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Greetings all. I am new to the 1.8 turbo motors. I am in the process of doing the whole complete head/water pump timing belt etc...as the beetle i bought had a broken timing belt. All exhaust valves and 4 of the intake valves were bent. I live in florida where it is always hot and sunny. In all other engines that i have worked on i have always replaced the thermostats with 180 degree models to help keep the cooling down since they always run hotter here in fl. Using this temp, i see engine temps around 185-195 which is better than the 195-210 range. I see on the factory thermostat that it is marked 87 degrees which i think is in celsius. Am i correct? Any other hints or suggestions would be great. Thanks
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Do yourself a favor and put a standard temperature thermostat back in the engine.

Modern engines need to run at about 205F for efficiency and performance reasons.

Putting a lower temp thermostat in is not always a wise idea.
 
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