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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,000 miles

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2002 Volkswagen Beetle cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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2002 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 212009


  • 78,000 miles


I was driving home and my coolant light started beeping and flashing red. I ended up stranded. I got it to the mechanic and he says it is a water pump. So I am replacing the water pump. I feel this should be a recall.

- Thompson Falls, MT, USA

problem #1

Oct 292007


  • 30,000 miles
In the fall of 2007 the engine overheating light would come on while driving 40mph+. car remained at a decent temperature until that speed. Checked everything possible before going to the dealer. Dealer said the water pump was bad and it cost $800 to replace the pump and a couple of cheap belts they had to remove in the process. At the time the car was 5 years old and had around 30,000 miles on it. Very upset that the water pump went out after 30,000 miles.

- Savannah, GA, USA

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