Hi guys, Sorry if this answer might be found through a more thorough search but I literally just got home from work and must get to bed. My 2001 Beetle TDI with 270k miles on it and no real issues in the 18 years I've owned it just showed out this morning on my way home. I commute 100 miles round trip. I was only a half mile from home. Stopped at a stop sign. Put it in first, started to move and crossed the highway onto my street and I heard something. I thought I had a flat or something. I pushed the clutch back down and the noise stopped. Let it off again and heard it again...a grinding sound...ONLY when I let off the clutch pedal. I was able to coast the rest of the way home since it is down hill. Got into the driveway and tried again...1st gear hear grinding before I even get my foot off and car doesn't move. Reverse the same. This is the original clutch from the factory. I've had zero signs of any kind of trouble looming from the trans and the fluid level is fine. I'm inclined to believe the clutch has gone kaput. Of course it's saturday so I can't call German Performance Options in Nashville for a consultation until Monday or Tuesday when I'm off work. Opinions??? I appreciate any advice on where to start. Engine is fine. Clutch pedal feels the same until it starts to grab and grind.