The Water Pump May Fail Which Could Result in Expensive Engine Repairs on Volkswagen Passat

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.

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Average mileage: 88,265 (29,000–180,000)
Engines affected: 1.8L 4 Cylinder Turbo, 2.0L 4 Cylinder, 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo, 2.8L V6
14 model years affected: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, more2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013
44 people reported this problem
19 people shared problem details
2008 Volkswagen Passat- 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo80,000
we have had a water pump replaced 3 times since we bought our car 1.5 years ago
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1998 Volkswagen Passat- 1.8L 4 Cylinder Turbo116,000
Coolant Warning Appeared , coolant was dripping from underneath. Took it to the dealership, water pump was busted, and cam shaft seal was broken, a $1500 fix, my car hasn't moved ever since.
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2003 Volkswagen Passat- 1.8L 4 Cylinder Turbo
Engine overheats after 20 minutes of driving. Water level is still full
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2009 Volkswagen Passat- 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo51,700
I had to have the water pump replaced at my local mechanic shop. The original part was cracked and one of the gaskets was warped, allowing the liquid to seep out. The part is supposed to be covered by warranty, but since I had to have the work done locally, rather than at the dealer, I will have to pay for the labor costs. I guess that is the price you have to pay when you live 60 miles from the dealer. To have it towed to the dealer would have cost me about $300.00. Interestingly, my mechanic looked up the issue on the internet and found that this problem is called a "ghost leak" as it comes and goes, thus making it very difficult to find. Bill Hartling
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2006 Volkswagen Passat- 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo
water pump failed,ripped off timing belt. had to replace engine; 2 weeks later transmission failed.
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2008 Volkswagen Passat- 2.0L 4 Cylinder61,300
Coolant light went on, stopped to buy and then poured new coolant in, 10 mins later, coolant warning again. Took it to our repair shop and it turns out that the water pump failed. Replacement cost $950. Then, after they replaced and tested pressure, error codes pointed to a secondary pump issue and problems with a leaky seal. Revised repair cost, now $1380. Problem seems solved, but Check engine light can't be cleared!
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2000 Volkswagen Passat- 2.8L V655,000
Water pump leaked onto timing belt. The water pump had to be replaced and a new timing belt kit installed.
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2008 Volkswagen Passat- 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo77,000
Check engine light came on, lost power - engine code check showed it was placed in "limp" mode - reducing power. Apparently water pump was failing (though no engine overheating) and damaged camshaft. Total cost $3,687! This will impact my future choices in cars - probably not a VW again (I have three VWs now).
2013 Volkswagen Passat- 1.8L 4 Cylinder Turbo45,000
Coolant leak, diagnostic proved water pump to be defective
2003 Volkswagen Passat- 2.8L V6113,000
the timing belt locked up it has been replaced however the car still won't start
2010 Volkswagen Passat- 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo50,200
Sensor came on to check coolant, when I checked it was empty. Had to have car towed to dealer and am being told the water pump needs to be replaced.
2001 Volkswagen Passat- 2.8L V6160,000
Stop light came on for check coolant. My mechanic said water pump is leaking so needs to be replaced and recommends timing belt also. Fix 1,300 2001 VW Passat V6. Just fixed valve cover gaskets it never ends!
2001 Volkswagen Passat- 2.8L V6
Replaced motor in 2013, drove the car for six months and water started leaking from water pump. So I stop driving it, and started looking into the reason my car leaked water the way it done.
2001 Volkswagen Passat- 2.8L V6138,000
Replace pump and timing belt
2000 Volkswagen Passat- 2.8L V6180,000
Water pump went out, then heat coil busted, they said it will cost over $1,000 to fix
2009 Volkswagen Passat- 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo29,000
Water pump went bad, started leaking. Dealer fixed it as it was under warranty.
1998 Volkswagen Passat- 2.8L V6110,000
Water pump failed and was replaced,also a new timing belt was installed at the same time, but 2 days later oil began to leak from what appeared to be the crank shaft. When it was checked there was oil on the timing belt. It was also a milky looking substance that the mechanic said was oil and that water had mixed with. He said that the head gasket and cylinders were damage. I wanted to know if this sounds like a accurate diagnosis by the mechanic and what has to be done.
2002 Volkswagen Passat- 2.8L V685,000
wife driving, big, bad noises and alerts. Had to be towed and fixed water pump and put on new timing chain while at it. Cost around 900 bucks.
2001 Volkswagen Passat- 2.8L V693,000
Need to change it-- dealer is quoting about $1800. Private is quoting $700 for timing belt, tensioner, 2 roller bearings, coolant, and waterpump.
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