Engine Overheating Due to Damaged Water Pump Impeller on Volkswagen Golf

Problem Description and Possible Solution

The engine may develop an overheating condition due to a damaged water pump impeller. Our technicians tell us the repair should include replacement of the water pump, thermostat, and flushing the cooling system.

Problem Data
RepairPal Verified
Average mileage: 125,043 (66,000–211,552)
Engines affected: 1.8L 4 Cylinder, 2.0L 4 Cylinder
12 model years affected: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, more1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
27 people reported this problem
Viewing 1 - 9 of 9 comments
Engine overheats, replaced thermostat and engine coolant sensor, new G12 fluid. Drove around the block a few times, still overheating. Got back home, upper radiator hose is hot, lower hose is cold. No visible leaks, coolant level is right on the marks.
Overheating in the interior of the vehicle & oil splash on the inside of the bonnet. Temperature guage light starts flashing. Please Help!!!!!
Sometimes car won't warm up in cold weather, or the heat will be on full blast and suddenly the blown air will become cold. Technician said there was an issue with the water pump, and recommended replacing the water pump, thermostat, flushing the coolant and the timing belt. Said there was a package including labor for $1000 to replace those items.
Car suddenly started leaking coolant, overheating occured, and I lost power steering. Taking it to a shop to have it fixed as it's too cold and I lack tools to do it at home.
Overheating, something blew up, engine seized up, but started back up 5 minsutes later. The heater quit working days befor one of the fans wasnt working.
the impeller for the water pump was made of plastic and desintegrated inside the pump
I just purchased the car from a little auto sales place, and now have to replace the radiator fan and water pump which is expecting about $600-$1000 of costs. Replaced the thermostat in a number one attempt but really it's issues with the water pump.