White Smoke/Oil leak/Not overheating


Asked by Sep 08, 2016 at 01:27 AM about the 2006 Volkswagen Beetle 2.5L PZEV

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

So I just bought a 2006 new beetle about 98,000
miles. I am beginning to think I got ripped off. There
is oil leaking around the oil pan and the rear or front
seal.  Tried to add blue devil rear sealant but while
leak is slowed still there. Then when accelerating in
third gear, noticed thick white smoke. Stopped after
it started smoking again and then drove home
about ten miles with no additional smoke. Car did
not indicate it was overheating and no warning
lights came on. The oil leak was apparent a week
ago and just had the oil changed prior to the smoke

5 Answers


Sounds like a blown head gasket....


I should add that I did not check the coolant in the radiator itself but the reserve was completely full. The engine oil is not sludgy at all - however there are weird little black plastic looking pieces in the dipstick at times. The check engine light was on when I first got it (after I replaced the fuses that had been removed). The light has stayed off since the manifold and throttle body were completely cleaned. I doubt it is related but I'm not a mechanic.

Tom Demyan

White smoke out the exhaust is usually a head gasket issue as Mark suggested. You want to have the engine cylinder pressure checked to verify it is or isn't a head gasket. Your local mechanic can do it for you. Hope you got the car for a decent price.


Lawlinz; look, I'm really sorry you're going through all of this.. I've personally had two VWs, both purchased brand new, a 1970 VW Beetle and a 1978 VW Rabbit... I thought that the water cooled VW would have been better, but, I was WRONG. Both of them fell apart after about four years.... I will NEVER purchase a VW again.... and it's unfortunate that after a history of success with their air cooled VWs, the 70s, really saw a decline into oblivion... When the reboot of the NEW Beetle came out with so much excitement, they squandered the opportunity to make a car more substantive quality product. They blew it. And, the scandal of the emissions was OUTRAGEOUS.


The problem with leaks is they never get better with time. A compression test is indicated.

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