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WHAT KIND OF COOLANT SHOULD WE PUT IN A 2004 VW BEETLE. THE COOLANT IN IT NOW IS PINK. DOES IT MATTER?

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Yes. the pink coolant is a special exstended life coolant. DO NOT mix with the green stuff. check with the dealer or an autoparts store about the specific type.

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Ask at the parts store yes it does matter or call the dealer and ask them the name of the coolant that goes in it but yes it is very important

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Yes it does because you should not mix the two even though there is coolant on the market says mix with any color but I am old school I plan on getting the pink out of my car and flushing the system to change to the green coolant

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