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: 95,656 (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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2008 Volkswagen Passat - 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo 80,000 mi,
we have had a water pump replaced 3 times since we bought our car 1.5 years ago
2003 Volkswagen Passat - 1.8L 4 Cylinder Turbo
Engine overheats after 20 minutes of driving. Water level is still full
1998 Volkswagen Passat - 1.8L 4 Cylinder Turbo 116,000 mi,
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.
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.
2010 Volkswagen Passat - 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo 54,261 mi,
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.
2008 Volkswagen Passat - 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo 77,000 mi,
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).
2003 Volkswagen Passat - 2.8L V6 113,000 mi,
the timing belt locked up it has been replaced however the car still won't start
2006 Volkswagen Passat - 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo
water pump failed,ripped off timing belt. had to replace engine; 2 weeks later transmission failed.
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. Bill Hartling
1999 Volkswagen Passat - 2.8L V6 114,000 mi,
I am experiencing this problem
2010 Volkswagen Passat - 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo 50,200 mi,
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.
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!
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.
2001 Volkswagen Passat - 1.8L 4 Cylinder Turbo 90,000 mi,
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.
2002 Volkswagen Passat - 1.8L 4 Cylinder Turbo
Water Pump pulley separated. Timing belt came off. Bent all the valves. 1800.00 repair. They suck!
2001 Volkswagen Passat - 2.8L V6 158,675 mi,
Leaking water
2004 Volkswagen Passat - 2.8L V6 131,750 mi,
Water pump needs replacement
2002 Volkswagen Passat - 1.8L 4 Cylinder Turbo
Replace water pump timing belt
2013 Volkswagen Passat - 1.8L 4 Cylinder Turbo 45,000 mi,
Coolant leak, diagnostic proved water pump to be defective