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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 3.2 QUATTRO 3d 250 BHP

    £7,495 £7,495

    Adjustable Steering Column/Wheel - Rake/Reach, Air Bag Driver, Air Bag Passenger, Air Bag Side - Driver/Passenger, Alarm - Unspecified, Alloy Wheels - 18in, Anti-Lock Brakes, Armrest - Front, Body Coloured Bumpers, Central Door Locking - Remote, Centre Console, Climate Control, Computer - Driver Information System, Electric Windows - Front, Electronic Stability Programme, Front Fog Lights, Head Restraints - Front, Immobiliser, In Car Entertainment - Radio/CD/MP3, Mirrors External - Electric/Heated, Power-Assisted Steering, Seat - ISOFIX Anchorage Point - One Seat - Front, Seating Capacity - Four Seats, Seats Heated - Driver/Passenger, Seats Split Rear, Spare Wheel - Unspecified, Speakers - Nine, Steering Wheel Leather, Steering Wheel Sports, Traction Control System, Tyre Repair Kit, Upholstery Leather, Windscreen Wiper - Unspecified

    • Year: 2007
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  • AUDI TT T QUATTRO 2006 Manual Petrol 0 Black

    £3,995 £3,995

    6 MONTH WARRANTY, 12 MONTH MOT;HPI CHECKED, PRE-DELIVERY INSPECTION, FINANCE AVAILABLE, PLEASE SEE OUR WEBSITE FOR FINANCE OPTIONS., 6 months warranty, 12 months MOT, Full service history, Good bodywork, Black Full leather interior - Good Condition, Four wheel-drive, Seats Heated (Driver/Passenger), Climate Control, Alloy Wheels (18in), Electric Windows (Front), In Car Entertainment (Radio/Cassette), Upholstery Leather, Alloy Wheels - 8Jx18in Nine Spoke 225/40, Adjustable Steering Column/Wheel, Airbags, Remote central locking, Traction Control System, Electric door mirrors. 4 seats, Solid Black, HPI CHECKED, PRE-DELIVERY INSPECTION, Various Finance options available, subject to status.

    • Engine size: 1.781
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  • Audi TT

    £9,000 £9,000

    Variant name:TDI QUATTRO ,Derivative:MK2 (8J) ,Variant: 2.0 TDI QUATTRO COUPE 3 DR, CLIMATE CONTROL, PART LEATHER, HEATED SEATS, SPORTS SEATS, ALLOY WHEELS THIS CAR HAS BEEN HAND PICKED BY STEBBINGS, FULLY VALETED TO THE HIGHEST STANDARD! IT COMES SUPPLIED WITH UPTO DATE SERVICE HISTORY , HPI CHECKED AND CLEAR. PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO VIEW OVER 500 MORE VEHICLES! LOW RATE FINANCE AND PART EXCHANGE AVAILABLE. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained, however, errors may occur. Do not rely entirely on this information but confirm with us about items which may affect your decision to purchase.

    • Year: 2009
    • Mileage: 83960 mi
    • Engine size: 2
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  • Audi Tt 2012

    £11,500 £11,500

    Audi TT TDI Quattro S-Line Welcome to the reluctant sale of my gorgeous 2012 (61) reg Audi TT S-Line! 2.0 Turbo Diesel Quattro 58K X2 Keys HPI Clear MOT March 2018 2 Owners from new Full Service History I have owed this car for just under 18 months and has been an absolute pleasure to own and drive. I am selling the car due to a company car on the way! The TT has full service history, the last one being around 1500 miles ago, which was the BIG one from an Audi specialist! New cam belt, water pump, air filter, oil filter, etc. I have all the books and manuals with the car as well as both genuine keys. (Working). I had the alloys professionally refurbished / powder coated last year but two will need redoing as I did catch the curb. All Tyres are good with lots of tread, it also has new brake pads on the back which was done the same time as the service. The front pads were done around 8K ago, so again lots of life in them. The car has DRL (Daytime running lights) as you will see from the pictures. For a sports car, it's incredibly economical AVG 55-60MPG and only £135 per year for tax!. The car also comes with some nice genuine Audi accessories: Audi Valve Caps Audi Umbrella Audi Coat Hanger Audi Boot Divider (handy to stop the shopping rolling around!) All in all, a nice genuine car. I am located just outside of Maidstone and viewings are available in the evening and weekends.  No silly offers, canvers or time wasters.

    • Mileage: 58997 mi
    • Engine size: 1968
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  • AUDI TT T 2005

    £2,995 £2,995

    JUST TAKEN IN PART EXCHANGE - WELL CARED FOR EXAMPLE, 13 SERVICES - CAMBELT REPLACED @ 76905 MILES, 18" GREY UNMARKED ALLOYS, FULL GREY LEATHER INTERIOR, HEATED SEATS 2 KEYS, 2 OWNERS, FINANCE AVAILABLE, Upgrades - BOSE Sound System, Six CD Autochanger, Alloy Wheels - 8Jx18in Nine Spoke 225/40, Next MOT due 22/12/2017, Last serviced at 106,226 miles, Grey Full leather interior, Standard Features - Seats Heated (Driver/Passenger), Climate Control, Upholstery Leather, Electric Windows (Front), In Car Entertainment (Radio/Cassette), Upholstery Cloth/Leather, Computer (Driver Information System), Adjustable Steering Column/Wheel, Air Bag Driver, Air Bag Passenger, Airbags, Alarm, Alloy wheels, Anti-Lock Brakes, CD Player, Central Door Locking, Electric door mirrors, Electric windows, Height adjustable drivers seat, Heated seats, Head Restraints, Leather seats, Power-Assisted Steering, Radio, Remote central locking, Spare Wheel (Space Saver). 4 seats, Blue.;;FAMILY RUN BUSINESS SINCE 1974.;;For more information, to check availability or to arrange a viewing please call 07973 321469.;;Competitive finance and PCP rates available call for a quote, GBP 2,995

    • Mileage: 110000 mi
    • Engine size: 1.781
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  • Audi TT

    £10,995 £10,995

    Variant name:TDI QUATTRO S LINE SPECIAL EDITION ,Derivative:MK2 (8J) ,Variant: TDI QUATTRO S LINE SPECIAL EDITION Roadside Garages Limited is situated just 40 minutes from Belfast International Airport and delivery to UK Mainland is available. As an RAC Approved Dealer all our used cars come with the following:**A certificate confirming the vehicle has passed the RAC 82 point Approved Vehicle Preparation Standard**A Car Data Check**A minimum of 6 months RAC Warranty**12 months RAC Breakdown Cover (Roadside, Recovery, At Home)**RAC Accident Care (for the duration of your breakdown cover). Roadside Garages is a Family business established over 40 years ago, that still has that warm and welcoming family atmosphere. Our friendly team will offer you a relaxed environment to look for your next vehicle, without any pressure, but are always on hand to answer your questions. As the largest Kia franchise dealer in Northern Ireland we offer a wide variety of Kia new and Kia approved used vehicles. But no matter what make or model you are considering get in touch, as we stock a vast range and can source your dream car. As an approved RAC dealer all vehicles will have passed the RAC 82-point vehicle inspection, and come with minimum 12 months RAC warranty, 12 months breakdown cover and RAC accident care (for duration of breakdown cover). Located close to both Belfast airports, we can provide delivery to UK Mainland and anywhere in Ireland. We do offer a variety of additional services including: competitive finance deals (subject to status and terms and conditions), GAP insurance, extended warranty options, and full aftercare (service, part, repairs, MOT). To organise a test drive then give us a call, or drop in to our Coleraine showroom and join us for a coffee at our onsite coffee shop.

    • Year: 2010
    • Mileage: 83258 mi
    • Engine size: 2
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  • Audi TT

    £9,999 £9,999


    • Year: 2009
    • Mileage: 65000 mi
    • Engine size: 2
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  • Audi Tt

    £8,200 £8,200

    Black Audi TT (2007)2.0L TFSI 200 BHPGood Miles-68600PetrolManual3 doorsHalf Leather seats4 seats Valid MOTLast full service was end of March as well as new front tyresSAT Nav Bluetooth Air ConElectric lockingElectric windows and mirrorsPersonalised number plate not included Such good car, we've had no problems with it. Reluctantly selling due to needing a bigger car.

    • Mileage: 68600 mi
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  • Audi Tt

    £8,200 £8,200

    Black Audi TT (2007)2.0L TFSI 200 BHPGood Miles-68600PetrolManual3 doorsHalf Leather seats4 seats Valid MOTLast full service was end of March as well as new front tyresSAT Nav Bluetooth Air ConElectric lockingElectric windows and mirrorsPersonalised number plate not included Such good car, we've had no problems with it. Reluctantly selling due to needing a bigger car.

    • Mileage: 68600 mi
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  • Audi Tt 2003

    £2,500 £2,500

    Audi TT roadster long mot full leather seats car in very good con call 07711686634

    • Mileage: 107000 mi
    • Engine size: 1781
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  • AUDI TT 2007 104000 Blue

    £6,395 £6,395

    We have for sale this Audi TT TFSI S Semi automatic Full extensive Service History, Beautiful condition inside and out well maintained, comes with 2 Keys, new service,, 3 months warranty, Next MOT due 27/06/2017, Last serviced on 15/07/2017 at 104,000 miles, Full service history, Excellent bodywork, Beige Full leather interior - Excellent Condition, Tyre condition Excellent, Climate Control, Upholstery Cloth/Leather, Upholstery Leather, In Car Entertainment (Radio/CD/MP3), Alarm, Computer (Driver Information System), Electric Windows (Front), Alloy Wheels (17in). 4 seats, Metallic Blue, GBP 6,395 p/x welcome

    • Mileage: 104000 mi
    • Engine size: 1.984
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    £7,995 £7,995

    2007 Audi TT Quattro S Tronic Automatic with steering wheel paddle shift, 247BHP 3.2 petrol. An absolute pleasure to drive, very smooth and extremely quick. 67,000 mileage. 3 door coupe with 4 seats. Full Audi main dealer service history (10 SERVICES). Excellent condition inside and out. HPI clear no accidents or finance. Went in for its last major Audi main dealer service and health 3 months ago costing over £400 (receipt present) 3 keys, service receipts, stamped service book, V5, MOT certificate, Audi book pack and original manuals all present. MOT - November 2017 (NO ADVISORIES) Paddle Shift steering wheels gear control Electric Rear Spoiler S Tronic automatic gearbox with Sports mode Full Red leather interior (electric) 19" Audi TTS 7 arm double spoke alloy wheels Xenon plus headlights Auto lights and wipers Bose sound system Pioner app computer stereo, great system that links really well with iPhones and smart phones. It has Bluetooth, USB for music or movies, DVD etc. Parking sensors Heated Seats Electric mirrors / windows. Remote central locking Alarm & Immobiliser Air Con (reged in March 2017) Lovely car would keep it if I didn't need a bigger vehicle. I'm located in Eastbourne East Sussex, if I missed anything or if you have any questions give me a call thanks - 07754 475880.

    • Mileage: 67000 mi
    • Engine size: 3189
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  • 2006 Audi TT 1.8T Manual


    Dark grey metallic, Black leather and alcantara interior, Full service history, Original service book showing 11 stamps, File of previous receipts including cambelt, Service just completed, New brake pads, New front tyres, MOT March 2018, All previous MOTs, 2 former keepers, Climate control, Heated Sport seats, Computer, Audi In-car Entertainment, 16in Alloy wheels, Very good condition throughout – call for more details HPI clear…..3 MONTH IN-HOUSE PARTS & LABOUR WARRANTY INCLUDED, CREDIT & DEBIT CARDS ACCEPTED, VIEWING BY APPOINTMENT PLEASE. FULL SERVICING FACILITIES FOR YOUR PORSCHE – CALL US ON 01483 799245

    • Year: 2006
    • Mileage: 120000 mi
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  • Audi TT

    £7,990 £7,990

    ** £99 DEPOSIT £179 MONTHLY **, ** BUY NOW START PAYING SEPTEMBER 2017**, 18'' 10 Spoke Alloy Wheels, Fine Black Nappa Leather Interior, Sports Seats, Short Shift Manual Transmission , Flat Bottom Multifunction Leather Steering Wheel, Leather Gearshift, Aluminium Interior Trim, Climate Control, Air Conditioning, Audi Acoustic Parking System, DIS Drivers Information System, Computer, ISOFIX Restraint Safety System, ESP Electronic Stability Programme, Stability Control, EDL Traction Control, Traction Control, ASR, ABS, Airbags, Electric Windows, Electric Mirrors, Audi Bluetooth Connectivity, Aux In, MP3 Player, CD Changer, Full Service History, Finance For Example Only - Contact For Quote ** £99 DEPOSIT £179 MONTHLY ** This very popular and much sought after Audi TT 2.0 TFSi Coupe is in an outstanding condition both inside and out and has been meticulously maintained with a Fully documented Service History comprising of eight Services in total and importantly an Invoice for the replacement of the Cambelt in October 2014 at 53119 Miles. The car is finished in arguably the best colour combination of Metallic Dolphin Grey with a contrasting Black Fine Nappa Leather Interior. Whilst the Audi TT boasts an enviable high level of specification as standard this particular car was ordered from Audi with £3285.00 of Factory Options including the Special Order Metallic Dolphin Grey Paint Finish, GSM Mobile Phone Preparation With Bluetooth Connectivity, Fine Black Nappa Leather Interior, 18'' 10 Spoke Alloy Wheels, Short Shift Manual Transmission, CD Changer and the Acoustic Parking System. Not only is the Audi TT a fun and rewarding car to drive with a 0 - 62 Acceleration time of only 6.6 Seconds and a top speed of 149 Miles Per Hour it is also very affordable to own with a fuel return of up to 47.1 Miles Per Gallon and with the Road Fund Licence costing only £240.00 Per Year. ** ALL CARS NOW SUPPLIED WITH 12 MONTHS AA ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE COVER, 5 DAYS FREE INSURANCE (SUBJECT TO ACCEPTANCE & £12.50 ADMIN FEE), A NO QUIBBLE PARTS AND LABOUR WARRANTY, INCLUDING FAILURES CAUSED BY WEAR AND TEAR, 12 MONTHS MOT AND A MULTI POINT PRE-DELIVERY INSP

    • Mileage: 70000 mi
    • Engine size: 1984
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