2001 Volkswagen Passat Q&A
2001 Volkswagen Passat Question: How long does a timing belt and water pump lasts on my 2001 Volkswagon?
By "it" do you mean the timing belt or water pump? If you are referring to water pump failure, then, while I would not call it "normal," I will say that, sadly, it is not unusual. The plastic impeller on the factory VW pump does not last very long. Whenever you get it replaced, make sure that the shop uses an aftermarket pump with the upgraded metal impeller. They may be a little more up front, maybe as much as $50 or $75 extra, but well worth it compared to doing the job again. At my shop we will only replace the VW water pumps with metal impeller units. It just isn't worth saving a few bucks to risk having a dissatisfied customer. - United Auto Service Center