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Audi TT

derekchoyderekchoy Posts: 36
It has been a warm and wonderful discussion at the Audi TT - Part 2 forum, I am wondering why it was suddenly archived. Here, I am hoping to revive the discussion on the beautiful car that we all love.

Has anyone got a car cover for the TT Roadster? Apparently an manufacturer/original one is like $231 which sounds a little expensive to me. Is there any alternative? I need a cover only because I go out of town from time to time for a week or two and I just hate coming home seeing my car covered in dust.

Thanks!

Derek
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  • jdspainjdspain Posts: 7
    car cover try clairparts in boston I believe they had one for $199.

    http://www.clairparts.com/index.html
  • 19491949 Posts: 59
    You've got an Audi TT Roadster and you're complaining about a $231 car cover?? What's up with that? PLEASE don't tell me you look for the cheapest gas in town, too, like at the local stop-n-shop manned by a Middle-Easterner wearing a turbin who will also sell you a lottery ticket to chase that evasive pot-of-gold.
    $231 is a small price to pay to protect what's probably a $35-40k investment, don't 'ya think? Just some commentary from a jealous Prelude owner.
  • derekchoyderekchoy Posts: 36
    Alright, I was not trying to be a cheapskate but the price of $231 for a cover kinda shocked me a little. I really wouldn't want to cover up my beautiful TT for the summer, just that my job requires quite a bit of travel lately and it is such a pain to see the car covered in dust when I get home.

    Thanks jdspain for the URL, let me check that out.

    Does anyone know what happened to the original TT forum? Why did it suddenly get archived?

    Derek
  • judasjudas Posts: 217
    You can get a cheesy one size fits all car cover from your favorite auto parts store for probably 30 bucks, is that what you wanted to hear?
  • tarunntarunn Posts: 8
    Any changes for the 2002 MY?
  • derekchoyderekchoy Posts: 36
    From what I heard, Audi is planning to add more engine options to the TT line-up but I am not sure if they'll be available in the 2002 model or would they even come to the US!

    As for building a garage, it would be a rather costly proposition based on where I live (San Franciso Bay Area).

    Thanks all for the info, I'm just going to spend $231 and get my TT cover! :)
  • jdspainjdspain Posts: 7
    Looking at having stongard applied at The tint shop in Edison n. j. Has anyone gone there?
  • browndog3browndog3 Posts: 4
    I negotiated a free cover my the dealer. Best I could do since I paid full sticker in December.

    Great car, but I'm starting to hear noises from the top. Sounds like flapping. Anyone else?

    When it's cold the metal creaks, but I never hear that when it's warm. I guess that's part of the territory.
  • ugly1ugly1 Posts: 52
    Took me awhile to find the forum again. Glad to see a few others have also. Have one question and one observation. Has anyone else got a slight buzzing noise coming from there instrument panel when you turn your headlights on? Try it in your garage for me and let me know. Just get in, shut the door and turn the lights on. I can't believe it took me a year to notice this one. If the car (mines a coupe) is covered with rain and you get in, put the windows down and drive off most of what's on the roof will enter the car. Try it. Oh, one more. Does everyone steering shake when your sitting at idle? (mines a 225)
  • packerfan2packerfan2 Posts: 4
    I have found the comments on this forum to be helpful and I wanted to pass along some comments which might prove helpful to someone else considering leasing an Audi TT. I live in Wisconsin and was able to secure the following deal on a 2001 Lake Metallic Silver w/ebony interior Audi TT Quattro 225 hp Coupe with the Audio and Premium packages. Working up front with two dealerships (they must know that you are knowledgeable about leasing)I was able to negotiate the following terms:

    MSRP = 39325 (a given)
    Cap Reduction = 1575
    Deposit = 5000 (I was willing to put this down)
    Acquisition Fee = 490 (a given)
    Residual = 62% of MSRP or 24381 (a given)
    Money Factor = .003 (multiply by 2400 to get interest rate of 7.2%)
    Waived Security Deposit
    15000 miles (personal choice)
    39 month lease (optimal because it stays well within the warranty period)
    A new alternative set of aluminum alloy wheels and snow tires for winter included. Balancing & mounting also included.
    Use of new demo car for any servicing needs.

    Net cap cost would then be 39325-1575-5000+490 = 33240

    Using the following down and dirty formula you can figure the monthly payment before sales tax.
    [(N-R)/M] + [(N+R)x F] where
    N = Net Cap Cost
    R = Residual in $
    M = # of months in lease
    F = Money Factor (ex. .003)

    Doing the math we get a monthly payment of $400.02
    Multiplying by 1.055 (State sales tax of 5.5%) we get a total monthly payment of $422.02
    The dealership figure may be a little higher but not by much. I think I got a pretty good deal as a result of homework and persistence. If anyone disagrees I would welcome their comments. I am hopeful that this posting proves useful to someone out there. Let me know if it does. Thanks.
  • derekchoyderekchoy Posts: 36
    ugly1,

    Do you hear your buzzling light noises while the engine is on or not? I wouldn't be able to turn my lights on (xenon) without turning the engine on, and when the engine is on, I cannot hear anything coming from the panel (either that the engine has covered the noise or there is no noise really). I tried it last night, I'll try it again later on this morning.

    As for the windows, yes, I am not sure if that's a design flaw or that it is a characteristics of the convertible. For regular hard-top cars, there is usually a drain rail on the side of the car collecting all the water dripping down the roof, but such mechanism is not available on the TT soft-top and hence the dripping problem. Not a big deal to me cos it doesn't rain that often here.

    Derek
  • ugly1ugly1 Posts: 52
    Without the engine running. As I said before just get in, shut the door and turn the lights on. I guess the lights don't actually come on but just turn the switch on and let me know if you hear anything. It has to be really quite in the garage. As to the rain coming in. As I said before, mines a coupe. There are no rails or gutters of any kind. The water just comes in. You just have to get used to rolling down the road before you let the windows down.
  • gpetrinogpetrino Posts: 4
    What a lame board this has turned out to be. I guess the guys who used to come onto this board that owned TT were just caught up in the craze and not real car enthusiasts.
  • jdspainjdspain Posts: 7
    Had the kit apply by a stongard retailer(takes 4 to 4 1/2 hours) in NJ nice job. Hope it lasts and helps keep the value of the car.
  • nschulman3nschulman3 Posts: 125
    I wholeheartedly agree. This post has gotten quite lame! I remember when you would get 8-10 discussions a day. Now, its more like once a month. Come on guys, the TT's not extinct. Anyway, I continue to have a lot of fun with m,y TT. It is a 2000 coupe with fwd, black with bose audio and the 17" rims. I couldn't afford the quattro(although I still would have gotten it had i been able to get it for a reasonable price. My cvar was a 6-month old demo used by the owner. I instaleed a Joe hoppen motorsport chip. The power is great, but the torque steer is terrible. Doed anyone know of anything out that can reduce this, outside of going back to the original ecu? The 17" inch tires also contribute to the car's dartiness at high speeds.
  • gpetrinogpetrino Posts: 4
    Can't say I know a way you can improve torque steer. I have the quattro and have yet to experience any torque steer, then again, the fastest I have ever gone is 70.
  • cynflyrcynflyr Posts: 1
    I'm thinking about purchasing a 2001 225hp coupe. But before I go out and commit to this I'd like to know from you that already own a TT if it is worth the price. My other choice is a BMW 330 sedan. Please give me your thoughts.
  • gpetrinogpetrino Posts: 4
    The car is very satisfying to drive. It is very quick and handles well. The ride is much stiffer than the 330i.

    The only problems I have with the car is a persistent and very annoying dashboard rattle.
  • rudexrudex Posts: 1
    I have had my 2000 TT coupe into my dealer 6 times to fix an air intake problem. It is in today and the readout is telling them that it is an oxygen sensor. The car has noticeably lost power. Has anyone else experienced this problem with their TT?
  • slenahanslenahan Posts: 1
    Can anyone tell me how to get just fresh air into the car (without just opening the windows-duh).
    Is the only approach to turn the heating/cooling system on and then just hitting the "economy" button?
  • claydjclaydj Posts: 9
    Packerfan2 – which dealership did you go through? Judging by your message, I am assuming they were good to deal with.

    I am in Milwaukee and considering an A4 1.8 quattro or the TT180hp fwd. Yes, very different cars, but both have driving features that I am attracted to. I currently drive a VW GTIVR6 and the lease is up 9/9.

    Any words of wisdom from the TT collective?
  • nschulman3nschulman3 Posts: 125
    I recommend the a-4 1.8 t. While the tt has a firmer ride and feels a bit more like a sports car, the lack of quattro really hurts. Also, the power difference between the a4 and tt is negligible. You can do this in the a4 without any side effects, but the power increase in the tt fwd will increase power AND torque steer. If your budget doesn't allow for a tt with quattro, i recommend the a4 1.8 with the sport package. As a formr owner of an a4 1.8 q with sport package and a current owner of a 2000 tt fwd, I feel i know the answer. Of course, the great lines of the tt may alter your decision.
  • wals9331wals9331 Posts: 1
    Are audi tt's fast. I have a 2001 cobra, will it beat me. I need to know my enemies :).
  • gpetrinogpetrino Posts: 4
    I used to have an A4 2.8 Quattro. I now have a TT 225 quattro coupe. Although the TT is faster and handles better, I think the A$ was a nore structurally sound car. The rattles that I hear in my TT were non-existent in the A4.

    I also think the A4 Quattro system is superior. The Torsen center differential is clearly better than the Haldex wet clutch where most of the power goes to the front wheels as opposed to the Torsen system where it is a 50/50 split under normal driving conditions.

    Then theres practicality. The A4 is quite practical while the TT is very impractical. If I had to do it again, I would wait for the new A4 to come out this fall as opposed to buying the TT.
  • mikeydermikeyder Posts: 3
    I'm 6' tall and bump my head every time I enter or exit my TT. Only way to avoid to is to push the seat all the way back and lower it to the floor,then I have to readjust all when I get back in,what a pain!! But what a running machine ! got the 225 HP.Mikey
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