That is the question I'm asking right now!
I have an automatic trans 2.0L 2002 New Beetle GLS that I bought 3 years ago with 132,000mi on it. It now has almost 150,000mi, and the A/C has been broken for over a year. (last summer was a HOT summer!) Quotes for the repair are around $1000-1500- and the car is only worth just under $4000!
I've been lucky in that I haven't had any MAJOR mechanical issues with the car. It has some small quirky issues, like the speedometer doesn't work over 60mph (and thus, cruise control is useless on the highway), I have to put it into Reverse and Drive and then Reverse and then Drive again when I first start going or else I get an awful shudder from the transmission (this definitely has something to do with starting cold, my Beetle always starts with the cold engine light, and if I start the car once it's warmed up, I don't have to do this odd ritual). I also hate that whenever I go up a hill, I have to go slow or my car will shudder as it finds a gear- but I've been told that might just be a Beetle thing, or an old car thing?
I'm just trying to decide if this is a good time to let my Beetle go and find a new one with less miles (maybe even a manual?! turbo?)- I especially don't want to ever get stuck with a broken transmission and have to just scrap the whole car! Any advice would be way appreciated!!