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Volkswagen Beetle Engine Overheating Due to Damaged Water Pump Impeller

Volkswagen Beetle Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005

Engines Affected: 1.8L 4 Cylinder Turbo, 2.0L 4 Cylinder

Average Mileage: 84,923 mi (26,000 mi - 200,000 mi)


The engine may develop an overheating condition due to a damaged water pump impeller. Our technicians tell us the repair should include replacement of the water pump, thermostat, and flushing the cooling system.

  • Visitor, , 1.8L 4 Cylinder Turbo, 100,000 mi

    Mine is in the shop for the same problem. I will never own another volkswagon nothing but problems

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  • Visitor, , 2.0L 4 Cylinder, 76,000 mi

    water pump cost me $800 to fix.

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  • Visitor, , 2.0L 4 Cylinder

    My car is in the shop right now for this same thing!

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  • Visitor, , 1.8L 4 Cylinder Turbo, 91,000 mi

    over heating but no coolant leaking changed the thermostat...mechanic say waterpump

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  • Visitor, , 2.0L 4 Cylinder, 63,900 mi

    Cehck engine light came on while driving to St. Louis. Car was overheating. Had thermostat, waterpump and radiator flushed.

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  • Visitor, , 1.8L 4 Cylinder Turbo, 75,800 mi

    The light that shows that my engine keeps going off, it stays there for about 2 minutes and then it goes away it's kinda scaring me... I'm going to take it to the shop for like the 3rd time. I've only had this car 10 months and it's had lots a problems and also the check engine light is on and it's really pissing me off... But I love this car so much it's the cutest thing ever:)

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  • lindaruble, , 2.0L 4 Cylinder, 200,000 mi

    over heats and all the anti runs out

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  • Visitor, , 2.0L 4 Cylinder, 90,000 mi

    I have had issues with this 3 x . And had to have the water pump replaced. The repair shop finally used VW parts and this fixed the problem. I have noticed that the beetle likes all VW parts. Even the universal windshield wipers didn't work. So now I ask the shop to use all VW parts. It just saves $ in the long run!!

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  • Visitor, , 2.0L 4 Cylinder, 129,000 mi

    Coolant leak due to above mentioned problem. I guess I'm lucky that it didn't happen sooner, considering the mileage on my car.

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  • Visitor, , 1.8L 4 Cylinder Turbo, 68,311 mi

    Running fine for several years then just up and died on the side of the road. The light came on for the water temp and within seconds I lost power and was lucky to pull off of the busy highway.

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