White smoke from 2001 vw beetle

Asked by May 21, 2017 at 10:12 AM about the 2001 Volkswagen Beetle

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

We've just bought my daughter a 2001vw beetle
(non turbo ) and it's started pumping white smoke
from the exhaust. We drove it 100 miles home and
it was fine. But last night it was pouring out. 5 mins
later when I followed her home it was fine. No
warning lights. Smoke smells faintly of fuel, no
loss of compression, idles and accelarates fine, oil
and coolant levels fine and not overheating. Any
suggestions?

1 Answer

263,765

White smoke is coolant in most cases. You will notice it more when the engine is cold. Have the engine looked at by a mechanic who can perform a test on the engine. You want them to do a cylinder pressure test and or leak down test to determine if the head gaskets need to be replaced. Good Luck.

Your Answer

Volkswagen Beetle Experts

  • #1
    tenspeed
    Reputation
    1,840
  • #2
    Chris Billings
    Reputation
    1,560
  • #3
    Tom Demyan
    Reputation
    1,410
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used MINI Cooper
284 Great Deals out of 10,926 listings starting at $2,000
Used Volkswagen Jetta
635 Great Deals out of 35,504 listings starting at $1,495
Used Jeep Wrangler
460 Great Deals out of 19,208 listings starting at $2,500
Used Honda Civic
773 Great Deals out of 60,518 listings starting at $950
Used Ford Mustang
597 Great Deals out of 38,611 listings starting at $1,895
Used Volkswagen Golf
99 Great Deals out of 3,813 listings starting at $1,800
Used Volkswagen Passat
485 Great Deals out of 26,262 listings starting at $999
Used Toyota Corolla
934 Great Deals out of 63,275 listings starting at $1,850
Used Honda Accord
1,094 Great Deals out of 71,806 listings starting at $850
Used Chevrolet Camaro
438 Great Deals out of 31,256 listings starting at $1,450
Used Volkswagen GTI
136 Great Deals out of 6,350 listings starting at $1,490
Used Toyota Camry
1,033 Great Deals out of 85,968 listings starting at $1,296
Used Ford Focus
749 Great Deals out of 61,257 listings starting at $900

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
6 Great Deals out of 1,492 listings starting at $14,995
2016 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
24 Great Deals out of 465 listings starting at $10,583
2015 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
20 Great Deals out of 497 listings starting at $9,900
2014 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
38 Great Deals out of 674 listings starting at $6,321
2013 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
42 Great Deals out of 703 listings starting at $6,350

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.