Report: The Water Pump May Fail Which Could Result in Expensive Engine Repairs
Volkswagen Passat Problem
Engines Affected: 2.0L 4 Cylinder, 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo, 2.8L V6
Average Mileage: 69,200 mi (51,700 mi - 93,000 mi)
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.
Visitor, 2002 Volkswagen Passat, 2.8L V6, 85,000 mi
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.
Visitor, 2009 Volkswagen Passat, 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo, 51,700 mi
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.
Visitor, 2008 Volkswagen Passat, 2.0L 4 Cylinder, 61,300 mi
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!
Visitor, 2000 Volkswagen Passat, 2.8L V6, 55,000 mi
Water pump leaked onto timing belt. The water pump had to be replaced and a new timing belt kit installed.
Visitor, 2001 Volkswagen Passat, 2.8L V6, 93,000 mi
Need to change it-- dealer is quoting about $1800. Private is quoting $700 for timing belt, tensioner, 2 roller bearings, coolant, and waterpump.