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

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: 95,209 (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
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we have had a water pump replaced 3 times since we bought our car 1.5 years ago
Engine overheats after 20 minutes of driving. Water level is still full
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.
the timing belt locked up it has been replaced however the car still won't start
Water pump leaked onto timing belt. The water pump had to be replaced and a new timing belt kit installed.
My water pump went on my pre-owned Passat at 54,261 miles. Now 11 months and 14,000 miles later, my water pump has gone again. Sounds like VW has an issue with the cars causing water pumps to malfunction.
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).
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!
water pump failed,ripped off timing belt. had to replace engine; 2 weeks later transmission failed.
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.
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
I am experiencing this problem
Need to change it-- dealer is quoting about $1800. Private is quoting $700 for timing belt, tensioner, 2 roller bearings, coolant, and waterpump.
Water pump kit and timing belt failure
Leaking water
First fail at 90,000 mi. Second fail at 107,000 mi. This is getting ridiculous.
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.
Water Pump pulley separated. Timing belt came off. Bent all the valves. 1800.00 repair. They suck!
Water pump needs replacement
Replace water pump timing belt