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high RPM, slow engagement

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I'm still very new to many car issues.

I have a '02 1.8T. I took her to get an oil change and tires rotated and when I got her back it takes about 5000 RPM to engage into the next gear or to even accelerate in the current gear-- RPMs jump rapidly with slight push on the gas.

I've had her for over two years now and had no warning signs of a slipping clutch, the (Goodyear) mechanic was talking about his VWs and how he keeps looking for new ones-- and I get mine back with a new problem :/

start up idle is normal (1200) drops to ~800 after warmed up.
1st and (half the time) 2nd gear don't have quick raising RPMs.
It takes about a minute to get 0-60 because of the raised RPMs and lag of "catching"

I hope it's a simple fix similar to changing idle RPMs...

Help :(
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Sounds like a classic case of a slipping clutch; how many miles on the car?

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Well, if it is the original clutch; it could definitely be time for one. Have any friends or family; that could check it out for you? If not; you could take it to a shop and see if they can confirm the problem.
CSP... do you mean crank position sensor? Have you scanned the car; for trouble codes? Bad sensors; typically throw a trouble code.
What codes; were you getting before?
Well, it might be worth it; to have the car fully checked out and get it diagnosed, properly (if you do not feel confident; you can diagnose the problem yourself). There are a number of shops; in your area, that seem to specialize in european and vw repairs. Check out the Yelp reviews and hopefully, you can find a good one.

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