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 Golf
Average mileage: 104,492 (63,984–145,000)
Engines affected: 1.8L 4 Cylinder Turbo, 2.0L 4 Cylinder
10 people reported this problem
2002 Volkswagen Golf - 2.0L 4 Cylinder 63,984 mi, Visitor
Water pump failed. Shop replaced water pump and timing belt and tensioners.
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???