Problem Description and Possible Solution
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.
Average mileage: 88,750 (11,200–128,000)
Engines affected: 1.8L 4 Cylinder Turbo, 2.0L 4 Cylinder
17 people reported this problem
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.
Water pump failed, causing timing belt, thermostat to fail, engine seized. Replaced engine, belt, thermostat, thermostat casing. Replaced water pump 3 times in 4 months. Got it back 2 weeks ago, coolant light started flashing again. Reservoir bone-dry. Back in the shop. I'm so frustrated