Coolant and Oil Leaks on Volkswagen GTI

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: 57,577 (12,000–120,000)
Engines affected: 1.8L 4 Cylinder, 1.8L 4 Cylinder Turbo, 2.0L 4 Cylinder, 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo
15 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, more1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2013
20 people reported this problem
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One spot of oil on garage floor every day. Slight burning smell from engine compartment. No loss noticed when checking with dip stick.
Low coolant light came on, and found that almost all coolant had leaked out of reservoir. Diagnosed as a faulty water pump, and was replaced under warranty by VW dealer.