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Temperature light came on 2002 VW Passat wagon backing out of garage today, slight burning smell. Returned after 2 miles. Have experienced this smell on and off since oil & filter change several weeks ago. Gauge has not moved past middle. Reluctant to drive and no one around on this long weekend. Manual says coolant may be low or too high. Not sure where to check under hood and I think it would need a special coolant if low but if I can determine if there is coolant there, I would think OK to drive. Not very knowledgeable woman stranded in Maine

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You can see the coolant level by looking through the opaque round coolant reservoir. It should be just over the middle. There's a line indication proper level. Orange Dexcool meets the VW specification and is generally available. The rear coolant flange can warp and seep over time and leaks onto hot parts. That's probably why you smell it.

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I have a 2003 Passat GLX V6 and i havent been experiencing this issue, however from my experience with VW, the early 2000 models of the passat that have a 1.8T 4 cylinder engine have a major issue with what has been deemed "oil sludge" you have to be careful with this engine oil wise and make sure to get the oil changed every 3,500 - 4,500 miles and make sure you get the full synthetic oils for it and the proper filters :-) the turbo that is on this model heats up the oil to extreme temperatures and if not serviced regularly you will have problems.... i hope this helps! i would have someone check it again for this issue... hopefully you get to it before it becomes costly!

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This is not a head gasket problem, it's the oil cooler.  
Water in oil= head gasket - will also overheat, bubbles in expansion tank and loss of water.
Oil in water = Oil cooler. You will also have with non of the above symptoms.
Don't wast hundreds of pounds having your head gasket canged, there is nothing wrong with it!

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as long as the light is not flashing, you should be good to go. you can also have a parts store scan the system. most parts store will do this at no cost. doing this would make sure nothing serious is going on.

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