My 02 tubo 1.8 Beetle has an automatic transmission. When I drive on the highway at 65mph the car is running at 3200 rpm's. You can almost watch the fuel gage go down. The car does fine on gas if I stay on the back roads where I can keep the rpm's down. The car shifts 3 times which means it's going in all gears. Does the Beetles have a lock up converter like other cars I an familiar with or is this the normal RPM range for this car. I bought the car for my daugter but it was costing to much in gas for her to drive it back and forth to school.