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

Volkswagen Passat Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Engines Affected: 1.8L 4 Cylinder Turbo, 2.0L 4 Cylinder, 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo, 2.8L V6

Average Mileage: 97,288 mi (29,000 mi - 180,000 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, , 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

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  • Visitor, , 1.8L 4 Cylinder Turbo

    Engine overheats after 20 minutes of driving. Water level is still full

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  • Visitor, , 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

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  • Visitor, , 1.8L 4 Cylinder Turbo, 175,000 mi

    change the pump when you change the timing belt, fuck what your mechanic says.

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  • Visitor, , 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.

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  • Visitor, , 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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  • Visitor, , 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!

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  • Visitor, , 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.

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  • Visitor, , 2.8L V6, 160,000 mi

    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!

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  • Visitor, , 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.

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