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2000 Volkswagon Beetle. Won't climb hills like it used and then will "rap" out at higher speeds. RPMs will go between 5 and 6 at about 60 MPH, if I pull over turn the engine of wait a second then turn it back on it's fine. Transmission? Sensor?

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