I bought my 98 beetle new. It has 93000 mi and had only minor problems. Then about a year ago the trans starting slipping in 1st but only when cold. AAmco told me they would not rebuild only replace. A VW Audi specialist told me they won't rebuild any 98 trans, only replace. The dealer I bought it from said the exact same thing. I didn't want to invest the $3500+++ into the car, but I really like my bug. I was lucky to hear about another VW Audi specialist in North Branch, NJ. Dan's Auto Repair. Dan told me he would just drain the trans, check for debris, and fill it. No flush. The car is running great. It's only been a month but it feels good. Just goes to show that there's still people that will try the simple fix first before hitting your wallet.