Welcome! One thing to be aware of is the auto transmissions tend to have issues. You also may consider joining Fred's TDI Page. TDIClub.com. VW TDI Enthusiast Community for engine info. Lots to learn there on the tdi diesel. Make sure you get the timing belt changed with a proper kit and someone with the correct tools and knowledge to do the job correctly. The one major loss of these cars is improper timing belt jobs. tdiclub has vendors that sell the kits, tools and info needed to do it yourself and a list of recommended mechanics that have experience with these. Owning or knowing someone with a RossTech VCDS cable is also a good thing!
Get the belt done now if you don't have exact info on what was changed, who did the work, and they did it correctly. My current Beetle was a victim of an improper job where the tensioner was set incorrectly. I picked up the one owner car in nice condition for $1200. Cost $2800 to get the engine back and running.
I just joined, can't hurt to know and be involved with people who know and love your vehicle. ^_^Hey newbie. Welcome to the world of the VWB. fred3rd and I are from the NEPA area, and we belong to an all new beetle group called KEYSTONE KÄFERS on Facebook. Look us up if you're interested in bringing to a group of like minded individuals. See ya there!