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.
Inspection of Water Pump and Timing Belt on Volkswagen Beetle
Average mileage: 88,750 (11,200–128,000)
Engines affected: 1.8L 4 Cylinder Turbo, 2.0L 4 Cylinder
16 people reported this problem
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2005 Volkswagen Beetle- 1.8L 4 Cylinder Turbo85,000Visitor
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.
2000 Volkswagen Beetle- 2.0L 4 Cylinder128,000Visitor
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.
2004 Volkswagen Beetle- 2.0L 4 Cylinder98,000Visitor
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
2002 Volkswagen Beetle- 1.8L 4 Cylinder Turbo102,000Visitor
need to replace water pump and timing belt
I had a 0341 code dealing with the camshaft sensor, and a secondary code for insufficient flow...
What should it cost to replace both timing belt and water pump?
Is there an inspection plate that can be removed to view at least part of the belt?
2004 VW Beetle 2.0L 4A GLS; mileage 57K; Is timing belt/water pump replacement really necessa...