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  • ugly1ugly1 Posts: 52
    I'm selling 'cause I tend to hold on to things too long and just feel its time for a change. I love the car. As far as reliability goes let me relate my little story which I'm sure is something that is factored into reliability reports. Between the two or three times I've taken my car in for something that was wrong and the four times for oil changes(I did take it elsewhere for in between oil changes)the dealer managed to screw something else up while they had the car four of those times. Wasn't the cars fault but it must reflect in reliability reports. If the car you're looking at is anything like mine most if not all the problems have been encountered and have been taken care of. Will the seller let you look at all of the repair invoices? Also have you checked to see if the recalls have been complied with?(There have only been two on my model) Also there are a couple of websites you can go to and research typical problems that may be particular to your car and you can check that against the repair invoices. Hope I haven't scared you but Knowledge is power.

  • vinnynyvinnyny Posts: 780
    I concur with ugly1's comments about the TT. My 2001 Roadster has only been to the shop for unscheduled maintenance six times. However, on three of those six occasions, the dealer screwed up something else. When the struts for the convertible top were replaced, the technician forgot to reconnect the power to the glass windblocker. When the convertible top's header lock needed adjustment, they adjusted it perfectly--as long I didn't mind the water leaks. When they performed the recall repair on the rear suspension, they didn't do a correct wheel alignment. All of these problems were fixed free of charge. Other than gas, oil, insurance, and cleaning supplies, I have not had to spend a dime on the car.

    All in all, my TT has been very reliable over the two years I have owned it. It has never left me stranded and any problems have been minor. The car is virtually free of squeaks and rattles and it looks and runs great. I highly recommend the TT...
  • fredvhfredvh Posts: 853
    Volkswagen/Audi in Massive Recall

    More than 850,000 Volkswagen and Audi vehicles --
    about 530,000 sedans and hatchbacks sold in the
    U.S. alone -- are being recalled for a faulty
    ignition coil. Volkswagen announced the recall last
    week, noting that the problem could cause spark
    plug failure and rough running, which is usually
    indicated by the vehicle's "Check Engine" light.
    Most of the cars affected carry the VW corporate
    1.8-liter turbo four (which includes the Audi A4
    and TT coupe; the VW Golf, GTI, Jetta, New Beetle
    and Passat), the 2.8-liter VR6 and the 3.0-liter
    V6 engines, as well as the VW Passat's W8.
  • I am close to buying the TT (used with 38k miles)but I am not only now wondering about reliability but I am also wondering about the average repair cost if you are not under warenty. The used Audi has a 2 year warenty but I am nervous about what happens after that. Edmunds has some reports that show some of the maintenance costs and it looks like eveything cost more but Shocks are like through the roof compared to a normal sedan. What is the likelyhood that I will need to replace the shocks in 5 years. What other expensive problems should I be concerned about? Thanks again!!
  • hey fellas, i have a 98 volvo c70 Coupe (in gold),....had it for a few years now, and i have no major complaints about the car, its served me well, no problems what so ever, nothing but routine checkups and such, considering trading it in and adding a little extra and getting a TT. i could use some feedback on what year to consider (based on quality and dependability, not $$). also some feedback if there are a lot of maintenance or little problems here and there.
    note, im only considering the coupe, and is the 180 hp enough or is the 225 really worth it ?
  • I have had a 2001 TT Roadster 180hp for over 2 years and it has been a very reliable machine. The only maintenance I've done outside of the regular oil change was the replacement of a turbo valve which, for some reasons, started to generate some whizzing noise everytime I shifted gears. It was replaced free of charge. The car rides great and I really have no complain.

    However, I echo ugly1 and vinnyny's comments that Audi's service (at least through the dealer I go to) on my TT has been less than satisfactory. The metal strip (beneath the door) with TT imprinted on it has part of its original plastic sheet stuck on it since the car was new, and everytime I bring it in they said they don't have the parts although I called 3 weeks before and told them what I wanted to get fixed. Another occasion they left a tool in my engine compartment after an oil change, I was wondering what was rattling in my engine when I opened up the hood and saw the tool. I wasn't impressed with this dealer's service at all.

    Other than that, I love the TT!!
  • ugly1ugly1 Posts: 52
    As the post above I also had problems with the bypass valve. I think most of them did. Other than service created problems the cars been great. Here's a short take on the screw ups. Plastic deal that holds the bottom of the window on the rail broke-replaced-forgot to hook up speaker wire-had to take car back. Had an oil change-had an oil leak-filter was loose-had to take car back. Had the rear link recall done-forgot to put brake dust cover on right-was making a helluva noise by the time I got home-had to take the car back. Left the shipping rubbers in the front springs-my neighborhood mechanic took them out for me-gave them to the dealer next time I was in. Love the car not the dealer. Originally drove the 180 and loved it but when it came time to buy I thought why wimp out. Sorry to all who have the 180 but there is no comparison between the two. But now its time for something new and different. Anyone want a nice '01 225?

  • Hi!
    I don't own a TT, but I was reading through the Audi FAQ online and saw something about a radar monitoring sensor for top-down protection. What is this all about? What is it for and what does it do?

  • ugly1ugly1 Posts: 52
    You must be refering to the interior movement sensor which is part of the cars anti-theft alarm system.
  • maxwellamaxwella Posts: 17
    IIRC, older models of the TT had alarm protection when the top was down and the alarm activated. however, i read this system caused a lot of problems, and the capability was eventually removed. i have a 2001 roadster, and do not have the top-down sensors.

    fwiw, couchguy, i love my tt and wouldn't trade it for anything else right now. i do have a 225 hp model...i think it's the only way to go. reliability has been great. i do have one annoying rattle, but i've never been in a roadster that doesn't.
  • dtran2149dtran2149 Posts: 81
    Question: Can you fit a normal size child seat in the TT Coupe? I have test driven the TT a while back and remember being unable to put an infant style child seat in the back reasonably. But will the more toddler type, normal seat fit? If I am unable to get an RX-8 or G35 Coupe, a pre-owned TT (even with reliability concerns!) may be a good value at current prices and allow me to take my son to daycare (only 3 miles to and from work).

    I currently have a 99 Audi A4 1.8T and it would be a small upgrade!
  • I'm probably just one opinion on this, but I don't believe you should have a car seat in a sports car!
  • Audi unloads '02s
    Presto-chango! Spiffs of up to $4,000 change new cars to old

    By Arlena Sawyers
    Automotive News / March 23, 2003

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     The Audi program
    Runs through April

    About 700 untitled new 2002 cars and 300 to 400 service loaner cars available

    Half of vehicles are Audi TTs

    Dealer incentives of nearly $4,000 per vehicle

    Consumer rates as low as 1.9%
    In an effort to clear dealer lots of unsold new 2002 models, Audi of America is encouraging its dealers to put the cars in their certified pre-owned inventory and sell them as used vehicles.

    On March 1, Audi had a 100-day supply of new vehicles, up from an 85-day supply on Feb 1.

    About 1,000 to 1,100 cars are available under the program - 700 new 2002 cars in dealer inventory and 300 to 400 retired loaner cars.

    Russ Hill, Audi national sales director, says about half of the vehicles are Audi TT sports cars, which had sales of 1,225 through February 2003 vs. 1,351 through the year-ago period.

    The company is paying dealer incentives of up to nearly $4,000 for each 2002 untitled car and retired service department loaner car sold under Audi's Certified Pre-Owned Executive car program. Audi had been offering $1,000 dealer incentives on some of its 2002 models.

    Hill says the program's purpose is to give dealers an innovative way to clear out their 2002 models, snag more certified used-vehicle sales and help dealers price the 2002 vehicles below their new 2003 counterparts.

    "A 2002 has a year's depreciation, and it's not even sold," Hill says. "Unless you want to distress-merchandise it, you have to come up with a way to make both (the 2002 and 2003) attractive."

    Audi reports the cars as new retail sales once they are taken out of a dealer's new-car fleet for certification.

    The cars are covered by the company's standard four-year/50,000 mile new-car warranty plus the limited certified used-car warranty that extends the coverage to six years/100,000 miles.

    Money makes it work

    Incentives can total $3,950:

    Hill says the company usually charges dealers about $900 per vehicle to cover the certified warranty. Under the program, that cost has been cut in half, saving $450.

    The company also is offering an incentive of up to $2,500 per vehicle, depending on the model.

    Dealers whose customers finance the vehicles through Audi Financial Services earn an additional $1,000.

    The captive finance company is offering special finance rates as low as 1.9 percent to consumers who purchase the vehicles.

    If the program, which runs through April, is successful, Hill says it is likely the company will use it every year to clear out carryover inventory. "Our (certified sales) growth is up about 35 percent over (the same period) last year," Hill says.

    "We wanted to find out what are the advantages and to catch that growth wave. It's a wonderful time to test the concept to see if we want to do it in the future."

    Wayne Williams, owner of Williams Auto World (Volkswagen-Audi-Subaru) in Lansing, Mich., says he had one 2002 model in his inventory, a TT convertible.

    After learning about the program, he placed the vehicle in his service loaner fleet.

    A customer who drove the vehicle as a loaner shortly afterward purchased it as certified used vehicle.

    Williams says the program enables dealers to make a gross profit of $1,500 to $2,000 on a TT compared to the $2,000 to $2,500 a dealer would normally make on the sale of a new car.

    Complicated program

    He says he can live with that because Audi is doing what it can to help dealers merchandise a year-old car.

    His only complaint, he says, is that the program has too many components and is complicated.

    "Most Audi dealers are multiple line dealers, and it's hard to keep track of all of these programs," says Williams, who expects to retail 50 to 60 certified used and 140 to 150 new Audi cars this year.

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  • pilotzspilotzs Posts: 1
    Was interested in any opinions on issues with the Neiman Marcus Edition. It has around 7500 miles...low mile car. Looks in great condition etc. Didn't know if there were maintenance issues with the 2000 cars, etc or with these special editions. Any comments and advice welcome. Thanks in advance. Might look at a 2001 Quattro also, but the 2000 is more affordable for me.
  • I am looking possibly getting this 00 TT, it has a lot of miles, but it is in pretty good condition, only one owner. Warranty is included in the price 17,200 , I drove the car, seems fine to me, it was a little loud, well I could hear the engine running, even after it's been running for awhile.

    I told the dealer and he had the car looked at and said that, it's fine, and that the car sounds like that, is that the case?
  • derekchoyderekchoy Posts: 36
    Yes, it's normal to hear the engine sound, actually, I quite like that deep, low growl. It's a sports car after all, can't expect it to be as quiet as a Lexus!

    Good luck. I love my 01 TT Conv a lot!
  • vinnynyvinnyny Posts: 780
    What's the point in putting a heavier 6 cylinder in the TT? My "chipped" quattro roadster makes about the same HP and torque but weighs significantly less. Why didn't Audi just upgrade the 1.8T's power and suspension/brakes to retain the lighter weight? While the increased power of the 6 is welcome, the increased weight hurts handling and braking (relative to a similarly upgraded 1.8T).

    I guess it's because all the competition has 6's...
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,399
    unfortunately it probably is because most of the competition does offer some form of 6 cyl engine. The TTs (plural) haven't exactly been flying off dealer's lots lately. The easiest fix for something like that is for a Mfr. to broaden the car's appeal is to add an upgraded motor and an automatic transmission (I think DSG is very cool, highly advanced and is much different from a conventional slushbox/tiptronic, but at the end of the day it is still an automatic which most Americans prefer). Unfortunately (most) Americans still prefer low-end torque and would take it over a better weight distribution and turbo-lag. I have to say though that every auto mag loves the TTV6 and said nothing to the effect of having the weight distribution thrown off (your mileage may vary:)

    I know the TT is not for everybody, but they've still got to sell them. I'd hate to see a car whose breakthrough styling has caused so many other automakers to copy (read Lexus SC430 & Nissan 350Z just to name 2) be discontinued.

    2001 Honda Prelude Type SH/ 2011 BMW 328xi / 2011 Honda Pilot EX-L w/ Navigation

  • vinnynyvinnyny Posts: 780
    I agree with all that you've said. However, if Audi felt compelled to put a 6 in the TT, why didn't they really make it something special--like 6 cylinders AND turbo? That would have been awesome and I probably would have traded for one.

    From all I've read about the new transmission, it sounds fantastic. As much as I like rowing through the gears manually, this new tranny is so slick that I might actually try one.

    The TT truly was a ground-breaking car when it came out. I still wonder why they didn't start out with the 6 however...
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,399
    Why no turbo with the V6? Personally I'd have loved to see the Bi-Turbo V6 from the original S4 show up too. I guess they just wanted less complications. The current narrow angle 3.2L VR6 fits right into the engine bay as we know it from the Jetta and GTI iterations of the platform. It seems they developed the DSG transmission to work with this particular motor. Just a thought.

    As to why they didn't offer the V6 in the first place. You answered your own question in your original post. Weight distribution. The sheer beauty of the TT sold it for the first year or so. They could have offered it with the VW 2.0L 4 banger and people would've bought it. They figured 2 1.8T engines along with different FWD & AWD setups with Coupe & roadster were all the market would take.

    2001 Honda Prelude Type SH/ 2011 BMW 328xi / 2011 Honda Pilot EX-L w/ Navigation

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