- Jul 14, 2015
- Mount Victory, OH
- 2001 Beetle TDI GLS 5sp, 2005.5 Jetta TDI DSG, 2015 Passat SE 6MT TDI
Long story but wife was driving this morning. Car going 70 mph at around 20F car overheated before she noticed. She pulled over on freeway. Coolant reservoir was full. Car quickly cooled down to 190*. She was only a few miles form the VW dealer. She got off freeway and took back roads with the heat on high and it stayed normal temp and she made it to the dealer. This was a one owner who took the buyback had 40K when I bought it Oct 2018. A month after I bought it the coolant level kept dropping. I discovered the water pump had a crack and was seeping coolant over time. Never overheated! Not a big leak but was fully covered under the powertrain warranty. $0 cost to me including the loaner car. Now 1.5 years later the new water pump sheared off the impeller and caused the car to overheat. Water pump only has a one year (parts and labor)or 12K miles!! loaner car is $20 a day got a quote of $1030 to replace 1.5 year old water pump. Dealer said timing belt will be an additional $640 for parts no labor since the have to remove timing belt to replace water pump anyways. Dealer said the timing belt is good for 130K and car only has 62K now. This blows! My MK4 TDI I can still work on but this one probably not plus it was far from home and close to the dealer. Advice?