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Engine Temp - How hot is too hot

I have a 98 VR6 Jetta. Its the GLX, so I have the normal temp guage on the left and the digital one where the clock is. When the car warms up the guage centers itself like it should and stays there, but the digital guage slowly gets hotter and hotter.

When I drove the car hard last summer the digital temp would show around 220 F and then when I let off and drove normal, it would go down around 212.

Now my car warms up normally, but after driving for about 15 minutes it will stay around 218-224 F. One day last week it was about 90-94 and very humid out. I was on my way to work and drove the car pretty hard and the digital temp showed 236.

Do you think I just need a thermostat?

Does anyone know any other places to get the G12 coolant. My local dealer wants $25 a gallon and i'm ganna have to buy 2 gallons + $20 thermostat. Anywhere cheaper?

Also my coolant is about a half inch below the low mark on the reservoir. Could that be causing problems?

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The digital gauge is the oil temp. You don't need anything, nothing is wrong lol. That oil temp is normal.[/code]

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Thanks, that makes me feel so much better. I originally thought that read the oil temp, but then for some reason I just assumed it was the coolant temp and thought I was overheating. Guess I should have done some research first.

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