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Old 08-08-2008, 06:56 PM
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Unhappy 2000 VW beetle over heating 115000 miles

We recently bought a used 2000 VW Beetle.
After driving it a couple of times it overheated. It melted and blew 2 plugs out near the motor and that let water spray out onto to motor.
The mechanic replaced the timing belt and the water pump.
I drove it a couple of days and it overheated again.
I knew the folks we bought it off of and they said they hadnt had any problems with it. It hadnt been driven since winter. Now after owning it 2 months we have only got to drive it about a week tops. Its overheating again. I have a thermostat ordered from VW and we will replace it this week. The fan is running fine. Any ideas what else it may be.
I am so aggrivated.
We also had to replace the a/c compressor. We bought a used one and it was fine until one of the lines blew. This is the only used part we have put on it. The compressor is fine but the line is going to cost 272 plus labor..
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Old 08-10-2008, 06:41 AM
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Is the car leaking anywhere? They do tend to overhead if the "heart" flange leaks (as they tend to do on older cars).

When the waterpump was replaced, do you know if the old one was broken? If so, the shards could possibly be blocking the coolant passageways but that is only if the pump has broken.

How much coolant are you running in the expansion tank? What color is it (red, orange, green, etc.)?
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