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Audi TT (1999-2006) Buying Guide

Audi TT (1999-2006)
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by Richard Dredge

Proving that all modern cars are not designed the same, the TT still looks like nothing else. While it was once the height of cool, years of familiarity mean the TT's halo has slipped a little. That's great news for the used TT buyer, as values have softened; but there are lots of TTs out there which aren't as good as they seem, so be careful.

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We LikeWe Don't Like
Distinctive looks
Great cabin
Surefooted
Hard ride
Not especially involving to drive
Useless rear seats in Coupé
Key Dates 
2/991.8T Coupé introduced.
8/991.8T Roadster introduced.
9/00TT180 gets six-speed gearbox.
7/01Coupé 1.8T quattro S-Line on sale.
1/02Standard cars get S-Line equipment levels.
3/03TT150 Roadster introduced.
7/03TT 3.2 V6 launched in Coupé and Roadster forms.
1/04Six-speed manual gearbox now available for 3.2 V6.
4/05Quattro Sport special edition is launched.
9/05Power outputs climb to 161bhp and 187bhp for 1.8T engines (225 stays the same).
Checklist 
  • Early cars could be missing the rear spoiler and ESP that became standard.
  • Check the hood of a roadster; it's pricey to replace. If the glass rear window is damaged the whole roof has to be renewed.
  • Make sure the cam belt and water pump have been replaced at 60,000 miles; Audi specifies 80,000, which leads to problems.
  • Air mass sensors play up, leading to erratic running.
  • Check the car isn't a grey import; this was common early on when supply couldn't keep up with demand.
  • Plastic fuel tanks can leak; smell for petrol.
  • Instrumentation can fail.
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