there was so much gunk still trying to filter through and it was much less than before. I got home and realized I needed to run to the store, so I got in my car to go. It required me to pump the gas to start it again. I pulled out of my driveway onto my street and it stalled and shut off. It took four tries to get it to turn back on to get back in my driveway. My driveway has a bit of an incline. It shut off again and almost didn't start. I was considering putting on the emergency brake and just leaving it since it was out of the road, but got it to start on what was going to be my last attempt. I got it parked and am waiting a bit to see if it leaks any and will post an update. The check battery light came on when it stalled the last time for just a moment but wasn't on when I started it back up. I recently changed the terminals on the battery because I was having issues with it. The check engine light has been on since I got the car and the last owners said it had been for the three years they had it. I have issues with it starting when I fill up my tank. I had to turn the key nine times before I could get it to start and get it home. That was five days ago. It had never been that bad before, but the last time I filled up, it took two or three tries to start. What do you think? Is it the fuel pump or something else? I would love to get it to AutoZone to test the engine, but I can't move it right now, it's too dangerous to drive. I have done a decent amount of maintenance on her since I got her in March. I've changed transmission filter and fluid, oil filter and oil (that's been done twice actually), a couple of new fuses, new wiper blades, added coolant, new air filters, new rear bulbs, new battery terminals, new fuel filter, and some cosmetic stuff. My boyfriend and I have done all of the work ourselves. We've both worked on cars our whole life and know pretty well what we're doing. If anyone has any thoughts on what it could be, I would love to hear them. My thought is fuel pump based on it having real difficulty after filling up, hesitation, and stalling especially when not going in a straight, flat line. My boyfriend's dad is letting me borrow his SUV that he uses primarily when family is in town, so I do have something to drive, I just have to give it back whenever he needs it and put gas in it. It's a real gas guzzler too, so it's just an added expense I really don't want to have for long.