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My 2001 volkswagen cabrio is leaking coolant from the front (passenger side) of the car, but leaks can only be seen after the car has been running. What could it be?

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Almost certainly you have a leak from your heater core. this is like a mini radiator that usually lives under the dash on passenger side and is what supplies the heat to keep you warm on cold days.
I'm not familiar with your car, but heater cores are notoriously difficult to get at for replacement.
If you plan to do it yourself, then buy or borrow a Haynes or Chilton repair manual for your model. If yo're not that kind of guy, take to a shop - expect to be quoted $400 - 700 range.

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