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Coolant and Oil Leaks on Volkswagen GTI

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 52,275 (12,000–120,000)
Engines affected: 1.8L 4 Cylinder, 2.0L 4 Cylinder, 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo
15 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, more1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2013
19 people reported this problem
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Coolant leak, Dealer diagnosed water pump failure.
Low coolant light came on, and found that almost all coolant had leaked out of reservoir. Diagnosed as a faulty water pump, and was replaced under warranty by VW dealer.
Old was plastic housing, new is metal
Coolant leak. Dealer diagnosed as faulty water pump.