Engine Oil Leaks on Volkswagen Beetle

Engine oil leaks are common from the valve cover gaskets and camshaft chain tensioner gasket.

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Average mileage: 92,994 (47,000–136,300)
Engines affected: 1.8L 4 Cylinder Turbo, 2.0L 4 Cylinder
8 model years affected: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, more2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
19 people reported this problem
7 people shared problem details
1999 Volkswagen Beetle- 2.0L 4 Cylinder47,000
Valve cover gasket oil leak
2001 Volkswagen Beetle- 2.0L 4 Cylinder136,300
Not sure that the oil leak is coming from the camshaft chain tensioner and/or valve cover gaskets yet, but suspect it is. I just bought the car used, have only driven it 30 miles so far. It just started leaking, and cannot tell from where the oil is leaking. Having it checked out in 2 days.
1998 Volkswagen Beetle- 2.0L 4 Cylinder98,000
Boughy car ate thru oil like water
Oil leaking from valve cover gaskets.
1998 Volkswagen Beetle- 2.0L 4 Cylinder124,802
Intermittent leak noticed under car. Shop did complimentary exam and noted leaking valve cover gasket.
2001 Volkswagen Beetle- 2.0L 4 Cylinder103,000
1998 Volkswagen Beetle- 2.0L 4 Cylinder103,000
Oil Leaks even though all bolts are tightened.
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