Inspection of Water Pump and Timing Belt on Volkswagen Golf

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.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 104,492 (63,984–145,000)
Engines affected: 1.8L 4 Cylinder Turbo, 2.0L 4 Cylinder
8 model years affected: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, more2004, 2005, 2006, 2010
10 people reported this problem
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The timing belt and water pump went. I've had a lot of work done on this car already (alternator, O2 sensors, Mass Air flow,Brakes, Emergency Brake) I was told by the mechanic who was nearest my location when the car broke down that these 2 things could be fixed, but that there is a 50/50 chance that a valve is bent, but they won't know until they replace the timing belt.(Potentially talking about $1300 if the valve went too) Is the car worth taking the risk and putting the added money into or should I total it???