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My 1997 Jetta is having a very tough time going uphill. I have to shift into 1st gear (manual transmission) and it barely makes it. There is a strong odor of burnt metal. I cannot tell whether there is black or blue smoke. The only other symptom is sometimes when shifting into a higher gear the RPMs will rev up and it feels like it's not in gear for a couple seconds, then it will "catch" and the RPMs will go back down to normal. I don't feel that I have as much acceleration power as I used to have, but not sure if that's accurate or just my imagination! Just got new tires, so that's not it. Thank you in advance!

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