Engine Overheating Due to Damaged Water Pump Impeller on Volkswagen Golf

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.

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Average mileage: 123,347 (66,000–211,552)
Engines affected: 1.8L 4 Cylinder, 2.0L 4 Cylinder
13 model years affected: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, more1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
24 people reported this problem
7 people shared problem details
1995 Volkswagen Golf- 1.8L 4 Cylinder133,000
Overheating in the interior of the vehicle & oil splash on the inside of the bonnet. Temperature guage light starts flashing. Please Help!!!!!
1998 Volkswagen Golf- 1.8L 4 Cylinder82,000
Sometimes car won't warm up in cold weather, or the heat will be on full blast and suddenly the blown air will become cold. Technician said there was an issue with the water pump, and recommended replacing the water pump, thermostat, flushing the coolant and the timing belt. Said there was a package including labor for $1000 to replace those items.
1999 Volkswagen Golf- 1.8L 4 Cylinder211,552
It raises up to 70 while ac is on,when ac is off it's higher than 70 temperature
1995 Volkswagen Golf- 2.0L 4 Cylinder91,243
the impeller for the water pump was made of plastic and desintegrated inside the pump
1998 Volkswagen Golf- 2.0L 4 Cylinder180,000
Car suddenly started leaking coolant, overheating occured, and I lost power steering. Taking it to a shop to have it fixed as it's too cold and I lack tools to do it at home.
2001 Volkswagen Golf- 2.0L 4 Cylinder97,000
I just purchased the car from a little auto sales place, and now have to replace the radiator fan and water pump which is expecting about $600-$1000 of costs. Replaced the thermostat in a number one attempt but really it's issues with the water pump.
1999 Volkswagen Golf- 2.0L 4 Cylinder125,981
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