What is the normal coolant temperature?

Asked by margeadame Jan 28, 2015 at 09:55 PM about the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo w/ Sunroof and Sound

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 2012 vw beetle

15 Answers


call any auto parts store, and ask (they can look up a thermostat for your car), usually 180 degrees Fahrenheit. (average).

7 people found this helpful.

90 degrees Celsius

10 people found this helpful.

Mine said 194 today. Outside temp 102 in Atlanta. I just bought this 2012 beetle. Is this a problem?

43 people found this helpful.

yea thats fine its below normal running temp Most vw engines run at 90c yours is running at 88c

7 people found this helpful.

I just purchased a second hand NEW VW Beetle 1.2 Turbo coolant temperature is 90C....is this normal?

8 people found this helpful.

90c is normal for any vw or audi yep

4 people found this helpful.

mine said 194 and I panicked but the dealership wanted me to bring the car down blah blah blah maybe the water pump but cserrato's information has helped. I called auto zone and they too told me 194 was pretty normal. Thanks to all you guys

4 people found this helpful.

Let me put it this way any car running over 93 degrees is over heating a regular run temp is 90 degrees Celsius for any car sold on the market anything less then that your fine anything over that and your going to damage your engine. if your running at 115degrees you are going to start experiencing engine failure and soon as this kind of head is what warps the heads. have that car checked out immediately before you cause it damage. 4 main cooling issues are 1.Leaks 2.thermostat failure 3.Water pump failure (ussaly is followed by a leak but not always) 4. Cooling fans are no longer doing thier job (aka electric cooling fan may not be working or clutch fan may have gone faulty in its old age)

2 people found this helpful.

oh and 194 Fahrenheit is 90 degrees Celsius

5 people found this helpful.

2001 beetle, 2.0 non turbo, we have replaced all the cooling sensors, the fans water pump, 2 thermostats, 3rd water intake manifold and outlet, 2nd resivor, going to go buy a 3rd resivor cap now. Wtf..... Will this car just not run without being 100% pure pink antifreeze/coolant. I just did a 20mi. Road test and it blew the resivor cap

3 people found this helpful.

sounds like you might have something blocked in the cooling system. have a pressure test done and see what happens. maybe do a rad flush as well.


My 2013 Beetle reports temp of 194 F. The fact that many report that temp makes me doubt the accuracy of that number. Why not 193 or 194. I suspect VW just announces a very hot or wicked hot engine as 194 F. The question is- should anything be checked when this report is issued?

3 people found this helpful.

I used to have a 98 audi that would flash me 194 F every once and a while and it was just a glitch with the dash. I did have a slow leak on the top of my engine however which would go away during operation but leak while it was cold due to expansion of hot parts. you could have something simalure making it glitch out so perhaps would be good to poke around see if there is any antifreeze leaking.

Your Answer:


Looking for a Used Beetle in your area?

CarGurus has 438 nationwide Beetle listings starting at $2,995.

Postal Code:

Volkswagen Beetle Experts

  • #1
  • #2
    Chris Billings
  • #3
View All

Find great deals from top-rated dealers


Related Models For Sale

Used MINI Cooper
53 Great Deals out of 1,001 listings starting at $3,900
Used Volkswagen Jetta
80 Great Deals out of 3,115 listings starting at $995
Used Jeep Wrangler
27 Great Deals out of 1,632 listings starting at $5,995
Used Ford Mustang
26 Great Deals out of 1,826 listings starting at $1,048
Used Volkswagen Eos
3 Great Deals out of 87 listings starting at $4,900
Used Honda Civic
135 Great Deals out of 6,434 listings starting at $1,295
Used FIAT 500
14 Great Deals out of 353 listings starting at $995
Used Kia Soul
63 Great Deals out of 2,173 listings starting at $3,500
Used Volkswagen Golf
70 Great Deals out of 1,792 listings starting at $2,899
Used Volkswagen GTI
15 Great Deals out of 461 listings starting at $4,995
Used Honda Accord
54 Great Deals out of 1,863 listings starting at $2,970
Used Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
41 Great Deals out of 5,322 listings starting at $500
Used BMW 3 Series
136 Great Deals out of 2,472 listings starting at $2,995
Used Volkswagen Passat
58 Great Deals out of 1,322 listings starting at $3,500
Used Chevrolet Corvette
12 Great Deals out of 514 listings starting at $7,995

Used Cars for Sale

2019 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
93 listings starting at $23,995
2018 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
83 listings starting at $18,907
2017 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
34 listings starting at $12,996
2016 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
53 listings starting at $9,750
2015 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
3 Great Deals out of 32 listings starting at $9,997

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. Content will be removed if CarGurus becomes aware that it violates our policies.