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My oil pump has just seized on my wife VW Beetle 1.4cc Year 2004 with 48,000 miles on the clock. The brief circumstances are as follows:- Driving along the road ,when the oil warning light came on,pulled over and switched off the engine and checked the oil level. The oil level was correct and in order. I then attempted to drive the said again,and to my horror the vehicle was dead. An AA patrolman turned and said the oil pump has seized,and may have caused some damage to the engine. VW dealers now want 2,400.00 pounds to replace the engine. Any suggestion how this has happened. Vehicle is serviced twice a year. Many Thanks Nigel

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If the oil pump siezed then you will need to replace the engine BUT.....skoda/seat/vw/audi all use the same 1.4 unit and you can buy a short motor from an engine rebuilder,although you may have to pay a premium for not having a unit to swop.£2400 is vee dubs price,try swedish and german they may do engines......or try exchange and mart.....forget veedub servicing,use a local man who can......
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