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Volkswagen Beetle Inspection of Water Pump and Timing Belt

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: 83,000 mi (11,200 mi - 128,000 mi)


The water pump may fail resulting in engine overheating and possible timing belt damage. Overheating and/or timing belt failure can result in very expensive engine repairs. As a precaution, it is recommended to inspect the timing belt and water pump at regular intervals.

  • Visitor, , 1.8L 4 Cylinder Turbo, 85,000 mi

    My beetle stopped running on a highway in Ct., back in July 2011, I was pushing the gas pedal and nothing happened, I got towed to the VW dealership and had to replace the timing belt, and while they were in there they said they needed to do the water pump after all was said and done $5,000 and only one year and two months earlier I bought the used car for about $8,000, so I guess that brought the price up to about $13,000 and tomorrow I need to get the broken passenger window fixed, I hope it is for more like $50, this is all too much, but........they did say the timing belt and other repairs I did in July, would make the car last another 80,000 miles, I will hold them to it.

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  • Visitor, , 2.0L 4 Cylinder, 128,000 mi

    The teeth ripped off the timing belt about 8 inches of it. It shelled the engine when piston's hit the valves. This is a customer vehicle and engine swap with labor and materials is more than the mexican assembled car is worth.

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  • Visitor, , 1.8L 4 Cylinder Turbo, 102,000 mi

    need to replace water pump and timing belt

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