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Old 07-30-2010, 02:03 AM
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Hi I'm new to the forum. Just bought a 1998 beetle auto trans with a gas engine. I have question about the rpm's. At 70 mph the tach revs at about 3300. Is this normal? Seems a little high. Also I just had the transmission pan seal and filter? replaced. Thanks for an help you can provide.
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Old 07-30-2010, 02:34 AM
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Thats sounds normal. Thats about what I run in my 5-speed. The cars are perfectly happy running the high rpms.
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Old 07-30-2010, 02:57 AM
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That's where i run in my 5 speed also. I posted on a thread titled "RPMs" and it talks all about it. Not sure if there is a thread for an auto but just search RPM and you should find it. My NB likes running at 75 MPH and 3500 RPM. I commute 60 miles one way mostly hwy and average about 33 MPG on my tank.
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My 6 spd runs at 2900-2950 at 70mph

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My 2.0 2000 NB with an auto turns 3100 RPM at 70mph.


I would be concerned that is was slipping at 3300 RPM.

Who did the trans service?
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Hi I'm new to the forum. Just bought a 1998 beetle auto trans with a gas engine. I have question about the rpm's. At 70 mph the tach revs at about 3300. Is this normal? Seems a little high. Also I just had the transmission pan seal and filter? replaced. Thanks for an help you can provide.
At 70 MPH in my beetle, i run about 3800 rpms, in my four speed auto! That is usually normal
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At 70 MPH in my beetle, i run about 3800 rpms, in my four speed auto! That is usually normal
3800 RPM at 70 mph? I would say something is wrong with the trans or your're running smaller tire than stock.

My car is a 2000 2.0 and I'm turning 3100 at 70 mph with a stock diameter tire.
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Interesting...although I'm in a TDI, with my automatic, I'm well under 3,000 rpms when I'm on the highway, cruising at 110 km/h (~70 mph).
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I think the beetle has different final drive ratios for different MY/engine which would make RPMs diff as well.
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Gear ratios for the 01M

2.0L gas

1st 2.714
2nd 1,551
3rd 1.000
4th 0.679
final drive 4.875

1.8T

1st 2.714
2nd 1.441
3rd 1.000
4th 0.742
Final drive 4.433

1.9 TDI (diesel)

1st 2.714
2nd 1.441
3rd 1.000
4th 0.742
Final drive 3.20
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1998 2.0 AEG w/ 5 speed

runs at 3800 at 70 mph.
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Stock tire size? Thats pretty high from what I've seen around here. I run about 3300 or so at 70 mph in my '99 AEG 5-speed
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Final drive for my 6 spd manual is 3.88.
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Stock tire size? Thats pretty high from what I've seen around here. I run about 3300 or so at 70 mph in my '99 AEG 5-speed
235/40/ZR18 ,stock was 205/55/R16
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