Coolant and Oil Leaks on Volkswagen Jetta

Problem Description and Possible Solution

The water pump and/or other cooling system may develop a coolant leak. Oil leaking from the  valve cover gasket is also common.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 119,425 (8,500–230,000)
Engines affected: 1.8L 4 Cylinder, 1.8L 4 Cylinder Turbo, 2.0L 4 Cylinder, 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo, 2.5L 5 Cylinder, 2.8L V6, 4 Cylinder, 6 Cylinder, Gasoline
18 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, more1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
77 people reported this problem
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Coolant leaking. Haven't figured out from exactly where yet but I can hear the hissing sound and I smell the coolant. Engine too hot to touch at the moment
It's the 2.5 liter 5 cylinder engine (wasn't an option on my phone) I've had my car since early October 2015 and I have had to put more antifreeze in it 4 times. It's not a fast leak, it's slow. But I can't pinpoint where it's coming from.
Engine oil leaking into the coolant. First discovered thick oil in overflow housing or compartment.
Coolant leak. Was managed by adding stop leak to the radiator, but that only worked temporarily. No solution has been found.
Water started leaking in the passenger side. Searching in the internet I found this guy:

with the same problem. There, someone explains it is probably a blockage and how to clean it. Worked like a charm!
Coolant issue solved on its own(just stopped leaking, don't know why) and Oil leak is from a headgasket leak.
Replace valve cover gasket and intake manifold gasket with OEM gaskets from Volkswagen. Easy fix. Torque specs are crucial.
Water pump, and timing belt. Was fixed at an authorized dealer. 1,700.00. Two years later the water pump had to be replaced again!!