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Volkswagen New Beetle, Coupe, Hatchback
#741 of 760 Re: 2001 New Beetle Oil and Temp light problem [manray]
Aug 27, 2009 (4:58 pm)
I have a 2001 New Beetle with about 70,000 miles on it, the temperature light started flashing. I checked the coolant levels and everything seemed fine, however, come to find out the water pump needed to be replaced, I suggest getting it done as quickly as possible, eventually the water pump will fail and you will be sitting on the side of the freeway waiting for a tow truck.
The service station I took my VW to showed me the waterpump, and the inside was completely melted from all the heat, the water pump actually isn't very expensive, it's the labor that's going to kill you. Expect to spend about $500-700 to have it replaced.
After doing some research, VW actually recommends that the water pump be replaced at 70,000 because they are known to go bad quickly. Get it done!
#742 of 760 Re: 2001 New Beetle Oil and Temp light problem [texasguy83]
Aug 27, 2009 (5:40 pm)
If you had 70K miles on 2001, then you were coming due for timing-belt replacment anyway. There is a reason that the waterpump, pullies, tensionors and all other inexpensive parts are replaced at same time. (they wont last till the NEXT timingBelt change!)
NOT replacing waterpump when TB is replaced is just asking for trouble.... the cost is not in the parts... it is in the labor to get in there.
Also, When replacing the waterpump in VW, It is recommended to spend a few more dollars and get the one with METAL IMPELLER. The factory waterpump with plastic impeller is KNOWN to come apart after awhile.
Dec 23, 2009 (9:27 pm)
I was stranded along side the road due to my car overheating. Come to find out my water pump needs to be replaced. It is being replaced with metal impellers due to the water pump that is orginal has plastic impellers. This is costing me 700.00. I am also going to get the timing belt replaced at the same time. I have 78,000 miles on my 2002 beetle. I think that VW should replace water pumps for free, this should be a recall.
#745 of 760 Re: water pump [mebbugn]
Dec 24, 2009 (1:47 pm)
Wooah.... at 78,000 miles - you were close to replacing all that stuff ANYWAY. I assume you already were planning on this expense coming up soon.
$700 is not an unreasonable price for replacing all that stuff (Timing Belt, Waterpump, tensioners, pullies, oil-seals and all the other things that go along with the job)
BTW: A "recall" is only for safety-related items.... othewise it would be a TSB (Technical Service Bulliten)
#747 of 760 new beetle...worried
Feb 19, 2010 (9:34 am)
Hello, I recently baught an 04 beetle ( my first car!) and I have been told that the parts are extremely expensive. Does anyone know a good place to order parts online for a reasonable price? So far when i go to the dealership, a windshield wiper arm costed 150$ for replacement and and even a spare set of keys would cost 310$ so I am a litte worried so far about keeping this car. Any suggestions or options would be very helpful thankyou!
May 03, 2010 (2:12 pm)
Hi guys. I'm having a hard time deciding between which beetle to get, and I would love some help from previous owners & beetle lovers/ haters.
I previously owned a 2002 beetle GL. It was the lime green color and I loved it. Sold that a few months ago because I had to move.
I found two beetles that I want to purchase but after reading, I am comparing my options. I want to make sure this car lasts me and I don't have to sink a lot of money into it.
Option 1. 2009 Beetle S Coupe in Heaven Blue Metallic. 14000 miles on it. One owner with carfax. Loaded, manual transmission. It comes with a preowned warranty on it also until 2014. *Asking 15879*
Option 2. 2006 Beetle Convertible in Yellow. Excellent Condition, 16000 miles on it. One owner with carfax. Automatic trans. It comes with the preowned until Jan 2011. *Asking 15500*
Honestly, I want the convertible. However, I am afraid of the problems that might come with them. Please beetle owners help me make the right decision. Thanks for your time.
#750 of 760 Re: Hard Plastic Tool or Part [barneylou]
May 03, 2010 (5:28 pm)
Does the rattling only happen when turning left or right? I thought VW left a tool in my car as well...sounded like something rattiling around in plastic box--turned out to be a bad ball joint--sound went away only to reappear worse with a shimmy and shking in the car...brought it back...and then the power steering rack went out and got replaced...
Nevermind--I jsut realized this was posted 4 years ago--what did the rattle turn out to be? By the way..
I tell ya!