No. its a fallacy carried over from the V6 engines.
The water pump is driver by a v-belt from the power steering pump pulley
which itself is driven by the ribbed serpentine belt.
Don't replace parts unnecessarily !! It costs you money and disturbs other
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In certain ways, yes. For one, the 2001 has variable valve timing, upgraded
turbo internals, and a few other things. The timing belt tensioner is
different as well. I'm sure there are many other small things, too.
If you're looking for a complete replacement kit (TB, tensioner, rollers,
water pump, thermostat), check out the kits from www.ecstuning.com, (if
you're in the US that is).
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