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Audi TT Mk1: Buying guide and review (1998-2006)

Audi TT Mk1: Buying guide and review (1998-2006) Classic and Performance Car
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When Audi first unveiled the Audi TT concept car in the mid-1990s, nobody ever thought that the production car could look as brave or forward thinking. How wrong they were. Even today, more than 20 years after the design study was first seen, the Mk1 Audi TT still looks absolutely stunning. Some would say evem better than it’s successors. 
 
So what if you’re already sold on the looks? The TT is not only gorgeous, but is also surprisingly practical, and as a two-seater its one of the most usable on the market. And that counts for the convertible or ‘hatchback’ coupe. Thanks to many of the car’s the mechanical components being shared with other Volkswagen Group cars, there is plenty of specialist knowledge around, meaning you are generally well catered for when it comes to affordable servicing. A lot of the basic servicing can also be carried out at home.
 
If you’re looking for a sportscar that you can use all year round, none is better than the TT, with its four-wheel drive security for most editions, relative practicality (especially in coupé form) and a full suite of safety systems. But if you want something for summer drives out only, the TT can deliver thrills aplenty, with even the 1.8T engine capable of providing a decent turn of speed.
 
Which one to buy?
 
The TT’s ubiquity means values are low, so abused cars are far from a rarity. There are loads of really good TTs to choose from though, so you don’t have to settle for anything ropey.
The vast majority of UK Audi TTs feature the excellent quattro four-wheel drive transmission, which is generally reliable and makes TT unstoppable in wet weather conditions. You might find the odd front-wheel drive ‘150’ Roadster (although these are rare), and there were some FWD coupés built for Europe too, so keep an eye out if you’re looking at a left-hand drive import for any reason.
 
The most valueable mk1 TT today is the limited edition Sport model. Thanks to an uprated version of the 1.8-litre turbo engine, and a stripped out interior dropping 75kg, it’s the most focused of all the Mk1 TTs. Only available as as a coupe, Recaro seats, a rear strut brace and sportier suspension also mark it out as something very special. It’s also 75kg lighter and comes as a two-seater only (the rear seats are removed). 
 
If you like your sportscar with a slightly more sonorous exhaust note, then the 3.2-litre V6 might be a good option. Although this version is costlier to run, it does offer something a bit more special. This was also one of the first cars to use the dual-clutch DSG transmission, although the manual is generally considered to be the sweeter car. 
 
For most, the value offered by a standard TT 1.8T with a manual gearbox is enough to win any argument. A Roadster is fine for everyday use too if you don’t need to cart lots of stuff about, but it does come with two seats only. The Coupé has occasional rear seats but they’re for children only.
 
Performance and specs
 
Audi TT Sport
Engine 1781cc, in-line four-cylinder turbo
Power 237bhp @ 5700rpm
Torque 236lb ft @ 2300rpm
Top speed 155mph
0-60mph 5.9sec
Fuel consumption 28mpg
Gearbox Six-speed manual
 
Dimensions and weight
 
Wheelbase 2429mm
Length 4041mm
Width 1764mm
Height 1343mm
Kerb weight 1390kg
 
Common problems
 
• Any rusty TT has almost certainly been crashed then poorly repaired. These cars were galvanised from the factory. There may be signs of corrosion on the underside of high-mileage cars that have been driven through the UK’s many harsh (and salt-ridden) winters though. 

• Good news if you want to repair a damaged TT is that most of the body panels are readily available, and at the front at least, bolt straight on. Sills are tricky, as they were screwed and glued onto the car at the factory. Rear wing panels are also difficult to align.

• The 1.8T engine is well-known among specialists, and will regularly go on for more than 200,000 miles if it’s properly looked after. Oil changes should be carried out every 10,000 miles or at least annually. Variable servicing intervals should really be ignored today.

• Always ask to see proof of the last cam belt change. This should be done every 60,000 miles (although Audi originally recommended 80,000). This should include tensioners and water pump at the same time. 

• Any misfires or hesitation from the engine can usually be traced to a duff air mass sensor, or failing ignition coil packs.

• The 3.2 V6 has a timing chain, which has been known to rattle from around the 40,000mile mark. This is bad news, because the engine will have to be removed to replace the chain and tensioners, which have most likely worn. A session on a diagnostics machine will reveal any problems. 

• Manual gearboxes are generally bulletproof, with clutches lasting between 50-100,000 miles, depending on driving style.

• DSG ‘boxes aren’t as reliable. An illuminated or flashing red gear indicator on the dashboard means that there is trouble ahead. Again, diagnostics will reveal the fault.

• Problems are generally limited to the Mechatronic control unit, which fails and causes jerky gearchanges and an occasional lack of drive. New or reconditioned Mechatronic units are available.

• The quattro drivetrain is generally very reliable, and it’s a haldex-based system used across a multitude of cars. Problems are generally limited to the electronic side of the system, with a dead control unit the cause of most faults. The Haldex unit also needs its oil replacing every 20,000 miles, something that is often neglected in cars not looked after by a specialist.  

• The suspension bushes all wear out, and will probably need replacing if not already done by now. Springs and dampers also take quite a pounding – especially if the car has been driven over speed bumps regularly. Check the anti-roll bar links, as they also corrode and eventually snap.

• Some find the TT underbraked, perhaps due to the car’s ample weight. There are plenty of aftermarket options out there, with harder front pads a popular option. A Brembo upgrade is the best option for improved feel and power, while some choose the cheaper option of V6 calipers.
 
Model history
 
1995: TT concept debuts; two  months later the open-topped TTS is shown. 
1998: TT enters production in LHD form. None of these cars officially come to the UK – some are personally imported though. 
1999: TT Coupé introduced in the UK in February, in 178bhp (TT 180) and 222bhp (TT 225) forms, with standard quattro 4WD. TT Roadster appears in August, mechanically as coupé. 2000: TT 180 gets six-speed gearbox from September.
2001: TT 225 S line edition launched in July, with 7.5x18 spoked alloys and lowered sports suspension. 
2002: From January all TTs get S line equipment levels. 
2003: TT 150 Roadster debuts in March, with 148bhp 1.8T engine and FWD. A 3.2 V6 Coupé and Roadster arrive in July, with DSG only. Four-cylinder TTs get DSG auto option too. 
2004: TT 3.2 V6 gets six-speed manual option from January. 
2005: TT 150 is boosted to 161bhp in September; TT 180 gets a power increase to 187bhp.
 
Owners clubs, forums and websites
 
• www.audiownersclub.com
• www.ttforum.co.uk
• www.ttoc.co.uk
 
Summary and prices
 
As a modern classic, values of the TT have never been cheaper, and due to the number of cars still on the road are likely to remain low for some time. Early 1.8 Turbo models are the cheapest, starting from around £1500. Projects can even be found for less than this. You’ll need closer to £3500 for car in healthy running order, but there is still a significant premium on clean and low mileage cars, which can go for £6500. Convertible models are worth slightly more. V6 examples generally sell for between £3000-£6500. 
 
Quattro Sport models are rare, and are the most valuable of all mk1 TTs. They start from around £4000, but are considered to be quite collectable, meaning low mileage example still sell for more than £10,000. 
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Last updated: 3rd Mar 2016
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  • Audi TT

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    Variant name:TFSI SPORT ,Derivative:TFSI SPORT ,Variant: TFSI SPORT 18" x 8.5J '10-spoke' design alloy wheels with 245/40 R18 tyres, Audi Music Interface , Bluetooth interface

    • Year: 2016
    • Mileage: 7950 mi
    • Engine size: 1.8
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    Variant name:TDI QUATTRO S LINE ,Derivative:MK2 (8J) ,Variant: Coupe S line 2.0 TDI quattro 170 PS 6 speed 18" x 9J '5-spoke' design alloy wheels with 245/40 R18 tyres, Extended aluminium look interior, Tires 245/40 R18 93Y (with modi, ?Perforated Alcantara/leather with S line embossing, S line exterior package, Xenon Plus headlights, Sports front seats, Concert radio, S line sports package, S line logo, exterior, Sports suspension, 3-spoke multi-function flat-bottomed steering wheel, Reinforced bumpers, Inlays, Matt-brushed aluminium, Xenon plus, Automatic headlight-range adjustment dynamic (self-adjusting while driving), Exterior light styling pack, Concert radio, Headlight washer system, speakers (active), Bluetooth interface

    • Year: 2013
    • Mileage: 30544 mi
    • Engine size: 2
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    £19,000 £19,000

    Variant name:TFSI QUATTRO SPORT ,Derivative:TFSI QUATTRO SPORT ,Variant: TFSI QUATTRO SPORT Super sports seats in Fine Nappa leather, Super sports seats, S sports seats at front, Privacy glass, Electric lumbar support, 18" x 8.5J '10-spoke' design alloy wheels with 245/40 R18 tyres, Audi Music Interface (AMI), Audi drive select, Door mirrors - electrically adjustable and heated, LED daytime running lights, Bluetooth interface

    • Year: 2015
    • Mileage: 36719 mi
    • Engine size: 2
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    £29,000 £29,000

    Variant name:TTS TFSI QUATTRO ,Derivative:MK3 (8S) ,Variant: Coupe 2.0 TFSI quattro 310 PS S tronic Audi Connect Infotainment Services, MMI Navigation Plus including MMI Touch, Audi Music Interface , MMI touch, Dark tinted glass (privacy glass), Comfort and Sound package, Technology Pack, Front centre armrest, MMI Navigation Plus including MMI Touch, Parking system, rear, Deluxe automatic air conditioning with integrated digital displays, Bang & Olufsen Sound System, Bluetooth interface

    • Year: 2016
    • Mileage: 12147 mi
    • Engine size: 2
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    £33,000 £33,000

    Variant name:TTS TFSI QUATTRO ,Derivative:MK3 (8S) ,Variant: Coup- 2.0 TFSI quattro 310 PS S tronic Audi Connect Infotainment Services, Booster for Phone box, MMI Navigation Plus including MMI Touch, Audi Music Interface , MMI touch, Technology Pack, Audi Beam, Extended leather package in colour coordinated leather, MMI Navigation Plus including MMI Touch, Audi Parking System Plus, front and rear with selective display, High-beam assist, Deluxe automatic air conditioning with integrated digital displays, Audi Phone Box with wireless charging

    • Year: 2017
    • Mileage: 3400 mi
    • Engine size: 2
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    £22,250 £22,250

    Variant name:TDI ULTRA S LINE ,Derivative:MK3 (8S) ,Variant: Coupe S line 2.0 TDI ultra 184 PS 6-speed 19" x 9.0J '5-arm Star' design alloy wheels with 245/35 R19 tyres, Audi Connect Infotainment Services, MMI Navigation Plus including MMI Touch, Alcantara/leather with 'S' embossing on the front seats, Super Sport seats, LED headlights, S sports seats at front, Audi Music Interface , MMI touch, Technology Pack, S line package, S line logo, S line body styling, Windscreen sunband, Inlays, Matt brushed aluminium, Electric 4-way lumbar support - for front seats, MMI Navigation Plus, LED headlights, Light and rain sensors, 8 passive speakers, LED rear lights, Fixed bending and all-weather light, Headlight washers, Deluxe automatic air conditioning with integrated digital displays, Bluetooth interface

    • Year: 2016
    • Mileage: 14850 mi
    • Engine size: 2
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    £16,500 £16,500

    Variant name:TDI QUATTRO BLACK EDITION ,Derivative:MK2 (8J) ,Variant: Coupe Black Edition 2.0 TDI quattro 170 PS 6 speed Cast aluminium alloy wheels, 9Jx19, 5-arm design, "S line Competition", Extended aluminium look interior, Tyres 255/35 R19 Y, ?Perforated Alcantara/leather with S line embossing, Black edition, 19" x 9J '5-arm Rotor' design black alloy wheels with 255/35 R19 R tyres, Sports front seats, Audi Music Interface (AMI), Privacy glass, Technology package, Amplified Black package, Internal control number, S line logo, exterior, Rear exhaust tailpipe, Sports suspension, 3-spoke multi-function flat-bottomed steering wheel, Reinforced bumpers, Black styling package - matt, Rear spoiler (type 3), Inlays, Matt-brushed aluminium, Components with special surface appearance, Leather package, Navigation DVD (Europe, if digitised), Navigation system plus with MMI operating logic, Radio/navigation system, Xenon plus, Automatic headlight-range adjustment dynamic (self-adjusting while driving), BOSE® surround sound system, Exterior light styling pack, Headlight washer system, Bluetooth interface

    • Year: 2013
    • Mileage: 31338 mi
    • Engine size: 2
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  • Audi TT

    £26,000 £26,000

    Variant name:TDI ULTRA S LINE ,Derivative:MK3 (8S) ,Variant: Coupe S line 2.0 TDI 184 PS 6-speed 19" x 9.0J '5-arm Star' design alloy wheels with 245/35 R19 tyres, Alcantara/leather with 'S' embossing on the front seats, LED headlights, S line package, S line logo, S line body styling, Windscreen sunband, Inlays, Matt brushed aluminium, Electric 4-way lumbar support - for front seats, LED headlights, Light and rain sensors, LED rear lights, Fixed bending and all-weather light, Headlight washers, DAB digital radio reception, Audi Music Interface , Audi Drive Select, Front centre armrest, Cruise control, Bluetooth interface

    • Year: 2018
    • Mileage: 10 mi
    • Engine size: 2
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    £17,850 £17,850

    Variant name:TDI ULTRA SPORT ,Derivative:MK3 (8S) ,Variant: Coupe Sport 2.0 TDI ultra 184 PS 6 speed 18" x 8.5J '5-twin-spoke Dynamic' design alloy wheels with 245/40 R18 tyres, Auto-dimming rear-view mirror with light and rain sensor package, Heated front seats, Windscreen sunband, Auto-dimming rear-view mirror, Front centre armrest, Parking system, rear, Light and rain sensors, Cruise control

    • Year: 2015
    • Mileage: 10713 mi
    • Engine size: 2
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  • Audi TT

    £19,000 £19,000

    Variant name:TFSI QUATTRO SPORT ,Derivative:MK3 (8S) ,Variant: Coupe Sport 2.0 TFSI quattro 230 PS S tronic Super sports seats in Fine Nappa leather, Super sports seats, S sports seats at front, Privacy glass, Electric lumbar support, 18" x 8.5J '10-spoke' design alloy wheels with 245/40 R18 tyres, Audi Music Interface (AMI), Audi drive select, Door mirrors - electrically adjustable and heated, LED daytime running lights, Bluetooth interface

    • Year: 2015
    • Mileage: 36719 mi
    • Engine size: 2
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  • Audi TT

    £22,881 £22,881

    Variant name:TFSI S LINE ,Derivative:MK3 (8S) ,Variant: Coupe S line 1.8 TFSI 180 PS 6-speed 19" x 9.0J '5-arm Star' design alloy wheels with 245/35 R19 tyres, Alcantara/leather with 'S' embossing on the front seats, LED headlights, S line package, S line logo, S line body styling, Windscreen sunband, Inlays, Matt brushed aluminium, Electric 4-way lumbar support - for front seats, LED headlights, Light and rain sensors, LED rear lights, Fixed bending and all-weather light, Headlight washers

    • Year: 2016
    • Mileage: 8500 mi
    • Engine size: 1.8
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    £6,500 £6,500

    Stunning colour combination unmarked Condor grey body work complimented with unmarked premium light grey nappa leather interior , Full detailed service history from new ( 8 service stamps ) Serviced June 2018 , New 18” black multi spoke Audi alloy wheels tyre condition excellent , Driver and passenger heated front seats , Split folding rear seats , Isofix child seat anchorage points , Retractable rear spoiler , Audi S Line multi-function flat bottom steering wheel with height and rake adjustment , Premium Audi concert multi speaker entertainment system with Cd / Aux in input / MP3 , Bluetooth telephone preparation , Dead lock central locking , Drivers information system , Electronic stability programme ( ESP ) , Rear parking sensors , Electric heated door mirrors , One touch electric windows , This TT is in stunning condition throughout , Will be supplied with 12 months fresh Mot and 6 months national premium parts and labour warranty ( option to extend ) , All service documentation and book pack present , Part exchange considered , Any inspection welcome , Low deposit competitive finance available on this vehicle call today for a quotation .

    • Mileage: 72000 mi
    • Engine size: 1.984
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  • AUDI TT ROADSTER QUATTRO 2000 Manual 101000 Petrol Beige

    £2,495 £2,495

    AUDI TT ROADSTER QUATTRO 225 finished in Silver with Blue Roof (Manual), 101,000 miles with black leather interior ;;All vehicles come with a minimum of 9 months MOT, Full Pre Delivery Inspection, Up to Date Servicing Schedule and standard Warranty which can be upgraded at the point of sale to suit your individual requirements*;;Interested in changing your car? Please check out our Part Exchange Valuation page and our Car Finding Service page;;You are very welcome to ask as many questions as you like, we are here to help;;*Excluding vehicles marked as PX to clear

    • Mileage: 101000 mi
    • Engine size: 1.781
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  • Audi TT

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    Variant name:TFSI QUATTRO S LINE ,Derivative:MK3 (8S) ,Variant: Coup 19" x 9.0J '5-arm Star' design alloy wheels with 245/35 R19 tyres, Sport seats in leather/Alcantara with S line embossing on the front seats, LED headlights, S line package, S line logo, exterior, S line body styling, Heated front seats, Matt brushed aluminium, Electric 4-way lumbar support - for front seats, LED headlights, Light and rain sensors, LED rear lights, Cruise control, Fixed bending and all-weather light, Headlight washers, Deluxe automatic air conditioning with integrated digital displays, DAB digital radio reception, Audi Music Interface , Audi Drive Select, Bluetooth interface

    • Year: 2016
    • Mileage: 20541 mi
    • Engine size: 2
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  • Audi TT

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    Variant name:TFSI S LINE ,Derivative:MK3 (8S) ,Variant: Coupe S line 1.8 TFSI 180 PS 6-speed 19" x 9.0J '5-arm Star' design alloy wheels with 245/35 R19 tyres, Alcantara/leather with 'S' embossing on the front seats, Auto-dimming rear-view mirror with light and rain sensor package, LED headlights, Dark tinted glass (privacy glass), S line package, S line logo, S line body styling, Windscreen sunband, Auto-dimming rear-view mirror, Inlays, Matt brushed aluminium, Electric 4-way lumbar support - for front seats, LED headlights, Light and rain sensors, LED rear lights, Fixed bending and all-weather light, Headlight washers, Extended aluminium look interior, Manual air conditioning, DAB digital radio reception, Front Sports Seats, Audi Music Interface , 3-spoke flat-bottomed leather multi-function Sport steering wheel, Electronically limited top speed, Tyre pressure monitor, Cruise control, Bluetooth interface

    • Year: 2016
    • Mileage: 9959 mi
    • Engine size: 1.8
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    £20,750 £20,750
  • AUDI TT TFSI S LINE 230 Bhp Coupe 2015

    £19,995 £19,995

    Great Specification New Shape Audi TT Coupe 2.0 TFSi (230Bhp) in Grey Metallic with Black leather seats,Park distance control,Other Upgrades - Paint Metallic, Parking sensors, Technology Package featuring Audi Connect, Black Part leather interior, DAB Digital Radio, Manual Air Conditioning, Start - Stop System, 19in x 9J 5 - Arm Star Design Alloy Wheels with 245/35 R19 Tyres and Anti-Theft Bolts, Anti - Theft Alarm, Bluetooth Mobile Phone Preparation, Electric Front Windows, Keyless Go - Start/Stop Button, MMI Radio - Single CD Player and Two SDXC Memory Card Readers, MP3, WMA and AAC Compatible, Audi Music Interface, Rain Sensors, Tyre Pressure Loss Indicator, Upholstery - Alcantara/Leather with S Line Embossing and Contrasting Silver Stitching. 4 seats, Metallic Grey with Black leather,Full service history;;PURCHASE FROM HOME, COLLECT FROM US: Receive a guaranteed part;exchange valuation subject to seeing your car,plus a finance pre-approval if required,as we go all the way to get you the best deal with over 40 finance companies that we talk to on your behalf.Then arrange a viewing and test drive by calling us,and once your happy,The car is yours.Also for your peace of mind, please ask about our full cover warranties we can offer you for any car from three months to three years with a total cover,plus our pre delivery inspection checks we do before the car is ready for you to collect,and our after sales,MOTs,and Servicing to keep you on the road.We are always here to help. Thank you;;Available now at Foxearth Sports, Prestige and 4x4 ,Please call us today to either book an appointment,or come a long and see all our invividual motor cars we have for sale.Our company is one of the fastest growing specialized dealerships in the country and have been working in the motor industry for over 40 years,at Foxearth you can always find a variety of manufactures to suit your budget, and if you can`t see what you are looking for, please don't be disappointed,please call and ask us, as we probably have the vehicle your looking for in stock and going under preparation before being offered for sale,or coming in,We always recommend booking in advance to see the vehicle of your choise so we can ensure this vehicle and others are available for you to see due to our vast stock turn over to avoid any disappointments to you.

    • Mileage: 21107 mi
    • Engine size: 1.984
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    £19,995 £19,995
  • AUDI TT TFSI Manual

    £8,995 £8,995

    pgrades - Metallic Paint, Acoustic Parking System (Rear Only), Standard Features - 17in x 8.5J 7 - Y - Spoke Design Alloy Wheels with 245/45 R17 Y Tyres and Locking Wheel Bolts, Alcantara Leather Upholstery, Aux-in Connection, Chorus Radio/Single CD Player, Concert Radio AM/FM Twin Tuner with TP Memo Fn, Drivers Information System (DIS), Electric Front Windows, Electronic Climate Control, Thatcham Category 1 Alarm. 2 seats, Black, 3 owners, GBP 8,995 p/x welcome

    • Mileage: 50000 mi
    • Engine size: 1.798
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    £8,995 £8,995