Coolant and Oil Leaks on Volkswagen Jetta

The water pump and/or other cooling system may develop a coolant leak. Oil leaking from the  valve cover gasket is also common.

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Average mileage: 111,870 (8,500–230,000)
Engines affected: 1.8L 4 Cylinder, 1.8L 4 Cylinder Turbo, 2.0L 4 Cylinder, 2.5L 5 Cylinder, 2.8L V6, 4 Cylinder, 6 Cylinder, Gasoline
16 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, more1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
38 people reported this problem
18 people shared problem details
2001 Volkswagen Jetta- 2.0L 4 Cylinder81,000
Coolant leak. Was managed by adding stop leak to the radiator, but that only worked temporarily. No solution has been found.
Coolant leakage, coolant light comes on.
1998 Volkswagen Jetta- 2.0L 4 Cylinder230,000
Coolant issue solved on its own(just stopped leaking, don't know why) and Oil leak is from a headgasket leak.
2000 Volkswagen Jetta- 1.8L 4 Cylinder Turbo129,000
Replaced Water pump
2004 Volkswagen Jetta- 4 Cylinder56,000
Water pump failed due to some type of blockage in the radiator.
2004 Volkswagen Jetta- 2.0L 4 Cylinder112,000
I had a low oil light come on, and was basically running on empty- like an idiot. Went to the shop to have the oil changed and did a flush of the engine as well. The servicer pointed out that the coolant reserve looks muddy and if it's not overheating then not to worry. An hour into running errands later that day, the coolant/overheating light came on. I popped the hood and opened the coolant reserve tank and a thick milkshake-like substance spilled out on to the floor and all over the reserve bubble. I added coolant and the car started overheating again. Same deal. It looked as though the oil was somehow getting into the reserve bubble. So I checked the dipstick. There was no oil left in the engine! So I assume that the oil was pouring into the coolant reserve. Any suggestions? But more importantly, I'm looking for a rough estimate, because It might be time to just buy a new car instead of putting in another $1000-2000 into this car. Thanks!
2002 Volkswagen Jetta- 1.8L 4 Cylinder123,000
Brakes feel a bit hard to push down what's could be wrong?
2000 Volkswagen Jetta- 2.0L 4 Cylinder85,000
Coolant leak near battery.
2001 Volkswagen Jetta- 1.8L 4 Cylinder Turbo187,000
Engine oil leaking into the coolant. First discovered thick oil in overflow housing or compartment.
2003 Volkswagen Jetta- 2.0L 4 Cylinder115,000
Engine will not start, coolant draining into oil pan .
2004 Volkswagen Jetta- 1.8L 4 Cylinder Turbo128,000
Coolant leaking. Haven't figured out from exactly where yet but I can hear the hissing sound and I smell the coolant. Engine too hot to touch at the moment
Water started leaking in the passenger side. Searching in the internet I found this guy: with the same problem. There, someone explains it is probably a blockage and how to clean it. Worked like a charm!
2003 Volkswagen Jetta- 2.0L 4 Cylinder200,153
oil leak problem.
2000 Volkswagen Jetta- 2.0L 4 Cylinder90,000
Coolant flange leak. Repair cost around $280.
2004 Volkswagen Jetta- 2.0L 4 Cylinder75,000
OEM water cooler has a plastic impeller which invariably will break and shard in the housing. You must replace this with an aftermarket water pump with a metal impeller. While you're in there change your timing and serpentine belts, cause it's a pain taking all that out.
2001 Volkswagen Jetta- 2.0L 4 Cylinder169,000
Coolant leak, pink coolant drips down when filled.
1990 Volkswagen Jetta- 1.8L 4 Cylinder8,500
yes i got the same
1998 Volkswagen Jetta- 2.0L 4 Cylinder
Replace valve cover gasket and intake manifold gasket with OEM gaskets from Volkswagen. Easy fix. Torque specs are crucial.
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