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Looking For Opinions On The Audi TT

Thu Nov 24, 2005 4:50 am




I'm considering a used, 2000 Audi TT Quattro with 36,000 miles on it. Asking price is $15,700. If anyone have any experience with the TT....particularly 2000's, I'd love to get some insight re: reliability, problem areas, general advice, etc.

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RE: Looking For Opinions On The Audi TT

Thu Nov 24, 2005 4:54 am

Are you looking at the 180bhp version or the 225bhp version?

I actually know the guy who designed this car - it is rolling architecture for sure but not exactly the performance car that some had hoped for.
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RE: Looking For Opinions On The Audi TT

Thu Nov 24, 2005 5:04 am

I had a 2000 Audi S3 - which was basically the same like the 2000 Audi TT, besides shape obviously. I can only recommend it, didn't have any particular problems with it. But I only kept it for about 30,000 miles, so I can't tell you what happens when it gets, well, "older"...

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RE: Looking For Opinions On The Audi TT

Thu Nov 24, 2005 5:10 am




Quoting AirxLiban (Reply 1):
Are you looking at the 180bhp version or the 225bhp version?



It's the 180hp version. I don't have much desire to pay extra for the 225hp version, as 1) I'm not after high performance, and 2) I suppose I can always increase boost slightly with a chip if I decide otherwise.

Mainly I'm concerned about the gremlins I hear about regarding VW/Audi reliability...trouble with accessories, trim, brakes...stuff like that.

Am I correct in assuming the TT is more reliable, having been assembled in Germany, rather than Mexico?




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RE: Looking For Opinions On The Audi TT

Thu Nov 24, 2005 5:11 am

Quoting 2H4 (Reply 3):
Mainly I'm concerned about the gremlins I hear about regarding VW/Audi reliability...trouble with accessories, trim, brakes...stuff like that.

Never had reliability problems with VW/Audi, which I've been driving for 10 years, for what it's worth. But then again, I'm biased  Smile

Quoting 2H4 (Reply 3):
Am I correct in assuming the TT is more reliable, having been assembled in Germany, rather than Mexico?

That I don't know...
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RE: Looking For Opinions On The Audi TT

Thu Nov 24, 2005 5:15 am

Hair-dresser's car.

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RE: Looking For Opinions On The Audi TT

Thu Nov 24, 2005 5:31 am

Quoting 2H4 (Thread starter):
I'm considering a used, 2000 Audi TT Quattro with 36,000 miles on it. Asking price is $15,700. If anyone have any experience with the TT....particularly 2000's, I'd love to get some insight re: reliability, problem areas, general advice, etc.

God, I hope that isn't the one I turned in on my lease.

With apologies to our German members, that TT I had was the biggest piece of crap I ever owned.

It was towed to the shop four times for different issues. I couldn't wait to get rid of it.

Second, if you are over 5'5" it is damn uncomfortable!!!!

Sorry, but I hated mine, hope you have better luck!
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RE: Looking For Opinions On The Audi TT

Thu Nov 24, 2005 5:37 am




Quoting Dtwclipper (Reply 6):
It was towed to the shop four times for different issues.



What issues did you have?




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RE: Looking For Opinions On The Audi TT

Thu Nov 24, 2005 5:41 am

Quoting 2H4 (Thread starter):
2000 Audi TT Quattro with 36,000 miles on it. Asking price is $15,700.

For that kind of milage I would have asked for more than 15k. I would be skeptical of the condition of the car. TTs are nice but not exactly performance cars and I have to say under the wrong light, it can look ugly. I have the Infitiy G35 coupe, best car buy I ever made. Not only nice for everyday driving but it can take any street car anywhere anytime. I had a BMW330 before the G35 and now that I can compare, the BMW had a ride like a Kia.
 
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RE: Looking For Opinions On The Audi TT

Thu Nov 24, 2005 5:42 am

Quoting 2H4 (Reply 7):
What issues did you have?

Emission Control problems, Battery was defective, tires were recalled (not a problem from Audi, but never the less), two additional engine issues, but I don't recall what they were, I can look up in my records if you want to e-mail me.
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RE: Looking For Opinions On The Audi TT

Thu Nov 24, 2005 5:55 am

2H4 –

I sent you an IM with a link to a scan of the 2006 Consumer Reports Buyers Guide chart for the TT. (anyone else wants it, IM me)

Please note it has a big black X under reliability verdict. Trouble spots are electrical, fuel system, and integrity. An Audi (specifically the TT) may be a neat-o car and I’m sure it handles great, but I wouldn’t want anything with foul reliability.

Suggestive alternatives: Mazda Miata (MX-5) or Honda S2000. Both cars have bulletproof reliability. I note you did not specify convertible. A hardtop – either factory or aftermarket – is readily available for the Miata.

My 1991 Miata has 220k on the OD. The only (yes, the one and only) quality problem was the power window went out in 1996. (one had to get the package with power windows to get cruise control)

You will find loads of Miatas and some S2000s on the used market because people buy them and find out a roadster is not for them.
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RE: Looking For Opinions On The Audi TT

Thu Nov 24, 2005 5:59 am

In my opinion, they are too common and not a very nice design, this is my opinion though :P
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RE: Looking For Opinions On The Audi TT

Thu Nov 24, 2005 6:00 am

Quoting FlyingTexan (Reply 10):
Trouble spots are electrical, fuel system, and integrity. An Audi (specifically the TT) may be a neat-o car and I’m sure it handles great, but I wouldn’t want anything with foul reliability.

Yup, that sounds about right!
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RE: Looking For Opinions On The Audi TT

Thu Nov 24, 2005 6:01 am




Thanks for the great info, Texan. Yeah, I thought about the Miata. I really like them...particularly the feeling of driving what amounts to a street-legal go-cart, but I've decided I really want all-wheel-drive.

During the summer, I'm always on my motorcycle, so when the snow rolls around, I want something that I can have fun with. I like the idea of having good traction in rain and snow. My uncle is selling his 2003 WRX, which is very appealing, but it would end up costing $3000 more than the TT I'm considering. And I really like the design of the TT.

I'd hold out for a hardtop, because I'd have to have a roof rack for my bicycles.





Quoting BrownBat (Reply 8):
For that kind of milage I would have asked for more than 15k. I would be skeptical of the condition of the car.



Great tip, and definitely one I'm keeping in mind.





Quoting Dtwclipper (Reply 9):
I can look up in my records if you want to e-mail me.



No need to look it up, but I appreciate the offer.




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RE: Looking For Opinions On The Audi TT

Thu Nov 24, 2005 6:01 am

I have driven a TT and the visibility from the drivers seat is worse than poor. The windows are too small IMO.  Sad
 
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RE: Looking For Opinions On The Audi TT

Thu Nov 24, 2005 6:16 am

Quoting 2H4 (Reply 13):
I'd have to have a roof rack for my bicycles.

There are many catalogues available with aftermarket parts specifically for the Miata. There are bicycle racks that attach to a receiving hitch of sorts then go up. They are about 2 or 3 feet tall. The bikes then attach to the rack and are mounted perpendicular to the rear bumper.

My brother had a similar bike rack when he had a Jeep Wrangler.

Now the above mentioned catalogues offer EVERYTHING for a Miata. Except AWD.  Wink
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RE: Looking For Opinions On The Audi TT

Thu Nov 24, 2005 6:20 am

Take the engine out and put it into a Golf GTI, then hang on for the ride!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have seen this done and it is...awesome!!

My only beef with the TT is that it has too many "handling aids" such as ESP and this made the ones I drove rather boring, I like cars that need some seat of the pants input, try an old and well thrashed 911..with cheap tyres...if its fun you're after!

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RE: Looking For Opinions On The Audi TT

Thu Nov 24, 2005 6:23 am




Quoting Jafa39 (Reply 16):
Take the engine out and put it into a Golf GTI, then hang on for the ride!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



I believe that's called the R32, and yes, it is wicked.




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RE: Looking For Opinions On The Audi TT

Thu Nov 24, 2005 6:33 am

Audi TT?
Mazda Miata?

How about considering the competitor; The beautiful and powerful Ford Thunderbird?

All come standard with 280hp 3.9liter V8.

This car has tons of class!  Cool

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RE: Looking For Opinions On The Audi TT

Thu Nov 24, 2005 6:39 am




Quoting Superfly (Reply 18):
How about considering the competitor; The beautiful and powerful Ford Thunderbird?




Thanks for the recommendation, but I'm looking for all-wheel-drive, and American cars really aren't my thing.


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Thu Nov 24, 2005 6:44 am

Quoting Superfly (Reply 18):
The beautiful and powerful Ford Thunderbird?

Leave it to our Bay Area FoMoCo (and he does have great taste in cars) lover to lobby for the T-Bird! I’ve gotta say that car does haul ass and is unique. And Consumer Reports gives it a *better than average overall reliability rating*
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RE: Looking For Opinions On The Audi TT

Thu Nov 24, 2005 7:24 am

2H4:
Does the Audio TT come with all-wheel drive?
The traction control system on the rear-drive Thunderbird is good and is weighted down due to the folding top in the rear compartment when the removable top is on in the winter months.
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RE: Looking For Opinions On The Audi TT

Thu Nov 24, 2005 7:44 am




Quoting Superfly (Reply 21):
Does the Audio TT come with all-wheel drive?



Yeah, it's available in either AWD or just FWD. In my opinion, the AWD option is one of the coolest things about it.




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RE: Looking For Opinions On The Audi TT

Thu Nov 24, 2005 7:53 am

2H4:
How common is the Thunderbird in Cinncinati?
The Audi TT is very common out here due to all the import snobs out here on the coast.
Too bad the Thunderbird is out of production due to the high sticker price.
It's a great buy for a used car.
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RE: Looking For Opinions On The Audi TT

Thu Nov 24, 2005 7:57 am

Quoting RobK (Reply 5):
Hair-dresser's car.

The Audi TT screams "Hairdresser" or "Homosexual"

or more likely "Homosexual Hairdresser"

urgh...another clown car driven by blondes or screamers. Generally the type who park in disabled bays at supermarkets so more people can see their car and their outfit, plus being fabulous means the rules don't apply to them.

I would rather walk than drive an Audi TT. They are just embarassing.
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RE: Looking For Opinions On The Audi TT

Thu Nov 24, 2005 8:07 am




Quoting Superfly (Reply 23):
How common is the Thunderbird in Cinncinati?



Honestly, I'm not sure. I've only been living here for about a week.




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RE: Looking For Opinions On The Audi TT

Thu Nov 24, 2005 8:08 am




Quoting WhiteHatter (Reply 24):
The Audi TT screams "Hairdresser" or "Homosexual"

or more likely "Homosexual Hairdresser"



Quoting WhiteHatter (Reply 24):
I would rather walk than drive an Audi TT. They are just embarassing.



Ah. You see, unlike yourself, my car-buying decisions are not predicated upon what I want others to think of me.




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RE: Looking For Opinions On The Audi TT

Thu Nov 24, 2005 8:12 am

Quoting 2H4 (Reply 26):
Ah. You see, unlike yourself, my car-buying decisions are not predicated upon what I want others to think of me.

well go and buy a bright pink cadillac then. Same effect.

I'd rather not drive a car which screams "wanker!" to everyone. Unlike you, I obviously have some self-respect and do care what others think of me.

You must be a very strange person....
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RE: Looking For Opinions On The Audi TT

Thu Nov 24, 2005 8:13 am

If ur gonna go for the TT, its worthwile to get the 225 Hp version.... and def. go with the Quattro, you wont regret it. My car has quattro (2004 Audi A4), and I love it; it adds so much extra stability, especially in slick weather. It really is great.

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RE: Looking For Opinions On The Audi TT

Thu Nov 24, 2005 8:14 am

Well I was going to comment on that but I didn't want to offend 2H4 in case he was on the other team. Hell the new Thunderbird isn't the most manly car either but if I were to buy a newer two-seater, that would be it.
As far as the Audi TT, they are very popular among the gay guys just like the bmw Z3 and Mazda Miata.
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RE: Looking For Opinions On The Audi TT

Thu Nov 24, 2005 8:15 am




Quoting WhiteHatter (Reply 27):
I'd rather not drive a car which screams "wanker!" to everyone.



Oh, I can totally understand where you're coming from. After all, it's not as if you need a car to do that for you.



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RE: Looking For Opinions On The Audi TT

Thu Nov 24, 2005 10:00 am

I had a BMW330 before the G35 and now that I can compare, the BMW had a ride like a Kia.

Are you kidding me? If thats the case, you clearly didn't own a BMW 3-seires, let alone drive one. The 3-series is the standard of which every car in it's class is based off of.
 
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RE: Looking For Opinions On The Audi TT

Thu Nov 24, 2005 10:58 am

After reading 2 dozen non asked for comparisons and no data to help you I feel compelled to give you usefull hints about the car.

Is cheap for the mileage so I d be nervous.

Areas of trouble of that year (from real experience)

Instrument cluster fails and cost a lot of $$$$, th eproblem is that it may not read the gas correctly and youlll be out of gas, or will "flicker" tat is looks like all nedles go down and then up, IT CANT BE FIXED, it has to be replaced. A REAL PITA.

If the Turbo was missused and abused (not alowed to cool down the K03 will be dead before you hit 60K miles ) also a 850 plus labor fix.

Its very prone to boost leaks and a pita to diagnose, if you have a good audi and 1.8 liter turbo mechanic good, if not you will be sorry.

The original diverter valve is crap (ask because maybe thay have already changed, good thing it costs only 140 $ a new aluminium one.

Its a low car and has blind spots and limited headroom, be sure to drive it before you put $$$ into it.

Newer models are very good and seldom have trouble but 2000 and 2001 have cluster problems and electrical gremlins, ask for a warranty and service data.

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RE: Looking For Opinions On The Audi TT

Thu Nov 24, 2005 11:12 am

Quoting WhiteHatter (Reply 24):
urgh...another clown car driven by blondes or screamers. Generally the type who park in disabled bays at supermarkets so more people can see their car and their outfit, plus being fabulous means the rules don't apply to them.

I would rather walk than drive an Audi TT. They are just embarassing.

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RE: Looking For Opinions On The Audi TT

Thu Nov 24, 2005 5:58 pm

Quoting Dtwclipper (Reply 33):
Man, you have got some serious issues, may I sugest Lithium?

Actually I think you'll find there's been a noticeable sharpness to the tone of WhiteHatter's posts on A.net since he gave up smoking. Do you think there might be a connection  Wink
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RE: Looking For Opinions On The Audi TT

Fri Nov 25, 2005 10:10 am

Once tried to get into one, with limited success.

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RE: Looking For Opinions On The Audi TT

Fri Nov 25, 2005 11:28 pm

Quoting WhiteHatter (Reply 24):
I would rather walk than drive an Audi TT. They are just embarassing.

What do you drive then WhiteHatter? How can you make such sweeeping generalisations about TT drivers?

I have a 2003 Audi TT Roadster 180. And I love it. I think it looks good and is a pretty cool car compared to some of the boring shit out there, handles well, doesn't drink petrol like its going out of fashion, fast enough for how I drive, and where I drive, and I don't park in disabled spaces in supermarkets, so that throws WhiteHatters theory right out the window.

(but I am blond and gay. oops... erm...... )
 
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RE: Looking For Opinions On The Audi TT

Sat Nov 26, 2005 12:22 am

The TT is rolling architecture, its a fantastic design, so what if gay guys drive it?

Quoting Superfly (Reply 21):
Does the Audio TT come with all-wheel drive?

I believe in the US the 225hp version has AWD standard whilst the 180hp version can be had with front-drive. If they're selling the 3.2 V6 IIRC that's quattro only as well - though things might have changed, haven't followed the TT since a few years ago.
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