Water pump on 2002 Dodge Stratus

Looking at buying what the seller says is a Stratus SRT 2002. 3.0 V6 says it needs water pump replaced. But engine sounded like is coming unglued, and he claims that the car never over heated. Does this sound right.

by in Stevensville, MI on May 11, 2010
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2 answers 1 comment
ANSWER by , May 11, 2010
If the engine sounds like its coming unglued, stay away
COMMENT by , May 11, 2010
Typically I would, but the engine is running strong. It just sounds like it is coming unglued. I was thinking that the bearings in the pully might be going bad. He said he took it to some shops, and they all said water pump.
ANSWER by , February 23, 2011
The water pump is likely driven by timing belt and can sound crazy when bearings are going bad and will not overheat till starts to leak coolant. Have inspected by tech to verify water pump bearing noise. Work that inspection charge in to the vehicle sale price so is covered. If not driven by timing belt then still driven by drive belts.