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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 TFSI SPORT S TRONIC 2010

    £13,495 £13,495

    Polar White, 17 Inch Ten Spoke Alloy Wheels, ABS, Air Conditioning, Auto Lights, Bluetooth, Central Locking, Climate Control, Colour Coded Bumpers, Cruise Control With Speed Limiter, Electric Door Mirrors, Electric Windows, Front Fog Lights, Heated Front Seats, IPod Auxiliary Socket, Leather Trim, Multiple Airbags, Paddle Shift, Power Steering, Rear Load Cover, Rear Electronic Spoiler, Rear Parking Sensors, Satellite Navigation Plus With DVD, Service History (Full Audi), Sports Seats, Switchable Airbag, Tiptronic Gearbox, Traction Control, Voice Control, ONLY 22000 MILES, FINANCE AVAILABLE ON ALL VEHICLES PLEASE ASK FOR DETAILS

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    • Engine size: 1.984
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    £23,990 £23,990

    Xenon Headlamps, Bluetooth, Parking Sensors, Start/Stop, Bang & Olufsen, Push Button Start, 4x4, Full main dealer service history Audi TT 2.0 TFSI Sport Quattro S Tronic Automatic registered September 2015 finished in Monsoon Grey with Full Black Leather and Suedecloth Interior, Bang & Olufsen Audio, Rear Parking Sensors, Keyless Go, Black Leather Multifunction Steering Wheel with Paddleshift, Start/Stop, Electric Heated Door Mirrors, Xenon Headlamps, 18 Inch Alloys, Electric Rear Spoiler, Bluetooth, Automatic Lights and Wipers, Climate Control, Electronic Parking Brake, Full Audi Service History at Portsmouth on 21/11/16 at 12,074. Finance available on request - subject to status and terms. Ask about our Company Directors packages. Fully Valeted; UK Wide Delivery Available; Part Exchange Welcome.

    • Mileage: 14500 mi
    • Engine size: 1984
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  • Audi TT

    £20,990 £20,990

    Variant name:Diesel Coupe Sport ,Derivative:2.0 TDI quattro Sport (170PS) ,Variant: 2.0 TDI Quattro Sport 2dr S Tronic Audi TT Coupe 2.0 TDI quattro Sport (170PS) finished in Samoa Orange, metallic. Specification includes cruise control, radio/navigation system, acoustic parking system (rear only), Audi music interface (ami), sports front seats, electric lumbar support, privacy glass, black styling package - matt, adaptive headlights, rear spoiler (type 3), components with special surface appearance, "s line Competition", ?perforated alcantara/leather with s line embossing, black edition, electrically-adjustable front seats, comfort package, technology package, door mirrors - electrically folding, leather package, sports suspension, 3-spoke multi-function flat-bottomed steering wheel with ge, heated front seats, windscreen sunband, BOSE® surround sound system, exterior light styling pack, 19" x 9j '5-arm rotor' design black alloy wheels with 255/3, xenon Plus, high-beam assist and headlight washer system.

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 20714 mi
    • Engine size: 2
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  • Audi Tt 2004

    £3,250 £3,250

    Selling my audi TT due to upgrade, £3250 ONO. Full service history, cambelt done at 90696 miles. Clutch done 28/8/14. MOT till 6th November 17. Has a slight dent in the penger back wheel arch as per photo. 07968778040

    • Mileage: 108354 mi
    • Engine size: 1781
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  • Audi TT

    £19,950 £19,950

    Variant name:TDI QUATTRO BLACK EDITION ,Derivative:MK2 (8J) ,Variant: TDI QUATTRO BLACK EDITION ALCANTARA-LEATHER, ELECTRIC FOLDING MIRRORS, PADDLESHIFT,, Upgrades - USB Connection, Door Mirrors Electrically Folding, ISOFIX Child Seat Fitments for Rear Seats, 12 months warranty, 12 months MOT, Full service history, Black Part suede interior, Four wheel-drive, Standard Features - Electronic Climate Control, iPod Connection, Drivers Information System (DIS), Electric Front Windows, Privacy Glass, Leather/Alcantara Upholstery, Anti - Theft Device - Thatcham Category 1 Approved, Mobile Telephone Preparation - Bluetooth Interface, 19in 9J 7 Twin - Spoke Titanium Look Design Alloy Wheels with 255/35 R19 Tyres and Locking Wheel Bolts. 4 seats, Solid IBIS WHITE, ALL VEHICLES ARE METICULOUSLY PREPARED, COMPLIMENTED WITH A 12 MONTH WARRANTY, PLEASE CALL FOR INFO

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 25820 mi
    • Engine size: 2
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  • Audi TT (Mark 1) Roadster 2004

    £4,500 £4,500

    Mark 1 Audi TT Roadster (Convertible) in Red. Bodywork, wheels and interior in excellent condition. MOT until September 2017. 58,200 miles. 4 previous owners. 5 speed manual. 1.8l turbo, 4 cylinder petrol engine delivering 150 BHP, front wheel drive. Full service history (predominantly main dealer) with cam and water pump belts changed at 47,000 miles. Brake fluid service 2016. Exterior: - 7 spoke 16 inch alloy wheels (with 4mm on front and 6mm on rear tyres)- Electric, body coloured, mirrors- Two fixed roll bars with polished aluminium finish- Driver & penger airbags- Front & rear fog lights- Electric folding roof (black)- Heated gl rear window- Electric gl wind deflector- Rear boot lid mounted spoiler- Tonneau cover (black)- Space saver spare wheel and tool kit Interior: - 2 sports seats - cloth covered- Heated seats (with 6 settings)- Black interior- Lockable glove box with storage shelf below- 3 in cabin storage areas (2 behind seats)- Cigarette lighter / removable ash tray- Remote filler cap and boot release- 2 reading lights- Sun visors with vanity mirrors- Light in the boot- Cup holders- Aluminium door sill trim with TT logo- Aluminium fuel filler door- Leather shift knob and aluminium surrounding- Aluminium trim on centre dashboard vents, shift lever knob and base, knee bolsters on centre console, door release handles, radio cover, glove box cover - Matching floor mats Comfort & convenience: - Air conditioning / climate control with pollen filter- Central locking with 2 remote keys- Electric windows- CD Radio (security coded)- 7 Speaker BOSE surround sound system- 6 CD multi-changer- Driver Information System- Rev counter- ABS / ESP- Traction control- Immobiliser

    • Mileage: 58200 mi
    • Engine size: 1781
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  • Audi TT TFSI Quattro Sport

    £23,990 £23,990

    Audi TT 2.0 TFSI Sport Quattro S Tronic Automatic registered September 2015 finished in Monsoon Grey with Full Black Leather and Suedecloth Interior, Bang & Olufsen Audio, Rear Parking Sensors, Keyless Go, Black Leather Multifunction Steering Wheel with Paddleshift, Start/Stop, Electric Heated Door Mirrors, Xenon Headlamps, 18 Inch Alloys, Electric Rear Spoiler, Bluetooth, Automatic Lights and Wipers, Climate Control, Electronic Parking Brake, Full Audi Service History at Portsmouth on 21/11/16 at 12,074. Finance available on request - subject to status and terms. Ask about our Company Directors packages. Fully Valeted; UK Wide Delivery Available; Part Exchange Welcome.

    • Year: 2015
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  • 2005 AUDI TT Manual ROADSTER

    £3,495 £3,495

    Here we have a very clean and shiny 2005 Audi TT roadster in post box red, 111,000 miles with a new engine fitted 12 months ago due to cam belt failure, just fully serviced and MOT'd ready for the summer. ;;Electric tinted windows, electric mirrors, MOT till January 2018, complete with large service file, 2 keys, radio code, locking wheel nut tool, all books and manuals toolkit and space saver spare wheel.;;A genuine well maintained and cared for car that is free from pet or cigarette smells, it's fully HPI clear with a full up to date service history and is in great condition throughout with everything working as it should.;;Supplied with 3 months parts and labour warranty including AA membership.

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

    £35,995 £35,995

    Variant name:TTS TFSI QUATTRO ,Derivative:MK3 (8S) ,Variant: 2.0 TFSI (310ps) TTS quattro S Tronic Audi TTS Coupe 2.0 TFSI 310ps TTS quattro STronic Coupe finished in Vegas Yellow, solid paint finish. Specification includes bang & olufsen sound system, cruise control, deluxe automatic air conditioning with integrated digital d, parking system - rear, s sports seats at front, 3-spoke flat bottomed leather-trimmed sport multi-function, heated front seats, LED headlights, LED rear lights, comfort and sound package and front centre armrest.

    • Year: 2016
    • Mileage: 5435 mi
    • Engine size: 2
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    £23,495 £23,495

    Variant name:TFSI S LINE ,Derivative:MK3 (8S) ,Variant: 2.0 T FSI (230 PS) S Line Audi TT Coupe 2.0 T FSI (230 PS) S line finished in Daytona Grey, pearl effect. Specification includes sports seats in alcantara/leather with s line embossing on, electric lumbar support, s line package, s line body styling, inlays - matt brushed Aluminium, LED headlights, light and rain sensor, LED rear lights, fixed bending and all-weather light, headlight washer system and 19" x 9j '5-arm star' design alloy wheels with 245/35 r19

    • Year: 2015
    • Mileage: 6696 mi
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  • Audi TTS - 38k, S-Tronic, FSH, High Spec, Superb Condition, Ice Silver, Paint Protection Film

    £14,450 £14,450

    Superb example of an amazing car with LOW mileage. Priced for a quick sale. Other TTS’s with similar age and mileage etc are selling for £15k+. This car is high spec on top of the already high spec as standard on the TTS. Car has low mileage for its age and is in excellent condition throughout. It has always been filled with Shell V Power fuel with occasional BP Ultimate. The car has been cherished and well looked after. Cambelt and water pump have been changed. Full service history, mostly at Audi centres. MOT due 27th August 2017. The car has not had a single issue while I've owned it. It was bought from Audi Eastbourne and has always run like a dream. Is mechanically sound. It has not been modified in any way or used on a track. Standard Spec Includes:- Magnetic ride sports suspension.- Adaptive Xenon lights with LED daytime running lights. - Multi-function steering wheel.- Heated front seats.- TTS Sports exhaust.- TTS brakes and callipers.- Full black nappa leather seats.- TTS K04 turbo.- TTS styling. - Quattro. - Much more! Plus Many £1000's of Extras:- Electric seats with electric lumbar support.- 19" 5-spoke alloy wheels.- Cruise control.- Bose Sound System. - Coming home/leaving lights. - Auto lights and wipers. - Rear parking sensors. - RNSE Sat Nav (with 2x 4Gb SD card slots).- Audi AMI Interface (iPod dock, auxiliary port etc).- Anti-glare mirrors.- Paint Protection Film.- Mobile phone prep.- Folding/Heated wing mirrors.- Windscreen sun band.- Isofix on penger seat. Includes:- All manuals, paperwork, stamped service book, all service receipts, MOT certificates etc.- 2 x keys.- HPI and finance clear. Alloys have a few light curb scuffs. Tyre tread is 3.5mm to 4.0mm front, 6.0mm at rear. Encouraged to be viewed in person as first to see will probably buy! No time wasters please. Test drives are welcome though you will need to bring proof that you are insured to drive this car, otherwise I will have to drive you! Please ask if you have any questions.

    • Mileage: 38000 mi
    • Engine size: 1984
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  • Audi TT

    £10,495 £10,495

    Variant name:TFSI ,Derivative:MK2 (8J) ,Variant: 2.0 T FSI (200 PS) AUDI TT COUPE 2.0 T FSI (200 PS) FINISHED IN IBIS WHITE METALLIC WITH BLACK CLOTH INTERIOR SPECIFICATION INCLUDES POWER STEERING, REV COUNTER, TRIP COMPUTER, ADJUSTABLE STEERING WHEEL, MOBILE TELEPHONE PREP. - BLUETOOTH INTERFACE, SPORTS SUSPENSION, FRONT FOG LAMPS, AIR CONDITIONING, DRIVERS ARMREST, ELECTRIC WINDOWS, ANTI-LOCK BRAKES, DRIVERS AIR BAG, TRACTION CONTROL AND AUDI HILL-HOLD ASSIST.

    • Year: 2009
    • Mileage: 28150 mi
    • Engine size: 2
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  • Audi TT

    £11,888 £11,888

    Two keys, Bluetooth, Climate Control, Full Leather, Alarm, Immobiliser, Remote Alarm, Remote Central Locking, Colour Coded Interior, Front Centre Armrest, Heated Seats, Adjustable Steering Column, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Parking Sensors, Power Steering, Stability Control, Traction Control, Trip Computer, ABS, Multiple Airbags, Quick-Clear Screen, Colour Coded Body, Front Fog Lamps, Electric Front Windows, Electric Mirrors, CD Player, Bose THIS CAR IS SIMPLY STUNNING........Only one previous owner with FULLY STAMPED SERVICE HISTORY. Serviced at 11389, 19693 and 34737 miles. Two keys and HPI clear. FULL EXTENDED BLACK LEATHER HEATED SEATS. 19'' Twin spoke Alloys. This car will be supplied with 12 months parts and labour warranty, 12 months MOT, A full service and 12 months AA cover.Sensible finance packages are available and part exchange is more than welcome. Call Rob on 01484 559595 or 07725 528929 to arrange a viewing/test drive. UK wide delivery is also available.

    • Mileage: 48944 mi
    • Engine size: 1984
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